Category: Medium

Just Admit That You Hate Fat People – Katy Preen – Medium

Just Admit That You Hate Fat People – Katy Preen – Medium

Some time ago I wrote about the supposed balance between public health messages and fat acceptance. I say it’s a supposed balance because the two things aren’t actually at odds with each other. But, as happens so often, this argument has reared its monstrously ugly head again and we need to address it.

Of Fish and Bicycles – why we do sometimes need a man in our lives

Of Fish and Bicycles – why we do sometimes need a man in our lives

In 1996 Guinness released their iconic “Fish on a Bicycle” advert, playing on the feminist slogan that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. Advertising of alcoholic beverages in the UK is complicated, because there are so many restrictions on what can and can’t be shown in marketing material.

Happily Ever After? – Katy Preen – Medium

Happily Ever After? – Katy Preen – Medium

Marriage laws in the UK have been evolving since marriages first started being officiated by the Church, in the 12th Century. The 20th Century in particular brought numerous updates to the statute to make marriage more equal and reflective of society’s expectations and needs. But there are still some anachronistic terms and conditions, particularly regarding divorce.

Geometry and Vocabulary – No, Cis Isn’t a Slur | Medium

Geometry and Vocabulary – no, “cis” isn’t a slur – Katy Preen – Medium

WARNING: in this post I discuss homophobia, transphobia and some weird shit about seagulls. Look away now if you’re ornithophobic - shit, too late! Because I’m no doubt going to get grilled on my credentials, I identify as non-binary, and I usually read as a gay man or a gay woman, so I dunno, maybe I’m performing something like how non-binary’s supposed to look.

Too Much Information – why we say “I have a boyfriend” when we don’t | Medium

Too Much Information – why we say “I have a boyfriend” when we don’t

There cannot be a woman on the planet that has never claimed to have a boyfriend when trying to escape the clutches of a would-be suitor that we have no interest in. Why do we do this? Because simply saying that we’re not interested doesn’t work - it turns into a negotiation or a fight.

Work Ethics: The Moral Case For Universal Basic Income | Medium

The Moral Case for Universal Basic Income – Member Feature Stories – Medium

One of the barriers to adopting Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the feeling in neoliberal societies that nobody should get something for nothing. Even if the money is available, and there would be tangible improvements to society, the rule is that individuals must work in order to get recompense.

Good Girls, Bad Boys and Relationship Power Dynamics | Medium

Good Girls, Bad Boys and Relationship Power Dynamics

Do we always have to follow the same patterns? I left an abusive relationship almost 10 years ago, and I’ve been through counselling, therapy, a domestic abuse recovery program, and I’m still not completely over what happened to me. The process has helped me understand what went on, learn more about myself, and to rebuild my life.

Who Are The Windrush Generation, and Why are they Facing Deportation? | Medium

Who are the Windrush Generation, and why are they facing deportation?

There is a history of racist and xenophobic policies behind this. The Windrush generation are named after one of the ships that transported large numbers of people from Commonwealth nations to the UK in the 1940s, 50s and 60s (see image above). This migration was encouraged, and was seen as mutually beneficial.