Author: Becki Jayne Crossley

The + in LGBTQ+: An Interview with Yasmin Benoit, Asexual Activist and Model

“I may not be in the first four letters, but I do not relate to the heterosexual experience in the slightest.” Yasmin Benoit, asexual activist and model, speaks from the ‘The + in LGBTQ+’ panel at Student Pride 2019. Discussing frequently side-lined identities such as asexuality, intersex and non-binary, the …

Pride is a Protest, Not a Music Festival

I took a local approach to Pride 2018. I couldn’t afford tickets to some of the larger Prides in bigger cities, nor the train fares and hotel stays that I’d need alongside them. Instead, I hopped on my usual bus and headed into town for my local Pride event. I …

Gillette Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth is in New Ad

Last week, shaving brand Gillette released what may already end up being one of the most controversial adverts of 2019. The message that’s caused so much uproar? ‘We know that men can do better.’ Scandalous. Bringing a new and more powerful meaning to their thirty-year-old tagline “The Best a Man …

Ways I Have Called Myself Fat

Eat the Doughnut is a bi-monthly column by Becki Jayne Crossley, discussing body positivity, fatphobia in society and the media, and current events relating to the two! Content warning: this column will regularly discuss fatphobic comments, actions and ideas. – When I was a child, I called myself fat. I didn’t really …

H&M’s “Small Victory”, But Only If You Already Wear ‘Regular’ Sizes

Eat the Doughnut is a bi-monthly column by Becki Jayne Crossley, discussing body positivity, fatphobia in society and the media, and current events relating to the two! Content warning: this column will regularly discuss fatphobia comments, actions and ideas. — As a plus-size woman, clothes shopping can be something of …

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental by Natasha Devon

“If climate change or capitalism doesn’t cause the apocalypse first, it might very well be heralded by the collective loss of our minds,” Natasha Devon states in the introduction to ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental’. “This book is therefore my attempt to save the world. No pressure then…” This …

Dear Jamie Oliver, Obesity is Not the Problem, it’s the Symptom

Jamie Oliver is under fire (again) this week for his latest apparent attack on the poor. In an effort to halve ‘childhood obesity’ in Scotland by 2030, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed during a meeting with Jamie Oliver that Scotland will ban price-cutting and two-for-one style promotions on sweets, crisps and other …