Sending a gender-neutral message to kids

Dolls and dresses are meant for little girls, while trucks and the color blue are reserved strictly for little boys--at least, that's what some companies would like children to believe. Until recently, you couldn't walk down a toy store isle without noticing the drastic separation between rows of pink toys aimed at girls and blue... Continue Reading →

Telegram stickers and diversity

Like many of my friends, I use a messaging app called Telegram. Today a few of us noticed that starting a message with certain emoji caused a cartoon image to pop up, and we found out through their blog that this was a new feature called 'stickers'. I'm not entirely sure what the point of... Continue Reading →

On reclaiming girlishness

Earlier this month, I was alerted to a new project on the SHOWstudio website, entitled Girly. Created by editor Lou Stoppard and director Nick Knight, Girly aims to unpick fashion's relationship with overt, cartoon femininity and it does so in typical SHOWstudio style via a series of essays and interviews, a fashion film and a... Continue Reading →

What I See Project: Inspiring women

Back in March, the What I See Project launched their second annual film competition with a theme of 'Inspiring Women'. The judging panel chose Georgia Sawyer's Tottenham Material as the winning film, starring the rather wonderful Doyin Ajiboye (see right). I really enjoyed this thought provoking short film and think it raises some really important... Continue Reading →

A tale of zombies, S&M and a TARDIS

My weekend was spent with a group of wonderfully enthusiastic, friendly and supportive people all dedicated to sharing the joy of their inclusive community with even more people. There were snacks and clipboards, sequins and sewing, waiting and dancing: This is the story of the Irreverent Dance Showcase weekend. Back in May, when I finished... Continue Reading →

Stuff and hands and pockets

One day last week, I found myself wandering around the building where I work while holding my ID pass, a pen and an envelope. On realising I needed to use my hands for something else, I was momentarily dismayed that I didn't have a bag with me. Then I remembered something amazing... the skirt I... Continue Reading →

Why dance isn’t gender neutral

This is the first of four posts relating to the Irreverent Dance Kickstarter. Over the next month I will be explaining some of the reasons why this inclusive and welcoming community is so essential - to the people within and those who have yet to discover it - and why dance is far more important... Continue Reading →

Review: Man meets Woman

Gender is a huge topic and, until a few years ago, I didn't realise just how big it is. Back then, I had no idea that many people don't view it as binary, that some men don't realise it applies to them, and that thinking about how society expects us to act based on what... Continue Reading →

Rubyyy Jones: Balance

Hello Darlings! Hope this blog post finds you enjoying your deep and delicious summer. We've been so blessed with such joyful sunshine this season while tumult spells summer for many around the world. I hope you are safe, sexy and sound in yourself, getting ready for a beautiful Autumn which blows in a bit more... Continue Reading →

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