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JK Rowling, trans activism and the toxicity of social media bubbles

On 10th June 2020, JK Rowling, the famous author of the most successful children’s book series of all time, wrote an essay on her website to try and counter some of the hatred she has been receiving from trans activists, … Continue reading

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Loving my body even as I have to change it

When I was a small child, I was very skinny. This is me, aged six. Unfortunately for me, I come from a family of big women on my mother’s side, so genetics were against me, and when I was about … Continue reading

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A genderless future

  The other day, a friend posted the above video on her Facebook timeline, with a comment which was not positive. After some comment discussion, it turned out she felt that male and female identities were being eroded by the … Continue reading

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So. You want me to be happy?

On Friday morning, I was given notice that my EU citizenship will be taken away. The house in the sun – the one that I planned to retire to – is no longer for sale. My 2-year-old son wi… Source: So. … Continue reading

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Being self-employed: what I have learned

Exactly a year ago yesterday, I qualified as a bookkeeper. Since then, I have been busy setting up my practice and running my own business, hence no posts on this blog for almost a year. I thought I’d share with … Continue reading

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Fashion police

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Accessorized at the altar: Model Bianca Balti displays devotion in the Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter Collection. Shot by Pierpaolo Ferrari for Tatler Russia, September 2013 I agree; fashion is an art. But it’s a strange…

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Help, I’m being persecuted: Hypocrisy and free speech

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Trans activists in Mexico City protesting violence against LGBT people and sex workers, August 13, 2011. Photo: Alfredo Estrella for AFP In long years of human rights work, I’ve seen plenty of hatred inculcated…

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B is for Bolivia – Child Sexual Assault

Originally posted on Hope for Her:
B is for Bolivia In his book The Locust Effect, Gary Haugen sheds light on the horrors of sexual violence in Bolivia: “In [Bolivia], a country of 10 million people, where tens of thousands of…

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The ABC’s of Sexual Violence Around the World

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Woman in Herat, Afghanistan via Shutterstock.com Well it is officially Fall! After taking the summer off, its back to blogging! This year I want to go on a little journey around the world highlighting the…

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Rolf Harris and unreliable memories

I have to admit that, as a survivor of child abuse and a victim of groping in my teens, I was really pleased to see Rolf Harris convicted and given a prison sentence last week. Every time this happens, it … Continue reading

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