Women are better than men. There. I said it. I know, I know. I’m not supposed to say things like that. As a good little feminist I’m supposed to say that I don’t hate men! That I don’t think women are better than men! That I love men and want them at the forefront of my feminism! But that’s not true. That’s not true at all. See, I hate men (well, actually I hate straight, cis, white, rich men – but that doesn’t sound quite as catchy). And, if I’m perfectly honest, I think women are better than men. Do you know why? No woman has never sent me an unsolicited picture of their genitals on the internet. A woman has never cornered me in a club and then called me a bitch because I wouldn’t get off with her. No woman has never told me she wanted to rape…

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Ugh, I much prefer boys to girls. They’re just so much less bitchy! I’m not like other girls. I HATE drama. Feminists are sooo annoying. Men and women are already equal! Bloody Feminazis! These are all things I used to say. I know, I feel a little bit disgusted too. But the truth is, I used to be the complete antithesis to the angry feminist I am now. And do you know why? Because I had internalised a lifetime’s worth of misogyny. See, I grew up being taught that the patriarchy was a thing of the past. That the Suffragettes had done everything that needed to be done, and that feminists were just unnecessarily angry. I was also taught that other girls were my competition, and that to truly succeed in life I ought to distance myself from them as much as possible. I thought the ultimate goal was to…

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Lots of things in life are gendered. Clothes. Children’s toys. Razors. Something that’s not talked about often, however, is the gendered nature of food. But when you think about it, so much food is gendered. Salad? Female. Steaks? Male. Chocolate? Female. Peanuts? Male. Wine? Female. Beer? Male. Like most things in society, the gendered nature of food is totally unnecessary. Of course women can eat steak and men can eat chocolate. Of course there are women who will happily drink 3 pints and men who love a good caesar salad. It is, however, not surprising that food is gendered. Or at least, it’s not surprising that food is gendered the way it is. See, there’s a stereotype that women prefer healthy food. So while they’re flocking to Sainsbury’s to buy leaves and low-calorie dressing, the men are greedily chomping on cheeseburgers and washing them down with cans of lager. And…

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I’ve never had a hero. When people ask me who my role models and heroes are, I usually mumble something about my mother and Emmeline Pankhurst, but in my head I’m thinking ‘I have no bloody clue.’ See, the thing about role models and heroes is that people think they should encompass everything you want to be in life. Which, when you think about it, is a lot to ask from one person. It’s no wonder that YouTubers and celebrities crumble under the pressure of being someone’s role model. Nobody is perfect, and putting anybody up on a pedestal for being the Ultimate Human is dangerous – for both the hero and the worshiper. That being said, I do think it’s important to have people that inspire and motivate you. So today I thought I’d share with you some of the women who inspire me. On their own, none of…

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On Saturday 21st January, women all around the world marched in protest against Donald Trump’s inauguration, the rise of fascism in the West, and a whole host of other social justice issues. It was a powerful moment, one I’m glad to have witnessed, albeit from Twitter rather than from one of the actual marches. It was, however, not perfect. Following the march, I saw a lot of criticisms for it being trans-exclusionary, inaccessible to disabled people, and generally centred largely around white women. These are valid and extremely important criticisms. However, a lot of women who attended the marches are angry that they’ve been called out for being less than perfect. And you can’t blame them. Earlier this month, I wrote about how to call someone out when they’re being problematic as hell. What I didn’t talk about, however, was what to do if you get called out for being…

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