Four years ago I entered a writing competition on the theme of motherhood, at the time my daughter was 5 months old, and had only come home from hospital a few weeks before. So this is what I wrote. I never used to want to be a mother, in fact the very thought of it… Read More The Un-Mother
“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?
My kids have reached that age. Now the infuriating conversations have started. “Boys do this, girls don’t” “That’s a girls toy” “Girls don’t like that” No matter that, up until this point, I’ve always encouraged both children to play with and like whatever they want. I’ve been very clear that there are no “boys toys”… Read More “That’s a boy thing”
A little while ago I read and amazing book called Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gillman. I loved it, and highly recommend it. It’s a story about a country in which there are only women, no men at all until three male explorers discover it, and it is mostly about the differences the author imagined between… Read More Human Nature
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
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.
Edited (16/04/16 19:00) I’ve added to this a bit, because I realised some points weren’t as clear as I’d have liked them. I’ve been on a bit of a feminist reading kick lately, trying to read as many classic feminist books as possible. There’s so many I want to read, but right now the one… Read More Non-men: Or women as “Other”