I was shopping with some birthday money a couple of weeks ago and came across something new. I knew sizes were getting smaller in UK shops from shopping online, but it wasn’t until I saw a nice sparkly top in Primark that I had a closer look and realised that instead of 8 being theContinue reading “WOMEN: DON’T BE SMALL”

Dying to be thin: Eating Disorder Awareness Week

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week this week. I’ve written about image/identity issues a fair bit on here, but there is nothing more powerful than story, and it’s an honour to be able to share two stories of overcoming eating disorders with you. The first comes from my courageous housemate, Emma, who has been battling anContinue reading “Dying to be thin: Eating Disorder Awareness Week”

Don’t Call Me Beautiful.

“You’re just so pretty, aren’t you?”…”Look at that beautiful smile!”…”Aw, what a gorgeous dress!” In the world of children (and especially girls), compliments on physical attributes are just as common as “More juice, please” (the “please” is optional) and “There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!” Dove has reported from its global research that onlyContinue reading “Don’t Call Me Beautiful.”

Banned: Drop Dead & Oh, Lola!

As I reflect on this past week in the world of campaigning against sexualisation and unhealthy standards in the media, I am so excited about two major victories in the UK. The Advertising Standards Agency banned an ad for clothing company Drop Dead which featured a very underweight-looking model. Marc Jacobs’ perfume ad featuring 17Continue reading “Banned: Drop Dead & Oh, Lola!”