Today’s blog post is all about body confidence and disability, and it is written by the wonderful Shona, from shonalouise.com. Shona is disabled, and isn’t afraid of talking openly about her disability and the ableism she faces. I hope this blog post sheds a little light on a rarely talked about issue within the body confidence movement.  Body confidence and positivity are things that have been encouraged a lot more in the past few years, especially by bloggers, and it’s something that I’m totally behind especially as I’m a disabled blogger that has struggled with body confidence because of my disability. But there’s a side of body positivity that I’ve felt uneasy about for a while, a side that excludes disabled people like myself. Liv has kindly let me talk about body confidence and disability today on her blog and I just want to take a moment to say that Liv…

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In the aftermath of President Trump’s abhorrent Muslim Ban, #DeleteUber trended on Twitter because of Uber’s attempt to profit from the protests at JFK airport. Thousands upon thousands of people expressed their disgust at the taxi company, and vowed never to use them again. A few days later, Uber’s CEO stepped down from the Trump advisory council, proving once again that boycotting things does work. At the same time, the internet went mad over the trailer for the new Beauty and the Beast live action remake, despite the fact that Disney’s CEO is also a member of Trump’s advisory committee. Apparently, people only want to boycott companies with an association with Trump when it suits them. The relationship between art and the artist is an issue that comes up time and time again. Every time Woody Allen gets nominated for an award, Twitter reminds people that he is a sexual…

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the world is falling apart. The President of the United States is literally following in the footsteps of Hitler as we speak. People are being deported and detained. Rights are being systematically stripped. I mean, Trump bloody fired the acting ATTORNEY GENERAL cos she told him he was breaking the constitution. And yet some bloggers would rather talk about lipstick. I get it. People need to escape. The world is terrifying right now, and sometimes you gotta switch your brain off. That’s fine. That’s necessary even. Escapism is important and valuable and definitely needed. But do you know what’s not fine? Having thousands upon thousands of followers hanging on your every word and refusing to speak up at all. See, as bloggers – no matter how big or small – we’re privileged. We have audiences who listen to what we have to say. Some 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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Tomorrow, Donald Trump will officially be inaugurated as the President of the United States. Yup. That’s right. A racist Oompa Loompa with a Twitter addiction is going to officially be in charge of one of the most powerful countries in the world. If that doesn’t fill you with dread, then I don’t know what will. The inauguration of Donald Trump will undoubtedly be a turning point in history. The kind of turning point that history students will write dissertations about in years to come. We’re already seeing the far-right rise again across Western Europe (ahem, Brexit), and Donald Trump’s presidency is only going to fill those fascists and their followers with more confidence. It is, therefore, more important than ever for liberals and lefties (and even non-fascist conservatives) to stand up against these tyrants. And no, I don’t think tyrant is too strong a word. Changing the world and dismantling…

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