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Spice World: the feminist movie? When girl power hit the big screen

Is Spiceworld the Movie a feminist masterpiece? Continue reading


The Moomins: Tove Jansson’s feminist legacy

First published by The Guardian on September 26 2017 The Finnish author and illustrator used her books to subtly challenge views on how women should live and behave. Now, those stories are part of an Oxfam campaign to empower women around the world Post-war stories about Finnish trolls might not be the first place you … Continue reading

Breaking news: why does Hollywood gloss over the world of magazine journalism?

First published by The Guardian on January 3 2018 While The Post is the latest film to venerate the men who report the news, cinema still portrays magazine offices as the realm of shallow, shameful women As a magazine journalist, it’s hard to escape the feeling that people consider feature-writing a lesser art than hard … Continue reading

What I’ve learnt from a year of fear

First published on The Pool The Pool November 2 2016 From abseiling to half marathons, Lizzy Dening has deliberately spent 2016 doing things that terrify her We’re often encouraged – generally by shoddily Photoshopped memes on Instagram – to do one thing every day that scares us. Unless you’re a particularly anxious person, it’s a … Continue reading

8 easy ways to volunteer when you’re short on time

First published on Cosmopolitan UK on November 11, 2016 With the political turmoil of 2016, it’s easy to feel powerless; but the best way to fight fear is with love and hope. If work or study commitments take up most of your time it’s still possible to make a positive difference through volunteering. Here are … Continue reading