I’ve never had a hero. When people ask me who my role models and heroes are, I usually mumble something about my mother and Emmeline Pankhurst, but in my head I’m thinking ‘I have no bloody clue.’ See, the thing about role models and heroes is that people think they should encompass everything you want to be in life. Which, when you think about it, is a lot to ask from one person. It’s no wonder that YouTubers and celebrities crumble under the pressure of being someone’s role model. Nobody is perfect, and putting anybody up on a pedestal for being the Ultimate Human is dangerous – for both the hero and the worshiper. That being said, I do think it’s important to have people that inspire and motivate you. So today I thought I’d share with you some of the women who inspire me. On their own, none 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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I have a confession to make. I started my blog to make money. When I published my first post back in 2014, somewhere in the back of my mind I thought ‘I really want to make this my job’. It’s taboo to say it, I know. I’m supposed to say that I started blogging because of my passion for writing. To say that I don’t care about the views and the stats. To say that I’m not frustrated that I’m 2 years into blogging and I’ve not made a dime. But that’s not true. Or at least, it’s only part of the truth. I did start blogging because I have a passion for writing, and for the things I write about. But I also started blogging because I’d seen other women make a career out of it and I thought, ‘Hey, maybe I could do that.’ And I don’t think…

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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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Calling people out is somewhat of a ‘trend’ in the social justice age – and rightfully so. Letting people know when they’re spouting problematic bullshit is essential to changing the world.  Although call out culture often gets a bad wrap, I think it’s crucial in this day and age. It’s 2017 and trans women are still excluded from feminism, black people are still being murdered by police, and LGBT+ people are still being treated as less-than-human. It’s clear that if we want to change things, we’ve got to start calling people out on their bullshit. We can no longer turn a blind eye, or hope that with time and gentle education people will change their minds. We’ve got to call people out, loudly and unapologetically. That is, of course, easier said than done – especially in real life. Sure, it’s easy enough to reply to a Tweet, leave a blog…

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