During the summer I had the privilege of working with charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. I was commissioned by Jo’s Trust to write two new resources for their website, looking at cervical screening support for survivors of sexual violence. While smear tests offer the best possible protection against cervical cancer, they’re also understandably traumatic for […]
It’s been a while since my last work update – I’ve spent a lot of the last few months with my head down, immersed in a slightly all-consuming project that I’m excited to be able to share with you soon. In the meantime though, I’ve also been quietly cracking on with work on my usual […]
For World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, I wrote for Refinery29 UK about young women feeling let down by NHS mental healthcare, and why charity Agenda is campaigning to keep Women In Mind. Many thanks to the women who spoke to me so candidly about their experiences. There’s a short extract below, and you can […]
Originally published at Open Democracy. While Dylan Farrow’s child abuse allegations against Woody Allen hold the headlines, it is time for journalists to realise that sexual violence is not about evil individuals, Asian grooming gangs, or 1970s BBC culture. A number of years ago I heard British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Bidisha quote feminist academic […]
Four women’s groups today published a report on media sexism, raising concerns about coverage of violence against women by the mainstream press. The joint report by Eaves, End Violence Against Women coalition, OBJECT and Equality Now, sampled 11 national newspapers over a two week period in September 2012, looking at examples of sexist and sexualised […]
[Trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence] Thursday 8th March was International Women’s Day. You might have noticed that there were more articles about women in the papers. You probably heard at least one man say: “What about International Men’s Day then?” At the University of Warwick, we celebrated with an inspiring five days of […]
Every year, around Women’s Week, Warwick Anti-Sexism Society put on a production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. This year I lost my Vagina Monologues virginity, and it was fantastic!