Feminism Up

Feminism Up is a monthly online newsletter that aims to encourage discussion around sexism and inequality. It is ran by Kath at Binging on Beetroot and I was recently very honoured to be asked to write an article for it.

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The newsletter comes out on the 1st of every month and I’m sure November’s issue will not disappoint. It would be amazing if you could subscribe to the newsletter. To do it, head here.

Short and sweet post today, but with the #metoo movement I felt it was relevant to share and it is something I feel very passionate about.

Ciao xxx

Women in Football

Unfortunately our Lionesses were knocked out last night in the Euro semi-finals by the Netherlands. But regardless of that ‘failure’, they still reached their second semi-final in three years. They should be proud of this. We all should be.

“If the men’s team were doing this well, they’d have changed the name of our currency to Raheem Sterling.”

But our country should also be ashamed. Ashamed of the state football is in today, the inequality and the large sum of unsustainable money in the game.

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Over a hundred years ago we invented the glorious game, but in 1921 the FA banned football for women. A couple of weeks back Clare Balding hosted a great programme on Channel 4 – ‘When Football Banned Women’ . If you’re into football and or a feminist, get it watched.

During and after WWI women’s football was very popular but then all of a sudden they were banned from playing the sport for a whole 50 years because fuddy duddy men in the FA did not want women getting paid for playing football. Outrageous!

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As much as women’s football is now legal, the game is still far from being equal. Just this week Neymar was sold to PSG for a record breaking £200mil, he’ll be earning £782k a week! Compare this to the highest paid female footballer, Steph Houghton who earns roughly £60k a year… again… outrageous!

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In Clare’s documentary she visited a girl’s team, when asked who their heroes and heroines were they replied Stevie G, Jagielka, Joe Hart etc. Not very many heroines, and why would there be? Women’s football gets very little coverage. The past few weeks the Euro’s have been taking place in the Netherlands, I’ve seen very little of the tournament on the back pages of newspapers, I’ve not seen one St George’s flag in a super market, or dangling off people’s car. How can the future stars of England’s women’s team have a heroine role model when the media don’t cover their game?

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The FA have set a target for 2020 to double the number of women and girls playing football, they have also been running a girl’s football week (16th July – 6th August) with the aim to raise the sport’s profile. It would be great to see at the next women’s World Cup held in France a bigger hype, helping improve equality and respect in the sport.

Good luck to all working to achieve that, and chin up Lionesses! x

The Monthly Gift

My first ever blog post back in December last year was about Monthlies, a period subscription box. Their boxes are filled with sanitary products, all organic and plastic, chlorine, animal testing free. For every box you purchase, 20% of the profits will go to support women and girls in the UK and abroad. I still use Monthlies, they are amazing, but over the months I’ve managed to accumulate quite a stock of excess sanitary products.

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A few weeks ago in Nottingham I stumbled upon The Monthly Gift who are a campaign that donates sanitary products to homeless women and those who have limited access to them. This was a perfect solution to my ever increasing pile of pads!

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Periods are annoying on a good day. But they are a whole lot more difficult to deal with when you don’t have a home or a bathroom or money and that is the reality for thousands of homeless women everyday.

The issue even goes beyond the homeless, girls in the UK are missing school because they can’t afford sanitary products. Female pupils could be skipping up to a week of school every single month because they can’t afford sanitary products and they’re too afraid to ask for them due to the ridiculous stigma and shame still attached to periods.

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You can help.

If you don’t live local to Nottingham there is also a Monthly Gift Manchester  and many other charities that help provide period support to those that need it such as; The Homeless Period, Action Aid and Irise. Food banks are also a great place to donate.

Give it a go!

Luva Huva – Ethical Lingerie

I mostly base my underwear purchases on comfort and practicality. When I found Luva Huva, an ethical lingerie brand based in Brighton, whose website hosts pictures of beautiful and delicate items I was quite sceptical as to whether they would provide bras to my size and comfort requirements. In the past I’ve struggled to find pretty bras that support and look good under clothing. Despite my scepticism I ordered a matching bra and pant set.

On Instagram I saw my purchase being made in a story video, and they posted a picture of my item on their feed. Luva Huva (a team of just five women) makes almost all orders from scratch and keeps very few items in stock, the care put into my order was reinforced by actually seeing the item on the sewing machine just days before it landed through my letter box.

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Luva Huva develops garments from eco-friendly materials (bamboo, soy, hemp and certified organic cotton). Using natural fabrics makes their items comfortable and breathable. Vintage or end of line fabrics are also used, in doing this, material that would otherwise be waste can be recycled.

My Luva Huva bra and knickers fit perfectly, are super comfortable and if I do say so myself, look amazing. They cost maybe double what I would usually spend on a lingerie set, however the quality is very obvious. Thanks Luva Huva for making what used to be a nightmare finding bras that fit and look good, to an easy ethical online purchase.

Monthlies: Period Subscription

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Earlier this month I asked myself a sad question, how do women living on the streets deal with their period?

Upon this question I did some research and found the site Monthlies.

Monthlies are a social enterprise that pride themselves on making periods more safe and healthy. On the site you subscribe to a personalised box that will be delivered through your postbox every month before your period. In your box you can pick how many items you want including a mixture of tampons, pads and liners. These items are all organic and plastic, chlorine and animal testing free. For every box you purchase, 20% of the profits will go to support women and girls in the UK and abroad.

Over this Christmas period Monthlies have also provided a chance for you to donate a pack. For just £5 Monthlies will send a box of 20 items to women in the UK that need help.

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I have to say, I love my Monthlies boxes. In the past I’ve often forgotten to pick up the ‘time of the month’ essentials in my weekly shop and have been caught out. Having a Monthlies subscription means this will never have to happen again. With all the good they do, I really wish them success. Thanks Sarah.