Not Just Grrrls


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


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.

Alle Meine Neue Woerter Sind Libensmittel


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

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40 Days For Life


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

Photo courtesy of A Thousand Flowers.

Photo courtesy of A Thousand Flowers.


Line Up Revealed! TYCI Takeover as part of the Declaration Festival


We are so psyched to share details of our Declaration Festival TYCI Takeover line up with you!

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In collaboration with Declaration Festival, a partnership between NHS Health Scotland, the Mental Health Foundation, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde, TYCI has invited four artists to respond to Article Three of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the right to life, liberty and personal security. Each artist has come up with a short response to Article Three, examining it through the lens of gender and the consequences and effects on our mental and physical health. We beyond delighted to bring together such an exciting, radical line up of artists to share work at the CCA on the Friday 6 March as part of the festival.

Ladybeard: The Sex Issue


Feminist magazine Ladybeard launches The Sex Issue.


Sex is pretty much everywhere you look in mainstream media, but it’s hyper-real and strangely sanitised: Handbags pressed against oily, celebrity flesh on the pages of magazines; teenagers with their legs spread on American Apparel billboards; chocolate bars dangling provocatively between parted lips on television screens. The sex we’re sold cements age-old myths: women are submissive and readily available, men are strong and stubbly and muscled, and intercourse is straight, slick and penetrative. We grow up with these images, and our expectations of sex are made out of them. When, inevitably, sexual reality doesn’t live up to the collective sexual fantasy, everyone is left feeling abnormal.

A Wee Note From the Collective


TYCI is a not for profit collective run by women. Although we are based in Glasgow, we have an amazing variety of contributors who stretch far and wide across the globe.

We are run entirely by volunteers who generously give up their own time, feelings, ideas, and often money to help us celebrate all things femme.

In the short while that we have been functioning, we have expanded from a small monthly club night, to an international multimedia platform and events series. All of what we do now is formed entirely on passionate people coming forward to lend their own ideas of what they want to see and do with the collective.


We are always looking for more contributors to help broaden the discussion and so if you are ever interested in getting involved in the collective, please do contact us because we would love to hear from you.

You can find us on all the socials @tyciblog or email us on contact.tyci@gmail.com


Interview: Double Crossed Clothing


Double Crossed Clothing is a Glasgow-based start up aiming to “celebrate women and awesomeness”. Yaz Duncan caught up with one of the founders, Lindsey Watson, to find out more.


You describe Double Crossed Clothing as a “feminist clothing brand”. Do you describe it this way because you feel that other contemporary fashion brands are explicitly non feminist or misogynistic?

The whole idea of double crossed clothing was born as an antidote to the “lad culture” clothing that litter our high street. At the time I worked for an international fashion store and had phoned our head office numerous times to complain that certain new lines in the menswear department were inappropriate and misogynistic. A lot of T shirt designs seemed to be about poking fun at others. I wanted clothes that were funny but not at someone else’s expense. I realised that instead of just complaining about things that I didn’t like I should start creating things I did!


You Live, You Learn: Girl Code


Kate Bailey writes the latest feature in our You Live, You Learn series, focusing on women and education.

In this dispatch of You Live, You Learn, we reflect on the positive contributions selective education and inclusion of women in IT and Computers. Information technology, software engineering and computer science have been industries of rapid development and monumental contributions to humankind. Naturally, the oppression of women and their initial contributions to this industry (see, Margaret Hamilton and her ilk) and the general occupational oppression of women have led to a complete lack of gender parity in the industry. If there was gender parity, there would not be the countless organisations solely devoted to creating space and opportunities for women in the industry. What we see today though, is a solid and documented effort to bring gender parity to realisation.

Seeking Change, Finding Your People


Kate Bailey writes about feminism and community (and has us TYCI gals all totes emosh reading it).

Cecilia, Amanda and Kate from TYCI.

Cecilia, Amanda and Kate from TYCI.

One of the empowering elements of the resurgence in feminism is the sense of community it has been creating. For many of us, the idea of feminism is so closely linked to core values – attached to justice, equality, fairness and respect to humans. So often, subconsciously and otherwise, our values dictate who are are, how we act and how we respond. In 2015, we have a unique opportunity: to engage with communities that have been created to service the aforementioned values. Undeniably, it is unity that gives volume to the voice calling for change. There’s still work to be done, though. There still remains a stigma against such focused communities, even most prolifically in regards to feminism. Their ideas and thoughts are queried with a sense of extremism, and historically society has always been weary of any group wanting to change fundamental system flaws. All that, though, can get in the industrial sized bin of outdated bullshit.


I Am Not A Biscuit


An opinion piece by the ever-brilliant Sophie Kromholz.


I have been thinking about space a lot, specifically, how much space I take up and am allowed to take up as a woman. At the same time, I am trying to recognise and leave space for the diversity of experiences which are not mine, but nonetheless shaped through what it means to be and feel like a woman.