Gender and Masterchef

I’ve been thinking about the gender politics of professional cooking lately, having spent a few weeks at home with my family and watching Masterchef with them. From a sample of two weeks’ worth of Masterchef episodes (plus a few backdated ones), it struck me that while the contestants seemed to be quite fairly balanced between … More Gender and Masterchef

Feminists in Fiction: Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

This post in the first in a series of planned posts on my favourite feminist characters and female role models in books and TV. Check back during the next few months for other posts in this series! Earlier this year I was introduced to the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender by a friend. Since … More Feminists in Fiction: Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Being an Ace Feminist

I’ve been thinking about the way that my identity as a feminist and my identity as asexual intersect. Although I discovered feminism and asexuality around the same time, I’ve only started pondering their influence on each other over the last few weeks. One of the big, underlying feminist ideas (for me at least) is the … More Being an Ace Feminist

Womanhood does not equal Motherhood (a Doctor Who rant)

*Here be spoilers for the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Read at your own risk if you are a spoilerphobe.* My relationship with Steven Moffat is deeply fraught with contradictions. (For those of you who don’t know, Moffat is the current head writer behind Doctor Who, and also Sherlock. This post focusses on Doctor Who though.) … More Womanhood does not equal Motherhood (a Doctor Who rant)