Category: Social Issues

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....

2017 has brought with it a plethora of political change. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called and won a controversial referendum to extend his power over the state, and Theresa May formed a minority government with the DUP. With such...

  The vicar has warned us all of the perils of gluttony and lust – or, Dawn French has given an interview that slams young women who get drunk. In an interview with the Sunday Times, French slammed reality TV shows that perpetuated today’s drinking culture and showed women it was acceptable to be ‘champions of the...

Protests in the forms of marches have always been an important method of expressing dissent. I have a lot of respect for people who (sometimes literally) put their lives on the line to stand up for a cause that they believe in, but marches are not accessible to or practical for everyone. For people who can’t or don’t...

Hetty Douglas – the name which has infamously hit recent headlines. Whether it be Hetty, Hattie, Georgina or Beatrice, Oliver, Rory or Harry, they all seem to embody the same lifestyle, attitudes and dress style. You’ll see them in Russell Groups, museums, gentrified bars in Clapham, intolerably chatting absolute...

Looking back, I can hardly believe how long it took me to go vegan. It seems crazy that I was an advocate for human rights for so long before coming to the conclusion that I should be advocating for animal ones, too. Let’s be clear: I don’t think meat eaters are bad people. I was one for over 25 years, my boyfriend is,...

Lately, when I’ve been spouting excuses like “I don’t think I can make it out today”, what I really mean is “I can’t bring myself to leave my bed”. Every time I’ve told someone “I don’t know why I’m feeling so tired this morning”, what I really wanted to say was “I’ve hardly slept all week because I’m scared of being...

Recently, James Damore was fired for circulating a ten-page “personal opinion” rant about diversity at Google, and why programs aimed at increasing diversity at Google are bad news (specifically, for men like him).. Considering Google is currently under investigation for systematically paying men more than women, ten...

According to the Guardian, ‘mental illness is estimated to cost the UK economy as much as £100bn a year in terms of healthcare, lost jobs, unemployment benefits, homelessness support, police time and prisoner places.’ A shocking statistic, perhaps – but how much is depression, anxiety or other mental health problems...