Archive for the ‘gender’ Category

I’m standing behind a curtain playing hide and seek with my daughter, who doesn’t quite get the rules yet and keeps covering her eyes and running forward blindly shouting “I’m coming to hide you!” While I concentrate on not being found I am also doing my pelvic floor exercises and thinking about a book I’m […]

My maternity leave is officially over. I have mixed feelings, like most mothers do. I feel ready to have “work” in my life again, and I will be sad every time that I have to walk out the house and spend the day without her, and I know she will be fine, and I will miss […]

In June 


When I was pregnant I read a lot of positive birth stories and it helped me feel prepared. Our baby is nearly a year old and finally I feel ready to write about birth! This isn’t exactly a positive birth story – though I did have a planned homebirth with no complications, it was long […]

There’s a lot of reasons why people love yoga and on the internet everyone seems to go on about it, and in real life too, and I imagine if I didn’t already do yoga, I would not want to hear any more about it. I am sometimes one of those people who blathers on as […]



This is an entry for the FEMFLASH 2013 writing competition from Mookychick Online. Enter now. The shorts were covered in sequins and clung tight on her buttocks, rising high on the hips and leaving a slice of black, wobbly flesh in between her waistband and bra top. A woman put her hand over her mouth […]

Three things that made me smile this week: Tavi being wise beyond her (and most people’s)  years on TED: “Women are complicated and multi-faceted, not because women are crazy but because people are crazy, and women happen to be people.” Tina Fey on rape. Not rape rape. Rape. “If I have to listen to one more grey-faced […]

Stories are like paintings, giving colour to words’ bare bones. Such stories are in no short supply on the websites Hollaback London and ASH campaign. These are not happy stories. They are not the soothing stuff of bedtime. “When I turned away from him, he grabbed me by my ponytail.” “Waiting to cross the road, […]

A lovely succinct reply from the Fawcett Society here.

The man on the train has creamy skin and the darkest eyes. The boy on the bike the other day was loose-limbed with easy grace, wet hair and clothes thrown on. Dark hair and brown arms from the sun. He looked at me looking at him. There isn’t much space in public life to talk […]

I LOVE Progressive Women because: a. they could be a post-rock band b. their name wants me to start singing Cast off the shackles of yesterday! Shoulder to shoulder into the fray! etc. c. they put on a night entitled ‘are you a secret feminist?’ run by Progressive Women. Fact: 90% of women agree with […]