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Man Up by Jack Urwin Book Launch

5 Jun
Man Up Launch

Sexism and the idea of gender roles is something I’m really passionate about. I consider myself to be a newbie feminist, and there’s a lot I’m still learning about, but one thing I’ve noticed in my reading is how most books (that I’ve read) tend to touch on how sexism affects men and boys, but they don’t really go into much detail about it. When I heard about Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity by Jack Urwin* and the launch for the book, I knew this was the book I had been waiting for, and eagerly booked myself a ticket for the event.

The Man Up launch happened on Friday evening at Waterstones Piccadilly. Jack Urwin was in conversation with Laura Jane Williams, author of Becoming and the lady behind Superlatively Rude (who was also a major draw to this event for me, I just love her!), and Joel Beckman, the General Manager of Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity whose aim is to prevent male suicide. The three discussed the topics covered in the book, and how this idea that men have to be “masculine” is detrimental to their mental health. It was such an incredibly fascinating event, so I thought I’d highlight some of the major points made at the event. Continue reading

Women Shamed for Being Women

27 Jan
Women Being Shamed for Being Women

On Saturday night’s Celebrity Big Brother (23rd January), I was disgusted with what I saw.

(Let’s put aside for the mo that it’s Celeb BB, ok? I know some people don’t like it, but I do. This is not strictly about the programme, so please bear with me.)

Chris Maloney, John Partridge and Darren Day were around the dinner table, going through dirty washing left in the bathroom. Later, we discovered the washing belonged to Stephanie Davis (who claimed the washing was left there so she could wash it. Granted, leaving your dirty washing just hanging around is out of order, but let’s put that aside, too).

Chris was going through each item and laying them out on the table. He got to some knickers and laid them out. Almost immediately, all three guys made noises of disgust, and John started going on about how a pair of knickers had “pigeon shit” in the gusset. He said whoever those knickers belonged to needed to be “named and shamed”. The knickers were left on the table, with the stain on show for all to see. In John goes to the bedroom to tell all who will listen about the knickers, and out the others come to have a gawk, Gemma Collins declaring, “That’s not normal!”

All over a bit of vaginal discharge. Continue reading

A Woman Is More Than a Womb

10 Jun
More Than a Womb

I strongly believe that a woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her body. Whether it’s tattoos, piercings, or what she chooses regarding her sex life. Not only is it her right, it’s no-one else’s business. Her choice, and her’s alone.

Yet this is simply not the case in some parts of the world. You don’t even have to look to third world countries to see the rights women are not being given. Practically on my own doorstep, women in Ireland are not given their right to abortion.

Earlier this morning, a link posted by Amnesty International on the Irish abortion laws on Facebook was shared by a friend. I knew things were lacking in Ireland, but I didn’t realise just how bad things were. I did further research, and what I found was heartbreaking.

Fourteen years. That’s how long a girl – and I say girl over woman for a reason – faces spending in prison in Ireland, for terminating a pregnancy. The only exception? If the mother is “near death”; a vague term that has doctors worried. And this only came about after the death of Savita Halappanvar, who I’m sure we’ve all heard about; her life could have been saved if she had her pregnancy aborted. She was refused an abortion – despite the fact that Halappanvar was already miscarrying. And even with this new law, vulnerable women still aren’t being helped.

It is unbelievable to me in this day and age that anyone feels that they can have control over a/nother woman’s body; that a woman just like me, only an hour or so plane’s journey away, can be prosecuted for making a choice about her own body, about her own future.

Of course, when it comes to couples, it’s a decision that should be discussed and I would hope be made together, one way or the other. For these people, in the case of an unwanted baby, abortion should be an option – not necessarily the automatic go-to solution, but an option. And, yes, there’s also the option of adoption. But in the case of rape victims, they should not be forced to carry a foetus to term if that’s not what they want; a constant reminder of their harrowing ordeal. Have they not suffered enough already?! I cannot imagine what that must feel like, to have a foetus conceived through rape growing inside me, and be told there’s nothing I can do about it.

A woman should not be told she cannot have an abortion if she doesn’t want a baby. If there are women who are suffering and/or unhappy with their pregnancy, they should be allowed their right to terminate it.

A woman is more than a womb.

Sign Amnesty International’s petition to decriminalise abortion in Ireland.


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