Health

Are Your Sex Toys Bodysafe?

‘Detox Your Sex Life’ – the title of an article on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop at first glance seems ludicrous. How earth could sex ever be toxic? Is this just another part of a culture which is selling us unnecessary products under the guise of detoxification, and on the premise that …

Common Misconceptions about Vaginas

It’s no secret that sex education in the UK is lacking, to say the least. While some of us are lucky to have had positive experiences when it comes to learning about sex, reproduction, and the (literal) ins and outs of the birds and the bees, many of us have …

You Should Get Your Flu Jab (YES, YOU!)

Note: Nobody at The Nopebook is medically trained. Always get the opinion of a doctor, nurse or pharmacist in regards to a vaccination for any reason. — I got a text message from my doctors’ surgery telling me I was eligible for a free flu vaccination. I’ve never had one …

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. …

Laptop Bans are Academic Ableism

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — When I was 17, I sat the last exam that I would ever complete by hand. In the timetable of Caroline’s pinpoint-able …

High Femme In High Heels

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — Maybe I watch too much TV. Maybe my fashion sense is too much influenced by 1950s pin-up girls. Maybe I was …

When Your Body Doesn’t Love Sex as Much as You

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. Please note: This piece contains adult content and is NSFW. — IF YOU ARE RELATED TO THE WRITER OF THIS PIECE, PLEASE …

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 …

When Falling Over Gets You Down

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. – I am envious of small children. Not just because they don’t have to work or pay bills and …