Masculinities and Putin’s war in Ukraine. Is there a connection? What does this mean?

I find it hard to process the videos of captured young male Russian soldiers calling their mums, crying, explaining they are alive, that they thought they were going to a training camp or would be welcomed as liberators and instead being sent to their death in Ukraine. These men have conducted atrocities and I doContinue reading “Masculinities and Putin’s war in Ukraine. Is there a connection? What does this mean?”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, masculinities have a lot to answer for: macho responses by our leaders have been a disaster

How many UK deaths could have been prevented? We all now know that while the UK wasted precious weeks at the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic, other nations – Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, to name but a few – acted much faster and are now successfully easing their lockdown restrictions. New Zealand justContinue reading “During the Covid-19 pandemic, masculinities have a lot to answer for: macho responses by our leaders have been a disaster”

Letter writing campaign to the PM: Dominic Cummings

We are being told by our leaders that the people are not interested in the actions of Dominic Cummings and want to move on – they are lying to us. We are furious. Let’s flood the Number 10 letter box with letters expressing that fury to show that we really do care and it ISContinue reading “Letter writing campaign to the PM: Dominic Cummings”

My sadness on Brexit day

Today is a deeply sad day for me personally.  I feel European to my core. I’ve lived in the Netherlands and France. I’ve fallen in love with Europeans. I’ve felt invigorated by driving effortlessly into France and Italy when I lived in Switzerland. Our son was born in Amsterdam, receiving start-of-the-art emergency care no questionsContinue reading “My sadness on Brexit day”

Labour has to stop blaming people for voting Tory and understand why they did so

Earlier this year I attended The World Transformed event during Labour party conference in Brighton.  One of the speakers, during a session on education, a University Senior Lecturer, described himself as part of the working class struggle. I was taken aback.  Lecturer salaries at his institution average at £43,520, 50% more than the national averageContinue reading “Labour has to stop blaming people for voting Tory and understand why they did so”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”