Due to my previous job, I am in a lot of Facebook groups. So many Facebook groups, in fact, that it's easier just to let them fill up my Newsfeed rather than attempt the mammoth task of removing myself from them. Most of the groups are centred around environmentalism and the topic of periods, and the best way to reduce waste on your period comes up regularly. These posts are often accompanied by some quip warning men against reading it because it's a 'lady problem'. What might seem like a harmless yet deeply unfeminist comment is actually a real cause for concern. This sort of language needs to be examined closely and it's time we started realising that men can get periods too.
This evening (9 August) #BBCSwitchOff has been gaining traction over Twitter, reaching lofty heights and trending at No.1 in the UK and No. 4 globally in a matter of hours.
My ex-boyfriend is a meninist. I didn't know this at the time, and, wisely, he never directly said this to me although sources suggest he was open about it in other social forums.
The latest season of the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OitNB) dropped on Friday and if you’re anything like me you’ve already binged the entirety of it. The Netflix show is famous for opening up discussions on a number of taboos and is the only mainstream series where you will find mixed race couples with no white people, black and Latinx actors having complex storylines, a female-dominated cast, and lesbian sex in pretty much every episode. But the series has come a long way since the infamous screwdriver incident and every season the writers offer an increasingly nuanced political conversation through the stories of the inmates and prison owners, MCC.
Shocking statistics released earlier this week reveal that despite an increase in book sales, authors are not receiving much money in return for their hard work. Authors are now suggesting that if something doesn't change, writing books might simply become too poorly paid for anyone to continue doing it.
Reports are flying in about the attack of two young black women last night (22nd July) at MacArthur BART in Oakland, CA. The brutal attack was carried out by a white man aged 25-30, heavy set and thought to be a white supremacist. The suspect approached Nia Wilson, 18, and older sister Tashiya, 20, entirely unprovoked, and proceeded to slit their throats with a knife. Tragically, Nia did not survive the attack, however her sister is still in hospital fighting for her life.