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  1. The Unhelpful Rise of Misandry

    February 15, 2016 by hayden

    After having read Laurie Penny’s man bashing article (http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2016/02/maybe-you-should-just-be-single ), I’d like to begin by way of an apology. I’m sorry I’m a man. As a kid I did repeatedly punch myself in the groin in the hope that it would turn my manhood into a lady garden but it never happened. I even watched and enjoyed the first two seasons of Desperate Housewives. Until it became boring. But I watched all eight seasons of Dexter and by the end, it really was bad storytelling. Clearly that makes me a complete sexist. Or maybe I like watching specs of blood wedged between two small rectangles of glass. Freud would love that, wouldn’t he?

    When I’ve decided that I want a friendship group that includes women who are preeminent in their fields, far outpacing my career and financial prospects, that has somehow neutered me as a man. My worth is either judged by my bank balance or my left wing credentials. Any of my views which don’t agree with this status quo make me a disgusting human being. Which, to be fair, I am.

    Let’s say for example, I argue that part of the problem of the gender pay gap is that many women make the choice to stay at home. Together with their partners, the woman has made the decision to look after their kids and that’s why there’s more men in positions of power even today. This opinion makes me a chauvinist.

    Or maybe recognise that the modern world is a complex one. Maybe for every woman who decides to spend more time with her kids, there’s another one that’s being paid less than her male counterparts for no other reason than her dangly bits and orifices. For every man wrongly accused of a sexual crime there are a thousand others that get away with it. For every boyfriend or husband that tries to subjugate their partners, another one is supporting them to achieve their dreams. In short, we’re all individuals and should be treated as such.

    I have read so many mainstream articles recently, decrying not the patriarchy, but men themselves. This is highly destructive to social harmony. It creates a self-fulfilling prophecy where young boys can use the excuse of patriarchy to treat women badly. Women will also judge otherwise honest men as being inherently bad. Even if they’re good on the surface, odds are they’re bastards underneath.

    What both these perspectives do is to increase misunderstanding between the sexes, creating disharmony and worst of all, negatively impact on relationships. Rather than berating men, we should teach both boys and girls what is meant by a “good” relationship. We should teach that whilst we may have the huge weight of thousands of years of gender normative behaviour on our shoulders, we are each our own fallible person. We control our own beliefs, our own actions and our own fate. Good relationships stem from thinking about the needs of the other person and considering where the point of compromise is. Men aren’t from Mars and women aren’t from Venus. We’re all spinning round the galaxy together and until we recognise that, we’ll never be the best we can be.


  2. Bieber’s Ego, Pope’s Hope Dove Chokes and Theft pops up – News Report

    January 29, 2014 by hayden


    I’ve started creating comedy news programmes. I do realise that some people like reading, listening or viewing so I’m going to start posting the text here as well as the video and audio. Enjoy!
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    Hello and welcome to News Report with me, Hayden Cohen. Sorry it’s been a while. I’ve been doing some proper work. I know. Disgusting.

    In the news this week, I was like baby baby baby oh… Like baby, baby, baby oh…. Like baby baby baby oh as world renowned lyricist… Justin Bieber was caught drag racing a Lamborghini in Miami. He resisted arrest and admitted to driving whilst drunk, high and having a whiny voice and arrogant attitude. He has now only been charged with resisting arrest as he has already been convicted multiple times for crimes against music. What really annoys me about this “story” is that I am likely to receive the most amount of views for any of my videos so far just because I’m discussing the adolescent wankery of pop’s most over privileged and under talented celebrity. It’s not a pop snobbery thing either. Pop’s great. It’s the smug self satisfied demeanor and the fact that, at this moment in time we have some truly amazing artists doing some incredibly amazing things, and that the supposed cream that rises to the top is a rich white boy who treats women like objects, cars like toys and the world like his own plaything. What’s even worse is that the media, and unfortunately I include myself in this, use his exploits as a way of generating views and with it advertising revenue. So in conclusion, Justin Bieber is fantastic and if you are belieber I look forward to reporting on him some more in the future. –
    Justin Bieber Driving Charges Dropped – Sky News

    At this point I would usually say “in other news” but instead I’ll say in proper news £6000 worth of Viagra has been snatched from army reserves. The drug to help increase blood pressure with the pretty useful side effect was only one of a number of items nicked including a rather large amount of silverware stolen since 2007. The ministry of defence described their chances of finding the perpetrators as “very very hard.” It had to be said. COME ON!… That’s what she said.Viagra Stolen

    And finally two doves released by two children in the Vatican this week as an act of universal peace, have been mauled to death by predators in front of the religiously inspired crowd. The Pope took this as a sign that his messages of love and understanding being more important that homophobia and institutional child abuse were in fact wrong. He then began to blame “the gays” for the recent floods and Miley Cyrus for everything else until he was informed that the birds of prey were planted there by The Catholic League of America. The Pope said 50 Hail Mary’s as everyone pretended nothing happened and the children weren’t scared for life. For the purpose of balance part of that story may or may not be true in the same way that Justin Bieber may or may not be escaping prison time because he’s a celebrity. Pope and the Doves

    Until next time, whether you’re a catholic or a soldier make sure you’re Belieber and click that subscribe button.


  3. Secret review now not so secret…ish

    June 10, 2013 by hayden

    age-of-the-geek - Web ImageLast summer as all of you should know I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with Age of the Geek. Whilst I did receive some pretty decent reviews, I noticed that whilst a national newspaper had interviewed me and seen the show, the review was never published.

    In my demeanour as your friendly neighbourhood performer, I have started promoting my new show Secrets of the Elders of the Zion. I therefore thought I would get in touch with this reviewer who seemed to like my stuff to encourage them along to the next one.

    They then sent me the review from last summer and allowed me to publish an amended version here, for the first time, 10 months later.
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    Age of the Geek
    theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, until Aug 25

    The obsessive world of the geek is lovingly conjured up by Hayden Cohen… [a] proud geek from Leeds, whose only shame is that he did not do a degree in quantum physics.

    Rather, he graduated in English, and there is a literate feel to his rap-influenced paean to geekery, which is served up with lashings of self-mocking irony.

    The inventive 26-year-old… takes his audience on a whimsical journey through the different levels of geekiness – from an ability to change the wallpaper on your desktop to being proficient in Ascii art (cue, a photo of himself, composed of numbers and letters). He gives a mock-heroic rendition of the numerically-rich Geek National Anthem; and he charms us with a lovesong to his smartphone.

    And while he sings, he accompanies himself on the guitar, the mandolin and the kazoo, plus one of the few midi-stylophones in existence. A genuine geek, to his very original fingertips.

    4 Stars
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    This reviewer has good taste in shows indeed. I look forward to welcoming them to Secrets of the Elders of the Zion


  4. Royal Mile Stories

    September 16, 2012 by hayden

    Listen to the entire project below. It will keep on updating every Thursday evening.


  5. I’m a Soundcloud Fellow!

    August 17, 2012 by hayden

    A quick note to say that I am now one of a few soundcloud fellows! More information on the project can be found at http://blog.soundcloud.com/2012/08/15/fellows-2012/ This is extremely exciting as I will be interviewing a large cross-section of the fringe community. Stay tuned here for more episodes.

    For now here is the introduction to the project. Enjoy!


  6. Royal Mile Stories – The Bumpy Road to Edfringe

    August 1, 2012 by hayden

    Completely unrelated to my own show – ‘Age of the Geek’, over the course of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival I will be recording a series of short interviews for a Soundcloud project called ‘Royal Mile Stories – The Bumpy Road to Edfringe.’ All being well this will be part of a soundcloud fellowship.

    The interviews will be about performers, promoters etc. making a success of the Edinburgh experience. It is hard. It is self inflicted. However there are many great stories to tell. Think of it like a Batman origin story.

    All episodes will be recorded on the Royal Mile as it creates a great atmospheric backdrop.

    I am currently looking for interviewees. If you have an interesting story to tell please get in touch or email me on haydencohen@gmail.com ASAP

    Here is an audio introduction to the project –


  7. Yorkshire Evening Post & BBC Leeds

    July 17, 2012 by hayden

    So this has been a busy few days for ‘Age of the Geek‘ promotion.

    I was interviewed by Wes Butters on BBC Radio Leeds last Friday. Here is the recording:

    Also, I had a massive page in the Yorkshire Evening Post including a picture on the front cover!


  8. Letter to my Soulmate

    February 14, 2012 by hayden

    Dear Soulmate,

    I’m not too sure whether we’ve met yet or indeed if you actually exist, but I just thought I’d take a moment on Valentine’s Day to tell you how I feel. When we eventually connect together you will be swept off your feet. On our anniversary I will bring you a rose for every year we’ve been together and on your birthday I will serve you breakfast in bed. If life provides us with enough financial support, I want to tour the world with you on my arm and me on yours. We will be happy forever.

    There is however one clause. If you want as much as a heart shaped candle, cheap red card or expensive meal at some swanky place on the 14th February, the deal is off. You are obviously too easily swayed by the emotionally manipulative commercialism of Valentine’s Day. You are obviously not my soulmate.

    All my love

    Hayden


  9. 1 – Impromptu Poem

    August 31, 2011 by hayden

    So on the 27th September 2011 I’m providing my “poetry factory” for Love Arts Leeds. I needed to get a bit of practice in to write a poem very quickly so in about 5 minutes I came up with the poem below. To provide a bit of context both my mum and her friend are English teachers and have a similar level of religious observance (Jewish and Muslim respectively).

    The 2 R’s

    Roma and Razia are BFF’s
    Friends of the highest order.
    Not only do they work together,
    But they religiously perspire.
    Sweating out philosophical quandaries
    Their differences never overshadow
    The fact that for each other
    They are kind, helpful and reliable.

    If you would like to have the “poetry factory”, music or any other writing for your event or to commission any work please get in touch.


  10. To write or not to write

    June 28, 2011 by hayden

    Over the past few months, I’ve been eager to write numerous blog posts about numerous different issues, but to put it bluntly, I’ve been afraid. Yes, my usual manly demeanor has been cowering in the corner for one reason – Money (however much we try to convince ourselves we don’t really need it, unfortunately we do). Once something is put online, that’s it. You’ve engraved your opinion to the cyber-noticeboard for evermore.

    Using the example of my previous blog post and for that matter this video –

    It is now clear that I think Cheryl Cole is not that talented and that her presence on our tv screens is detrimental to the mental capacity of all who watch her. Now let’s say that someone has heard of my work and how great I would be for say (*SHAMELESS PLUG*) a corporate event doing impromptu poems or for singing/playing guitar or for performing at an arts festival (*END OF SHAMELESS PLUG*), but unfortunately they are a Cheryl Cole fan. I would have therefore lost out on a booking as a direct cause and effect of my big-gobbery.

    This is not a blog post about freedom to say something, it’s about whether you should actually say it. I have the right to call someone an idiot or a loser. If I really wanted (which I don’t btw) it would be well within my capabilities to start slagging off David Haye’s mum, the world boxing champion, but it would be a stupid thing to do as he could beat me up without too much work.

    Also, whilst there are people who make a terrific living out of alienating others à la any-reporter-from-the-daily-fail, that’s not how I want to make my mark on the world. Sometimes it’s good to ruffle a few feathers though, and I would like the freedom to be able to do it. That brings me onto my final point.

    As a logical thinker, it irritates me that we have offensive-word Bingo. You could be mentioning rapeseed oil and it would cause distress. This is a major cause of irritation and excuse to curtail anything mildly objectionable.

    Basically I’m ethically confused. So, my challenge is, does anyone have any solutions for being open and honest, whilst ensuring that you make enough of what is seemingly the most important thing in the world – money? Comments below please.