A few months ago, in a school workshop session about sexism, gender stereotypes and future aspirations, I asked a group of children aged 13 and 14 how their lives might be different if they were the opposite sex.
In a month over-saturated with virtue signalling, from Veganuary displays to #ecoresolutions pledges, why aren’t we challenging how we consume fashion? Fast fashion is deeply problematic: there are issues abound concerning garment workers’ rights and wages, water pollution, and landfill, to name a few.
Writer and actor Lena Dunham, known for creating the hit TV show Girls, is no stranger to controversy. The most recent example of this troubling tendency is her onstage and in-print apology to Aurora Perrineau. Last year, Perrineau accused the Girls writer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17 years old.
In children aged five to 15, one in eight have been found to have a mental health disorder. Statistics show that the vast majority of mental health problems are established at a young age and I worry that vulnerable kids like Alex will suffer lifelong problems. What’s more, I worry that the stretched mental health system will leave this new generation of youngsters with no support at all.
There is still a lot of taboo when it comes to having productive discussions about the soaring rates of alcohol addiction amongst women – and for the past two years, I’ve been on a journey to uncover why. Through my own experiences of alcoholism and subsequent sobriety, I have also uncovered some unsavoury truths that add to this collective attitude towards women’s relationship with booze. As a society, we tend to ignore the very genuine issues that are affecting women in the 21st century, and this is especially evident when it comes to alcohol addiction.