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British-Indian’s Need More Narratives of Joy

When I was ten, I picked up a book that was lying on the table in my aunt’s house. The girl on the cover looked too much like me to resist. She had Indian skin, black hair in pigtails, and exuded youth. The only difference was that I couldn’t see …

I’m Still Pro-Choice After My Miscarriage

[TW: Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Abortion] On 26 May 2018, I sat checking my phone as I waited for the result of Ireland’s abortion referendum. I am pro-choice, and at Nopebook HQ, we had a fundraising campaign in place knowing that, whatever the result, the law wouldn’t change immediately. Knowing that Irish …

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 …

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 …