Contraception was never really a big deal in my family. As soon as I got my first serious boyfriend (and probably before – I can’t really remember), my mother assumed I was having sex, so she sat me down and told me to go on the pill. That was it. That was the extent of my sex education, along with a comment about using condoms as well. In actual fact, I wouldn’t start having sex until over a year later. But when I did start having sex, I did what my mother taught me: I went to the doctors, got a prescription for the contraceptive pill (Levest, to be precise), and I’ve never looked back. In hindsight, I probably should have done some research into the other contraception methods available. I vaguely knew about the injection, the coil, and the implant, but quite frankly they sounded like a lot of…

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As a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, conventionally attractive woman, I’m pretty well represented. In the world; in movies; and in fiction. Of course, that’s not to say that women like me are always proportionally represented in the media, film, and fiction. It’s also not to say that when they are represented, they’re represented well. But generally speaking, the women I’ve seen in fiction look like me. They behave like me. They feel like me. They’ve had similar life experiences to me. All of which means I’ve never had to think about representation that much. Not on a personal level at least. Sure, I’ve Retweeted my fair share of Jezebel and Huffington Post articles about the lack of female representation in films; and I try periodically to raise awareness of the distinct lack of women of colour in the media – but I’ve never had to read book after book,…

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I’ve always been one for new beginnings. New weeks, new months, new years – all totally my jam. New Year’s Resolutions? Yes please. New, fresh notebooks that I’ve yet to massacre with my abysmal handwriting? Give them to me! And now, a new shiny blog. If you follow me on Twitter (which you should, I’m hilarious), you’ll know I’ve been struggling with blogging lately. I took a break in mid-Feb to focus on my degree, and then since then I’ve been sporadic with posting, lacklustre in my approach, and just generally pretty ‘meh’ when it comes to blogging. That’s not because I’ve fallen out of love with blogging. On the contrary, I’m obsessed with it. I’ve done nothing but think about blogging – and my blog in particular – since I finished my degree. I’ve felt directionless, lost, uninspired, and above all, uninspired. So I started to do a lot…

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