Foreword

“The power of a bold idea uttered publicly in defiance of dominant opinion cannot be easily measured. Those special people who speak out in such a way as to shake up not only the self-assurance of their enemies, but the complacency of their friends, are precious catalysts for change.”

– Howard Zinn, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

We see protests happening all over the world. At this very time of writing, the effects of Ferguson still continue to violently polarise civil society in the United States. In 2014, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests shook the very foundations of the political sphere; and last summer, many frustrated Brazilians rallied against excessive expenditure on the World Cup.

These embodied objections to the status quo have been an integral part of societal expression for centuries, sometimes resulting in anticlimactic suppression and extinguishment, but on the unique occasion, leading to cataclysmic and revolutionary change. People unite under a vision or a cause and fight together for the rights they believe they are entitled to. And yet, not all of these protests necessarily occur on a grand or earth shattering stage. We make personal protests on an everyday basis, borne out of bold ideas on what we believe is right.

From social movements challenging the Dutch ‘Zwarte Pieten’ tradition, from a personal struggle for women’s rights in the stand-up comedy industry, to musings on the psyche of protests in Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom, this magazine issue aims to explore on the various perspectives surrounding protest.

So, we dedicate this issue to the protests that you, and everyone around you, are personally making every single day. We want to explore the realm of speaking out against conventional wisdom. Regardless of whether it is on a prominent political stage, or an internal struggle for something you believe in, we have listened to you and shared your own individual stories. We hope that Entitled Magazine’s Protest Issue is an inspiration to all our readers.

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The photograph used for the cover of The Protest Issue of Entitled Magazine was graciously contributed by Will Steer, from Good Hustle Films.

Will Steer is a freelance filmmaker focused on post-production for cinema and television. He’s also been known to frequently dabble in the worlds of design and photography. His personal projects always feature a strong focus on the social and political.