There's something about a man telling a woman to be quiet that suggests the inroads we've made towards equality could be wiped away in one snappy put down. It reminds us that under the wrong leader things could suddenly become very fragile, start to move backwards, get a bit prehistoric.
I saw a penis on the way to work today. That's not a metaphor or a reference to someone I think is a bit of a knob: I literally, unintentionally, saw an erect penis on my way to work. I left my house as normal, trotted down the road towards the bus stop and BAM. PENIS. A stranger shouted at me, whipped out his genitals and started having an enjoyable time, before swiftly tucking it back in and running off. It was as ridiculous and as obscene as it looks written down.
The beautiful belly that rolls over your jeans is beautiful. The gorgeous scar tissue that has stretched in order for your perfect yet unperfect child to be alive. To be breathing. To be laughing. Is beautiful. The slightly droopy eye that you try to cover with eyeliner is beautiful.
The UK government has in recent years done much good work on violence against women and girls in their development programmes and funding and this has frankly saved women's lives. But now more than ever, we must keep up the momentum and commit to more core, flexible and long-term funding for women's rights organisations.
Half of young girls believe becoming more self-conscious about their body during puberty prevents young women from playing sports once they finish school, and more than one in twenty even claimed they were teased by others for their interest in sport, leading them to quit rather than continuing into later life.
We're living in interesting times, to say the least. On one hand you wouldn't be blamed for screaming in a panicked manner about the madness everywhere. On the other, if you're like me, you're quietly excited about the genders of our leading politicians.
Let's get real: the men who are raping women and getting off scot-free are our friends, brothers, sons, cousins, uncles, fathers, grandfathers, doctors, law enforcers, judges, lovers, partners, husbands.
At a time when I have personally been urging members of the public to report unpleasant and offensive post-Brexit rhetoric to the police - with the racial hatred and xenophobia spreading across the UK, hearing these words normalised by a elected Member of Parliament is truly is a disaster for community cohesion in all parts of Britain.
It was in this context that I embarked on a project to provide a voice for these women and to gain a greater understanding of the socio-economic risks they face on a day-to-day basis, supported by the AXA Research Fund. PILI, a feature length drama, is a film based on the testimony of 85 local women from the Pwani region of Tanzania.
I see, even in this blogging world, a tale of two tribes. On the one hand, a network of amazing, sharing and caring females keen to give each other a helping hand to the highest level possible, juxtaposed with the cutting crew who can't bear to watch others get ahead.
So how can employers be more encouraged to move further towards equality, and a position where male and female employees feel equally prepared to seek the right levels of pay appropriate to their role and performance?
Essentially, when attempting to appeal to female voters maybe Smith and others would do well to reflect on the wise words of Jo March, that women vote not because we are women 'but because we are human beings'. Consider whether you think your policies and slogans would appeal to people and that will help you determine if it will appeal to women.
Moana is a story of self-discovery following a kickass 16-year-old who goes on an adventure to find a banished god, instead of Prince Charming. Her ultimate aim is to save the world. It couldn't be more different from the children's films my generation grew up with.
When our bodies are full of toxins from too much junk foods and chemicals, it throws our hormones off and causes a very unpleasant unnatural period experience. Our monthly cycle is a great excuse for us to take extra time to ourselves.
My doctor told me that I was peri-menopausal, which is something I had never really heard of, but it's basically a stretch of time before you go into menopause and, due to the stress of modern life, is kicking in for many women at 35 years of age onwards - as it did for me.
I'm not suggesting for one minute this type of behaviour is typical of all men, it's not, but we must surely accept some collective responsibility for dealing with it. To call it out for what it is. To lead by example and to teach our children that equality isn't just about equal pay and opportunities, fundamentally it's about respect.