Category: Mental Health

Sexual Objectification of Women, and, for a change, Men too? An Alternative Photo shoot by Ducati Motorcycles

I really love what Ducati Motorcycles have done in this photo-shoot (see link below). Without intending to (I…think?) they have done a great job of illustrating just how damn ridiculous ‘sexy’ has become. Desensitised  Everyday we are exposed to images of women scantily clad, pouting and positioning themselves in (odd) angled poses that look (uncomfortable…

“Barbie” and a School Book Fair: Why I said ‘No’ to the Barbie Book

I’ve just come home from a local school book fair where there was a rather large selection of “Barbie” story, craft and activity books on sale, I was ignoring those and was instead rummaging through the good fodder, hoping to find a decent, inspiring yet wholesome early reader or creative craft book for my five…

Has our Relationship with Food been Hijacked? A look at what “Normal Eating” has become in the 21st Century

I want to share some of my thoughts on our attitudes to and relationships with food in the 21st Century. I’m going to question whether a large part of our eating behaviours have become “disorderly”. Please note though, by using the words ‘disorderly eating’ I’m not referring to Eating Disorders which are a mental illness,…

Violent Death in Kid’s Books: Authors “should” aim to Do No Harm to Young Readers

I have a problem when the words KILL, CHILD, ENTERTAINMENT, are uttered in the same sentence. I have a problem with those words uniting to form a story. I particularly have a problem with those words uniting to form a story for children to read. To learn from. To be entertained by. I read a…