Lemme Femsplain Something To You

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“Men get so much further ahead when they’re risk takers. Women on the other hand can plan and overanalyze. Then when we come back around to it and we never actually do it.” – Amber Gordon, founder of Femsplain in New York Observer

When I discover cool ladies doing cool stuff online I get a shiver down my spine and a tingle in my fingertips. So IMAGINE my delight when stumbling upon FEMSPLAIN.COM: a new online community for anyone who identifies as female, a place where trolls are NOT allowed. Continue Reading

A Short Story About Cystitis

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(I stumbled across this short story I wrote saved on my laptop. Then I thought f*ck it, I’ll post it.)

Jon looks at me piercingly, his eyes like sharp little rocks. He leans towards me to explain the document he’s just laid out neatly on the meeting room table in front of me. I’m close enough to smell the Listerine on his breath which makes me feel like we might be a bit too close. The printed pieces of A4 are still warm emitting a smell of baked bread and stale glue. The bold Times New Roman words are highlighted in a luminous yellow, with some words scratched out with inky black biro. He licks his index finger and flicks through the pages, sitting with one leg draped over the other, with his other manly-yet-manicured hand press against the table, a frown forming in between his eyebrows. He’s a neat printer, I thought. One of those neat printing types. Continue Reading

I Thought It Was Time To Write A Manifesto

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Manifestos are pretty important. Most companies, or magazines or people have them tucked away somewhere. A document that says “this is what we think!” and makes sure everyone within the organisation stays on the same path. My good friend Laura William’s has a manifesto on her blog and I thought: HEY, THAT’S A REALLY GOOD IDEA! But y’know, she is full of good ideas. I mean, she lives in Bali for goodness sake.

So what does it mean exactly? “A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government” according to good old Wikipeeds. Sounds pretty scary and formal, but really, when all boiled down, it is simply just a list of THINGS you BELIEVE. And try your hardest to stick to. So, I thought it was about time to do one, for myself. Continue Reading

Do We Really Want Our Politicians On Social Media?

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This was first posted on thedebrief.co.uk

Russell Brand has more followers on Twitter than the whole House of Commons put together (OK, I haven’t done the math, but it’s a fair assumption with his 9.11 million followers). But is this real political influence? Probably not. After all, Russell Brand has said time again when asked by angry QTers why he won’t stand for parliament: ‘I’m a comedian, mate.’

So how important is social media in getting people to vote? And do we even want our politicans on Twitter? Continue Reading

How To Get Stuff Done Even When You’re Mega Busy

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Time management and organisation. Coolest words in the dictionary, right?

But being headless-chicken-crazy can actually be a good thing. The more you’ve got on – the more you’ll probably get done because you have to slot it all in. It forces you to be organised and extra pedantic with your diary. Empty days stretched out ahead of you can be a bad thing for productivity, in my opinion. Continue Reading

A Feminist Film Festival For Movies That Pass The Bechdel Test

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Occasionally I get emails that pop into my blog inbox that make me go YAYAYAYAYAYAY.

And one of them was this – an announcement that there is such a thing as The Bechdel Test Fest! This is a year-long film festival kicking off this month to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Bechdel Test, (coined by animator Alison Bechdel in 1985):

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How To Build A Girl (The Film): My Cast Predications

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This article first appeared on thedebrief.co.uk

It was announced on Variety yesterday that the film rights to How To Build A Girl, Caitlin Moran’s debut novel has been acquired by Monumental Pictures. The project has been backed by Film4 and Caitlin is adapting the script with her pal John Niven, best-selling author of Straight White Male and Kill Your Friends. We can already imagine them together in a large drawing room, smoking cigarettes and making dirty jokes as they write – and wrestle – the film script. Alison Owen (that’s Lily’s mum, FYI), partner at Monumental Pictures has commented that they ‘want to make commercial movies and television with strong female characters’, which is something we can totally get behind. Strong female characters FTW. Continue Reading

Am I An Adult Now?

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On paper, I’m a total adult now.

A) I have moved in with my boyfriend

B) We have a dishwasher (albeit it’s still in the living room and needs to be picked up and replaced because it’s too big for the gap in the kitchen.)

C) We have a spare room.

The last two have specifically been my measure of whether or not I am in fact an adult yet. On paper, this is it. This is what teenage me would have wanted. I’ve got my one-way ticket to Adulthood and the train is just pulling in. Continue Reading

10 minutes With The Producer of The Moth

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OMG THE MOTH.

So if you’re unaware of The Moth is, apart from those annoying things that buzz at your lightbulb, an amazing podcast listened to by over 30 million listeners. It’s official description is a” non-profit group based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.” Sounds dreamy, right?

There was also a story collection (released in 2013) called The Moth: 50 True Stories that reached #22 on The New York Times Best-Seller List. Continue Reading

An Illustrated Week

The Internet can be such a cute place sometimes.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely press team at SimplyBe. The fashion range there is all about ‘real’ moments. I feel weird about the term ‘real woman’ because none of us are cyborgs, but this was about celebrating one of those fashion moments where things didn’t go swimmingly but you rocked it anyway. Moments where you accidentally wear the wrong bra, or forgot your Spanx, or you ended up with lipstick not just on your teeth but also on your earlobe (this happens frequently). I could have chosen some other more embarrassing fashion ‘issues’ but instead I chose to relay the time I was in NYC with sunnies on and a brand new pair of Converse shoes which THEN RIPPED MY FEET TO SHREDS. Literally gave me the worst blisters known to man. So the team at Simply Be then said they’d send me an illustration (by the talented Estelle Morris) of this awkward ‘moment’ that occurred.

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This one below was drawn by the amazing Ella Masters at the Rosewood London spa, where I hung out with some other bloggers, the lovely @wishwishwish, @livpurvis and @fashionknitsta in robes. We had a gorgeous 30 minute massage and amazing canapés and drinks. I reviewed the Rosewood here when I stayed the night and I cannot recommend it any more – it is with out of a doubt the best place I’ve ever stayed in London.

 

 

 

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The third illustration I wanted to share was from my lovely friend and fellow blogger Katie Oldham aka Scarphelia.com. She was taking requests on Twitter as she is practising her skills (as if she needs to), and then yesterday I woke up to this amazing painting on Twitter. Talk about SKLILS? I want everyone to know just how amazingly gifted she is at pretty much everything and SHE’S NICE TOO. She writes, she sings, she paints…. SO GO LOOK AT HER THINGS: instagram.com/scarpheliablog

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The Debrief’s New Weekly Vlog #WTFTRENDING

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In The Debrief office (The Deebs, for short) we will posting some short vloggy videos every Wednesday where we just give you a run-down of some of the top stories that are #trending on Twitter.

This week we chatted about the news that Harper Lee is publishing her second after 55 years…..

 

Reasons I Am Now Really Obsessed With Dublin

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For someone so obsessed with Ireland, I can’t believe I’d never been there (obsessed for so many reasons: the sense of community; the fashion, especially Irish fashion bloggers; St Patrick’s Day, oh and also, my major crush on Chris O’Dowd.) It had always been on “my list” of places to visit. I mean, it’s down the ROAD for goodness sake. I guess I’d assumed Dublin would be an old town with lots of pubs and LOTS of Guinness and full of hen dos. How WRONG COULD I HAVE BEEN? And I now feel bad for thinking that, because it really is SO so much more. I had the best time and I am about to tell you all the reasons why (and why you should also plan a weekend getaway to Dublin asap). Continue Reading