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Bridging our Differences

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

I must admit that International Women’s Day usually passes me by. The endless parade of anniversaries throughout the calendar, exhorting us to commemorate this or that brings out my inner cynic. Valentine’s Day is a prime example of this – standing as an instruction to display love towards your partner by booking a meal, priced […]

A different kind of protest

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The UK student rallies in response to tuition fees have captured the public imagination and have been the subject of many of my conversations with friends. Over the last thirty years, students have been viewed as an apathetic class of people, where the only radical behaviour expected of them was likely to centre on how […]

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Men as part of the Solution

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Recently as I settled to bed one night in the warmth of my flat, with the comforting hum of the radio in the background, I caught a thread of a news report which immediately unsettled my mood of tranquillity. The report documented the ongoing situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where women […]

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Keeping it Real

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The other day on one of my deliberately rare journeys on the Tube, the carriage I was on stopped at a station, positioning itself in front of a poster. The poster featured a model posing in an advert for underwear. My first reaction was to snort in mild derision, with a gentle roll of the […]

The Death of Youth Culture

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

  I imagine it began in some sleek committee room of an advertising agency, sometime in the mid-eighties. An assortment of bright young things, creamed from the best universities were harvested by intensely attentive, steepled-fingered executives, to brainstorm the febrile potential of the then, relatively unexploited ‘youth market’. From this, sprang the normative tool of […]

Polyamory: A male perspective

Friday, August 13th, 2010

There was a Jeffrey Archer novel I read as a kid where the main character was musing on the nature of marriage. A rich playboy, he surmised that if he could have a hundred horses and a hundred homes around the world, why could he not therefore have a hundred women. Welcome to the world […]

Two for the price of The One

Monday, August 9th, 2010

  Two, three, four – maybe more! People; welcome to the colourful world of Polyamory! No: this is not some inane introduction to the latest sensation in children’s TV (to rival the success of the peerless Teletubbies); polyamory is the acceptance and practice of non-monogamy, which those among you with a smattering of Greek and Latin […]

Fashioning the Feminine

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Fashion is not necessarily a matter of expressing one’s “identity,” nor is it merely about trends or a matter of business, products, branding and economics, although there are many instances when these issues are very much in evidence. To my mind, fashion is a supreme articulation of the feminine on the surface of the body […]

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The Place where Christmas is at

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

  Due to a variety of circumstances, in mid-November this year, I realised that I would be spending Christmas alone. The prospect did not particularly concern me but I was aware that I found myself with a choice. I could take the predictable and somewhat appealing option of maximum indulgence, starring the compelling cast of […]