On the 9th February 2017, I had an idea. I’d been thinking a lot about communities – both online and offline – and it struck me that there were few places I could go to talk about activism. I don’t just mean the odd Twitter thread here or there, I mean really talk about activism. There was nowhere I could go to talk about how scared I was, how tired I was, how desperate I was to change the world. Nowhere to go for support AND practical ways to fight the terrifying rise of fascist and alt-right rhetoric and politics. So on the 9th February 2017, I had an idea. I had an idea for the Anti-Fascist Babe Club. While sat on the train for my morning commute, I scribbled down a rush of ideas and thoughts for the community I was so desperately seeking. On 13th March 2017, the…

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If you spend any time at all on the internet, you’ve probably heard of Zoe Sugg, AKA Zoella. You might not watch her videos or read her blog, but you’ve probably at least heard (or read) her name somewhere. She’s kind of a Big Deal. In case you haven’t heard of her, or you have but aren’t quite sure who she is and what she does, Zoe is a young British online personality. What started out as a beauty blog quickly evolved into a YouTube channel with over 11 million subscribers, a beauty and homeware range, and a book series. But not just any old book series – no, Zoella’s debut novel was the fastest selling debut novel of all time. Ever. Quite an achievement. Since shooting to fame that reaches beyond the sphere of YouTube, Zoe has received quite a lot of criticism. As mainstream media’s face of YouTube,…

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If you read my March Goals post, you’ll know that I’m trying to write more this month, which means I’ve been thinking about the art of writing a lot lately. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about why I write. I read interviews with other authors and writers and bloggers and creators, and more often than not they talk about having to write. Not writing is not an option. It’s as if the words will flow out of them, whether they want to or not. That sounds great. It certainly sounds like a great interview answer – an answer that can be quoted and re-tweeted and put on motivational posters to be sold on Etsy. Unfortunately, that’s not why I write. And for a long time I thought that made me a bad writer. A fake writer. A not-a-real writer. I thought that because all these successful wordsmiths describe writing like a…

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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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I’ve got a terrible secret. I’ve always known that one day, I’m going to be breathtakingly successful. Which isn’t the sort of thing you’re supposed to admit as a woman. I know this because I’ve listened to countless interviews with other successful women, and the one thing they have in common is that they never saw it coming. They never dreamed in their wildest dreams that they’d be where they are now. This was all so unexpected. But me? I’ve always known, deep down in the pit of my stomach, that I’m destined for success. Maybe it’s the dreamer in me, who’s always had a penchant for imagining what the impossible would feel like. Or maybe it’s the performer in me, who’s always loved trying on other people’s lives. It’s certainly the privileged middle class white girl in me, who grew up being told she could do anything and be…

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