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Michele Noemi Dimbua

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Dissertation presentation

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Hey guys,

As already mentioned, I’m doing my dissertation in Linguistics. The topic I have chosen focuses on how women are represented in Rap Music. This choice of topic was driven by my interest in rap music, but more importantly my attitudes towards the way rap music portrays women, visually and lyrically.

I have noticed a trend in the rap world, the overly used line “independent woman” in rap lyrics. So my research aim is to discover what rappers really mean by “independent woman”. I’m hoping to find some hidden form of patriarchy and misogyny in those selected rap lyrics! I’m so excited!!

One of the things I had to do for this module was to deliver a presentation to share my idea with the rest of the group. The presentation had to include the “What”, “why”, and “how” of my dissertation. Presentations are really good because it enhances one’s confidence, it helps you develop the ability to talk in front of people, and it also helps you to have a better understanding of what you are doing. I always feel that the best way of learning and grasping something is by talking about it, or speaking it out lout to either yourself or to someone else.

Below is a video of my presentation…

Hope you liked you…

Keep safe and stay blessed!

~Michele Noemi Dimbua~

Academic essay writing

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Below is an introduction from an essay I wrote in LAC 302 (Language and Gender) Marked by Angela Smith.

In this essay I was given 70% and that’s a average first class essay.

The question was this:

“Are newspapers still sexist? Illustrate your answer with detailed reference to language use in the two newspaper stories below, paying explicit reference to the way gender is represented in it.”

And this is how I introduced my essay! 

As an introduction to this essay, it is important to explain what is meant by “sexism” prior to analysing the given newspaper articles from Daily Mail and Hexham Courant. Firstly, the word “sexism” comes from the noun sex; a physical aspect deriving from genetic development and hormones. The suffix “ism” attached to the noun sex is a label that gives insight to sex discrimination in society. The suffix ism can also be found in nouns such as, age and race (ageism and racism). In relations to sexism, according to Talbot “Sex is about discrimination on the grounds of sex, based on assumptions that women are both different from and inferior to men.”(Talbot 2010: 224) A resistance to sexism in language emerged in the late 1960’s early 1970’s by second wave feminists, their focus was on how women were represented and portrayed in cultural products. “Language too is a medium of representation, and not surprisingly the sexism of many conventional usage was challenged by feminists early on” (Cameron 1992: 6). In this essay, the focus will be on how language is used in the two newspapers to represent gender in order to discover whether newspapers are still sexist. To do this, a critical linguistic approach will be used, this is an analysis of the relationship between “signs, meaning and the social and historical conditions which govern the semiotic structure of discourse…” Fowler 1991 (in Mills 1995:10).

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Finally, this is how I concluded my essay!

In conclusion, the way gender is represented in newspapers is a constructive practice, where the message being passed through the reader is embedded by the patriarchal ideology. The analysis above shows how both newspapers tell the same story differently to suit its aims and purposes, however, both carry the same semantic meaning. The way language is used in the two newspaper carry a meaning that it is problematic that Emma Gray is a female in a male-dominated occupation because it does not measure up to the stereotypes. This form of language is what can be seen as sexist by many feminists. Although sexism is not always shown overtly, as the above shows, newspapers will tend to use a less obvious way to represent gender in ways in which will reflect patriarchy. Newspapers are therefore sexist.

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Feel free to use this as a guidance, I’ve posted this just to offer help to those that needs it. Especially for those planning on studying Language and Gender, or to those that are already doing the module!

Hope this helped!

Keep safe and stay blessed

~Michele Noemi Dimbua~


A weekend away!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Hey guys, I just wanted to update you all on what I did this weekend. Student life is not only about assignments and exams. There are so many things you can do, learn and discover whist you are at uni. I try my best to explore and go out as much as I can…just enjoy my student life really….while it lasts.

So this weekend, I took a trip to Nottingham with my other half and my girls! It was one of our friend’s birthday, and we decided to go Nottingham to explore and celebrate. We mostly explored the night life, of course, BUT went for a walk in town as well.



Random basketball coaching session at the park

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Hey guys,

Not long ago I went for a run down the park, and I randomly bumped into a young lad called Matthew who was playing basketball….and being me, I went over to talk to him and his father! So it turned out that he was actually practicing for an under 16/ under 14 tournament which was organised by the University of Sunderland basketball team; the Predators.

So I thought it would be nice to share my basketball experiences with him and give him one or two tips on the basics!

If you’re wondering whether I play for the University’s Basketball team…No, unfortunately I don’t. That’s simply because it clashes with a lot of the stuff I do.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post!

Keep safe and stay blessed

~Michele Noemi Dimbua~


Plans after my degree in Law & Linguistics

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The image below is a clear diagram that shows different Law routes.

As you already Know I’m doing a Law & Linguistics degree, which is classifies as a non-law route because I will not be finishing with an LLB in Law but a ‘BA/BSc (Hons)’, that is a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Sciences.



Below is a video where I talk about the plans I have, the obstacles I’m facing and how I’m going to go about them!

As seen above, I have to do my Graduate Diploma in Law in order to become a solicitor.

A GDL is a 1 Year conversion course, doing all the 7 core modules there is in Law: Tort, Criminal, Constitution & Administration, Contract, Land, Equity & Trust, and European Law.

So why did I chose this route, why did I not just choose a full Law degree since I wanted to become a solicitor?

Well, I love Linguistics, although I don’t have major plans in relations to Linguistics, I chose it because  I believe in the phrase “Education for its own sake” this quote motivates me to learn, not because of the reward, but because I want to educate myself.

The next stage is the Legal Practice Course (LPC) (1 Year)

This is where you get the essential training you need to become a solicitor, a lot of the work is done with Solicitors in a Law firm.

The final stage is your training contract (2 Years)

This is paid training where you will be working in a Law firm along with other qualified solicitors. This is a MUST DO before you fully qualify as a solicitor. BTW, it’s sad to say but you cannot call yourself a solicitor until you have completed this stage 🙁 Even after doing your LPC! Such is life….


Keep safe and stay blessed

~Michele Noemi Dimbua~



2013 achievements

Monday, January 6th, 2014

So it has been an eventful year, I will share with you guy all the special moments I’ve captured on camera during 2013!


Here are my top 3 best 2013 achievements!














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