Bridging our Differences

Written on February 17, 2011 at 21:39, by

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

Written on January 27, 2011 at 07:55, by

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 […]

Reflection

Written on December 18, 2010 at 17:04, by

When you love yourself, you accept yourself without any guilt or shame, reservation or fear; Seeing yourself as the complete being that you are, through a mirror bearing your true reflection. Are we complete? Or are these words the aimless amblings of an uncertain mind, trying to grasp form from mist? I often wonder if […]

Men as part of the Solution

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Written on November 4, 2010 at 22:06, by

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 […]

Keeping it Real

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Written on October 11, 2010 at 20:55, by

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

Written on September 12, 2010 at 11:33, by

  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

Written on August 13, 2010 at 08:53, by

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

Written on August 9, 2010 at 20:34, by

  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 […]

Find Your Space

Written on July 12, 2010 at 21:19, by

I clearly recall the turning point at primary school, when I began to dislike P.E. classes. It occurred with the imposition of rule-based sports we were obliged to play, where the focus lay in ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ games I had no personal input in the creation of and had expressed no desire to play, as […]

Fashioning the Feminine

Written on June 11, 2010 at 09:47, by

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 […]