As a young woman in a band I was patronised by sound men, literally kicked by roadies who saw us sitting down in a corridor and assumed we were groupies when we were locked out of our dressing room at Brixton Academy. I was laughed at for being ugly in the music press. The NME said they would put our band, Kenickie, (three 18-year-old women and one guy) on the cover if we got naked and painted ourselves gold.
Sociologist and writer
My argument is, to (ahem) paraphrase Karl Marx, that we make our own choices about whether to be jerks or not, but not in the conditions of our choosing. We (Post-docs, PhD Students, lecturers that are just starting out) find ourselves in an insanely competitive job market where temporary contracts are on the increase.
05/03/2013 15:03 GMT
It is highly unlikely that cutting off benefits would stop all desperate young people leaving intolerable domestic circumstances. In places like London, we could expect to see an increase in youth street homelessness. Meanwhile, those who do stay at home and are at risk from their own families or peers would be left stuck in an unsafe situation.
26/06/2012 10:44 BST
Being a 33-year-old exhibiting no signs of reproduction has taught me a lot about how far feminism still has to go and about the expectations of the current moment, expectations about what being a woman is, or indeed about what being a proper person is.
06/03/2012 22:07 GMT
I feel like the interview is going well. One of the panel looks down at my CV. He reads my address and postcode 'London N8, that's Crouch End'. He looks up 'Would you move to Glasgow?'
31/12/2011 01:12 GMT
The night of the Tottenham riots I was leaving to catch a plane. On holiday, I texted friends and worried about what was going on. As well as the concerns for people in my adopted home city, there was also a nagging feeling that I was missing something.
17/09/2011 14:55 BST
A lot of questions hang over the next academic year. And while I can't say I'm feeling optimistic, there is also hope in the discussions that are taking place. There was hope in the occupations and on the marches. And while the corridors of the university might be oh so quiet, UCU members are being balloted on industrial action.
17/08/2011 19:37 BST
In the Bath Half Marathon this year I found myself running next to someone with a big foam boob strapped from neck to waist. It's all a bit 'Carry on Cancer'.
10/08/2011 14:38 BST
Bridesmaids left me cold. While trying to figure out why, I had a realisation. The women in this film are never shown having fun together.
26/07/2011 16:18 BST
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