Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

An up and down sort of month or so…

Going up at home: Life at Merebank Towers is getting better in some ways. After a false fire alarm last Friday there was a lot of bonding while wearing pyjamas and warm coats. We discovered that a lot of people have illegal pets. The firefighters were, to a man and woman, all extremely attractive and … Continue reading An up and down sort of month or so…

Microcosm – does Corbyn’s Labour greenlight sexism and antisemitism? 

A storm has blown up this week in Wavertree. This quiet(ish) suburban constituency is being examined under a microscope to see whether its recent shenanigans are indicative of a national malaise in the Labour party.  So...the back story runs like this - eminently qualified (if something of a blow in) candidate wins a seat in Liverpool.  The … Continue reading Microcosm – does Corbyn’s Labour greenlight sexism and antisemitism? 

How we rewrote the bible’s patriarchal bias today…

While checking her Fisher Price Little People (yes, it's a transparently pushy mention - but these little buggers are expensive) toys yesterday, A discovered that Noah had forgotten the 'two by two' bit of the story in some instances and decided that he was unable to cope with his leadership responsibilities - also that he was … Continue reading How we rewrote the bible’s patriarchal bias today…

Patriarchy’s Wet Dream

A pitch perfect piece by my lovely friend and ray of sunshine, the Joy Bringer!

Feminist Ire

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After the controversial TED talk ‘Rape and Reconciliation’ was programmed to be part of London women’s festival WOW 2017 there was outcry from survivors and individuals who felt that having a rapist at a woman’s festival was inappropriate, offensive and upsetting. In response the WOW organisers moved the event to one day outside of the festival and made it open to both WOW pass holders and the general public. Where the talk had been originally scheduled they instead held a panel discussion with the very loaded title of “Deciding Whose Story Gets Told”, where some of the people who were opposed to the talk going ahead at WOW joined those who wanted it as part of the festival. I thought the idea of ‘Deciding Whose Story Gets Told’ would be an interesting jumping off point for further exploration of this talk.

A quick breakdown of’Rape and Reconciliation’…

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I am proud of myself today…

Today my eldest daughter learned about gender stereotypes - using toys as an example - during her school's morning assembly. I would like to think that this email (that I sent to her teacher last week) had some influence on that content. I highly doubt it - but I'm proud that I stood up for … Continue reading I am proud of myself today…

A very twisted Valentine’s from Christian Grey, by Beth Penny

I was 18 when I first read 50 shades of grey. Whilst reading it, I felt so uncomfortable and it had nothing to do with the sex or 'kinky' stuff that was happening. After re-reading I realised it was because what was really written on those pages was an abusive relationship being sold to me … Continue reading A very twisted Valentine’s from Christian Grey, by Beth Penny

My Body, My Choice: Why I want to be sterilised in my twenties – by Sophie Merrick

One woman’s decision to take ownership of her own body, and how you can have purpose without procreation. Source: My Body, My Choice: Why I want to be sterilised in my twenties

Requiem For “Actress” by Matt Rasnick

In 2009 Kathryn Bigelow took home the Academy Award in the Best Picturess category for The Hurt Locker. Not since 1973 had a Produceress taken the top prize in this category when Julia Phillips won it for The Sting. Also in 2009, Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award for Best Directoress for The Hurt Locker. … Continue reading Requiem For “Actress” by Matt Rasnick

Why I love being ‘low maintenance’…

This morning I got a little inspiration from the archives in the form of an article about Anna Karina. She was held up as an icon of New Wave style and I love the simplicity of her look. Less is more, everybody... well, less effort is more suitable for my lifestyle. In fact, that's probably … Continue reading Why I love being ‘low maintenance’…