‘Believe All Women’: The Problem with Hashtag Politics

An article by Bari Weiss in The New York Times in 2017 argued that “’believing all women’ can rapidly be transmogrified into an ideological orthodoxy that will not serve women at all.” Weiss goes on to argue that the concept fetishizes women in the sense that they become “truth personified”. What is not mentioned however, is…

In Defence of The New Yorker and Freedom of Speech

“I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.” –      Voltaire “Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;.” –      First Amendment, United States Constitution   Last week David Remnick, political journalist and editor of The New…

‘Uphill Battle’ – Rozzi

All women, once all the pretence and perfection has been shed, like mascara running off wet eyes, are full of contradictions and complexities that go beyond the mantle of being “a difficult woman”. We are neither good nor bad; virginal or slutty; nice or bitchy; easy or difficult; strong or weak; we are all those…

Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

“I don’t like your little games/ Don’t like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/ Of the fool, no, I don’t like you.” Last week Taylor Swift announced her new album Reputation and the accompanying first single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. In the run up to both announcements, Swift had wiped her social media accounts and…