Author: Anonymous

How The Glass Castle Helped Me Deal With My Parent’s Alcoholism

Trigger warning: discussion of neglect, domestic violence and alcoholism – Film has the power to move you. It has an innate way to capture your dreams and fantasies, transporting you to a world beyond your own. Sometimes, it is reflects your own life, mirroring a part of you and helping …

Ed Sheeran May Have Got the Grammy, but Kesha’s My Winner

Trigger warning: suicide, mental illness, trauma, sexual assault and rape I’m not the first to write about Kesha and I sure as hell won’t be the last, but here’s the truth: Kesha saved my life. Last summer, after many long years dealing with complex PTSD that had never been diagnosed …

Feminism and Socialism Must Go Hand in Hand

The phrase ‘gender equality’ is bandied around a lot in politics, in recognition of the myriad ways in which (cis) men are generally more privileged than women – particularly by female politicians like Theresa May, Diane Abbott, Hilary Clinton, and Nicola Sturgeon. Solutions offered to bridge the gap vary significantly …

Goodbye Little One

Trigger warning: Miscarriage. — I don’t even know how to write this, I just know that I need to. To put words onto paper, to finally say all the things I’ve been wanting to scream and shout about for the last two weeks. I should have been announcing your arrival …

How to Write Believable Sex Scenes

Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of attending a talk on “Writing True Sex” with Monique Roffey, the author of The Tryst, and Leone Ross, one of my favourite lecturers and author of her new short story series, Come Let us Sing Anyway. I came in 20 minutes …

Not Being Assaulted at a Gig is a Basic Human Right

TW: This article contains descriptions of rape and sexual violence The media has a habit of rewarding men for doing the bare minimum. Just three weeks ago we saw a man attempting to claim feminist hero points for loving his girlfriend “despite” her curves. ‪I don’t usually make a habit …

Sex After Sexual Assault

TW: explicit discussion of sexual assault. The first time I experienced penetrative sex, it was rape. This is the first time ever I have been able to type that sentence using the ‘R’ word. I have yet to say it out loud. I was in a relationship with a boy that …