First ‘thinspiration’, now ‘fitspiration.’ Can any of these health and fitness accounts be good? Health and fitness accounts flourish on Social Media. Thinsperation. Fitsperation. Fat-shaming. Skinny-shaming. Skinny-fat. Thigh gap. Waist trainers. Detox Teas. The list of buzzwords could go on – and these hashtags reveal only part of our culture’s dysfunctional relationship with food, exercise… Read More Thinspo to Fitspiration: destructive messages in disguise
‘My area of work is very empowering to individuals in any situation. We get to be in control of our image, our schedule, our bodies.’ Upon first meeting Sarah, I never would have guessed that she was a sex-worker. In our rather conservative society, it is not every day that subjects such as this even come… Read More ‘My work is my art’: Breaking the taboo on sex-work
When I first came across the term, ‘Eco-feminism’, I thought it was just another highly convoluted buzzword. But upon closer examination, Eco-feminism provides a really interesting perspective on the unique impact environmental issues have upon women, particularly in developing countries. To some, it may seem particularly absurd to view environmental issues through a feminist lens.… Read More Eco-feminism: what is it, and why should we care?
I’d love to see what would happen if all mobile phones went dead. I’m sat in a cafe contemplating this as I observe an awkward scene. People watching is one of life’s virtues, especially when hidden behind a laptop screen. One quickly learns the strategies. Leaning over and craning your neck to eavesdrop in conversation… Read More Will We Ever Switch Them off?
‘When it rains, think of us as we walk under dripping trees or through small rooms lit only by storm’ – Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels. One of my earliest memories is of being lost in a field near my family home in the country. It was Summertime. I remember the heat and the tall grass… Read More Re-writing the self: Thoughts on memory
It’s World Down’s Syndrome Day, and I wanted to write something to honour my younger brother Joseph and raise awareness for his cause. As of 2018, a new advanced test for Down’s Syndrome, (Non-invasive prenatal testing) will be rolled out to about 10,000 women per year who are considered to have a higher likelihood of… Read More World Down’s Syndrome Day: my brother, Joey.
Home to me is the sensation of peace on a Sunday morning; the sound of the cathedral bells tolling for morning service; the comforting memory of my mum’s bangles jingling on her wrists; the raucous sound of my brothers running up and down the stairs; my dad elegantly playing the piano and then pausing to… Read More Finding my Balance: My Changing Concept of ‘Home’