Every kind of Valentine

My mum and I often spend the few days before Valentine’s Day baking heart-shaped biscuits. In the past, I have taken a load into school and my mum does the same with work, or loads my sister up with a batch to distribute. We subsequently never share them with husbands or partners, but with friends … Continue reading Every kind of Valentine

What to cook in perpetual lockdown

There is something more trying about this wave of lockdown. What was originally a difficult yet novelty disruption to life has become a year-long no man’s land where time has continued to soldier on, yet our lives remain halted. Development, progression and change, ordinarily fundamental aspects of one’s early twenties, have been put on hold. … Continue reading What to cook in perpetual lockdown

Female desire: what women expect from sex

This morning a friend sent me a TED Talk entitled ‘Reclaiming Female Sexual Desire’. I passed it on to some my female friends, and it started a conversation around our attitudes towards sex, especially in relation to male desire. The woman who gave the lecture, Pam Costa, described her own struggles with her lack of … Continue reading Female desire: what women expect from sex

Halloween: what spooky means for twenty somethings

Happy Halloween! The only time when sexy kitty-cat costumes meet far-fetched horror films. As children, the scariest thing we encountered on Halloween was the traditional group of eleven-year-old boys with flour and eggs that threatened to ruin our trick-or-treating innocence. Today, it’s a little harder to think about what constitutes as frightening. A host of … Continue reading Halloween: what spooky means for twenty somethings

Sexual harassment: different genders, different rules?

It’s been a hefty seven months since I found the time in my apparently very busy schedule to write a blog post. It’s difficult to decipher what exactly has prevented me from posting; it's probably all of the productive and inspiring activities I've been doing that’s taken up the majority of my time. (Eating, sleeping … Continue reading Sexual harassment: different genders, different rules?

Children and the expectations of gender

Since becoming a nanny I have become increasingly aware of how impressionable young children can be. They truly are sponges, absorbing information, opinions and language. Pretty terrifying that someone has trusted me with this responsibility. As I sat with them watching TV one afternoon, I began to see how much power the media has over … Continue reading Children and the expectations of gender