Lifestyle

Cruelty Free: One Step at a Time

A little under three years ago, I pledged that the only cruelty involved in my make up bag would be the tweezers I use to pluck my eyebrows (OUCH!) I even ditched the eyelash curlers, because, let’s face it, those things are f*cking terrifying. See, I started taking make up …

How We Learn Fatphobia

It’s widely acknowledged that the media has a problem with fat people. Whether they’re the butt of the joke, the gluttonous villain or the undesirable ‘before’, fat bodies are rarely presented in film, television or print in a positive light. It’s understandable then, when bombarded with these fatphobic messages in …

The Gender Pay Gap: A Beginners Guide

Despite overwhelming evidence and collected data, there are still those that call the Gender Pay Gap a myth, or else have some explanation or other to justify the difference between what men are paid and what women are paid. But as companies are required to be more transparent about what …

She’s a Perfect Ten, but She Wears a Twelve

Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of clothing size, weight and weight loss, as well as eating disorders. — I used to be a UK size 24. I wouldn’t admit that this was my actual size. If a 22 didn’t fit I would throw a tantrum, gather up my belongings …

Start Your Engines… A Brief Introduction to Drag

As a cis queer woman and a fan of drag performances, I thoroughly enjoy drag as a form of entertainment but wanted to find out more drag culture, looking into the origins and talking with drag queens about their experiences and opinions. Over a series of articles, I’ll be looking at …

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 …