“hello, my name’s male privilege, excuse me while I shut down the press”

Once upon a time, not that long ago, I could churn out words. Every week a by-line, some deep purple ruminations, with the accompanying research, (an hour at most), doing its best to hoist up the sails of the latest vessel. Flimsy skeletons. Anyway, it’s hard to imagine now. Often if we were down on … Continue reading

International Women’s Day

It was 100 years ago, in 1911, that International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured for the first time, with more than 1 million men and women attending rallies across Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. It was the start of an energised and vibrant campaign for women’s rights to work; vote; be trained; hold public office; … Continue reading

Nothing Says ‘Female Empowerment’ Like a University Beauty Pageant

On the Catwalk

Without a doubt, if I were to call upon any of the prominent transformative women’s movements of the last few decades, all would sagely agree that the epitome of emancipation and female agency is the sound of three-inch heels clicking along a cat-walk, and the vapid ‘fashion’ and aphorisms of beauty pageantry. This is what the … Continue reading