*Trigger warning: JK Rowling’s article includes multiple instances of the misgendering of trans women, mention of physical and sexual assault*

Is JK Rowling transphobic? …


By now we have all heard about the terrifying, growing movement of a total ban in abortions across Alabama, Georgia and Missouri in the United States. The decision about whether or not a woman should be forced to grow another person inside her has been made for her by a panel of… strongly religious women? Women who have had bad experiences with abortion? Doctors? Nope, they were pretty much all straight, white, middle-class men.

I am not the first person to point out that pro-life doesn’t mean pro-life. People who are against anyone having an abortion generally don’t care much for banning guns, increasing public spending for people in poverty or a public health system so people don’t have to die because they can’t afford treatment. Pro-life, as many people rightly point out, means ‘pro-baby’. It’s a “I don’t want this baby to die (in utero), but once it’s out I don’t care if it starves to death because it’s mother can’t afford it”. With the increasingly worrying lack of exemption for incest or rape cases, the entire bill is an exercise in policing uteruses without any split-second thought for the person the uterus resides inside. …


If you have 90 minutes to spare, I want you to watch a documentary that I found on Netflix earlier today, called “I Am Jane Doe”. If you don’t have 90 minutes, read this.

I will be referencing things mentioned in the documentary throughout this article, this information will be marked with a *.

Even if you’re not American, you have probably heard of Craigslist. In short, it’s a service by which a person can post a classified ad offering or seeking good and services. People can post cars for sale, motorbikes, second hand furniture, and all sorts of other things; if you need a builder, or a painter and decorator, or even a new roommate, you can find one. The company that own Craigslist is a company called The Village Voice*, who also own a website called backpage.com. …


Earlier this month, Durham Police announced plans to give out free supplies of medical grade heroin (diamorphine, a painkiller than contains heroin) to addicts, which they may have access to twice a day to inject in a safe space while under supervision. …


As I sit down to start to write this blog post, I realise that I do not have any examples of that which I am about to deconstruct. So I open Facebook, and reluctantly request to join the group ‘Depressing Memes for Suicidal Teens’, the cover photo for which is several bottles of Clorox Bleach.

Mental illnesses such as depression were at one point in history such a taboo subject that they were not discussed. Showing that you were struggling was, and sometimes still is, not allowed under any circumstances. Talking about your problems can seem impossible a lot of the time, and when you live in a society that tells you to keep it to yourself because nobody wants to hear it you can end up in a dangerous cycle of bottling things up and making everything worse and worse. I am thankful, therefore, that in my lifetime there has been a noticeable shift in stance towards letting people speak and actually listening to them. Nowadays we actively encourage people to talk, seek help and attend therapy when it is recognised that these things could help, and as a result mental illness, and particularly depression, has become a much less taboo subject. …


Lately it seems there has been an increase in the importance of a man to be well-groomed and look good. All this hipster fashion neatly-trimmed-beard and wearing-nice-clothes-ness has apparently made men feel increasingly pressured to take particular care of certain aspects of their appearance in order to keep up with the constantly changing societal definition of ‘the dream man’ or whatever cliché we’re using at the moment. As many comedians and other assorted humans (mainly women) have pointed out, this is something that women have been dealing with for a very long time, and, while it is by no means okay or acceptable, it is mildly amusing and highly ironic that men are becoming victims of this now after all the years of complaining that ‘women take too long to get ready’, ‘wear too much make-up’ and all the other complaints that women hear on a daily basis. …


There has been a lot said about Donald Trump, and why he would make a terrible President and why he is generally a terrible human being. …


Every year, thousands of young people start University around this time in something we Brits call Freshers week (not sure what it’s called elsewhere). …


Those of you that follow pop culture or regularly check Facebook’s ‘Trending’ section will know that this week model Gigi Hadid has come under fire for being overly aggressive towards a man who accosted her up as she was leaving a show. …


I can’t believe I’m writing about this again.

So Brock Turner is out of prison, let’s hope that those three long months didn’t have a lasting impact on him!!! In the interim, ‘former Vanderbilt football player’ (rapist) Cory Batey has been sentenced to 15 years for an almost identical crime. Brace yourselves, I’m about to go in.

Turner was sentenced in California, where the maximum sentence for rape is 14 years. Batey was sentenced in Tennessee, where the sentence ranges from a minimum of 15 years up to a maximum of 25. I’m not talking about different circumstances, ages of victims and perpetrators, different ‘degrees’ of rape (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree), just your bog-standard rape charge with completely different sentencing laws. This, in my mind, makes no sense. If you’re such a United bunch of States, America, why do you have laws with such clear divisions? Why should habitation in the Western half of a country as opposed to the Eastern side result in a potential difference in sentence of more than ten years for an identical crime? One of the explanations for the leniency of Brock Turner’s sentence was that he ‘wasn’t technically guilty of rape’ as there was no official proof that his penis entered the vagina of his victim, and thus he was charged with lesser crimes such as ‘assault with intent to commit rape’ and a couple of sexual assault crimes. …

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