Doctor Who: Feminist Icon?

As we prepare to meet the 13th Doctor in this year's Christmas episode of Doctor Who, I thought I'd re-share a piece I wrote back in 2011 on what I thought were the show's feminist credentials. I'm hoping that the next series will continue to deliver what I've always loved about Who, despite the inevitable... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the 13th Doctor

You may have noticed that, after the Wimbledon Men's Final on Sunday, a short trailer was shown on the BBC to announce the 13th actor cast to play the lead role in Doctor Who. Even if you haven't watched the show or seen the clip (embedded below), you can't have escaped the reactions to this... Continue Reading →

The Outfit I Will Never Wear Again

I never thought I'd miss that navy blue polyester dress. Every time I buckled the skinny belt around my waist, it felt like I was leaving my individuality in my bedroom. Even though I brought my own twist to the uniform as much as I could, through my jewellery and how I styled my hair... Continue Reading →

Review: Museum of Transology

When the Museum of Transology launched, it was announced as the largest and boldest collection of trans artefacts and photographic portraiture ever displayed in the UK. A highly intimate exhibition which challenges the idea that gender is fixed, binary and biologically determined, it explores how these artefacts have helped to fashion self-shaped gender identities. Curator... Continue Reading →

Fashion Theory: Mentioning the Unmentionables

Despite being usually hidden from view, underwear is an important aspect of our clothed selves. Everyone knows that it can keep us warm or cool, ensure we are comfortable, provide support, and help us feel fresh. What many people forget is that it also provides the foundations for our chosen clothed identity, whatever our age... Continue Reading →

Art + Feminism = STOPJECTIFY

Back in February 2014 I wrote about a fundraising campaign for a feminist art exhibition called Big Swinging Ovaries. Created by London-based Berliner artist Jess de Wahls, who I interviewed for my Exploring Creativity blog series, the show featured huge sculptural portraits of inspirational women which were all hand made by Jess from recycled textiles,... Continue Reading →

Feminism Friday: A New Hope

Yesterday morning, I exited Bond Street tube station and was surprised to see a crowd of people gathered around the Disney Store on the opposite side of the road. Closer inspection revealed that the entrance was being guarded by three Stormtroopers, ahead of the midnight launch of the Star Wars Episode 7 official merchandise. The... Continue Reading →

Europe’s First Gender-Neutral Dance Studio

Yesterday saw the opening of Europe's first gender-neutral community dance studio. After Irreverent Dance's successful Kickstarter campaign at the end of last year, followed by months and months of legal wranglings, property searches, stress, tears and tireless work from many wonderful people, Amanda and the ID Board made the formal announcement on 29th May that... Continue Reading →

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