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#CameronMustGo and the media backlash


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Originally posted on bottomfacedotcom:

I’ve been following the #CameronMustGo hashtag with great interest. It’s been an opportunity for those of us who have been negatively hurt by the coalition’s policies to amplify our voices. Of course there are a few people who will just throw insults, but I would not like to question their validity in doing so. I’ve met some great people over the last week. Most of whom have heart breaking stories about the hell they’ve been put through. Those who follow me on Twitter @Lubottom, or who regularly read my blog will know that this is something I and my family have been through ourselves. Many of us are too disabled to attend rallies or hold placards and are often spoken about in the media, but denied the opportunity to tell our own stories. So when a hashtag like this, which allows us to have a virtual protest, comes along I…

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Guest post for World Prematurity Day: If you’re going through hell, keep going

“If you’re going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill.

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World Prematurity Day: Bonding can be hard

Monday 17th November 2014 is World Prematurity Day, a day for talking about around 15 million babies born prematurely worldwide. My daughter is one of them, and while I was aware of premature babies prior to her birth I was most definitely ignorant to how hard it could be for the families of these tiny little miracles. I learnt the hard way, and it could have been harder still, I am very fortunate to live in a country with an amazing health service where babies like my little girl stand a good chance at life.

Around 60,000 are born in the UK, and the best charity to follow about this is Bliss, also a wonderful charity to donate to, they have been a fantastic support through some very tough times and do a lot to help families with babies in SCBU, including working with doctors and nurses to make sure care for prem babies and their families is as good as it can be. I am writing my story to share, and I advise you to follow them on @Blisscharity for more stories.

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Looking out for friends with MH issues

My mental health issues have been talked about a bit on here, so I’ll assume it’s known that I’m not always doing wonderfully.

I have previously used the Samaritans, and have always found them wonderful. When I’m able I do try to donate to them. Fantastic service, more people should support it!

That out of the way, I’m really not sure what I think of #SamaritansRadar.

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Being an angry woman – and why it scares me

Thanks to my gender I’ve known from a very young age that the expectations for me were radically different than the expectations for a child born to the opposite gender.

Thanks to my gender I was taught that it was preferable to be;

- caring (even towards those who would hurt us – sometimes especially towards them)

- gentle (no raised voices, no swearing, no anger)

- accommodating (we learn to compromise, to put other people’s needs ahead of our own)

- carers (the eternal mothers, even before puberty)

- pacifists (we are mediators, the calming ones)

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Recommendation: Beautiful book

When my son was approaching his first birthday I went searching for something special he could enjoy both as a child and as a keepsake for when he’s all grown up. As I still own a personalised book from when I was little I thought that would be perfect. So my search began.

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Gender critical in a binary world

I’m well aware that identifying as a gender critical feminist is going to have put some people off me already. Possibly some will have decided I’m transphobic and written off everything I have to say already. If you think that gender critical feminism and transphobia go hand in hand but have read this far, bear with me, I want to point a few things out about myself.

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Rapists aren’t cartoon villains

If you haven’t watched it yet I strongly advise you to watch the latest Feminist Frequency video on Women as Background Decoration.

One of the points she raises is that violence against female characters is used as a shortcut to establishing a character as evil, and in doing so portrays sexual violence as something done by only evil cartoon villains.

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Finding a place and sense of worth in feminism

When I was younger I was a bit of an awkward girl, I was never into the girlie girlie stuff, but at the same time I was no tomboy. I was painfully shy, and that was made worse by not feeling like I had enough in common with people, so I found it hard to relate and join in.

I know many people tried to fit me into the tomboy box, I hated the colour pink and would refuse dresses and skirts.

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Magical vaginas

I have to confess, I got far too much pleasure from writing that title.

In case you’ve missed it a quick recap. A female games developer (who has already been getting a lot of hate for daring to be a woman in the games industry and having the gall to point out the games industry has a problem with sexism) split up with her boyfriend. Said boyfriend then wrote a blog and went to 4chan to accuse her of cheating on him with 5 guys. One of these guys was a games journalist who had given her positive reviews. Now people are up in arms about her corrupting the games industry.

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