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Daisy Lindlar

Feminist, full-time millennial, unicorn enthusiast

Feminist, full-time millennial, unicorn enthusiast

What I Learnt From Veganuary

One thing I learnt this month is that being vegan doesn't mean being perfect. Just because you gave into temptation and ordered a hungover Dominos, or had a bit of your friend's chocolate birthday cake, doesn't mean you aren't a vegan. And in terms of caring for the planet and the animals that live on it, being vegan most of the time - even just some of the time - is far better than not doing it at all.
01/02/2017 17:33 GMT

Love Your Body For Life - Not Just For Christmas

Christmas is a time when women's relationships with our bodies can become particularly strained. One side of us is saying to eat our body weight in pigs in blankets, the other telling us we'll regret it when we don't look like Gigi Hadid come summer.
22/12/2016 17:19 GMT

Feeling My #Selfie

While women are being encouraged to be "beautiful", it's not supposed to be for ourselves; it's supposed to be for other people. We're supposed to look good, but not on our own terms or by our own standards. We're meant to be these aesthetically appealing objects that exist to be admired by - let's be honest here - men. The thing about selfies that can make people so uncomfortable is that it represents a woman taking control of her own image, thinking that she looks great and not being ashamed to say it.
10/05/2016 17:27 BST

Sorry George - I'm Not Buying Your Tampon Tax Plan

My period is not philanthropy. Our wombs shouldn't be used to pay for the safety and health of our mothers, sisters and friends. You might have thought this was going to win us over, George, but I'm not buying it. I'm going to carry on fighting the tampon tax, and I know I won't be the only person to think that your plan to shut us up is a bloody joke.
27/11/2015 17:43 GMT

Why I Got Free Tampons in My Students' Union

Despite being a natural bodily function that happens to over half of the population, periods are still seen as a taboo subject. They're seen as an embarrassment, a source of shame, and something we should keep quiet about. This needs to stop. We should be talking about our bodies, and the associated cost of them, so that we can move towards a society where we do not have to pay an extra charge just because we were born with a healthy uterus.
27/10/2015 10:18 GMT

The Week I Joined the Women's Equality Party

I'm not naive enough to believe that joining a political party solves everything, and I don't think that my WEP membership card is a magic wand that will make the patriarchy disappear in a cloud of feminist glitter. This certainly isn't the only step I'm going to take towards making my feminism more active. But it's a bloody good place to start, and I cannot wait to be a part of the amazing things I know WEP will achieve.
20/10/2015 08:57 BST

My Anxiety and Me

I can only speak from my own experience, but I didn't talk about it openly because I was worried about being judged. People always saw me as "strong", and I didn't want to suddenly become "weak". I didn't want people to walk on eggshells around me. I was worried people wouldn't understand how I could have been leading a dream life in Paris, while simultaneously feel like my world was falling apart.
13/05/2015 17:21 BST

Can I Be a Feminist and a Fashion-Lover?

Being a 21st Century feminist can come with many contradictions. I'm a feminist, but I love <em>Gossip Girl</em>, the main storyline of which is an essentially abusive relationship (Chuck and Blair). I'm a feminist, but I listen to Childish Gambino. I'm a feminist, but if I choose to get married, I want my father to walk me down the aisle.
07/12/2014 20:42 GMT

Confessions of a Feminist Beyoncé Fan

No one is perfect, not even feminists. Yes, she should be held to account for these mistakes, but does this devalue the rest of her feminist actions? I don't think so. Germaine Greer has made some downright offensive comments about transgender people and FGM, but that doesn't make <em>The Female Eunuch</em> irrelevant.
22/06/2014 23:40 BST

Why We Should Stop Telling Women to Smile

Putting on a fake smile doesn't benefit me, and therefore the benefit is purely for the seemingly well-meaning smile requester. They are telling you to smile so that they have something prettier to look at whilst they go about their day. It's not about making the woman feel happier at all. So, if putting on a fake smile is purely to make me look more attractive, why should I?
15/04/2014 15:45 BST

When Did Feminism Become a Bad Thing?

A common misperception of feminism is that it is about women being better than men, about giving us the highest status in society. This is absolutely untrue. I do not believe women are the superior sex, and you'd be hard pushed to find a feminist who does believe this. What we want is equality.
16/02/2014 22:21 GMT

Outdated, Sexist, Unnecessary, Offensive - Why I Support No More Page 3

I'm not anti-boobs. I quite like my boobs. If you want to sunbathe topless, go ahead. I think that women should be free to breastfeed in public. But there is a time and a place for boobs, and a national "family" newspaper is not it. Boobs are not news. Over half the population have them. They should not be the basis of the value women are given in the media.
07/01/2014 17:04 GMT

'It's Hard Out Here for a B***h' - Why We Should Support Lily Allen

Despite the empowering message of the song, the video for <em>Hard Out Here</em> has received a lot of criticism, particularly for it's supposedly racist undertones. However, I completely support Allen in what she is trying to achieve, and I wish that others - particularly women - would do the same.
15/11/2013 16:39 GMT