Activism

We Are Constantly Learning: How to Make Mistakes in Activism

Activism has more or less surrounded my personality, my being, for my entire adult life. Perhaps it was solidified when I undertook my first piece of volunteer work, or when I went on my first march. Maybe it goes all the way back to my first Blue Peter Bring and …

Trigger Warnings: What They Are, and What They’re Not

Trigger warnings have been widely scoffed at by everyone from Steven Fry and Theresa May, to that bloke online that gets all bent out of shape when you want to warn your audience that you’re about to talk about a sensitive topic. Nowadays, ‘triggered’ is often used negatively to dismiss someone’s anger or …

When Animal Rights Activism Goes Too Far

Trigger Warning: This post contains talk of violence and cruelty against animals, and ableism. — As human beings we are constantly evolving. Society changes over time, and as we grow, so does our social conscience, for the most part. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and it is all too easy to …

This Isn’t About Wolf-Whistling. It’s About Our Safety  

We’ve all experienced misogyny as a hate crime before. Whether or not we’d describe it that way, we’ve all tried to go about our day and had our peace rudely interrupted by wolf whistles, cars slowing down and beeping their horns for no obvious reason, and the wonderful cries of …

The Rise of Female Student Activism

If the recent General Election has made anything apparent, it is that the power of youth activism should not be underestimated. But youthful political energy is not a new phenomenon – despite what political correspondents would have you believe. There is a long history of student activism in the UK …

When is Rape Not Rape? When You’re Misusing the Word

Trigger warning: This article contains mention of rape and sexual assault. — Rape is defined as: “unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of …

Self-Care for Activists

Activism is hard work. Arguing with trolls on Twitter, attending rallies, organising petitions, writing important think-pieces, contacting your MP or representative weekly–it’s all exhausting. It’s even more exhausting when your efforts feel futile. When you email your MP umpteen times to vote against Brexit, and they ignore you. When your …

The Forgotten -ism: How Disabled People are Forgotten

What’s missing from this tweet calling for recommendations for diverse panelists? When you report an offensive tweet, what is missing here? Which group only gets a fleeting mention in Lady Gaga’s iconic Born This Way? In Laurie Penny’s Unspeakable Things, which minority is mentioned just twice, the first mention being on …

Repeal the 8th: Everything You Need to Know About Abortion in Ireland

Trigger warning: This post contains talk of abortion. — Abortion has been free, safe, and legal in Britain for 50 years. Any person who requires abortion for any reason can be assisted, treated, and receive after-care, all with the aid of the NHS. In the Republic of Ireland, however the …

How to Build a Rapist

Trigger warning: This article contains mention of rape, sexual assault, and casual misogyny — “Tattoos don’t happen around here. I mean, I know they do, but it’s not like, a regular occurrence, is it?” Said no one, ever. As a society, we all pretty much accept that a large percentage …