Success doesn’t have to be young and fast to count

Success doesn’t have to be young and fast to count

On the school run this morning a white hair stood erect from the top of my head. It waved at me in the rearview mirror as I monitored the violence levels of the back seat. The light bounced off its treasonous texture as a massive Fuck You! to my habit of yanking them...
When kindness isn’t nice

When kindness isn’t nice

Icon, inspiration, authentic, sisterhood – just a few words sucked dead by inappropriate- and over- use on social media. The accelerator effect of viral Tweets and Instagram memes has reduced the life-expectancy of compelling prose, and now it’s coming for...
‘a funny tin-‘ and our difficulties with talking about race

‘a funny tin-‘ and our difficulties with talking about race

Two hours after the launch of The Independent Group on Monday, founding member Angela Smith found herself at the centre of racism accusations. The obligatory apology followed but in the subsequent media storm around Shamima Begum, Smith’s comments have been left...
Is freelance freedom actually a trap?

Is freelance freedom actually a trap?

“Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light not its shadows.” Paulo Coelho Freedom to be on the school run, to yoga straight after, to pack up my laptop and work in a cafe because I fancy a change of scenery.  Freedom to choose when I work and when I play;...
Taking control: women and wanking

Taking control: women and wanking

The over-riding notion has always been men enjoy sex, while women endure it. A comprehensive analysis of 33 studies over an 80 year period has shown that only 25% of women consistently orgasm during vaginal intercourse. Around half of women sometimes orgasm; 20%...
Dear Broflakes: about that Gillette ad

Dear Broflakes: about that Gillette ad

Dear Broflakes, About that Gillette advert… I’ll admit that at first I spent some time giggling at all your hurt feelings on Twitter. Then it dawned on me that many of you have women, girls and boys in your real lives and it stopped being funny. I get it. You’re not...