If you spend any time on Tumblr, or watching Jamie Oliver on the telly, you’ve probably heard that it’s cheap and easy to eat healthily. You’ve been told that the people who live off ready meals and take away are lazy, wasting their money, and quite frankly it’s their own gosh darn fault for being fat and poor – the two very worst things you can be in this society. In a world where we’re obsessed with people’s weight, we’ve also – unsurprisingly – become obsessed with people’s eating habits. We’ve all got that one friend who will smugly tell you that eating a handful of chopped nuts is as good a snack as a packet of crisps. You know the one I mean, the one who sits there feeling superior as they munch on some porridge concoction that looks like it’s been regurgitated, judging you as you quickly scoff…

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So-called social justice warriors have no sense of humour.  Before these pesky do-gooders came along, we were free to joke about anything – racism, rape, disability, nothing was off limits! Now, you can’t even hint at a racial stereotype in a joke without being bullied off Twitter. It’s political correctness gone mad! At least, that’s what MRAs, UKIP supporters, and the anti-political correctness brigade would like you to think. They want you to think that the new world order hates laughing and wants everyone to be serious and miserable all of the time. What these people don’t realise, however, is that it’s not jokes we want to eliminate, it’s prejudice. It’s not that we have no sense of humour. It’s not that we hate comedy. It’s that your racist joke just isn’t fucking funny. Do you know what is funny? Satire. Or slapstick. Or wordplay. Or amusing anecdotes. Do you…

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On Tuesday 8th November 2016, The United States of America elected Donald Trump to be their next President. You know this. I know you this. But this terrible fact needs repeating, not because it’s unknown, but because it’s so awful – so mind bogglingly bloody terrible  – that it’s totally inconceivable. On Tuesday 8th November 2016, The United States of America elected Donald Trump to be their next President. Except, the United States of America didn’t do that. The America that elected Donald Trump – and a Republican Senate and House of Representatives to go with with him – was (is, will be) a divided nation. And nothing spells that out more clearly than the demographic breakdown of the vote. 58% of white people who voted, voted for Trump. 58% of white voters looked at their black, Muslim, and Latinx counterparts and actively thought ‘My prosperity is worth more than…

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October has started, which means Halloween is nearly upon us. That wonderful time of year when we dress up as zombies and witches and other such terrifying supernatural creatures. Or at least, that’s what we do in theory. In practice, we have shifted away from scary costumes in recent years towards horrifically inappropriate costumes instead. Nowadays, instead up rocking up to a party as a ghost or ghoul or gremlin, you can rock up as a sexy mental patient, a sexy eating disorder, or a sexy Native American. Something tells me people are beginning to lose sight of the true spirit of Halloween. Now I hope I don’t have to explain to you why sexy mental patient and sexy eating disorder are terrible costume ideas (for Halloween or any other occasion), but I’m willing to bet that there are a few of you who aren’t quite sure why ‘Native American’…

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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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