New venture:

I recently wrote my first post for what will be a regular blog on, an online magazine which started last year – but it’s about more than party politics, or the referendum.

In fact, I wrote about Kate Nash and the power of words (sounds a bit like a 60s girl group…) which doesn’t, in a strict sense, have anything to do with Scottish politics.

I’m chuffed to have joined their fantastic lineup of contributors and look forward to sharing my posts with you all in future.

If you’re not familiar with the site already, I particularly recommend Talat Yaqoob’s writing on women’s issues, Gavin Marshall’s music-centric articles, and Andy Davis’s coverage of politics at Hollyrood and further afield.



This is what I was reminded of following the comments about rape and abortion made by US electoral candidates, though it’s far from a laughing matter. Now I’m not big on US politics, but I know enough to realise these men are in positions of power (and, I think, remain resonably high up in the chain of command even if not elected?) so their views hold some clout, which is very dangerous.

I have no idea if they’ve really realised what they’ve said, and if they truly believe in their words, but it scares me to think that in a USA that wants to continue its reign as one of the most powerful nations in the world, there remains people with such antiquated views who could have the influence to make them a reality.

Just like Principal Duvall, these men have no real idea what they’re talking about. From their words it seems that, if these were put into action, the ownership women in the United States have over their bodies could again be restricted, and the clock turned back.

One thing the genders can agree on is that they have no idea what it’s like to be in the other one’s shoes. So why should these male politicians get to speculate over legislation which affects women much more profoundly than them, without asking any?

Given it takes a man AND a woman to make a child, when it comes to reproductive issues, doesn’t it make sense to give both genders equal say?