Feminism is not here to make you feel good about yourself. It does not want you to swim in a warm soup of self-regard. Feminism’s job is not to reassure you that you are a “good woman”. Feminism is here to question what we mean by “woman” and ask whose version of “good” we’re adhering […]
It’s 1994 and I’m in the car with my dad. I’m 12 or 13 and we’re listening to music, and it must be 1994 because the cassette we’re listening to is a power pop tracklist from Mojo magazine published in 1994. It’s a good C90, with well-timed peaks and lulls, and pleasing segues and contrasts. […]
Here are some things I have thrown away over the last month: Two sandwich toasters. A full set of Ikea cutlery. A two-pint glass with “beer monster” printed on the side. A fridge that was probably fine. A load of wooden beams for roofing. (“That is good wood!” said the man who works at the […]
I want to write better. Over the last five (five!) years of writing comment pieces, I’ve learned to write more effectively, but a lot of it is about learning to fill a small frame (500-800 words) quickly (sometimes, the hour-long lunch break from my office job). This is a skill, and it’s one acquired by […]
Over on Storify, I’ve compiled book I of #MiddleMarchClub in tweets. Including: first impressions of the novel, Dorothea vs Celia (PICK YOUR SIDE NOW), grown-up reading, how awful is Casaubon and how awful does his book sound, and elephants!
1. You will be accused of hating men At first this will sound ridiculous. Then you’ll feel irritated. Then you might feel riled and want to say: “YES I HATE MEN AND THEY MUST ALL BECOME SOYLENT GREEN.” But the truth is, I don’t hate men. I just think I am awesome – too awesome […]
Well here is a problem, and here is maybe the worst imaginable response to it from Pamela Stephenson Connolly: My boyfriend of three years has never actively looked at my vagina or shown the slightest interest in it other than the usual foreplay. He performs oral sex occasionally but always under the darkness of the duvet and has admitted […]