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Not Just Grrrls

May
18

Katherine Stewart of new organisation Just a Grrrl discusses music industry sexism and the initiatives  determined to tackle it.

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On the face of it, the music industry doesn’t look hugely male-dominated. Adele, Rihanna, Beyonce and Sia (to name but a few) all regularly top singles and album charts worldwide and make more money than most of us can fathom.
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Alle Meine Neue Woerter Sind Libensmittel

May
11

American artist Kathyrn Briggs shares an original comic strip as part of our HOME / AWAY series.

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Your Reluctant Diplomat

May
07

Jessica Harby talks to England about Donald Trump as part of our HOME / AWAY series.

Photo by Sayed Hasan.

Photo by Sayed Hasan.

I wasn’t fully American until I left America. Until then, my “Americanness” never really occurred to me. If I had any geographical identity, it was always smaller scale, more specific. I was working-class Midwestern. I was from the poorer neighbourhood of apartments in our high school district. I was a Chicagoan.
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Illuminations Interview Series

Apr
10

Today on the blog, we are delighted to share the full versions of the Illuminations Interview Series with you, as previewed at our live event as part of the Declaration Festival in March. Illuminations was a collaboration with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival last year. As part of this collaboration, TYCI put together a film-making team to interview women who volunteered to tell their stories on camera and create short documentary style films.
**Please note this series contains a frank discussion of struggles with mental health and and may act as a trigger for some readers**


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Tonight: CHVRCHES Aftershow

Apr
02

We’re DJing at the CHVRCHES aftershow tonight at SWG3 with Twilight Sad!

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All proceeds go to Glasgow Women’s Aid. Get tickets HERE.

Interview: Vic Valentine of the Scottish Transgender Alliance

Mar
31

Today on the blog, in honour of Transgender Day of Visibility, Anna Hodgart speaks to Policy Officer Vic Valentine, of the Scottish Transgender Alliance about their work.

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Thanks very much for chatting to us Vic, can you start by introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your role at STA?

Hey, my name’s Vic and I’m the Policy Officer at the Scottish Transgender Alliance. I’ve been working at the STA for a little over 9 months – I’d lived in Edinburgh previously as I did my undergrad here and was excited to move back when this opportunity came up! My role as the Policy Officer here is pretty varied – I spend most of my time delivering training, organising community research, and talking to other professionals about how to make their services or workplaces more trans-inclusive; whether this is through redrafting their policies or talking to their staff so they have a better idea of trans identities and some of the particular issues faced by our communities.
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Feminism Wasn’t My Thing…

Mar
27

Daniela Pichardo writes a personal essay about her evolving relationship with feminism.

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Daniela. Photo by Matt Schroeter (www.matthanns.com).

As a girl, I didn’t even know what feminism was. All I knew is that I liked the Thundercats, I played with swords, I wanted to be a Chemist, I had several scabs, my favourite colour was blue, and I thought boys’ toys and clothes were so much cooler than girls’.
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Fragility

Mar
23
Joan of Arc, 1865 (oil on canvas)...PNH356903 Joan of Arc, 1865 (oil on canvas) by Millais, Sir John Everett (1829-96); 82x62 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Joan of Arc (1412-31); French national heroine and a Catholic Saint; Jeanne d'Arc; La Pucelle d'Orleans; The Maid of Orleans;); Photo Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, London; English, out of copyright

Image Credit: Sir John Everett Millais (1865)

Power demands us to acknowledge who has it and who does not. Power demands we use it or we fight for it. Power is like a dollar: it may as well be a million if you don’t have any. Power is assigned to us in a quantity, and it is in the lack of it that we yearn for it the most. When we assume something is assigned to us, we lend ourselves to accepting only what we are given.
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The Power of the Collective Spirit

Mar
22

Rachel Cunningham writes a response to the movie Selma, talking about how powerful the collective spirit can be.

When the movie Selma was released in early 2015. I was keen to see it (mainly to brush up on my knowledge of Black Civil Rights in the US and the movement that was lead by Dr Martin Luther King) but the impact this movie had on me was something that I have not been able to let go.
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CHVRCHES Aftershow: TYCI DJs!

Mar
19

Excited to be DJing at this event in SWG3 next month with CHVRCHES and the Twilight Sad!

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All proceeds go to Glasgow Women’s Aid. Tickets are on sale now.