Writer, galloper of imaginary ponies. Wannabe side-saddle enthusiast.

On The Miseducation of Marie Antoinette

Sounds very very very very like Antonia Fraser's biog of MA.

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm 0

On Fifty Shades of Brontë

@Crystal Kopp@facebook What on earth does Villette or its autobiographical content have to do with this analysis of Jane Eyre?

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 3:06 am 0

On First-Ever Tramp Stamp Discovered

Google "Pazyryk tattoos"– very beautiful ancient tatts from the Eurasian Steppe.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm 0

On Talking to Lauren Oliver and Lexa Hillyer, "Story Architects" for Young Adult Literature

The former literary agent's assistant in me wants to see the contracts. But it does sound like more a learning, nurturing environment than Frey Towers.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm 1

On The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear: Why I Teach Women Self-Defense

@Miss_T These include many of the reasons why I chose KM. I have a connective tissue disorder and cannot do judo/boxing type training. I also wanted something that felt instinctive and didn't require months or even years of training.

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm 1

On The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear: Why I Teach Women Self-Defense

I travelled solo in Mongolia and China last year, so I took a half day krav maga course with a friend who had been assaulted on the metro a few weeks earlier during commuting time (no one came to her aid. They just sat and watched as a guy knocked her down and choked her.)

We had wicked fun. It was only a beginning – it's hard to overcome the reserve about really hitting back and you need serious muscle memory for many moves – but it WAS empowering. And the dirtiest fighting imaginable. I've been recommending it to all the women I know.

Every time I read Everyday Sexism's feed I wish that girls were all taught something like ESD or krav maga. Just something to make them feel less threatened. Yes, I know it's not just girls who get assaulted, but still. Thanks for this and your work.

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm 5

On What If a Women's Magazine Editor Edited a BBC News Story About Syria?

@Sheila Albertson Seconded. My God. Every time I've done something for a women's mag they've come at it with a full set of requirements about what's in it – facts or actual news be damned. They just have to get out of the way to make the right story. Oh, and I'm not allowed to say I live in Berlin as apparently that would just cause damage to the readers. Or something.

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 3:21 am 1

On Hard Out Here for a White Feminist

@Ian Young I'm British. I understand piss-taking. But I don't understand how you critique the fact that many videos use scantily clad black dancers covered in jizz substitutes as a backdrop to a white star by making a video featuring, er, backgrounded, scantily clad black dancers covered in jizz substitutes.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 6:06 am 1

On 30 Minutes with Christina Angela

@LunaLunaLunaMoth The one I did was 800 words in a format more restrictive than a blog :)

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 1:45 am 1

On 30 Minutes with Christina Angela

@Lipstick4all No Matt, not blinded by the desire to trash. Just uncomfortable with the pidgin, the descriptions of her body and the tourism feel.

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm 5