Dear Women’s Health,

Yesterday you sent an email to all your online subscribers with the subject line ‘How to Eat, Drink & Still Shrink’ because everyone knows that during Christmas the number one thing women think about is shrinking.  Your December survival guide had the answers to questions I had never asked – How To De-Bloat Ahead Of Your Christmas Party, Your Guide To Eating Everything At Christmas…, The Low Cal Drink Everyone’s Ordering In LA, and How To Lose Weight By Eating More. Maybe lots of women pound your office doors begging you to tell them how to shrink over December, but I doubt it.

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In late 2013 I had the pleasure of interviewing Rainy Kerwin, producer, director, writer, and actor about her new movie The Wedding Invitation – if you haven’t read the interview then go! And once you’ve done that come back here because fast forward to 2016 and the trailer is out today – YAY. The wonderful Rain has given me a UK exclusive (when she first emailed me I thought it was some sort of elaborate April Fool joke and then when I realised it wasn’t I did a little dance of joy) and I am thrilled to present the trailer in all it’s glory!

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Before any of you read this I want to warn you all that it is full of ‘thinspo’ that hideous whole in the world of social media where people (usually women) compare and encourage each other to be the thin. The newest thing, which was just brought to my attention is seeing if your waist is smaller than an A4 piece of paper. Yes, that’s right it’s no longer about how much air there is between your thighs (thigh gap’) or how prominent your bones are between your breasts (‘bikini bridge’) but now how small your waist is. Or as I like to think of it, how fucked up your organs are – how squashed they are together inside you to make your waist smaller than 21 centimeters.

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Targeted and Trolled

Social media is the natural habitat of many things – breaking news, strange rumours (anyone else remember when James Blunt ‘died’?), avocado pictures (avocado is still the new kale isn’t it?), and of course misogynists. In fact not only is it the natural habitat of misogynists it is also their breading ground and you can guarantee that when a feminist campaigner says anything about anything (but specifically about the inequality they have encountered) this sub-specie of human will pop up out of the woodwork and threaten to rape, kill, abuse the woman who dared to open her mouth and say / type anything. In fact threatening to kill a woman because of what she says on social media has become so common place that it’s in danger of sliding from ‘breaking the law’ to ‘normal behaviour’. How has that even happened? How is it possible that in 2015 threatening to kill someone is being excused and normalised?

When I had the chance to read Targeted and Trolled and ask Rossalyn Warren a few questions, I jumped at it. This isn’t something which should ever be swept under the rug and should never, ever be normalised. It is all under the cut – go forth and read.

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Michelle Money, who appeared on “The Bachelor said, “I don’t care who you are, ladies, you have hair on your face…Men don’t like it. Get rid of it.”

I have no idea how I didn’t hear about this before, or write about it before but it completely passed me by. That New York Times article talks about how more and more women are shaving. Which is fine with me – do what you want with your facial hair. What I completely disagree with is what Michelle Money said because I can do what I want with my facial hair and it doesn’t matter to me if it repulses all men AND all women.

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