Do you know what I hate? Spending hours upon hours discussing men. That’s why I’m a feminist – so that maybe the world can start paying to attention to people other than (white, straight) men. Unfortunately, a lot of my time as a feminist is spent answering this question: should men be feminists? The answer is simple. It’s yes, obviously – providing they don’t talk over women; providing they listen to women; providing they actually care about women. Unfortunately, not of men agree, and so many feminists dedicate days of their lives to convincing men that they should support feminism. Their arguments usually go something like this: “Men should be feminists because the patriarchy harms men too! Masculinity is toxic! Gender roles are restrictive! Male mental health is a serious problem! Feminism will fix all these problems!” All of which is, of course, true. The patriarchy does harm men. Masculinity…

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Holidays have always been when I do most of my reading. As a child, the highlight of my year was going to Waterstones to pick up that summer’s reads – and as an adult, I’m no different. Unless you’re going on a city break, holidays should – in my eyes – be for sleeping, eating, drinking and reading (in whichever order you so desire). My holiday this year was no different, and during my ten days in the south of France I managed to plough my way through nine books. Not bad going I reckon. So today I thought I’d share with you what I read on holiday, partly so I can re-live my holiday vicariously through this blog, and partly to give you, dear readers, some bookish inspiration, should you need it. The Martian by Andy Weir A little while ago – long after all the hype had died…

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NB: This article in no way reflects the actual reality of my specific place of work – it is just a lighthearted commentary on office sexism in general and some ways you could potentially deal with it if it arose in your workplace. I’m quite lucky in that none of the people I work with  are massively misogynistic. Office sexism isn’t a major part of my working life.  But that doesn’t mean my office is devoid of sexism altogether. Most days, I notice my colleagues spouting some less-than-feminist ideas – conversations about ‘crazy’ girlfriends; musings about sex-workers; outrage at the idea of a male receptionist and a female CEO.. Little things, to be sure, but they’re enough to wear me down. Now I’m not normally one to shy away from confrontation, but I have to work with these people every day, and quite frankly it’s easier to put my headphones in…

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If you know me, you’ll know that I am an inherently angry person. It’s just in my nature. I’m the sort of person who will lose their temper because somebody put a book back in the wrong place. I’ll get pissed off when someone sits next to me on an empty train. Some days, the mere fact that people are breathing the same air as me is enough to send me into a fit of fury. I am an angry person. And I am definitely an angry feminist. I know, I know – I shouldn’t admit this. I should be reassuring you all that I’m a nice and fluffy feminist who will hold your hand and calmly explain rape culture to you for the hundredth time. I’m supposed to smile and hand men cookies when they tell me that they wouldn’t rape me – EVEN IF I’d been drinking, because…

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In case you didn’t know, I’m a feminist. I’m not just a feminist though. I am a Feminist with a capital F (and capital E M for good measure too). I’m a card-carrying, bra-burning (or at least I would be if my breasts didn’t require the support of a thousand underwires), angry, shouty, Feminist. I also hate the word ‘feminist’ with a burning passion. Plot twist. Now just to clarify, I don’t hate the word ‘feminist’ because I’m worried people will think I’m a hairy man-hating lesbian (why anyone would think that’s an insult is beyond me). I don’t hate the word ‘feminist’ because I’m worried it will alienate men (quite frankly I think it would do men good to be alienated for something for once in their life). And I certainly don’t hate the word ‘feminist’ because I’m deeply concerned with men’s rights. I hate the word ‘feminist’ because…

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