There is a picture of me as a child, an annual school photo in fact, that has me grinning hugely at the camera, feeling superb, with toothpaste all down my front. The other children are particularly well-groomed and I look like I chucked on anything nearby and ran all the way to school via the … Continue reading Invisible cages: Thoughts on women and body image
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If you talk about professional identity or professional pride, you are likely to be greeted with some eye rolls. In a neoliberal world where workers are treated like automatons many people are forced to endure work. The thought of having some identity and pride vested in it is simply galling. This does not mean that … Continue reading Professional identity-Why it matters or Why we are being screwed by the Government
I think we can probably all agree that language has meaning. "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" is largely accepted to be a fallacy as we have grown to understand that language and labels can hurt us incredibly deeply. It is interesting to me however that the other side of … Continue reading Do you mean what I mean? What do I even mean?
I am not a parent. I do not claim to understand the heights of beauty and joy or the depths of struggle and complexity that parenting brings. I am not writing this as a parent or indeed an expert of any kind. I am simply someone who loves children, has many great friendships with them, … Continue reading Rewriting history: On children, neoliberalism and adult fears