Activism

Would You Like a Living Wage with That?

There is a horribly widespread belief that the people who serve you french fries, sell you tickets at the local multiplex, pour your morning cup of coffee, and ring up your purchases at every high street shop somehow don’t deserve a living wage. Customer service work is generally perceived to …

Fundraising for Independence

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to ask for help. A lot of us seem to have this deep-rooted shame in having to reach out and ask for support for whatever it is we are struggling with, but sometimes you have to swallow your pride …

Is Feminism for Men?

Controversy was everywhere when Emma Watson launched her He for She campaign, and that controversy has never really gone away. Essentially, the debate boiled down to this: Should feminism be marketed towards men? After all, hasn’t every freedom women have ever had to fight for been blocked by male misogynists? …

The Pecking Order of Progress

Across science and the arts, the first people to achieve something new–first to discover new countries, first flight, first on the moon–are overwhelmingly male. Not only that, but they are overwhelmingly white, straight, cisgender and of a relatively high social and economic standing. In the hierarchy of human achievement, there’s no question …

Our Mental Health Campaigns Are Failing

Trigger Warning: This piece contains descriptions of eating disorders, and discussion of mental health and mental illness. — I was the perfect poster child for eating disorders. For a start, I’m a white, middle-class woman, and eating disorders are a luxury only privileged girls like me can afford, according to …

Tired of Hearing the Angry Feminist? Try Being One

Feminists aren’t grown, they’re made. We don’t just vacate the birth canal with the collective works of Simone de Beauvoir in hand; we have to become aware of the discrimination around us through a combination of literature, pop culture and social media. In short, we have to have some kind …

What Toxic Masculinity Is, and What it Isn’t

Trigger Warning: Mentions of toxic masculinity including suicide, homophobia, assault, misogyny and murder. And Piers Morgan. — You may be familiar with the gender binary. It looks a little like this. Feminine Masculine Child rearing Breadwinner Cooking Sports Sexually cautious Sex mad Romantic comedy lover Horror lover Make-up Work out …

Online Activism isn’t Lazy, it’s Accessible

Activism and key moments of change have been constants throughout history—and so too have leading activists. Whether you think of Martin Luther King Jr. or Malala Yousafzai, all activists have one thing in common: a drive to make changes in the world. But over the course of history activism has …

Say NOPE to Victim Blaming

Trigger Warning: This post contains mention of rape, sexual assault, and victim blaming — A couple of weeks ago, I saw a tweet that greatly divided the Twittersphere. Grace Victory posted about two girls sharing their account of being sexually harassed at a music festival, British Summer Time, where they found …

Pride and Prejudice and Cishet Intruders

This summer I went to Pride in London for the first time, and, as their ill thought out poster campaign promised, I met more than a few glittery cisgender heterosexuals looking for an excuse to party. When I am entering a queer space that is born out of the marginalisation …