“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
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?
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
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”
Let me just start this post by saying, if I actually manage to write this without it just turning into a string of expletives I’ll be impressed. It turns out Jamie Oliver is so fired up on the “success” of his sugar tax, that now he wants to go after those awful awful mothers who… Read More Breastfeeding and Jamie Oliver
I’ve written before about how important the term “plus size” is, and why dropping it isn’t actually helpful. In fact I last wrote about it March 2015, it was one of the first posts I wrote on a plus size activism theme, and it was specifically about the #DropThePlus campaign by Ajay Rochester and plus… Read More “Curvy sexylicious” vs Plus Size
Being body positive and being feminist sometimes collide in my head, one of the issues which comes up often is to do with nude bodies. From a feminist point of view, women’s nude bodies are (more often than not) used in the media specifically to appeal to the male gaze, they are often objectifying and… Read More Plus Size Nudity
I’d like to say I was surprised when this image appeared on my timeline this morning, I wasn’t though, I was disappointed, but not surprised.