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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 …

I Lied About My Ethnicity To Fit In At School

I love being mixed race, I tan with ease and never suffer sunburn. I am a combination of two completely different cultures. My ‘foreign side’ will always make for good conversation and I don’t have much trouble matching eye shadow and lipstick shades to my skin. I wouldn’t consider myself …

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 …

The Mass Bikini March Made Me Body Confident

Trigger warning, this article includes discussions of self harm and eating disorders When we envisage conquering our body image issues, most of us would not anticipate that it would involve stripping off and marching through Soho, in bikinis, during the busy lunch hour, whilst being filmed for television. And yet, …

Two Generations of Fibromyalgia

In 1992, 23 year old Sharon McDonagh-Delves gave birth to a baby girl – me. Three months later, following some investigation that started while she was pregnant, her blood test for rheumatoid factor came back positive and she began being treated for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), a condition which explained …

My Rebellious Tattoo for my Badass Nan

My Nan was the good old fashioned Scouse matriarch of the family. What she said was law, you did as you were told. She was also a total badass. Many of my friends have had the joy of hearing about the time a stoner was starting on her in the …

How We Became Feminists

All feminists have moments that made us so — things that acted as turning points for us in realising that women and non binary folk weren’t equal to men and it was our job to fight to change that. On International Women’s Day 2018, The Nopebook’s editorial team share their …

The Importance of Good Sex Education

I’m a 14 year old girl in an RE classroom in the roughest high school in the area. Apparently we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe; but I’ve heard that about most areas. I’m with the top set group as usual, so it’s assumed that we’ll be the …

How The Glass Castle Helped Me Deal With My Parent’s Alcoholism

Trigger warning: discussion of neglect, domestic violence and alcoholism – Film has the power to move you. It has an innate way to capture your dreams and fantasies, transporting you to a world beyond your own. Sometimes, it is reflects your own life, mirroring a part of you and helping …