#Identity

'This Is Not Your Country' - Identity And Nationalism Post-Brexit

Maike Bohn | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Maike Bohn

"This is not your country" - my neighbour said to me 20 years ago after a louder-than-usual party the previous night... An Irish friend came to my rescue, telling her that England wasn't his country either and that she should be ashamed of herself. Now, after 25 years of living, working and raising a family in the UK, the same is happening again: friends and strangers are coming up to me to remind me how much I am part of this country.

Juggling: Musician, Mum And Me

YolanDa Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
YolanDa Brown

I am a Musician, a Wife, a Mum an artist, writer, presenter, racing driver, educator, daughter, sister and friend. Pausing to think of these titles that make up Yolanda Brown gave me a strange feeling... was it stress, anxiety? How do I do it? Am I ok doing it?

Gay Stereotypes Can Ruin Men’s Lives, It's Time To Embrace All Expressions Of Identity

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Update: Following feedback, we’ve updated the headline to better represent the intention of the article: exploring the potential negative impact of ...

Why Black Women Should Embrace Their Natural Hair

Ekwy Chukwuji-Nnene | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Style
Ekwy Chukwuji-Nnene

I'm imagining a world where we could walk into any salon and get our hair well looked after? We would no longer need to say 'natural' hair because it would be the new normal. We can overcome our vulnerability, celebrate our big curls and be inspired to take back our freedom. We don't have to wait for the world to tell us it's time to accept our hair.

You Are Not What You Think You Are

Miranda Adams | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Adams

Often we can go through life identifying with our thoughts, our habits of thinking and believe this is the truth, that this is who we are, when this is not actually the case. Thoughts are just thoughts, they are not who we are and by accumulation of these thoughts we create behaviours and subsequent identities.

After Years Of Racist Abuse, I've Learned To Be Proud Of Who I Am

Emma Hedile Al-munshi | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Emma Hedile Al-munshi

Embrace your differences and your unique history because only by doing so, can we overcome a world of hate. Be proud of who you are. We have to love ourselves first before we can love each other.

Accepting The Change That Illness Brings, How Important This Is To Moving Forward

Giles Dawnay | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Giles Dawnay

I began to recognise that in order for me to move through this stroke, I needed to let go the person I knew before it, and embrace whoever may follow. That doesn't mean there was necessarily to be drastic difference, but that I must be very wary of spending my recovery chasing someone who may not completely exist anymore.

Post-Categorical Politics: Definition In The Age Of Fluidity

Max Sanderson | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

We have never lived in a society whereby identity is so fluid and yet, we still try to label and stereotype. We still try to operate under a paradigm that, in my eyes, is long gone. A paradigm that existed only within the society that bred it, a society that has evolved and changed to no end since.

I Grew Up With Two Cultures. Will That Keep Me In Limbo For The Rest Of My Life?

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

An overwhelming sense of limbo pervades my cultural identity. It feels diluted, pretentious, but all the more boundless. At times I feel 'Asian' amongst my English friends and a 'coconut' amongst Asian friends and family; a term brandished with resentment and deep-seated feelings of inferiority.

'Who Am I?' - Anorexia And Identity

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

When sufferers are trying to fight but are struggling, it isn't simply a case of being "scared of food" or "scared of gaining weight", often it is also a fear of what they will lose, of throwing away everything that they think they are, the removal of their core identity, leaving a hole they have no idea how else to fill.

Redundancy - To Hell And Back To The Future

Cerys Aedy | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

These days I'm hearing more and more about the stress and heartache redundancy brings, so I decided to write a very personal piece reflecting the gamut of emotions I experienced whilst going through this very same process.

Becoming Mum: Who Am I Again?

Bridget McGrath | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Bridget McGrath

A year on and little parts of me are creeping back in to say hello, but the truth is I'll never be quite the same again. Becoming a mum has changed and empowered me. Whilst I was initially filled with self-doubt, it has made me more confident in so many ways.

It's Time We Celebrate Immigration

Tanne Spielman | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tanne Spielman

Let's remember it is the prospect of a better life or simply falling in love with this country, its people and all that it stands for which has brought immigrants like my parents to Britain for centuries. That is why many of us are here today.

Waiting for the 'Click': The Battle to Be Heard as Who We Are

Matthew Mills | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Mills

The battle to have the voice we think we should have is something many trans and non-binary clients I work with are grappling with on a daily basis. Some find a comfortable place quickly and absorb voice exercises and skills easily; others are clear they are happy with their voices as they are; some take a bit of time to leave old habits behind and find new ones which feel true and sound authentic.

What Does 21st Century Masculinity Look Like?

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jemimah Steinfeld

Perry's show will explore and challenge the notion of man as protector and breadwinner. Bear Grylls this is not. In fact, Perry recently called Grylls' style of masculinity "useless", a "hangover" from a more violent age.

Why Ethnic Monitoring Forms Suck for Mixed-Race People

Deborah Chatterjee | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Chatterjee

Even though I was born in England and identified with its culture more than anything, my skin colour and surname held me back from saying I was English. With no other useful vocabulary I stuck with a cumbersome explanation: "My mum's Italian and my Dad's Indian."

The Great Grief Identity Crisis

Naomi Barrow | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I don't want to live my life as "Fiona's daughter". There are a few people I know at the moment who think of me this way, and it feels like such a burden. It also doesn't do justice either to me or to Mum. Mum wasn't just a mother: she was so much more than that. And I may be her daughter, but I am so much more than that, too.

Trans* Equality: The Enemy Within

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Christie Elan-Cane

There are dinosaurs stalking the corridors. They are faceless, unaccountable, they have far too much power and they are harming trans* people.

You've Changed...

Lisa Regan | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

I have many female friends who have changed their physical identities from when we were teenagers to now, and some just in the last three years. This is completely normal for so many, as women we are blessed with those typical fluctuating weight issues and ever changing body types!

Rejecting the Social Constructs of Masculinity and Femininity

Jojo Furnival | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to some guy on Radio 2 expressing his point of view on masculinity and the topic of men crying. Real men don't cry, he said. "There are plenty of things that bring a lump to my throat, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start blubbing like a little girl." Wow.

2016's Word Of The Year

Natasha Barrett | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Time Magazine recently published an article describing the singular 'they' pronoun as 2016's word of the year. If this is an accurate title, it's surprising to me how many people are still unaware of its existence...

Motherhood: The Original Identity Thief?

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

Ultimately, motherhood is different for everyone, however being a good mother doesn't need to mean isolating yourself to parenting. There is nothing wrong with wanting to build a career, be the bread winner or build muscle at the gym whilst simultaneously being a good mum to boot.

Being on the Cerebral Palsy Spectrum

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have learnt to detest impairment labels. While I understand the importance of labels at the point of diagnosis, I have seen how impairments labels have recently been used by left wing activists to demand entitlement beyond need or understanding.

Is the UK Government About to U-Turn on 'X' Passports?

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Christie Elan-Cane

I was often critical of the former Equalities Minister over what happened on her watch. That Maria Miller has emerged as an 'X' passports champion is surreal given the history. Did she really not know about the sham policy review?

Do You Want to Be Someone, Going Somewhere or No One, Going Nowhere?

Kamontip Evans | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

It is your choice: to be someone, going somewhere - with all the fun, stress and strain that comes with your given name and acquired reputation; or being no one, going nowhere, not much fun but standing tall - at peace, with an understanding of where happiness truly lies.