Lydia Smith

Journalist specialising in lifestyle, pop culture and social commentary features

London-based journalist who regularly writes lifestyle, pop culture and social commentary features. Lydia has written for various publications, including,,, and

How Can You Tell If You're a Feminist?

Do you think men and women should be equal? If you answered yes, then congratulations - you are a feminist! If you answered no, then get out - you don't have an opinion here. The feminist movement doesn't need you, it's already doing a pretty good job of tackling female disadvantage without pandering to reluctant allies.
04/09/2014 15:10 BST

The Home of Shi**y Banter

Earlier this month, the world witnessed a group of hockey players from Stirling University chanting sexist songs about miscarriages on camera, while performing Nazi salutes. Other students watched in horror; too afraid to do anything to stop the perpetrators. This is what banter is. It is grossly misogynistic. It is racist. It is hurtful. It is ignorant. It is the vindication that justifies all of these things - all in the name of a harmless joke. And it needs to stop.
28/11/2013 12:53 GMT

Miley, Stop Being A Twerk - Why The Term Empowerment Is Meaningless

She placed herself firmly in the media spotlight earlier this year with her 'twerking' episode at the MTV Awards with Robin Thicke. And now, in another misguided effort, she has declared that all her controversial hammer licking and semi-naked frolicking has actually made her empowering to women.
29/10/2013 12:30 GMT

In The Thicke Of It: Why Feminism Is Still Relevant

Singing a song about a 'good girl' - from what I can gather, because she is the 'hottest bitch' - is not the way to advocate an appreciation of women. In an age of rape threats on Twitter, it is not ok to have a fun song and kinky video with strong allusions to sexual and domestic violence.
11/09/2013 10:24 BST

For The Love Of Beard

Pogonophobia - which translates as an abnormal fear of beards. Granted, they don't suit every face and they loiter on every corner of Hoxton and Shoreditch like suits in Canary Wharf - but they are just the right amount of bohemian for me. Nonconformist, but without the sandals. I am a big fan.
15/08/2013 13:37 BST

Arm Yourself: Avoid A Sleeve Meltdown

The pinnacle of anxiety when shopping for summer clothes, I have found, is the issue of sleeves. Short, long, spaghetti or strap, there is a lengthy list of what the desired arm coverage is. My current concern, though, is that the UK is in the middle of a heatwave.
19/07/2013 12:28 BST

The Real North-South Divide

I arrived in London with very little idea of what living in the capital was like - and almost two years later, here is what I've found out.
04/07/2013 15:49 BST

Beach Bum: Choosing Swimwear

Holidays are for relaxing. So for me, finding beachwear is about picking something that looks good, makes the best of my body and that is comfortable during my three main activities: lying down, getting up to go to the bar and occasionally swimming.
04/07/2013 11:03 BST

The Wardrobe Of A Couch Potato

Upon discovering that I couldn't walk up the stairs without having to have a lie down, I decided that it was time to face my ultimate fear. Exercise. I got up early, planned a route for a run and hunted through my wardrobe for suitable. I found an enormous sail of a T-shirt, leggings and a pair of Topshop boots (the closest footwear to trainers that I own).
26/06/2013 13:34 BST

The Perils Of Summer Workwear

For one, fleeting week, the sun came out and it was the height of the British summer. In a flurry of sun, cider and sunglasses, the public stripped-off and it was all naked knees and strappy sandals. I love summer and enjoy giving my poor, bobbly old tights a rest, but with the heat arises a problem - the dilemma of workwear.
17/06/2013 15:16 BST