Move Over Diversity. Representation Is In Vogue And It's A Good Thing.

Lou Mensah | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Style
Lou Mensah

It's Fashion Week, and this season the diversity chat has evolved beyond body size and skin colour. Coincidentally, the Emmy's have just happened, a...

History Is Repeating Itself, And We Don't Care

David Adamson | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
David Adamson

Eventually the bubble we are living in will burst. All of the rhetoric, all of the promises, right now represent the will of the people. However, wanting something does not make it happen. Believing in something does not make it true. This will be remembered as the decade when the nostalgia of empire, and the politics of blame and identity, boiled over. I hope we learn something this time.


Samantha Simmonds | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Samantha Simmonds

Now a school in East Sussex has just taken away that choice by changing its uniform policy and requiring every Year 7 pupil to wear trousers. Why? They say it's to accommodate the growing number of transgender pupils - oh and to deal with complaints over the "decency" of short skirts.

Game Over As Peak Password Hits Generation Overwhelmed

James Jones | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Jones

Experian's research has revealed a growing generational divide in the way the UK population manages its online identities. Millennials are at high risk from online identity fraud as they favour convenience over security concerns.

Traditionally: Who Do You Think You Are?

Chioma Anyanwu | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Chioma Anyanwu

Too often, people project their interpretation of an individual's identity based on their criteria. For some, it is as straightforward as 'where you are born and raise is what you are.' Especially for people of colour who ethnic and cultural identity can sometimes clash with their national one.

Hope, Identity, And Character: Three Forgotten Truths About Ending Poverty

Richard Gower | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Richard Gower

Imagine a community in the Global South, perhaps a group of informal workers in an urban slum, or a group of subsistence farmers on marginal land. ...

'Why All The Questions? I'm Already A Loyal Customer'

John Abbott | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
John Abbott

How many bags would you like? Do you have a loyalty card? Can you scan it? What payment method do you want to pay with? Are you over 18 or do you look under 25? Wow. And I only popped in for a packet of crisps and a newspaper for my train home... OK, and a bottle of red to go with dinner.

I'm Told I Should Be Proud To Be British, But Then Why Keep Asking Me 'Where Am I Really From?'

Basit Mahmood | Posted 29.05.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

If we wish to improve cohesion and integration, we need a radically different view about what it means to be British. It's about time those from ethnic minority backgrounds were not viewed with a gaze that seeks to imprison them within narrow allegiances.

Don't Fall Hook, Line And Sinker In A World Of Catfish

Claire Stead | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

We are all human, and as Nev Schulman states, what people ultimately want is to find a connection. Unfortunately however, there are people out there that exploit this fundamental human trait.

The Day I Found Out I Was Dead

Edward Dyson | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Comedy
Edward Dyson

Most people would die if anyone knew they were Googling themselves. It's surely up there with trolling celebrities and masturbating in work office toi...

There Can Be No 'Shared Society' Without Investment In Arts And Culture

Luqman Ali | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Luqman Ali

There can be no "shared society" without investment in arts and culture. Theresa May's calls for a 'shared society' have been lauded as a step in the right direction in an increasingly fragmented Britain, especially after a Brexit vote that split the nation.

Unicorns, Hijab, And Identity

Hanan Issa | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanan Issa

I am drawn to the unique. As a child I was painfully reminded of my own Otherness when a neighbour's mother told me I had 'filthy black hands'. From that point onwards I have felt a natural affinity with the unusual, the different.

Let's Celebrate Progress... Then Get To Work

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

It's finally happened... After years of campaigning for just how vital a compulsory healthy relationships education is for our young people, the gov...

What Girls Call Their Body Parts

Katie Lodge | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Lodge

"What's that?" asked my three-year old son, head skew-whiff. Swamped by bubbles and an army of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, he was pointing at my lower regions with a Gallimimus in his hand. We were both in the bath. "Erm," I replied...

The Will Of The People? In Defence Of Democracy

Michael Abberton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

How do we respect the will of the people when the people have no say, no control, and the very tools of democracy are being perverted and used against...

My Journey As A British Chinese

Johnny Luk | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Johnny Luk

I went to a school where I was one of the very few Chinese people there and I found myself really struggling with my identity. That became stronger when other friends began to date; it was so hard to ask girls out because I felt so 'different' which for a teenager, really killed my confidence.

Are The Lines Between 'Sim' And 'Human' Blurring?

Nick Brown | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Brown

Up to now, the distinction between digital simulations and the humans creating them has been relatively clear. However, as more and more of our 'human' lives are digitised, could this line be starting to blur?

Should All Identities Be Embraced?

Joshua Hepple | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joshua Hepple

Ultimately, my question is this: Can someone be proud of something that undoubtedly hinders them? Of course cerebral palsy has made me more resilient and shaped my personality. I would be a very different person without it, but applying Darwinian theory, if there was a fire and I was without an assistant, CP could only be a hindrance.

'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.