“You’re lucky. You’re a millennial, a modern woman – you can have it all.” At least, that’s what I’ve been told. See, growing up as a middle class white girl, I was always told that I could do anything. Be anything. I could have it all. The perfect husband – probably working in finance. Perfect children – all privately educated with a timetable of activities that would make your head spin. The perfect house – complete with perfectly manicured lawns. And of course, the perfect career – full of power suits and business brunches. If I wanted it, I could have it. I could have it all. Having it all is supposed to be the Ultimate Goal. It’s the Big Feminist Prize – the light at the end of a really dark, patriarchal tunnel. It’s everything a modern woman could ask for. Except, having it all isn’t really having it…

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// Trigger warning for mention of abortion // Everybody’s entitled to their opinion, man. I can say what I want – it’s free speech dude! How many times have you heard that bullshit phrase? If you’re an opinionated woman or minority who spends any time online, I’m willing to bet the answer is ‘a lot’. See, bigots and racists and other unsavoury people like to flaunt their horrific ideals around, and then cry ‘FREE SPEECH’ when someone (usually a woman) tries to criticise them. In fact, there’s a popular belief on the internet that everything – and I mean everything – is up for discussion; that all opinions are good and valuable and should be heard. Nowhere is this line of thinking more apparent than on the internet, where people like to tell you that there’s no such thing as a moral fact – that nothing is simply black or…

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I have a confession to make, dear readers: I’m a sex critical feminist. I don’t espouse sex positive mantras day in and day out; and I don’t think sex is the most liberating thing in a woman’s life. Before you all burn me at the stake for being the world’s worst feminist, hear me out. I don’t hate sex. I think sex can be great. I think for some people, it can be liberating. And I definitely don’t think women (or anyone of any gender) should be shamed for having sex. But I am sex critical, and I do not believe in sex positivity. Or at least, I don’t believe in it in practice. In theory? Fantastic! It fights back against decades of female sexual expression. It promotes proper sex education; it encourages women to explore their sexualities in a way many never have; it breaks taboos and promotes open,…

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Note: This review of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks will be as spoiler-free as possible. — I’m a sucker for a good YA novel – and one of my favourite YA writers of all times has got to be E. Lockhart , aka author of possibly the best YA novel ever written, We Were Liars. But in addition to We Were Liars, E. Lockhart has also written many another book, including the one I want to review today: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Boarding school. Secret societies. Elaborate pranks. Feminism. The Disreputable History is everything I could ever want from a book. What made this book for me was the main character – Frankie Landau-Banks. Frankie is attractive. Her parents know it; boys know it; and, most importantly for me, Frankie knows it. Lockhart doesn’t try to pass her off as some kind of plain-yet-boys-are-falling-all-over-her heroine, like most…

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December is finally here, which means 2016 is nearly over and (more importantly) the festive season has truly begun. December means Christmas shopping (or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, another type of holiday shopping; or perhaps just shopping for yourself), which can be a nightmare. So today I thought I’d help you along with a little gift guide to get you started. Being a feminist blog, however, I could write just any old gift guide. Oh no, this is a feminist gift guide – for all the angry, shouty feminists in your life! High Heels Every good feminist needs a pair of really good high heels – for stomping on the patriarchy with. Or on the hearts of men. Or on actual men. Feminists tend to do a lot of stomping. You want a pair of really good spiky heels to cause optimum damage, so be sure to find the highest,…

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