Showing posts from January, 2021

Periods & the Environment: How to Have a Sustainable Period

By Annabel Purdy- UEA Bloody Good Society collaboration When you think of single use plastics, what comes to mind? Plastic straws, cups, toothbrushes and water bottles, most likely. The discourse surrounding environmentalism seems to routinely ignore menstrual waste as an issue, despite it being a largely contributive factor in the polluting of our planet.  It’s time we address it. The History of Plastic in Menstrual Products The original method for collecting menstrual blood was to use miscellaneous objects such as cloths and rags, which had to be washed and dried publicly. To remedy this, Earle Haas invented the first tampon in 1933. However, Haas, alongside many doctors and members of the public at the time, became “squeamish” at the thought of menstruators having to touch their genitals when inserting a tampon, and potentially experiencing sexual pleasure as a result.  Plagued with this distressing image, the plastic applicator was created in 1973, to ensure that menstruators weren

Body Image: Growing up in the 21st Century

By Niamh Brook Body Image. The dreaded conversation. I'm so glad to see that slowly but surely we are discussing and opening up about how not everything we see both online and in the media is always what it seems. I do, however, feel like there aren't that many personal discussions on body image and how to come out of the other side, so here's mine. Grab a cuppa and get ready for a bumpy ride.  My issues surrounding my body image started at around 10 years old. For context, I looked like this:  Also, please note the addition of bucked teeth and a severe lazy eye (which I still have to this day) which are not featured in this picture. When I look back at this picture obviously I cringe, as we all do when we look at old photos. But when I find myself looking back at this photo, I'm not horrified- I actually think I look quite sweet. The girl in the picture however, would definitely not agree.  Children all over the world, both male and female, are exposed at a young age t

A Year on From Being Diagnosed with A Brain Tumour: What I Have Learned

By Cameron Jones So, this isn’t the usual post that is somehow related to economics, this is a bit personal to me. On the 13 th of February 2020 I was diagnosed with a Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma: a brain tumour. What followed was 7 weeks of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and intensive physical therapy, followed by double-dose chemo lasting up until November. Needless to say, I have not had the best 2020 out there, and this has been a rubbish year for all of us (rubbish year is putting it mildly).  Yet, through it all, I have learnt some valuable lessons that I thought could be of some use to you, the reader, to apply in everyday life. This is not a self help book or anything like that, you can choose to ignore it, but just have a read through and see what you think. The Value of Relationships Firstly, the true meaning of relationships and how they can really be a crutch for you when you are feeling at your lowest. To start off with, my every relationship became about the brain tumour

What do Landlords actually do?

By Jonny Griffiths What do landlords actually do? Nothing.  Thanks for reading. Ok-ok-ok-ok I’ll explain why I think that, and if you disagree with me why not have a read! Hello and welcome to CommieRant™. I’m sure you don’t need me to explain what a landlord is to you but for the sake of this article having some sense of flow I’m going to do it briefly anyway. Landlords own houses and rent them out to people. Landlords are also responsible for maintenance and work performed on the property. Easy, landlords provide housing to people! Right? That’s a good thing! Wrong! You sweet summer child. Landlords do not provide housing. Landlords own housing. They did not build it, the housing would still exist and someone would still choose to live there even if the landlord didn’t own it.   “But renting is much cheaper than buying a house outright! People can’t afford houses!” You are right, renting is much more affordable for most people. However, it is making the problem worse, not better. Whe