The ideal woman doesn’t exist

I don't know where this image of three inexplicably naked and differently sized women is originally from, but it certainly isn't new. It reappeared on Twitter today and I couldn't resist asking my followers, "Is this true, or an excuse for nudity?". Before long there was a small flurry of responses. The first few replies... Continue Reading →

Leapfrogging feminism: One woman’s mini-memoir

Leapfrogging feminism: can empowerment and equality be taught and learned? If you're reading this blog, chances are you may call yourself a feminist or are at least a proponent of gender equality. Your ideal world probably involves equal opportunity for all people, regardless of gender status (or lack thereof), and you are probably outraged when... Continue Reading →

Real women don’t exist

We hear lots of talk about 'real' women these days. Folk moan that magazines don't use images of 'real' women, labels don't design for them, and that they're having a hard time coping in a world full of supposedly perfect (I'm guessing 'unreal'?) models, actresses and assorted celebrities. However, in their attempts to right these... Continue Reading →

Women of the World

There has been lots of inspirational stuff happening this week, due in part to 8th March being International Women's Day, but today sees the start of something really special. The first annual Women of the World Festival Conference has just kicked off at the Southbank Centre in London. All weekend this new festival aims to... Continue Reading →

The right kind of feminist

The other day I was having a discussion with a man that led to me reminding him that I am a feminist, and him responding with "yes, but you're the right kind of feminist". As far as I know, this is because I'm not radical, an activist or particularly shouty - I just like to... Continue Reading →

The fashionable feminist

On Saturday, I spent the day with my younger sister. As well as discussing her impending nuptials and visiting high-end department stores to look at shoes, we also chatted about her MBA and an idea she's had for starting her own business when she finishes. A few years ago, I could see a day with... Continue Reading →

Men, women: Different, equal

Before my festive blogging lull occurred, I was chatting to some female friends and discovered something so surpising that it was worth keeping in mind to blog about it now. The five of us were sat enjoying a spot of bubbly and some seasonal food, when the conversation somehow turned to feminism. I forget exactly... Continue Reading →

Pondering feminism

I was discussing feminist topics with a couple of friends last night when the issue of men and trans people being excluded from some feminist events came up. I was reminded of an old blog post of mine where I decided not to call myself a feminist as the pressure from certain types of feminist... Continue Reading →

Women, men and body image

Back in 2003, I wrote a piece for The F-Word on body image. I was in my late 20s and only just managing to get to grips with the fact that my body's outward appearance didn't match the image I had of it in my head. I had begun to summon the self-confidence to say... Continue Reading →

What should I wear?

Last week on the Uplift Magazine blog, Sarah Barnes wrote a fantastic post about what women wear, what men think, what other feminists think, and whether or not we should care. This was particularly interesting since I first met Sarah at the launch of Reclaiming The F-Word, where we were both dressed rather differently to... Continue Reading →

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