The news broke this week over Kevin Spacey coming out… as both a sexual harasser and as a gay man. It’s finally (finally!) open season on sexual predators, so understandably everyone is mighty pissed off – not just because of this transgression, but because it seems that his coming out is designed to excuse or minimise it.
I had to check that there wasn’t a real illness called Doyle Syndrome prior to writing this post, and there isn’t, so we’re good. Although if there was, I’d just call it Mrs. Doyle syndrome – which may give you some idea as to where this is going.
I know that you’re having a tough time. Your job is probably the most difficult and thankless in the whole country, and yet it is also coveted by those you should be able to rely on. I say that it is the most difficult not lightly; because jobs of comparable complexity and status have largely gone overseas.
The title of this piece is the first line of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, which is analysed in detail here.
As with all topics discussed openly on the internet, the Thin Privilege argument has descended into a battle in which a side must be picked. You’re either pro-fat or pro-skinny, and there’s no middle ground. Well… That’s not strictly true, but there’s not much room for nuance.
The Conservative Party Conference was in Manchester last week, and plenty of people were unhappy about it. This isn’t a huge surprise as they’re lagging behind in the polls, social problems are rife, and the government is single-mindedly pushing through a disastrous exit from the European Union – a move that will leave the UK worse off on just about every metric.
Earlier this year, I attended a recovery program for survivors of domestic violence. The abuse had taken place more than 10 years previously, and it had haunted me ever since. The first time around, I tried to seek help, but I was let down by all the agencies that I sought help from: my doctor, social workers, the police.
Michael Gove is often misquoted as having said that “people have had enough of experts”, although some commentators have dug out the actual quote and presented it in its original context, which makes a nice change: “People have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong.”
I was 22 when I received my first dick pic, before I even knew it was a thing. It was sent to me by a married man I was seeing back then (yes, do judge me on this one – he was a total jerk and my standards have improved tenfold since then), and I wasn’t sure what to think at the time.
Well, yes, there are women who abuse men. This well-known fact is brought to our attention whenever violence against women is discussed, just so the men don’t feel left out (nothing to do with derailing the original conversation, of course.) But we also know that there are far fewer women that abuse men, than there are men who abuse women.
Do you know when there’s a fashionable idea going around, but there’s something that feels a bit “off” with it? I spend a lot of time in skeptical and atheist circles, and there is always some real-world issue reduced to a vague abstraction, to be resolved with “logic.”
There have been a number of high-profile cases involving end-of-life care, and the “right-to-die” (or to live). Medical professionals are bound in their duty by their training and the law, and must do what is in the patient’s best interests. Unfortunately the relatives of the patient are not always willing to accept the medical verdict, and we run into conflict.
I read another article tweeted by Better Male Allies this week; here it is: 6 Ways To Scare Off Technical Women From Your Company I was particularly struck by the final item: “Don’t do this: Lower the bar for female candidates. I once interviewed for a software engineering job on the same day that my…
I wrote about two years ago on my unsuccessful quest for honest feedback, and found validation this month in a number of reports that back up what I was saying: that male leaders don’t like giving honest feedback to women. Here’s the tweet that jogged my memory: Here’s another good article on the topic; the…
Lately, there has been a lot of coverage of the ludicrous claims made by Goop, the “modern lifestyle brand” owned by Gwyneth Paltrow. A few weeks previous, it was the preserve of a particular niche of the market, but now we all know about it due to an incisive blog by Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN devoted to promoting evidence-based health care, you know, the kind that actually works.
We’ve all heard it before, amirite, ladies? We mention an instance of street harassment in conversation, and some ‘helpful’ chap chimes in with “maybe he was just saying hello”, because clearly our experience is worth less than the hypothetical musings of some random man. So I will start this post with an example of what…
Sometimes when inspiration eludes me, I get stuck in a mental rut. I put things off, I get distracted, I feel that there’s no point in starting as I’m not in the right frame of mind to write. But o…
Finally, we actually have a government in Westminster. Sure, it’s not the greatest option, but the Conservative-DUP amalgam is the best we could hope for in the present circumstances. It’s been something of a worry to commentators across the political spectrum, as the DUP are extremely socially conservative, and Northern Irish politics, in general, are held back by religious influences.
Font Of The Day #14 – 18th June 2017 – Roster
It’s the weekend, and a great opportunity for a drive in the countryside. Get away from it all with Roster, a strong brush script family of two weights, caps and a set of ornaments. Roster is great for any kind of display use from advertising to packaging and online branding. Roster is clear and legible even in smaller sizes and works for longer texts too, but is at its best when used for shorter sentences or even just for one or two word display or logo use.
Roster is equipped with plenty of Ligatures and Contextual alternates that are automatically activated as long as you keep Standard Ligatures feature on. These features help to maintain the flow and add on some variation when writing with Roster. If you need more than that there are at least three Alternates for each basic character: click on Swash, Stylistic or Titling Alternates in any OpenType savvy program or check out for even more alternates from the Glyph Palette.
Font Of The Day #13 – 17th June 2017 – Kinescope
Today’s font is rich and velvety, and dripping on to the page. A sexy script typeface, based on the hand-lettered titles in Fleischer Brothers’ Superman cartoon series, Kinescope has a real 1940s feel to it. How might you use it? A user guide is included to help you get what you need from the font, and to inspire you. This font is sponsored, but a bargain at £22 from MyFonts.com (designer Mark Simonson). That’s All, Folks!
Font Of The Day #12 – 16th June 2017 – Liquorstore
It’s the end of the working week, and let’s face it, we could probably do with a drink. Today’s font has just what you need! Liquorstore is a large and loud font in a traditional style, based on old liquor store signage and Cold War propaganda posters. There are five variants available, or you can buy each version separately. It was designed by Chank Diesel, and is a sponsored font from MyFonts.com.
Font Of The Day #11 – 15th June 2017 – RM Serifancy
It’s a Throwback Thursday, and it’s a Freebie Thursday! Today’s font of the day is a WildWest / Circus themed typeface, and it’s completely free, even for commercial use! It’s called RM Serifancy, designed by user p2pnut. I found it at 1001fonts.com. I love this font so much that I’m looking for an excuse to create a sign – just so that I can emblazon it across it in 12-inch-high letters! A statement piece, if ever I saw one.
“Strong and stable” has been repeated over and over during the last two months, since UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a General Election on 18th April. But what does that mean? We have been asking the same question of “Brexit means Brexit” and we still don’t have an answer.
Font Of The Day #10 – 14th June 2017 – Geogrotesque
Don’t be fooled by the name – Geogrotesque is a classy and modern font. Its smooth, clean nature makes it suitable for high-impact slogans and longform text alike. It’s a sans-serif font available in 14 styles and 7 weights. It was created by Emtype Foundry, and I found it at MyFonts.com. This is a sponsored post, so if you like it you’ll need to splash the cash for expert design. Click the image on the right to go to the download page.