Ugh, I much prefer boys to girls. They’re just so much less bitchy! I’m not like other girls. I HATE drama. Feminists are sooo annoying. Men and women are already equal! Bloody Feminazis! These are all things I used to say. I know, I feel a little bit disgusted too. But the truth is, I used to be the complete antithesis to the angry feminist I am now. And do you know why? Because I had internalised a lifetime’s worth of misogyny. See, I grew up being taught that the patriarchy was a thing of the past. That the Suffragettes had done everything that needed to be done, and that feminists were just unnecessarily angry. I was also taught that other girls were my competition, and that to truly succeed in life I ought to distance myself from them as much as possible. I thought the ultimate goal was to…

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Well, that’s it folks. We’ve successfully survived the first month of 2017. And, more importantly, we’ve successfully survived the first few weeks of Trump’s Presidency. By which I mean we’ve all sat around and watched him start systematically dismantling democracy and violate human rights. But I digress. February is here, and I’ve gotta say, I’m excited. February is gonna be a Good Month. Mainly because James and I are going to Berlin on the 13th for a few days. Also cos it’s my birthday that same week. Fun times ahead. Since y’all loved my January Goals post last month, and since I am apparently obsessed with setting goals for myself, I thought I’d set some February Goals as well. So, without further ado, here are some things I wanna achieve this month. Get out of the office I don’t mean for like, hours at a time. Somehow I don’t think…

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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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You may remember that at the very start of January, I set myself three goals for the month. These were in addition to my main life and blog goals for 2017. Cos apparently I really like setting goals… In the name of accountability, I thought I’d let you know how I got on with my January goals, so you can praise or shame me as appropriate. Pack my lunch for work every day Check! Well, sort of. I packed my lunch for work every day for the first week. But then it was one of my colleague’s leaving lunch, and then I developed a Friday routine of going for paninis and wine with some of the people in my department. So all in all, I packed my lunch for work 18 out of 22 days – which I still think is pretty good going! It’s certainly significantly better than I…

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter, or you’ve read my recent blog post about women that inspire me, you’ll know I’ve been listening to a LOT of episodes of the Ctrl Alt Delete podcast. One theme that seems to come up again and again is the theme of jealousy, and whether or not creative people with creative friends are jealous of and compete with each other. Time after time, Emma’s amazing guests have declared that of course they don’t feel jealous of their other blogger/writer friends. Which is nice, obviously. In a world where women are constantly pitted against each other, it’s nice to see women building each other up and supporting each other. But it got me thinking about the nature of jealousy, and whether or not it’s always a bad thing. Because whilst it’s not healthy to constantly be pining after someone else’s life, or to be jealous…

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