health

Trans Men and Barriers to Healthcare

“What barriers to healthcare do you face as a trans man?” It’s no secret that healthcare is often more accessible to cis people than it is to transgender individuals, and this can cause a lot of problems for the already at-risk trans community. We’re gatekept by medical professionals, discriminated against, …

No, My Vagina isn’t Carcinogenic

I was 17 before I’d heard of a clitoris, and I was 21 before I knew that the vagina and the vulva weren’t the same thing. This wasn’t because I’d avoided my own anatomy for my entire life, or because I’d catastrophically failed GCSE biology. It was because no one …

Is Skinnypigs Fitness Empowering or Demeaning Women?

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss — At the beginning of the week, you probably hadn’t heard of Newcastle-based women’s fitness company, Skinnypigs Fitness. Thanks to a questionable banner and subsequent backlash on Twitter, however, that may now have changed. Earlier this week, an image of the fitness company’s banner circulated …

Fidget Spinners: More Than Just a Fad?

If you have a working internet connection or you are acquainted with anybody under the age of ten then you have no doubt heard of and potentially been annoyed by fidget spinners. Like all playground crazes schools have already started banning them but, unlike loom bands or Pokemon cards, fidget …

Can You Believe How Fat She Got?

Trigger Warning: This article contains mention of eating disorders and depression. — Fat is a pretty heavy word. It is spat like venom, mouthed across rooms, and even gasped in horror. One syllable that has engulfed conversation after conversation, has pulled focus of the masses. “I feel so fat,” someone says …

Blood, Sweat and Tears: an Unsuccessful Cervical Screening

I turn 25 in June, so this January brought with it that symbol of adulthood for vagina/cervix owners that we all wish we didn’t have to go through. The invitation for cervical screening, better known as a ‘smear test’. I decided to get it over and done with. I rang …

Take Your Time, Not Your Teeth

This article is going to start with a declaration: the NHS is a bit of a hot topic right now and this article is wholly in defense of it. However, it is based purely on personal experiences and nothing more. What has got me thinking recently, is that the bulk …

The Forgotten -ism: How Disabled People Are Forgotten

What’s missing from this tweet calling for recommendations for diverse panelists? When you report an offensive tweet, what is missing here? Which group only gets a fleeting mention in Lady Gaga’s iconic Born This Way? In Laurie Penny’s Unspeakable Things, which minority is mentioned just twice, the first mention being on …

Pasta Sauce to Heal Your Soul

I am firm believer in the healing power of food. Not just in an ‘apple a day will keep the doctor away’ kind of way, but in a ‘cooking and eating lovely food will pretty much always make you feel better’ kind of way. There are a lot of articles …