‘Incredible joy’ – Griezmann relishing Messi partnership

first_imgNew Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann says that he is relishing the chance to train and play alongside Lionel Messi at the club, stating that it will be ‘an incredible joy’ to play alongside the Argentine. The France international and World Cup winner has brought the curtain down on his half-decade spell at Atletico Madrid with a €120 million (£108m,/$135m) move to Camp Nou to join the La Liga holders on a five-year deal.Despite ongoing controversy swirling between the two clubs surrounding the exact cost of the 28-year-old’s move, Griezmann has kept his focus squarely on the field for the most part and what he can bring to the table with the Blaugrana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In particular, he singled out five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, widely considered the lynchpin of Ernesto Valverde’s side, as the team-mate he is most excited to line up alongside.”I’m looking forward to seeing what Messi’s like on a day-to-day basis in training,” Griezmann told Barcelona’s official website. “Playing next to him is an incredible joy.”I’m really looking forward to working with my new-team mates and with the boss, and playing at Camp Nou and hopefully winning a lot of things.”Though Griezmann has faced Barca several times over the years with firstly Real Sociedad and later Atletico, the forward has never been under any illusions over the magnitude of their role in global football and he further stressed his desire to help them grow.”Barcelona is a big club and I hope to help it continue to be big or make it even bigger,” he added.”I’m very happy. I’m very excited and am looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates.”[It’s] a new challenge, new targets. [They’re] important things and I hope I can do as well as I can, as I have been doing for my club and country. I hope to look good.”Asked what silverware he hopes to deliver to the Catalan outfit, he responded: “All of them, La Liga, La Copa, the Champions League. They’re the club’s goals and my goals, and I hope to win them here.”I like to have fun on the field and off it in the dressing room. I like to play with joy and I hope to bring a lot of joy to my team-mates and the fans, and hope we have fun together.”Griezmann is expected to be a member of Barcelona’s travelling party as they prepare to head to Japan for a handful of pre-season fixtures, including a clash with Premier League rivals Chelsea.last_img read more

Explainer Why is Confused Cats Against Feminism taking over the internet

first_img People who agree with #womenagainstfeminism are missing the whole point of modern feminism.— Randi (@RandiLindsay) July 29, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Randi/Twitter Source: BambiKhan/Twitter And now the latest retort is Confused Cats Against Feminism….Who are these cats and why are they confused?Well, mostly because they’re cats, they can’t read, they don’t know what feminism is, and they don’t know what the signs they’re ‘holding’ say.Okay, why are the cats ‘confused’ then?The cats of Confused Cats Against Feminism are ‘holding’ signs because:Cats need a place where they can post pictures of themselves holding signs denouncing feminism for assorted weird reasons that  that don’t seem to have anything to do with what feminism is actually about.Okay, show me these catsHere’s a selection: Source: Tumblr Source: Tumblr Source: TumblrWhat are these ‘assorted weird reasons’ for denouncing feminism that they’re poking fun at?Confused Cats Against Feminism is undeniably having a go at the practice of posting the ‘I don’t need feminism because…’ images on Tumblr and Twitter.Images like: Source: Tumblr Source: Tumblr Source: TumblrAnd what’s the reaction to the cats been?Fairly positive.Was all reaction to ‘Women Against Feminism’ negative?Not at all. A Time opinion piece by Cathy Young detailed that:… while the anti-feminist rebellion has its eye-rolling moments, it raises valid questions about the state of Western Feminism in the 21st century.Young goes on to say that historical anti-feminism was “invariably about defending women’s traditional roles” and that much of 2014’s anti-feminism reflects that. She also acknowledges that some anti-feminists are against the practice of ‘belittling and demonising men’ and encouraging women to see themselves as victims.An article in the Scottish student newspaper The Journal details that:The experiences of the members of Women Against Feminism paints a picture of feminism as a bullying and aggressive force that you can disagree with at your peril. They have experienced feminism as an isolating clique who dictatorially enforce one radical party line on matters feminist and political and who brand those who disagree with them as bullies and traitors.What’s all this about ‘western Feminism’?Some of the postings under the #WomenAgainstFeminism umbrella have made a distinction between ‘modern’ or ‘western feminism’ and feminism as a whole. Source: TumblrYoung, writing in Time refers repeatedly to “western feminism” and states that:Women Against Feminism are quite willing to acknowledge and credit feminism’s past battles for women’s rights in the West as well as the severe oppression women still suffer in many parts of the world.The I Wanted Wings blog provides “fictionalised accounts of real events that have happened to real women living in our world today” – women in India, Pakistan, Niger. Women living with injustice. It details the past “250 years of women and men campaigning for women to be given equal rights to men to prevent these kinds of injustices and abuses on the grounds of gender taking place” and asks for the Pakistani woman, the Indian woman and the little girl in Niger to be considered:Every second, a child will be born female in a country where she will persecuted for this random biological occurrence for the rest of her life. So before you hold up your anti-Feminist placard proudly and smile at your own sense of empowerment, think not what Feminism can do for you, but what it can do for that one girl. She needs someone to stand up for her. That someone could be you.What’s going on with #WomenAgainstFeminism right now?The blog is still accepting submissions daily, and the Facebook page is up to over 16,000 likes.However the hashtag has been overtaken somewhat by people decrying its existence: Waiiiiit…. I thought #WomenAgainstFeminism was an internet cat joke. ITS A REAL THING?!?— BambiKhan (@BambiKhan) July 29, 2014 What about this meerkat?Undecided.Read: The ‘Hairy Legs Club’ is telling women it’s ok not to shave – and it’s causing uproar> Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet LAST WEEK YOUR eyes may have been drawn to news about a Tumblr blog called Women Against Feminism.It was accompanied by a hashtag on Twitter and a growing number of images of women holding signs which read ‘I don’t need feminism because…’.Anti-feminist blogger Janet Bloomfield explained to the BBC that she saw it as:A space on the internet where all these young women are coming together to say “ok, hold up, we have some issues here and we want to discuss them without being called stupid, without being called ignorant, without being called uneducated”.The creator of the Women Against Feminism Tumblr meanwhile gave several reasons (you can read them all here) for being against feminism, including: Believing that equal rights already exist, and feminists want more, and want to be victimsBelieving that feminism is about censorshipBelieving that feminism promotes a ‘helpless victim cult’Believing that feminism is discriminatory, hypocritical, elitist and so on.While the movement was quick to experience a surge in popularity, it was also the subject of online derision and disbelief, Twitter discussions and numerous media reports.Blog posts were written in response… Source: I Wanted Wings Retaliatory mages were posted on Tumblr and Twitter…last_img read more