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Harriet Williamson

Freelance journalist and full-time copywriter

Harriet is a freelance journalist and has been published by the New Statesman, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Independent and the Guardian. She writes about fashion, film, feminism, mental health awareness and higher education.

Don't Criminalise Teens for Sexting: Educate Them Instead

A loophole in the law means that any under-18-year-old taking explicit selfies can be charged with creating and sharing indecent images of children. This is particularly nonsensical in the case of 16 and 17-year-olds, who can consent to sexual acts and relationships, but are unable to take or share erotic pictures of themselves.
07/05/2015 17:05 BST

Outdated and Unreliable: Cosmetic Testing on Animals

I'll start with a disclaimer: I love makeup. I love it, but I can't justify buying a product that isn't essential to my life, that has been developed by companies responsible for the suffering and death of animals, regardless of how good the discount is or whether Kate Moss appears in the advert.
01/12/2014 12:58 GMT

How to Have a Holiday on Very Little Money

Instead of gritting your teeth when you see a 'just off to the Caribbean for two weeks' status on Facebook, why not start planning something budget-friendly and a little bit different?
04/11/2013 12:57 GMT

Animal Testing on Cosmetics

Can we now buy all cosmetic products with confidence? Unfortunately not. An eyeliner or concealer stick or bottle of perfume and its ingredients bought in the EU cannot be tested on animals, but there are lots of big companies who want to sell to the Chinese market.
23/10/2013 14:26 BST

AW13 for Men

AW13 contains plenty of wearable trends that can be found at more pocket-friendly prices on the high street. Seek out faux-fur trims on coats, printed dinner jackets and slim-fit roll neck sweaters. This winter, it's all about keeping cosy while still looking sharp.
23/10/2013 10:55 BST

How to Choose a Watch

For my 21st birthday I wanted a designer handbag. My Mum said no straight away, reasoning that in a year I'd be bored with it and be clamouring (fruitlessly) for a new one. Instead, I was given a watch as a joint present from both parents and grandparents and I was glad Mum had vetoed the handbag option...
07/10/2013 11:51 BST

Who Are Urban Outfitters?

I've always hate a love/hate relationship with Urban Outfitters, caught between my adoration for their clothes and my disapproval for the controversies they seem so adept at racking up. They might be known for their hipster beanies and shoes with crazy platforms, but who are Urban Outfitters? Who are they really selling to? And what makes them popular?
30/09/2013 12:14 BST

Tattoo Shaming, Sexuality and Cheryl Cole

The headline, irrespective of poor grammar, clearly suggests that Cole's tattoo might impinge on her sexual desirability, which I believe is part of a wider culture of associating tattooing on women with their sexuality.
26/09/2013 15:32 BST

Autumn Officewear on a Budget 2013

Yes, it's time to ditch the tracky bottoms, slouchy leggings and ironic hoodies in favour of something sharper and more grown up. AW13 looks pretty exciting in terms of trends, so here's how to work them on a budget for the office.
11/09/2013 10:03 BST

Depression at University

I found that the student lifestyle itself was actually pretty good for creating conditions in which depression can flourish, particularly in terms of alcohol. Students are notorious for their high levels of alcohol consumption and lots of society activities revolve around drinking, particularly in sports clubs. Alcohol is a well-known depressant and can have a significant impact on your mood.
14/08/2013 13:55 BST

My Shopping Obsession

I browse for clothes online every day and go into town to look for new items twice a week. I have at least sixty dresses. I'm also a student. If there's a rehab for clothes addicts, I'm definitely checking in.
31/07/2013 10:34 BST

Skinny and Boring

This buck-passing attitude, the 'oh but the top agencies send us these skeletal models' and the 'oh but the designers only make the clothes in tiny sample sizes' circular evasion has to stop. Someone needs to take responsibility and step up to the table on this one.
09/07/2013 10:21 BST

What I Learned In Ibiza

The beach was not the chilled-out haven I'd imagined, with thumping club tunes broadcast across the sand from 12am and frighteningly sunburned girls shrieking expletives because someone had moved their sun lounger a little too close. The boys in matching Baywatch outfits appeared too exhausted even to leer, their vision saturated by the flesh on show.
25/06/2013 14:30 BST

2013 Summer Style for the Office and Interview Room

It's so much easier to do office wear when it's cold outside. Rubbish weather gives you an excuse to cover up, skirts over the knee, legs hidden in opaque tights, and cardigans under blazer jackets. But I want to look summery and stylish and still be considered as a serious candidate, without overspending.
10/06/2013 14:32 BST

Company Magazine's Faux Pas

As a devoted Company reader, it was with a mixture of disappointment and disgust that I read 'This Is Skinny Club', an anonymous opinion piece in their June issue. 'Anon' describes how she lies to close friends about what she has eaten to avoid their concern, forces herself to exercise even when watching TV, and spends 90% of her life denying herself food.
31/05/2013 12:53 BST

My Financial Estrangement at a Top University

In my first year, I was informed by a tutor that students who had attended independent schools were more likely to be 'confident' and 'well-prepared' than those who had received a state education, and that this would help propel them through their degrees.
28/05/2013 15:13 BST

Budget-Friendly Summer Style 2013

You don't have to spend a bomb to look beautiful on the beach, even if you are jetting off to the white isle, where I suspect everyone will be enviably well-dressed and have great hair even in the heat!
21/05/2013 13:50 BST

F is for Femme

The most offensive response I've ever received after mentioning my girlfriend to a new acquaintance involved a look of serious confusion on his part and the phrase "but you could definitely get a boyfriend if you wanted to".
13/05/2013 11:58 BST

Budget-Friendly 60s Spring/Summer Style

My sister and I often muse that we must've been born in the wrong era. We remain fascinated by 60s style and its icons, particularly Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Jane Birkin and Edie Sedgewick. Although I attempt to keep my style varied, I always fall back on certain 60s staples that flatter my shape.
07/05/2013 14:26 BST