Ellie Slee
Feminist killjoy.

Entries by Ellie Slee

I Want To Be In Corbyn's Carriage

(7) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (18:58)

I'd like to preface this with a content warning for VAW.

Jeremy Corbyn has caused a furore by floating the idea that women might feel safer on public transport if they had their own carriages. As a woman who has been groped on public transport, as a woman...

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British Pensioners: Please Keep Heckling

(1) Comments | Posted 25 March 2015 | (15:52)

Sometimes when I go to my Nan's house, she's pretty lucid. She seems to remember me - not my name, but just that she has a deep, unexplained affection for me. Other times, its 1948 and she is still an 18 year old dancer on the stage. The first time...

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'Orange Is the New Black' Fans: The Men Would Like Their TV Back Please

(3) Comments | Posted 2 July 2014 | (00:00)

Women my age grew up watching rich, white, heterosexual women play out Disneyfied fantasies on TV - living in apartments that secretly only hedge fund managers could afford, lining them with more shoes than Imelda Marcos, somehow affording, on a minimum wage job, to sit around drinking coffee all day,...

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The Reason Disney's Frozen Left Me Cold

(4) Comments | Posted 28 May 2014 | (11:54)

I spent my childhood in a house without a VCR, because, as I saw it, mine were The Most Embarrassing Parents of All Time. My Dad assumed he was doing us a favour by encouraging us to read. NO DISNEY SHALL EVER CROSS THIS THRESHOLD, he thought, congratulating himself on...

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The Bloody Cheek of the Tampon Tax

(3) Comments | Posted 21 May 2014 | (12:07)

I love being a woman more than most things in the world. But like all great loves, I have a little gripe with mine. Mr Darcy was arrogant, Heathcliff was... difficult, Mr Rochester had the small matter of a psychotic wife, and my love? Well, womanhood bleeds.

As women, we...

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Fear and Loathing at the Self Checkout

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (23:36)

It being that I loathe all human contact, the supermarket self checkout always looks like an attractive prospect. I probably hate smiling at the cashier whilst they scan my tampons more than they hate smiling at me. So I think I'll save us both the trouble and do it myself.

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The BBC, Gillette Mach Three and the 'Man Hating' Delusion

(2) Comments | Posted 16 April 2014 | (14:45)

This week, the BBC published an article entitled 'UN Woman criticises 'sexist' UK'.

My beloved BBC. I've stuck up for you when perhaps I shouldn't have done. When the Tory party and their press routinely bash you, and seize upon your admitted failures in order to undermine...

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I'm Not a Sweetie... So I'm Bitter

(18) Comments | Posted 23 March 2014 | (23:00)

Last week, my two best friends and I went out in a bar we'd never usually go to and were immediately reminded why not. Walking in there was like that scene in the Wasp Factory. You know... with the maggots. It looked OK from the outside and then suddenly, we...

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Your Makeup Free Breast Cancer Selfie Is a Big Patriarchal Problem

(14) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (03:23)

Breasts are at the centre of our society. From day dot, they provide our only source of sustenance. They are what nurtures and strengthens us. Breast milk fed babies are deemed to be smarter and fitter and quicker. As soon as children are born, their mothers are forcibly informed that...

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Being Schooled in Feminism

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2014 | (15:01)

Last year, I wrote a post about why feminism is important, and why I wish so many young women wouldn't denounce it.

To recap: I believe that as a sex, women are routinely marginalised on a daily basis; on the street, on TV, in the home. I...

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Beyonce Must Have Her Feminist Cake and Eat It Too

(260) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (23:06)

Much has been written lately about Beyonce bursting out of the feminist closet with her latest album. "Did a baby make a feminist of Beyonce?" wondered the Telegraph, and, in spite of her 2013 dig at other industry successes with the repeated command that those 'bitches' 'bow down',...

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A Reading List for Durham University's Anti Feminists

(14) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (13:02)

This week, Durham University's independent student newspaper, Palatinate, ran a comment competition about feminism! Excited? Don't be. Three out of four of the articles published dismissed it as outdated. No, really. Here's a direct quote from one: 'The UK doesn't need feminism any more'.

Actually, the UK needs...

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Sore About Your Prostate? Don't Blame Breast Cancer

(7) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (23:00)

At the end of a long shift last month, I sat down beside the last customer to leave. He and his friend had just been at a conference about Movember.

Allow me to preface this with the following statement: I have no problem with Movember. I think anything that encourages...

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An Open Letter to a Typical Bloke

(1) Comments | Posted 9 May 2013 | (01:11)

FAO Typical Bloke,

I am fresh from accidentally reading your post, 'Why Good Girls Have Become As Extinct As Unicorns' on fashxfash. I have a few points of consideration for you.

Firstly, 'bad girls' get detention at school. The people you're talking about in this instance are consenting...

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If Women Are C**ts, What Does That Make You?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (21:52)

My little sister lives in Paris. She Whatsapped me this evening to tell me that today, she was hit in the street by a boy she doesn't know.

I am extraordinarily protective of my sister and always will be. If anyone says a bad word about her, I get up...

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Talking to Women: There's a Time and a Place

(13) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (00:00)

It is 1am. I've just walked home alone from the train station nearest to my house.

On my way home, three men approached me.

- The first walked parallel to me from the station to the pedestrian crossing. He asked me if I would like any company. I ignored him,...

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Even When They Go for Gold, Women Can't Win

(0) Comments | Posted 2 August 2012 | (19:35)

I've just read Andrew M. Brown's article Women's judo: it's disturbing to watch these girls beat each other up on the Telegraph Online. Brown only gives us a couple of paragraphs, but never have two paragraphs made me want to tear my own eyes out more.

Here we...

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What Is Wrong With Katherine Heigl's Bum?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 May 2012 | (03:45)

Bank Holiday Sunday. I got in from a hideously hungover day at work and cooked an enormous pepperoni pizza. I KNEW, I just KNEW I was going to eat it all. It was one of those days. So to 'level things out' I added a bit of avocado and a...

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Like Samantha Brick, All Women Are Beautiful... Until They Open Their Mouths

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2012 | (23:34)

This is going to sound really schmaltzy and make loads of people hate me. It's OK. I don't mind. I hate myself a bit for it too, mainly because it's so cheesy that I can almost smell the Primula radiating from my pores as I type it, but here we...

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Rude Girl: The Rise and Rise of Rihanna

(3) Comments | Posted 12 March 2012 | (14:23)

There was a time when you couldn't be a celebrity because of your breasts. Actually, in those days, it wasn't called 'being a celebrity' - if you were talented enough to be famous, you were a star. I'm not saying that Marilyn Monroe's breasts weren't extremely helpful on her road...

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