Activism

Bisexual Identities, Erasure and Representation: An Interview with Nichi Hodgson

At Student Pride 2018, The Nopebook had the pleasure of sitting down with Nichi Hodgson, journalist, sex educator, ex-dominatrix and one of the panellists for the event’s bisexuality discussion on bi representation, erasure and allyship. As a public figure and openly bisexual woman, Nichi offers her insight into bisexual representation, erasure …

Celebrating the Under-Represented at Student Pride

This weekend marked the 13th annual National Student Pride festival, hosted at the University of Westminster in London during the UK’s LGBTQ+ history month. With panels tackling issues such as LGBTQ+ homelessness, bisexuality and being beyond the gender binary, Student Pride centred the often under-represented letters of the LGBTQ acronym at the event …

Why I March: Mythbusting the #TimesUp Rally

‘I should have brought a f*cking coat’ I muttered as I stepped out of Westminster station and turned towards Downing Street into the #TimesUp rally. Stoically stood outside Theresa May’s humble abode for the next two hours, by the end I was hardly the picture of an empowered woman sticking …

Are the Women’s Marches More Sign Than Substance?

When the Tories were voted into power in 2015, thousands of angry lefties took to the streets to protest David Cameron and his government. When Britain voted for Brexit, Remainers marched again in anger and in heartbreak. When Donald Trump was elected — and when he was sworn in, and …

Recognising Trans Women as Women is a Start, But it Isn’t Enough

In a recent report on trans equality published by Stonewall, many cis people had their attention drawn to statistics that painted a picture of the ugly reality of trans life in the UK. As the report did the media rounds, many voiced their disgust in response to statistics that quantified …

Stop Dismissing Pre-Prepared Food as Lazy

If you’re an abled person, the chances are you have the time and ability to cook for yourself; to browse through the supermarket and tut smugly at the seemingly pointless pre-prepared food. Indeed, events of the past few weeks how shown just how easy it is to snap a photo …

We Need to Do More to Help Female Ex-Offenders

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for HMP Bronzefield annual report recently revealed that “Up to 50% of women [are] leaving prison homeless, despite being in a vulnerable state.”  HMP Bronzefield is London’s only female prison and, like most prisons, state that they pride themselves on helping all their inmates assimilate …

Pregnant People and the Importance of Language

Recently, as always seems to happen, the media sunk their teeth into the latest stories they could use to bash both trans people and feminists in the same breath — the lobby to the UN to refer to those who are expecting as ‘pregnant people’, rather than ‘pregnant women’ or …

My Activism is Not For Profit

It’s that time of year again – when newsreaders get crucified if they don’t pin a bit of black plastic and red paper to their lapel. But it’s also the time of year when our favourite failed political party, Britain First, push their support for our troops on unsuspecting Facebookers …

Should We Name and Shame Abusers on Social Media?

A few years ago, my friend’s and I crowded into the toilet cubicle at a pub that we all frequented and wrote a list of names on the wall. Our toilet graffiti was finished with a heading “list of men to avoid” — an idea ripped from the pages of …