Virginity is a concept that has always been synonymous with Chastity. Back in the middle ages, virginity was considered to be a sought-after commodity because it was seen as the best way to guarantee paternity. For this reason, many men married virgin brides with the belief that they would give them legitimate heirs.
In the past, virginity was a big deal. When blood was seen on the sheets, it was sufficient proof that the bride’s sexual encounter with her husband was her first sexual experience. A virgin bride was seen as “pure” and “untouched”.
A blood-stained bedsheet was all a…
Virginia Hall was born to a wealthy family in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1905. Due to her influential background and unassuming nature, no one expected that she would grow to be one of the most renowned spies in history.
Hall had initially set out to be a foreign service officer, but things changed when she went on a trip to Izmir, Turkey. While hunting birds, she mistakenly fired a bullet into her left leg. The leg was later amputated.
The mere fact that she was an amputee who depended on her prosthetic limb seemed to have made her inconspicuous during the…
The earliest use of chimneys can be traced to the 13th century in Italy, although it became more popular in the 16th century. During that time, many people constructed their homes with fireplaces in almost every room. The use of chimney was initially common amongst the ruling class, but after some time, the working class began to build more chimneys and fireplaces in their homes too.
With the rapid increase in urbanization and industrialization, there was a significant increase in homes with chimneys. …
Writing is a process. Good writers don’t sit to write just anything.
It’s an art which involves sharpening one’s mental muscles through creative thinking and in-depth understanding.
Writers think a lot and whether we admit it or not, our lives are an entire thought-process.
This is why a writer’s mind is almost never silent because it is a breeding ground for the creation and formation of ideas.
It is not unusual for writers to question themselves before they start writing.
If you desire a better quality of work and engagement, here are some quick questions to ask yourself before you…
No one wants to be a people pleaser, but it’s possible to be one without even knowing.
People pleasers are some of the nicest people in the world. They are nice to a fault.
They spend so much time doing stuff for others. They almost never say 'no’.
90 percent of the time, they are always available for others.
Sadly, I once belonged to this group of people.
In the past, I would think twice anytime I had to say “no” to a person’s request. I hated disappointing people.
For as long as I can remember, I always sought to…
In the past, so much stigma was attached to being left-handed. Left-handers faced were subjected to heavy discrimination and stigmatization. Not only were they accused of being possessed by the devil, they were also referred to as unclean.
During Medieval times, people had so many misconceptions about left- handedness. Lots of negative stereotypes were attached to left-handers as they were considered weak and unlucky and sinister. In fact, the word 'sinister' originates from the latin word 'sinistra’, which means “left” or “unlucky”.
Over the years, left-handers have endured various myths and theories attached to them. …
As writers, maintaining a visible presence on social media is essential if we want more people to know about us.
Social Media is a tool and how we use it matters.
To find potential readers, you need to get your name and work out there.
Not only is visibility needed, there also has to be a conscious effort to sustain an online presence while steadily increasing readership.
The more the audience, the more recognition you get.
To keep your followers interested, it is important to keep delivering content that appeals to them.
Here are some tips on how you can…
In Malawi, sexual cleansing, otherwise known as Kusasa Fumbi, is a sexual initiation rite that has existed for many years. It has been passed from one generation to another.
There is nothing new about this horrific practice because it has happened for so long and has been practised by many families.
For many young girls, it was adopted as a rite of passage and initiation into womanhood.
The Kusasa Fumbi, also known as the “brushing off the dust” is a way of introducing young girls to sex. It is usually interpreted as shaking off inexperience in sex by practising it.
Expectations are a vital part of our daily existence.
Simply put, it is how we hope or anticipate that life will be.
Many times, we undertake certain endeavours with a goal in mind. In our relationships, academic pursuit, career choice and life in general, there is always an expectation of how we want things to turn out.
We give it our all, expecting to get a commensurate measure of what we have put in. It’s like sewing a seed and hoping that the seed will grow into a beautiful plant, just because you have watered and nurtured it.
The covid-19 pandemic brought so much uncertainty and although it may have affected some businesses badly, other ventures are thriving like never before.
Many people are beginning to own new businesses, particularly alongside paid employment.
New businesses are being launched every day and the online business boom has become quite noticeable.
With many countries still under government-imposed lockdown restrictions and quarantines, more people have free time on their hands and are constantly looking for ways to make more money.
It is no longer business as usual because a lot of people are exploring different means of making additional income.