Lifestyle

Being Queer Without Beer

We live in a culture where binge drinking is standard practice. We are expected to imbibe on dates, when we’re hanging out with friends, and in order to bond with our coworkers. Alcohol is often unavoidable when navigating the social landscape of a young person in Britain. However it’s even more difficult to avoid …

I’m a Feminist but I Will Be Taking My Husband’s Name

At the time of writing, it is exactly 295 days until I get married. Which means it’s exactly 295 days until Liv Woodward disappears forever, and someone new steps into her place, all shiny and new (and probably drunk from champagne). See, despite being an ardent feminist–despite calling bullsh*t on …

I Raised My Children to Be Feminists Without Realising

In many ways we were a very traditional family. I stayed at home and ran the house and the kids, whilst my husband worked long hours and travelled a lot with his career. But when I really think about it, we weren’t so traditional. My husband always did the main …

The Reality of the Rural Poor: It’s Not All Big Houses in the Country. 

Go down any single-track country road and you will find cottages dotted here and there; or perhaps you’ll only see a narrow drive that leads goodness knows where, to houses hidden down long lanes. But despite popular misconceptions, the people who live here are not usually the Damon Albarn’s of this world who have decided to …

What to Do If University Doesn’t Meet your Expectations

You’ve got the results, you’ve purchased some pots and pans from IKEA and ordered many, many expensive books from Amazon, you feel ready to reinvent yourself, and you’re all set for the BEST three years of your life at university. But what happens when the university experience doesn’t meet your …

Gender Neutral Uniforms and Grass Skirts

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first week in September, the press are obliged to write outraged articles about school uniform. You may have seen some interest in the past week or so in the story that a school has introduced gender-neutral uniform for their Year 7 cohort–and …

The Long and Short of it: on Queer Girls and their Hair

Until I was twelve years old, I had waist length hair that adults used to regularly tell me I should never cut. People would always comment on how ‘lovely and long’ my hair was, and my hair was something that other people would always enthusiastically compliment. It was crucial in …

Stop Forcing Me to Drink with My Co-Workers

There are lots of things that I expected when I first started working in an office. The endless tea runs (which I avoid like the plague). The pointless meetings. The daily battle not to go to town to buy lunch when you have a perfectly good sandwich sitting on your …

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 …

Navigating Grindr as a Non-Binary Trans Boy

Trigger Warning: Transmisogyny — Grindr is primarily a space for gay men, which means it’s full of machismo, femmephobia, racism, and general nonsense about gender. I’m a non-binary trans boy, and I’ve only recently been afforded a level of masculine expression which allows me access to grindr, and it’s an …