Girls in Podcasts: How to Be A Girl

Looking for something to listen to on your morning commute? Want to learn about girls over your lunch? There are loads of amazing podcasts out there about and by girls. Join us as we share some of our favorites in this series. The podcast How To Be A Girl is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. If you’re scared of welling up in public, I wouldn’t recommend listening during the commute. Marlo Mack, a pseudonym, is the mother of a transgender daughter, who also blogs her story at Gender Mom. Marlo tells the story of how she’s raising her daughter, through a series of themes, scattered...

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Forward with hope, not back in anger

On Monday the 22nd of May a terrorist detonated a homemade nail bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. 22 people, including an 8 year old girl, were killed. Unfortunately, this attack was just a drop in an ocean of terrorist attacks that happen around the world each and every day. But what are we supposed to do about it? Well world, we hold a benefit concert that celebrates the lives of those lost, not only in the Manchester attacks but all over the planet. We bring together a city, a country and the world in the belief that love will always win. Namely the One Love Manchester...

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Review: Harlots – Bravery in the Brothels

Recently, I started watching a new British drama called Harlots. Harlots explores the rivalry between two different brothels in 18th century London. Margaret Wells runs one of the brothels, with Lydia Quigley running the other. If the brightly colored promotional photos weren’t enough to catch my attention, the stunningly relatable women it highlights are. Although sex is an inherent element of the storyline, no episode yet has exhibited the omnipresent male gaze. Rather, the shenanigans that these ladies get into and the hardships they face drive the storyline onwards. It’s not...

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Review: Girls–American Bitch

The third episode in the last season of Girls had a pretty strong effect on me. A bottle episode, it focuses on one day, one apartment and one conversation between Hannah and a writer she admires, Chuck Palmer. The premise seems simple enough:  he has asked her there to discuss an article she wrote recently about his alleged sexual assault of four women. However as the conversation unfolds, we’re carried with Hannah through the still-contested grey area of consent, the ‘he-said-she-said’ push and pull. She’s swayed by the charm and apparent innocence of Palmer, then thrown by his...

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Review: The Foundling Museum – a hidden gem

The small but grand building for the Foundling Museum is tucked away in a corner of London rarely visited by your traditional tourist. Upon finding it, however, I found a fantastic little museum with great potential. We entered the museum not really knowing what to expect and were greeted by friendly staff who pointed us in the right direction. The first stop was the permanent exhibition, and for the next hour, we whiled away the minutes lost in the history of the Foundling Hospital and the personal stories of those children who had lived there. The Foundling Hospital was founded in 1739 by...

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Review: Caroline Lawrence’s The Roman Mysteries

Last year I became a graduate with a degree in Ancient History and History. I loved it, and the main reason I decided to study the degree was because it included the ancient world. However, I was not exposed to the world of Classics or Ancient History whilst I was at school. So why would I become so interested in the subject? The answer to this question is the work of Caroline Lawrence and her Roman Mysteries. I’m not a bookworm, but Lawrence’s books appealed to my love of solving mysteries and history. The series consist of seventeen books that follow the life and adventures of Flavia...

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