Running out of water is a very real danger. We need to fix it, right now.

Water is a seemingly endless resource. We have seas full of it, it falls from the sky (annoyingly often if you’re in the UK), and at a turn of a tap, we have as much of it as we want. I’m part of the generation who was taught about water conservation as kids and the advice has stuck with me. “Take short showers, don’t leave the tap on whilst you brush your teeth, wash your dishes in a sink of water, not under a…


Medication is a tricky one when it comes to mental health. On the one hand, it’s my saviour. I’ve been taking a beta blocker for four years now, and it allows me to go about my life without palpitations, or shaky hands, or constantly feeling like a swarm of bees is trying to burst out of my ribcage. I felt so thankful when I started taking it, and bitter that I’d suffered for so many years when this easy solution was right under my nose the entire time. …


And probably every man too.

Photo of myself, sat outside in the sunshine reading a copy of The Bell Jar with a swirling aqua and pink cover.
Photo of myself, sat outside in the sunshine reading a copy of The Bell Jar with a swirling aqua and pink cover.

CW: Mentions of suicide and mental illness.

I feel a little conflicted that I didn’t read The Bell Jar sooner. On the one hand, I wish I could have read it years ago, so I could have savoured it for longer. On the other, I think I’ve read it at the perfect time in my life. Reading The Bell Jar at 20 years old is a unique experience, to be reading something that runs so parallel with your own life. The novel centres around 19-year-old Esther, a gifted, promising young poetry writer who wins every…


In a world that wants you to hate yourself, it’s rebellion to enjoy your own reflection.

As a young girl, I did everything I could to avoid having my photo taken. I didn’t like my chubby cheeks, or my toothy grin, or the way my arms looked. And I wasn’t alone. School photo day at an all-girls school was a drama waiting to happen, with everyone queuing up frantically brushing their hair and re-powdering their T-Zone. When the photos got given out in form time a few weeks later everyone would clutch their envelope and take only the most tentative…


It’s a weird time to be going into your twenties

Cupcakes with blue swirled frosting and colourful lit birthday candles
Cupcakes with blue swirled frosting and colourful lit birthday candles

I can both proudly and terrified-ly announced that tomorrow is my 20th birthday. To mark the occasion I’ll be having 4 friends sit in my garden, 2m away from one another. It’s not how I’d imagined starting my twenties, but few things go as we expect them to. I’ve made the best of it, and planned a kid’s princess themed party, complete with tiaras, party bags, and a Colin the caterpillar cake (or whatever the Tesco knockoff is called).

No longer being a teenager feels weird to me from both…


All the things your momma never told you.

Two people in bed together with the sheets pulled up over their faces so that just their eyes are peeking out
Two people in bed together with the sheets pulled up over their faces so that just their eyes are peeking out

If you’re from an army family you might have heard the phrase “7PS”. Everyone has their own variations but in my house, it stood for “Prior planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance.” It’s an adage that’s right for almost every situation, and sex is no exception. Having sex for the first time can be daunting, so it pays to do a little prep — mentally and practically. Here are the 10 pieces of advice I wish someone had given me before I had sex for the first time.

  1. LUBE!

If you…


It’s not hurting anyone, so just leave me alone.

A blue-purple sky covered in stars. A dark treeline is at the bottom of the picture.
A blue-purple sky covered in stars. A dark treeline is at the bottom of the picture.

At first glance, studying a science degree and being into astrology may seem to be a contradiction. I can already hear you screaming from the rooftops: “Astrology isn’t real!!”, “There’s no scientific evidence!!”, “They’re all just vague statements that apply to almost anyone!!”. And yes, you’re most likely right. There is no scientific evidence for astrology, not a single study, not even a crumb. But that doesn’t change the fact that I enjoy it. Not everything in our lives has to be about science, it can be about enjoyment and to some degree, faith.

Disclaimer: Yes, the acknowledgement of scientific…


Here’s a hint, if you clicked on this article you’re probably at least a little bit bi.

  1. You’ve dyed your hair pink, purple, or blue. Bonus points if you’ve done all three.
  2. You sit in any number of ridiculous ways, but never with your feet on the floor. I’m talking cross-legged, kneeling, one leg on the table.
  3. You cuff your jeans, because nothing feels better than free and breezy ankles.
  4. You spent your childhood making women kiss each other on The Sims.
  5. You’ve googled the Kinsey scale more than once. You’ve probably also had detailed discussions about it with your…


Spoiler alert, if you hate Carole but are all-for Joe Exotic, maybe you just hate women.

A tiger with it’s mouth open, roaring
A tiger with it’s mouth open, roaring

Tiger King is the world’s latest obsession. Being stuck at home with nothing to do is fertile ground for trash TV, and boy is Tiger King the pinnacle of the genre. A cast of kooky characters, a new subculture few of us knew about, and more plot twists than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. However, the online conversation has me thinking I must have watched a different show altogether. Why is that everyone is starting a Joe Exotic Fanclub, but hating Carole Baskin?

In…


A Summary for People too Busy to Read it Themselves

Have a few more minutes to spare? Read it in 8 minutes instead, below the line.

Photo of a woman reading a book looking out over a lake
Photo of a woman reading a book looking out over a lake

Read It In 2 Minutes:

  • Some schemes designed to improve quality of life actually harm women because they fail to account for gender differences. Brazil’s scheme to clear the favelas (suburban shantytowns) was good in theory but poor in practice. Favelas have no zoning regulations because they’re technically illegal residential zones, so women could work out of their homes running small businesses (like cutting hair or preparing lunch plates). …

Olivia Hope

Feminist, mental health advocate, Netflix obsessed.

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