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Week 10.1

I recently discovered McIntosh’s White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack for the very first time. I have no idea how I didn’t stumble across it sooner, but it’s brilliant! The statements are so good at provoking the empathy – and in fact the imagination, as outlined in a recent On Being episode – that is… Continue reading

Week 9.1

There were many, many things that stood out for me from in a recent episode of On Being with Lyndsey Stonebridge, but one in particular offered something I had never considered before: the fashion for talking about empathy and how limited that quality actually is. ‘I think we talk a lot today about empathy and suffering…. Continue reading

Week 8.1

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”* As with so many things, this quote popped up in a podcast (The One You Feed) after a great day with some amazing women at Primesight. Inspired by Deborah Frances-White’s recent NABS talk on ‘How to… Continue reading

Week 7.1

Ahead of the elections on 8 June, on Woman’s Hour, Siobhann Tighe interviewed women in Sunderland on their voting intentions and opinions on politics. One woman in particular stood out for me; she had just had her birthday, was currently a full time single parent to five children and said, frankly and articulately: ‘To be honest,… Continue reading