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 →
How I came to terms with being a hipster
I'm writing this post in Soho whilst peering through my black framed glasses and sipping a salted caramel soya latte, pondering the cliché I have become. Six years ago, I was labelled a hipster by a national newspaper (not by name, but they used my photograph) and I wrote a blog post about the stereotypes... 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 →
Feminism Friday: Reinforcing stereotypes
Yesterday, The Telegraph published some interesting survey results regarding current opinion on feminism. Problem is, they reported their findings in such a lazy way that it would be extremely easy for readers to get the wrong idea. The article, topped with an image of Germaine Greer, claims that just one in seven women describes themselves... Continue Reading →
Feminism Friday: Pink stinks!
I've had it with pointlessly gendered products. Pink for boys and blue for girls - not only should we all have grown out of this a long time ago, like the 1980s, but it's actually getting worse! Charlie posted a link to some 'delightfully feminine' gadgets on Twitter earlier today, which made me realise what... Continue Reading →
Feminism Friday: All girls together?
When I started Feminism Friday, I did wonder if I would have something to write about every week. I really needn't have worried my 'pretty little head' about it. Earlier this week, I popped out to grab a sandwich and found myself staring at a sea of women's magazines, pondering whether or not I wanted... Continue Reading →
Feminism Friday: Gender stereotypes are GREAT
Gender stereotypes and advertising go together so well, don't they? After all, if people complain about them it just generates more publicity, right? OK, so that may not be how advertising agencies actually work, but sometimes I really do wonder. Over on The Guardian's Women's Blog this week, Bim Adewunmi points out the lack of... Continue Reading →
Who is Blush?
I was in Boots at lunch time and spotted, next to the Children in Need collection tins at the tills, some charity pin badges for sale. At this time of year, I expect to see Pudsey's smiling face encouraging me to donate money to this worthy cause, but this time he was with someone else.... Continue Reading →