Are You a Big Knicker Feminist? (with all due credit to Caitlin Moran & Bridgette Jones)

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by - 1 comment

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If you haven’t yet had the good fortune to come across anything written by Caitlin Moran I urge you to remedy that right now. She is outrageously funny and speaks loud and often on the topic of feminism. It’s rare for me to read something on feminism that makes me think again, and laugh out loud but she has done it.

She has a new novel out, How to Build a Girl. Buy it. I laughed until I cried. I shook the bed laughing so much that I woke my husband up. It prompted me to go back and read her autobiography How To Be Woman. You must buy that too.

Since reading it it has had a profound effect on my choice of knickers. Let me share an extract with you but I warn you: this may damage your relationship with underwear for ever.

Caitlin Moran

Women need, as a basic right, to be given enough underwear for it to cling to their exteriors, like a starfish – and not slowly become pulled into the deep gravity of their inside, and get internalised, due to motion friction. It’s insanity.

I’m going to lie this right on the line, right here, right now: I’m pro big pants. Strident feminism NEEDS big pants. Really big. I’m currently wearing a pair that could have been used as a fire blanket to put out the Great Fire of London at any point during the first 48 hours or so. They extend from the top of my thigh to my belly button and effectively double up as a second property that I can escape to at the week ends. If I were going to run for parliament it would be solely on a platform of ‘Get Women In Massive Grundie’s’.

(She goes on to talk about the amount of knicker on display through tight trousers, low cut jeans etc)

And what these results tell us is that there is scarcely a women in Britain wearing a pair of pants that actually fit her. Instead of having something that, sensibly and reassuringly contains both the buttocks – what I would call a good pair of pants – they’re wearing little more than gluteal accessories, or arse trinkets…………With my own eyes I have seen women walking around out there with anything between two and eight buttocks – and placed anywhere between the hip and the mid thigh……Women, this manner of underwear cannot be an act of sanity. Why are we starving our bottoms of the resources – like an extra metre of material – to stay comfortable? Why have we succumbed to pantorexia?

I think you can probably guess her conclusion to that final question.

So, time to storm the lingerie departments! Become a big comfortable knicker feminist and join the revolution! Caitlin Moran, I salute you.

PS To avoid all doubt, you can wear what knickers you like to one of the many RenewYou courses happening around the UK and beyond. And no one paid me, or even gave me a free copy, to write this. I just want to share the joy!

Motherhood & Careers, Impossible?

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by - 5 comments

I’m often asked for my thoughts on this topic. What I’d really like to do is to change the whole system of patriarchy that has made it a relevant question in the first place. Society needs babies. Women have babies. Babies need parents. There are ways of making this happen that work for everyone, just take a look at what some of the Scandinavian countries have done. It requires a fundamental change in attitude. Business needs women. It’s not sustainable,

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Cats Are Not At All Like Humans….are they?

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by - 0 comments

  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before (ahem) but I have two cats. Yes, I am mad cat lady in waiting and it’s getting closer all the time. It’s not all fun and fur though; my cats do serve a useful purpose in deepening my understanding of the human condition and here’s how: My cats are brother and sister found at 3 weeks old by a cat rescue organisation and reared by humans. I sometimes think this may

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Inspirational Women – Lucy Atkins, Novelist

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by - 1 comment

My first encounter with Lucy Atkins was through her latest book, The Missing One. I downloaded it to my Kindle but almost immediately regretted it; it’s far too good to be kept out of sight on a kindle. It’s certainly not ‘chick lit, (whatever that is) but it might qualify as ‘chic’ lit. After a few cheery exchanges on Twitter I was delighted to be able to talk with Lucy, which resulted in this interview. I hope you enjoy it.

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Tips on Writing Your First Novel/Feature & Following the Dream!

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by - 5 comments

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure to speak with some great women writers. I always ask them for their advice to aspiring writers and below are some of their answers. If you click on the names you’ll be taken through to the original interviews where there is a wealth of information. Sarah Sheridan: What advice would you give to anyone thinking of embarking on a writing career? It is a massively competitive and difficult field and right now it’s

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Gender Equality & Ghana

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by - 0 comments

Regular readers will know that I am an enthusiastic supporter of the charity WomanKind.  We also have plans to deliver RenewYou to women in Ghana (on hold temporarily but not forgotten) so I was thrilled to read this recently in their regular updates: Progress in Ghana Towards Affirmative Action and Women’s Leadership Programmes Manager, Catherine Klirodotakou, has just returned from a visit to Ghana where she met with our partners, Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre) and

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