Category: Social Issues

Considering it was released in 2001, you might forgive The Princess Diaries for its loveable but dubious plot line. However, Mia Thermopolis is one of hundreds of female leads that get the same “geeky girl gets a makeover” treatment – a trope that is still being rolled out in 2017. In November Netflix released a film...

We have all seen something we don’t like on Facebook, be it your ex on holiday with their new boyfriend or a group photo from the night you threw up drunk outside the takeaway. But what about the darker side of Facebook? The groups and pages that post the most horrific of memes and posts and photos that go against...

  Welcome to my new regular article, entitled Crip the Week, in which I’m going to tackle the most prominent stories from each week in regards to disability and neurodiversity. Within this writing space I want to tackle the larger issues within the disability community, which still seem a taboo subject even in the...

Our perception of beauty is moulded by the images we see promoted by the media in TV shows, movies, magazines, or on social media. We don’t see much diversity in this portrayal of beauty. This creates an unrealistic expectation in society that we have to conform to the idealistic notion that whatever current trend...

Occasionally binge-eating what felt like mountains of food in one evening is what allowed me to hide my eating disorder for years, not only from others, but also from myself. Binge eating is in itself, an eating disorder not widely recognised by the public. I imagine if a room of people were asked to draw someone with...

  Welcome to my new regular article, entitled Crip the Week, in which I’m going to tackle the most prominent stories from each week in regards to disability and neurodiversity. Within this writing space I want to tackle the larger issues within the disability community, which still seem a taboo subject even in the...

Every few years, I see an image of the Gulabi Gang circulating the internet. Dressed in pink saris and armed with sticks, the caption tells us that they are a gang of women in India who beat up domestic abusers and rapists. This public image of the gang is central to the debate on the existence of the Gulabi Gang in...

One of the constant struggles of being a bisexual person is the erasure that comes with it, be it in social situations where bisexuals are deemed either ‘gay’ or ‘straight’ depending on the perceived gender of a partner; or in popular media, where the word ‘bisexual’ is very rarely used, even to describe characters who are...

It’s World Mental Health Day. A day that I usually spend out on the streets campaigning or on social media encouraging people to talk about mental health openly. I’m a big fan of bashing the stigma, but we’re currently in a climate where the stigma attached to some conditions is being dismantled much quicker than it...

It’s the 28th of September. The Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion – something that does not, in 2017, exist everywhere. This particular 28th of September also happens to mark the one-year anniversary of my own abortion. The one that I had freely, safely and legally at a local clinic in London....