A week in Bulgaria

A week in Bulgaria

I adore spontaneity, providing it’s very carefully planned By my standards, this was a spontaneous holiday. When, six weeks or so ago, my mother-in-law suggested we join them on their silver anniversary holiday, my response was “fuck it, let’s go.” We booked it 10 minutes later, and she couldn’t believe I’d decided to go for … Continue reading

Interview: Rachel Parris

Interview: Rachel Parris

Originally published at What The Frock! comedy. Rachel Parris occupies a unique position in the comedy world: straddling the sparsely populated border between musical comedy and Jane Austen improvisation. An actor, comedian, musician and improviser, Rachel has an intriguingly diverse repertoire with a CV that includes co-presenting Sky Atlantic’s Game of Thrones fan show Thronecast, … Continue reading

Some thoughts on Robin Williams and depression

Some thoughts on Robin Williams and depression

[TW: Suicide] So much has been said this week about the tragic suicide of Robin Williams, who has long been open about his mental health struggles, both with depression and drug and alcohol addictions. I don’t have any new or unique insights on his death: the media reporting on details of Williams’ suicide has, in some … Continue reading

Can a wedding ever be feminist?

Can a wedding ever be feminist?

Originally published at Mumsnet. Marriage has been a burning topic in the media this year – from the introduction of same sex marriage to the campaign for mothers’ names on marriage certificates. As a recently-married feminist, it’s also been at the forefront of my mind for the last couple of years, as my (male) partner … Continue reading

A Feminist Times farewell round-up

A Feminist Times farewell round-up

When I blogged last week about leaving Feminist Times I promised “more thoughts to follow once I’ve processed them.” Somewhat inevitably, the nine days that have followed have been hectic, and so many people have asked me to either talk or write about my experience, that I’ve actually ended up with a slight case of … Continue reading

Goodbye, Feminist Times … for now

Goodbye, Feminist Times … for now

Originally published at Women’s Views on News On 14 July, myself and the Feminist Times team announced the end of the website in its current form, with the following statement: ‘We simply cannot survive any longer without having to change our values. Other projects like ours allow themselves to be co-opted by a big brand … Continue reading

the final word on feminism?

the final word on feminism?

Originally published at i-D. A month ago I handed in my notice at my dream job. When I joined Feminist Times fourteen and a half months ago, I couldn’t imagine anything better than working on Charlotte Raven’s radical, alternative women’s magazine – a publication with a punk spirit, that was unashamedly feminist, anti-capitalist on principle, and had enough ethics … Continue reading

On leaving Feminist Times

On leaving Feminist Times

My final thoughts for Feminist Times, Money and a room of our own, originally published here. More thoughts to follow once I’ve processed them… The tweet above was one of my personal highlights of Gender Week – a week that confirmed my long-held suspicion that Twitter is no place for civilised debate. In an effort … Continue reading

Lifeworks and the power of protest

Lifeworks and the power of protest

In May I edited Mental Health Awareness Week for Feminist Times while Deborah was away. As part of this, I visited an inspiring group of (almost exclusively women) protestors occupying their community mental health clinic, Lifeworks, in Cambridge. Two weeks ago I had a very exciting phone call from one of the women occupying, to give me … Continue reading