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In defence of All Women Shortlists

AWS

Following Austin Mitchell’s ill-informed (and frankly embarrassing) comments on women in parliament, the debate about All Women Shortlists in parliamentary selections has reared its head again: surely the best person for the job should be selected? Shouldn’t it be based on merit and not gender? What about the menz?Let’s try and break it down:

The problem isn’t that bad, is it?

Only 22% of all…

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A thank you to my homophobic friend

Homp

Content warning of homophobia and homophobic language.

To you,

I remember first coming out at the age of 15, to my best friend. It wasn’t the earth-shattering epiphany I thought it would be. I had recognised that I probably fancied women a little bit more than I fancied men, and saying it out loud to my best friend confirmed that. The conversation mostly went: “What would you say if I told you I…

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The Gross Guys of Tinder (and other internet sexists)

Tiiinder

This post features some spectacularly bad language (none of it mine!) so please don’t scroll down if you’re going to have a go at me for swearing:

Tinder is horrendous. It is everything I hate about people – judging whether or not you’d like to talk to someone based purely on the way they look. And yet, still, there is still something quite addictive by my phone constantly going “Match! Match!…

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We owe it to all women to do something to help India’s rape victims

India Women

Trigger warning: rape, sexual violence.

On average, a rape is reported every 21 minutes in India.

That’s a harsh reality. Branded by the media as an “rape epidemic”, India has seen a huge increase in rapes being reported to the police, partly attributed to the global outrage which followed the fatal gang-rape of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi in 2012, which saw the media, who had previously…

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Dear Nigel Farage - a letter from a feminist

Afghan women

Trigger warning for rape in this article.

Dear Nigel Farage,

I can’t stop looking at the photo above – women in Afghanistan queuing to vote in the first democratic transfer of power the country has ever seen. A tremendous occasion by all accounts. Voter turnout in the Afghan election was about that of the 2012 American presidential election which saw Barack Obama re-elected. I think both me and…

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Hi Urban Outfitters, you need to apologise for making a fashion statement out of mental health illnessFollowing my letter to Now Magazineearlier this week, I had just about calmed down from the…View Post

Hi Urban Outfitters, you need to apologise for making a fashion statement out of mental health illness

Following my letter to Now Magazineearlier this week, I had just about calmed down from the…

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