What’s wrong with barefaced cheek?

The other day I came across this article about men wearing makeup. My initial reaction was … no likey 😦 But I wear makeup every day (except if I don’t have to leave the house)! I’ve even been known to post my nail art on Instagram!! Hear me out before you smack down the ‘hypocrite’ line … What’s the problem? Why do I seem to … Continue reading What’s wrong with barefaced cheek?

The Confidence Manifesto [BONUS]

If you still need convincing that confidence is super important, here is a little story. Imagine you need to buy a new wurtscriggle. A quick search reveals two companies that sell this product. You check out each of their websites in turn. The first homepage reads: The second homepage reads: The first company sounds unenthused; it doesn’t sound like they think they’re unique or worthwhile, … Continue reading The Confidence Manifesto [BONUS]

The Confidence Manifesto [Part 3]

Background: confidence is an invisible skill, but a large part of success in any domain. I haven’t always been particularly confident myself and didn’t quite realise how important it was until I saw its fruits in my own life. Learning to be confident is one of the most useful things I have done since leaving university and one of the best things that has happened … Continue reading The Confidence Manifesto [Part 3]

The Confidence Manifesto [Part 2]

Background: confidence is an invisible skill, but a large part of success in any domain. I haven’t always been particularly confident myself and didn’t quite realise how important it was until I saw its fruits in my own life. Learning to be confident is one of the most useful things I have done since leaving university and one of the best things that has happened … Continue reading The Confidence Manifesto [Part 2]

The Confidence Manifesto [Part 1]

Today I want to talk about confidence! Confidence is a large part of success in any domain, and success in the right domain is part of fulfilling every person’s potential – so it’s important. It’s not something careers advisors say much about, but it’s crucial for a successful career; it’s not something employers ask for, […]

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Performing monkeys 🐵 🙊

aspiration and objectification in Black Mirror, Old Masters and social media I hadn’t heard of art critic John Berger before news of his death broke a few days ago. Today I happened upon this interesting article about his critical legacy in the field of the artistic treatment of women. What hooked me in was the initial quotation: A woman is always accompanied, except when quite … Continue reading Performing monkeys 🐵 🙊

Still worthy of art

While super skinny may be the name of the catwalk game, we must remember that standards of beauty are as varied as a piece of string is long – or in other words, pretty meaningless. Remember the irrelevant imperfections the Plastics moaned about in Mean Girls? ‘My hairline is so weird!‘, ‘My pores are huge!‘, ‘My nail beds suck!‘ Whatever your grievance with your poor … Continue reading Still worthy of art

Powerful women and their fashion choices

What’s that you say? You’re going to write about powerful women, but instead of focussing on their achievements, you’re going to focus on their looks?! Surely this is sexism incarnate! While it’s true that more column inches than are warranted by the subject have been expended on the clothing choices (or as my friends and I used to say, the sartorial elections) of the female … Continue reading Powerful women and their fashion choices

The dual ethics of feminism

Consider the following controversial issues: Prostitution Page 3 Strip clubs Beyoncé videos Rihanna videos Other music videos Kim Kardashian’s naked selfies These topics all relate to women showing their sexual nature in the public sphere, and seem to engender (see what I did there) more heated debates than do other women’s issues. Consider some of the following for and against arguments that relate to these: … Continue reading The dual ethics of feminism