SELF-WORTH

SELF-WORTH

This isn’t a confidence-boosting, self-help load of waffle. This is actually about something totally wrong-headed I heard from an acquaintance with, uh, clearly different aspirations to me. More than a difference of opinion, this is about some seriously harmful and life-limiting stereotypes that are still with us even in the 21st Century.

WHAT ABOUT THE MEN PART 2: MASCULINITY & MISOGYNY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

WHAT ABOUT THE MEN PART 2: MASCULINITY & MISOGYNY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Masculinity and Misogyny in the Digital Age – Ditch the Label Always one to look out for reasons to demonstrate why men need feminism too (because apparently gender equality is only worth men’s time if you can link it to direct personal benefits ::eye roll:: ), I found an interesting paper on attitudes towards masculinity…

WHAT ABOUT THE MEN? PART 1: INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY – 19th NOVEMBER

WHAT ABOUT THE MEN? PART 1: INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY – 19th NOVEMBER

I’d hoped to get writing my “What about the men?” series a lot sooner than this, but I figured that International Men’s Day would be a suitable place to start. Or as I like to call it, “International where-are-all-the-dudes-who-were-asking-about-international-men’s-day-on-international-women’s-day Day”. It’s the same every International Women’s Day (which is 8th March) – all the Neanderthals congregate…

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 2)

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 2)

Last time, I posted responses to questions I was asked during the Q&A on the night of my talk “Are We Mental?”. Today, I’m posting responses to a couple of questions I was sent by email, from someone who was in the audience. Their initial question was related to Slide 13, the one with the ableist…

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 1)

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 1)

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Q&A at our Skeptical Soapbox was as good as each of the talks. An opportunity for the speaker to think on their feet and demonstrate that they know their stuff. Here I will share some of the questions I was asked, and my responses: “You said that we…

TO-DO LIST, OR, HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT IF YOU CAN’T BOIL THE OCEAN?

TO-DO LIST, OR, HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT IF YOU CAN’T BOIL THE OCEAN?

The above are two phrases I’d never encountered before, but they mean the same thing. For when you have a seemingly insurmountable task, or if you’re taking on too much, they seem apposite: “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bit at a time” Your task may be complex, long or overwhelming, but you can…

HOW ARE YOU TODAY – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 5

HOW ARE YOU TODAY – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 5

Another post about language, but not in the manner of previous posts. I won’t be spouting poetry, or analysing turns-of-phrase. This is about communication, connection, and companionship. I’ve written before about Manchester’s homelessness problem (let me stress here that it is not the homeless that are the problem, it’s homelessness), which is something that us…

THIRD-PERSON SINGULAR “THEY” – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 4

THIRD-PERSON SINGULAR “THEY” – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 4

I’m not going to touch on the “correctness” of the use of “they” as a preferred pronoun – I enjoy arguments over prescriptive vs. descriptive use of language, but that’s been done elsewhere. I want to talk about why the use of “they” to describe an individual (in a gender-neutral sense) has practical uses for…