I could probably list a hundred reasons why I love Glasgow, with everything from the culture, music, architecture, nightlife, and countless restaurants, to buskers and bagpipers on Buchanan Street, the Clyde, the Duke of Wellington with his ever-stylish traffic cone hat, and, of course, the people of Glasgow themselves.
Let me be clear, I founded Fearless Futures because I believe that gender injustice is so ordinary, everyday and entrenched that we mostly do not see it. My belief is that social change starts with understanding how the problem manifests itself, in our own lives and beyond, so that we can dare to challenge it, resist it and reimagine a better world.
Throughout history, girls and women have often been invisible outside the home. Even now, in 2016, there are countries where women are prevented from getting a job, from owning their own land and even from setting up a bank account. This strips them of their independence. For every aspect of their lives, these women are completely reliant on someone else. It's time to break these chains of dependency. Now we have the chance. Today, the UN Secretary General announced he is establishing an expert team of leading politicians, expert economists, charity heads and business leaders to jumpstart a global movement on women's economic empowerment. I'm privileged to be joining this High Level Panel, alongside the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and many eminent names who will be announced over the next few weeks.
Today the Women and Equalities Committee has published the first ever inquiry by the UK Parliament into Transgender Equality. The report follows months of witness testimony and calls on the Government to address the specific needs of trans people. The committee has produced over 30 recommendations, built around the principle of a universal right for individuals to determine their own gender identity and have this respected and recognised.
Rey, like Ripley before her, is unapologetic is terrific. That she takes up space, never shrinking back, is understandably attractive and is bang in line with current discourse. However, just because a woman is physically strong and athletic, assertive and can handle a lightsaber or a flame thrower, that doesn't necessarily make her a feminist.
I want the world to be a better place for my children, and their friends, to grow up. And I'm angry that, right now, I've lost faith in my generation to make that happen.My anger is valid and it is justified, and next time someone asks me if I'm angry, I'll have something to reply with: "Yes I am angry. And why aren't you?"
When my ex-wife chose to reveal intimate moments of our married life to the world she opened the way for me to become a comedic figure. The Cross Dressing Cage Fighter. Funny right? I was subjected to the full panel of Celebrity Juice's ridicule for weeks following her revelations. A nationally critically acclaimed show made fun of me.
Much as I would be the first to point out the holes in the logic of a men's rights activist troll, I would also argue that we desperately need the average man to become involved in debating gender roles. Shouting "Mansplainer!" at them is more than just inappropriate (as we don't in fact, know their experience); it actually debilitates the development of gender equality.