#StartAConversation, Menstruation, Contraception, and Gynaecology

I Asked A Bunch Of People How They Felt About Their Vulvas

“Moving from phonetics to etymology, ‘vagina’ originates from a word meaning sheath for a sword. Ain’t got no vagina.” ~ Inga Muscio So, a late night conversation on Twitter last week led me to conduct some more polling. Completely non-scientific, non-generalisable polling of course. I like to think of it as finding out what a room… Continue reading I Asked A Bunch Of People How They Felt About Their Vulvas

#medications, #StartAConversation, Beauty & Style, Body Image, Life, Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Because A Pretty Corpse Is No Use To Anyone

(Getty Images/Jose Juan Garcia) “It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” ~ Warsan Shire Like many other people I've put on quite a bit of weight since I started taking mirtazapine again. Unlike, seemingly, any other people I don't particularly care.… Continue reading Because A Pretty Corpse Is No Use To Anyone

Beauty & Style, Body Image

It Is, As It Ever Was

“I was so skinny, they gave me the nickname stechetto - the stick. I was tall, thin, ugly and dark like an Arab girl. I looked strange. All eyes. No flesh on my bones.” ~ Sophia Loren One thing I have been doing a lot of lately is watching old movies. To take my mind… Continue reading It Is, As It Ever Was

Beauty & Style, Body Image, Dating, Relationships, Sex, Sex, Dating & Relationships

Size Is Just A Number

"Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti." ~ Sophia Loren So I've been reading some of the publicity around Robyn Lawley (above) becoming the first 'plus size' face of Ralph Lauren. Plus size of course meaning bigger than sample size, not necessarily big. This in turn got me to thinking about the many conversations about… Continue reading Size Is Just A Number

Beauty & Style, Body Image

What is the problem to which banishing these images would be the solution?

In the last week a few people in my Facebook and Twitter feeds have posted about encouraging the fashion and advertising industries not to use underweight models. They think that normal looking women should be employed instead to promote positive body image. This is nothing new of course, people have been criticising the fashion industry… Continue reading What is the problem to which banishing these images would be the solution?

Beauty & Style, Body Image, Life, Physical health

A Useless Object?

Why do so many people own bathroom scales? What is the point of them? I mean, I know they tell you how much you weigh, but why do you need to know to the nearest kilogram? Competitive fighters need to know, and jockeys. They have to weigh in before they can do their thing. But… Continue reading A Useless Object?

Beauty & Style, Body Image, Life

Body Image and Beyoncé

This is a picture of Beyoncé, who was shot by Ellen von Unwerth for Spain's DT Lux magazine in February of this year - just one month after giving birth to baby Blue. She looks, quite simply, incredible. Beyoncé it seems has been one of the most beautiful famous women in the world for almost… Continue reading Body Image and Beyoncé