Boys are taught from a young age that fashion and makeup are a girls domain, that it is taboo for them to want to experiment and be playful with their appearance. I think it is so important for them to see men who will push boundaries and demonstrate that it’s absolutely fine for boys to… Read More Men can experiment with makeup and fashion – David Bowie portrait
“Feminism means not judging women’s choices” “Body positivity means celebrating people loving their bodies” These are positive, uplifting quotes. Based on celebrating and raising up others, emphasising individuals happiness, because don’t we all want to live in a happier society? Of course we do.. so why are they sometimes controversial? In my opinion it is… Read More Individuality vs Societal change
Language is a funny beast. It’s fascinating, but also rarely straightforward. Online conversation can make for some interesting clashes in language: for example, I used to be a member of a forum that talked primarily about vintage fashion. Occasionally there’d be a thread where a member would say they wanted to find somewhere they could… Read More Language and talking at cross purposes
I’ve been thinking about this case recently, where an eight month old has been issued a health card which does not mention their sex. The reason given for this is that the parent wants to ensure they grow up “the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the… Read More Raising a child gender free
It might seem strange to apply a real world principle, like privilege, to a fictional character. But I think it can be quite interesting to consider it in this manner, as it has the potential benefit of allowing a degree of distance and objectivity. The reason I’ve chosen to do this is partly because I’m… Read More Is Wonder Woman privileged?
She was an ugly duckling at school, teased for being bigger than the others. She wasn’t huge, but kids are cruel. She wanted to model but agencies told her she was too fat, pressured her to lose weight, but one day she had a revelation – she was beautiful! It didn’t matter what anyone else… Read More All bodies are beautiful
I interrupt the scheduled interview posts to talk, again, about #DropThePlus. This will be my sixth post on the subject – don’t worry, I’m tired of it too. But it still keeps coming back, and still with the same tired arguments. So I’m taking a different approach this time, I’ve spoken about euphemisms like “curvy… Read More #DropThePetite – or why #DropThePlus doesn’t make sense
This is a subject that comes up a lot within the body positive plus size community, a hell of a lot. And it’s always controversial. Weight loss.
This is going to be a slightly childish post, I’d apologise but I’m not really sorry. Some of you may have seen my previous posts about social services (pt 2), well here is the update, there’s a fair bit to go through.
So earlier today I wrote a post about the problems we’d been having with social services, I’ve already got more to add to it. In this one I’m going to talk about how health visitors need to drastically improve their training, and how social services need to quit pretending they are there to support families when… Read More Social Services vs. actual support Pt. 2