Our bodies and our choices

It was a Friday afternoon in the UK when the news broke. In the US, the supreme court had overturned the Roe v Wade case, which granted women the right to terminate a pregnancy. This is expected to lead to several states banning abortions. Women in those states will have to travel to seek reproductive healthcare or they may be forced to continue with unwanted pregnancies. Impoverished … Continue reading Our bodies and our choices

What would Sophia Loren do?

One way I’ve been passing time is watching old Italian movies. I’m in a Sophia Loren phase. Apart from giving me full confidence that eating spaghetti is the way to live, her characters have a strength, practicality and robustness that is reassuring. As well as the vintage collection, her most recent movie is on Netflix along with a documentary, What would Sophia Loren do? It’s … Continue reading What would Sophia Loren do?

Body neutral

The latest contradictory message from the government came with new proposals to reduce obesity. This was hot on the heels of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out‘ plan, encouraging us to go to restaurants in August with a 50% discount incentive. Lose weight, but also eat steak and chips. Stay alert! It’s confusing stuff, considering most of us have experienced hardship this year ranging from … Continue reading Body neutral

Am I the expert?

I’m angry. It feels good to say it. I only register a small amount of guilt for this unlikeable, unfeminine emotion. Maybe one day I’ll have none. This year I’ve spoken to people in senior jobs where I needed to enlist their specialist skills. These were not just senior professionals but leading, highly paid professionals. Men at the top. And my experiences left me questioning … Continue reading Am I the expert?

School privilege

A new book, Engines of Privilege, promises to explore ‘the irrefutable link between private schools and life’s gilded path: private school to top university to top career.’ As someone who went to comprehensive school, this has been a lifelong fascination. What difference does a school make? Why should the experience have such a lasting impact on one’s progress? Private schools give you confidence and connections. … Continue reading School privilege