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Adele & The Female Body Politic

Sporting a yellow corseted dress, voluminous blonde hair and her signature cat-eye, Adele recently reappeared in the public eye after a 5-year hiatus as the cover star of British Vogue’s November issue. The issue comprises an article detailing her first interview since 2016, in which she speaks to Giles Hattersley ahead of the release of […]

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Capitalism vs our bodies

How do you feel about your body? For those of us who identify as women, this usually requires a pretty complicated answer. Everyone has their own story, but most of us grew up feeling we were never quite the right shape or size or shade or weight, or anything. I am privileged enough to mostly […]

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The Female Image

A consideration of Emily Ratajkowski’s essay for Harper’s Bazaar… Model, actor and activist, Emily Ratajkowski is no stranger to the discussion of feminism and body positivity, despite receiving controversial opinions. In her 2019 essay for Harper Bazaar, Ratajkowski writes a personal account of her experience of being a woman in an ever-changing society that fears […]

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Top progressive moments so far

With 2020 being one of the most eventful years in living memory, it’s fair to say that it has taken its toll. Whilst the election of a more progressive president in the USA, as well as the prospect of life returning to some degree of normality have provided a glimmer of hope; I’m sure I’m […]

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One-size-fits-all: except wait, it doesn’t

I vividly remember buying my uniform for sixth form college; the dress code was “business-like” (cue the eye roll) and so I found myself in H&M’s suit section, aged 16, hunting for the perfect pieces. I eventually bought three suits, all the same size, and that was that. Except it wasn’t. I’d only tried on […]

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No More Mr. Muscle – The Pressure of Unrealistic Male Bodies

What’s one thing every male identifying superhero has in common? No, not superpowers, it is muscles! In nearly every Hollywood movie it is always the big muscular superhero who is dependable, strong, and saves the day. Perfectly groomed male bodies dominate the ads and movies of Hollywood. But what about ordinary male bodies, the bodies […]

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Normal people: the Billie Eilish Revolution

Butthurt internet trolls snubbing women’s bodies is nothing new. Last week, Twitter users decided to pick Billie Eilish as their latest target. The outcome? Some very ruffled feminist feathers. It all begun with user Gamesnosh’s tweet: ‘in 10 months Billie Eilish has developed a mid- 30’s wine mom body’ with an attached photo of Eilish walking along […]

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Stop bashing our bodies

It is a challenging time for the body positivity movement. Christmas and New Year have just flown by, and most of those who celebrate will – hopefully – have had time to relax, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy some festive fun. As always, however, comes the inevitable onslaught of New Year diets and […]