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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 …

Trigger Warnings: What They Are, and What They’re Not

Trigger warnings have been widely scoffed at by everyone from Steven Fry and Theresa May, to that bloke online that gets all bent out of shape when you want to warn your audience that you’re about to talk about a sensitive topic. Nowadays, ‘triggered’ is often used negatively to dismiss someone’s anger or …

Courtroom or Twitter? Rape Culture in the Judiciary

Trigger warning: Discussion of rape and sexual assault throughout, including victim blaming and rape culture. — Back in 1986, Jill Saward was raped during a burglary at her father’s vicarage in West London. One defendant was given a longer sentence for his part in the burglary than her assault – …

Hocus @POTUS: the Rise of #Activism

Back in the day, speaking your mind and campaigning for something you truly believed in was much more difficult. When I’m going off on a rant, arms flailing everywhere, my mother always tells me that I should grab a ‘soapbox’ and go and stand on the corner of Trafalgar Square. …

Social Media and My Mental Health

TW: Mentions of mental health, and self-harm/suicide. After MySpace was declared uncool back in the mid-00s I migrated to Facebook, because everyone migrated to Facebook. It was new, and different, and you could poke people. Ten or so years later, it has changed beyond recognition, as has social media as …