The Gendered Nature of “Bossy”

I read a wonderful blog post the other day about the gendered nature of bossy. It was one which really made me think. It was  written so clearly and succinctly that I wanted to share it, but for the life of me I can’t find it again. It really got me thinking though. My mum often jokes that I was “bossy” as a child and I hear it sometimes said about other children. It always makes me uncomfortable.  I think it’s because I never hear the term used in relation to boys, or to men. It’s amazing that the term “boss”…

Stereotypes, manners and division of labour

So here’s the thing. I’ve always considered myself a feminist. I have never thought of myself as less, or more deserving, than anyone because of what’s in my knickers or a  few genes. My husband is very similar. He was horrified at being called a sexist pig by a very well known feminist writer when he opened a door for her when she spoke at his college. Truth is, he’d open the door for anyone as would I. It’s good manners. But despite my beliefs, I have found myself doing something very peculiar. Several of my friends have commented that…

International Women’s Day: TOTS 100 Top Feminist Bloggers … including Me

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, Tots 100 have brought together a list of 12 of the UK’s best female bloggers sharing feminist content on their blogs and social media. And guess what? One of them is me. I’ve posted a lot about feminism this week and how we still need to #pressforprogress. I am honoured to have been included in the line up, which includes some of my favourite bloggers. Check out the post by clicking on the link. Read on www.tots100.co.uk/2018/03/08/international-womens-day-follow-these-18-uk-feminist-bloggers/      

#ThisIsMe on International Women’s Day and every day

Today is International Women’s Day. It’s going to be a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the contribution we make in the world, however we chose to do it. Whether you are a stay at home mum, a student, a STEM professor, an athlete or anything else, it’s about YOU! A number of important events are going to be happening today and you’re going to see a lot of news coverage, but you might not have heard about one particular campaign that has been kicked off by the female blogging community. It’s called #ThisisMe (was #SayNoToShiny) and I’d…

Caitlin Moran and why we still need feminism (bit hard core this one…)

I was a bit nervous about posting this one about feminism. It’s an update to a post I wrote three years ago and republished here recently the morning. It was written the morning after I stood on a chair at a Caitlin Moran gig in Bristol. Hundreds or women and men climbed up on to their seats and shouted ” I am a Feminist.” I wasn’t certain whether I should post it, not because I’m ashamed of being a Feminist – quite the opposite which – but because I wondered if readers would be interested it. In the past few…

Feminism, Football and the Muff Club

It is International Women’s Day on 8th March, so for the next few posts I’m going to be sharing some of my thoughts on equality, empowerment and authenticity. You see, I am a feminist. I have been since I realised what the word meant – that everyone is equal, irrespective of their genitals or gender. It’s as simple as that. It’s not about man bashing. It’s not about being better than. It’s about being equal to. So across my social media this week I’m going to be involved in a number of campaigns and hashtags to celebrate women in all…