Author: Poppy Starkie

Why Coco Chanel Shouldn’t Be On Your ‘Inspiring Women’ List

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of Nazism, concentration camps, murder, and antisemitism. — Today is International Women’s Day, which means that my inbox and my Instagram feed have been full of the requisite hashtags and photos of slogan tees that cost hundreds of times more than the workers who made them …

What it’s Like to Give Blood

Content notice- this article includes discussion of blood and needles – We’ve been talking a lot about blood over at The Nopebook recently. Not in a creepy way, but about blood donation. I’ve been donating blood for a few years now, and it’s one of the best things I do. …

Vaccination is Not Up For Debate – Even for Kat Von D

Last week, a screenshot of an Instagram comment by tattooist, make-up purveyor, and celebrity vegan Kat Von D crossed my Twitter page. In response to another user’s comment to “do your research on vaccines, they aren’t vegan!”, she replies “there’s no way we are vaccinating our baby. High-five to you …

It’s Time to Take Girlguiding Seriously

What do you think of when you think of Girl Guides? Doing your Hostess badge and learning to make cups of tea in a church hall, maybe. Or sewing Mother’s Day presents or gathering around a toadstool to sing songs. But over the last few years, Girlguiding (the organisation that …