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Divn’t Panic…

Aug
24

Harriet Johnston talks candidly about her thoughts on bravery. 

At the end of May, I landed a great job working for a ski and travel magazine in London. I nervously anticipated making the move from Newcastle to the South and starting anew. Though this migration is so common now, I don’t think that really makes it any less scary. Finding somewhere to live, making new friends, even figuring out how to work the Oyster card machine – all of it requires a certain level of courage.
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Good Mental #9: Top Five Tips for Instant Weight Loss

Aug
17

Rosie Davies writes the latest entry in her Good Mental series on life and sanity, this time taking a satirical look at how the media talks about body image and weight loss. 

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Do you ever accidentally catch sight of yourself in the mirror and feel like a big fat disgusting slob? That’s probably because you are one!

Here at Shame! we know how easy it is to let yourself go. We’re just like you! Whether it’s a cheeky crisp at the pub (3 calories) or a naughty oatcake with your soup (17 calories), we all need to let off steam sometimes so don’t feel too bad about those 20 calories – we’re all human after all and, like we’ve just said, we’re just like you, too. We wouldn’t be real women if we didn’t obsess over everything that goes into our mouths!
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Anxiety, Apologising, and Beyoncé

Aug
11

Always trying to Be More Beyoncé, Terri-Jane Dow is bored of apologising.

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I apologise too much. I use “sorry” in place of “excuse me” and “pardon,” I preface questions with, “Sorry, but…,” and I would much rather leave all decision making to someone else. It’s very British of me, apparently, but more than that; it’s very specifically female. In 1949’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, John Wayne stated that one should “Never apologise. It’s a sign of weakness.” It’s a statement that seems to have hit Wayne’s hyper-masculine target audience, but outside of that demographic? Not so much. There have been a lot of articles recently regarding studies into feminine language – in short, compared to men, women are both more apologetic, and more concerned with others’ perception of their actions. Women are twice as likely to suffer from both anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorders. There are studies into the reasons behind this; women are far more anxious to be perceived as being “nice”, whereas men, generally, are differently conditioned to prosociality. A study at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, found that when they’re in the wrong, men are equally as likely to apologise as women; it’s that they just don’t feel like they’re in the wrong as often. If, then, there’s no scientific evidence for women apologising more, it really is a case of social conditioning. Alongside this knowledge is the fact that the most successful people I know – the ones who speed, spider-monkey like, to the top of the ladder, and manage to juggle the work / life balance with ease – are also the least apologetic.
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How Are You Really?

Apr
25

Clare Marcie wants an honest answer.

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The classic question we have all answered with a lie:

“How are you?”

“I’m fine.”

What’s the purpose of this interaction? Politeness? False interest? The maintenance of amiable complex human networks?
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TTIP-ing The Balance

Apr
23

Libby Nicol writes about the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership and how it has led to the decline of public services and regression of women’s rights.

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Artwork by Gabi Corbett (http://gabriellecorbett.weebly.com).

A secret trade deal between the European Union and the United States is currently being negotiated on our behalf. If approved, it will negatively impact us in a multitude of ways. Part of this deal will open up our public services to unprecedented levels of privatisation, with women set to disproportionally suffer due to these changes. TTIP will cause a prolonged extension of current ‘austerity’ measures as we see crucial services, such as the NHS, handed over to the private sector. As this trade deal is pretty substantial, the focus of this blog post is to look at the gendered implications it will have on our public sector.
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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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Good Mental #8: Four Types of Anxiety, and How To Kick Them Up The Arse

Mar
17

Rosie Davies writes the latest entry in her Good Mental series on life, sanity, and how to keep it in a world which wants to steal it.

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Anyone who has ever experienced either capital-A Anxiety or a more confined panic attack will be well familiar with the scenario in which you imagine yourself running out into the middle of the street and just starting shouting for help, and becoming exactly the sort of person that no-one wants to help because they are, perhaps rightly, afraid of getting sucked down into your desperate, grasping madness. (Also, if you’re anything like me then you’ve imagined yourself naked in this scenario; why do we always assume that when we go mad we’ll also take all our clothes off? I hate taking my clothes off; I live in Scotland, it’s freezing. I can’t imagine ever getting to a stage of madness where I no longer recognise that being cold is deeply unpleasant; a comforting thought.) The worst part is that, if someone did stop and say “how can I help, you big naked lunatic?” you wouldn’t have an answer because you’ve no idea what you need other than someone helping, right now, or… something. You don’t even know what the something is but you know it’s AWFUL.
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Our Right To Abortion: The Power Of Choice

Mar
06

Mina Green writes a personal essay for TYCI.

The Glasgow light is weary, tentative. Govan subway is shrouded in fog and the only way I see feasible to distract myself from a feeling of impending doom is to stare at a man staring at his dog taking a shit on the side of the road. My hands are clammy and my stomach is raw, churning beneath my skin as if my choices were a disease. The most hilarious thing is that I’m craving a hefty slab of chips and cheese, a classic I know, but one that I’d inevitably throw up. And Govan subway is hardly in need of any more unsavoury activity.
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40 Days For Life

Mar
03

Lisa-Marie Ferla writes about the recent anti-abortion protests in Glasgow.

Photo courtesy of A Thousand Flowers.

Photo courtesy of A Thousand Flowers.

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Declaration Interview: Rose Ruane

Mar
02

Ahead of our collaboration, TYCI Takeover, with Declaration Festival next week, we interview some of the artists involved. Today on the blog, visual and live artist and writer Rose Ruane.

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