I can hear folk reading this title already. “God almighty, here this yin goes again wae the gender and football patter – gees peace!” – and I don’t blame you! The reason this is becoming a bit of a theme across my wee blog posts is because its important! I am massively interested in how different genders’ life experiences and opportunities vary. So, it feels only natural for me to consider this in the context of football, which is another interest of mine. I think in situations where there is a minority group, you need to hear from the minority group to fully understand the dynamic and the circumstances of their lives. This is why I think it is important for women to make their voices heard in areas which are male dominated like in politics, football etc.

The under representation of women in terms of football as both supporters and players, is reflected in a number of other factors relevant to the game. Before I go ahead, I’m not saying that the gender balance within football is a massive social issue. Gender inequality doesn’t exist in a vacuum within football support. But I think it’s useful to consider how the gender imbalance plays out across different platforms – and I’d like to focus on football.

I’ve being going to football matches since I was a wee lassie (wee-er – I’m still just shy a 5ft!). I personally dont have any complaints about how I’ve been treated at any time in football stadiums, ticket offices, supporter’s buses or pubs surrounding football grounds, I know a lot of other female football fans identify with this. Of course, there are exceptions to this and these women’s experiences are valid and deserving of attention but harassment based solely on gender is not what I’m looking to talk about.

What I’m wanting to focus on is some of the more minor points that could be considered when thinking about the demographic of male and female football fans – how is wider spread gender inequality visible within the context of football support? I can mind being a wee lassie and being accused of wearing football tops that obviously ‘weren’t mine’ cos I was a girl – “you’re just wearing that for attention!” “bet you canny name 5 players!”. It goes without saying, an absolute minor, comical wee thing to note but I think it sets us up nicely for what I’m going to talk about next.

I think that women, primarily young women, sometimes have to strive that wee bit more to establish a status of having “earned” a place in football support. I don’t mean that it is as visible and blatant as swarms of da’s hucklin lassies out of stadiums while they’re waiting for a pie. What I’m talking about Is the casual discourse that you see on social media and in conversation. There are ideas (which I don’t think are massively dominant but are definitely pressing enough to mention) that girls maybe don’t take the football as seriously, that they don’t know what they’re talking about or they’re doing it for male attention. An example of this that I have seen on social media a number of times is lassies getting hassle for getting tickets for certain fixtures and having to justify how they managed to get them while other ‘more deserving fans’ are struggling. Of course, I am not suggesting this is a solely gendered issue, as the demand for tickets in Scottish football combined with the collapse of folk’s away records and shoddy allocations have an impact on all supporters. All football fans – men, women, children – will face pressure under these kind of circumstances. However, with this in mind it does appear somewhat evident that women sometimes have to work that wee bit harder to establish a position there they are ‘deserving’ of a ticket or indeed an opinion.

I am not pointing the finger at anyone here. I am not saying that any individual, clique, group, committee or football team are responsible for this. I am not saying women are immune to criticism, because no one is immune in any walk of life. The reality is that football has historically been a male dominated sport. This is why it’s almost impossible to blame anyone for the frequent disregard for female opinion in football, as this disregard is almost inherent as we are essentially a minority group. I have spoke many times on social media and on my wee blog about how women are under-represented in the stands. As aforementioned, this is not a massive societal issue – if you’re not into football, you’re not into it – but why the female demand for the game is not as high as men is reflective of the wider gender dynamic across society and it’s interesting to consider. Women have always been, and continue to be, the minority. Explicitly, I don’t believe the pressure we sometimes face for following a football team is pressure that is consciously placed on us by male fans or indeed, other females – but it is an almost inherent consequence of being the minority gender.

Another, perhaps trivial, wee thing that is reflective of this issue is the plethora of pink gear for women in terms of football merchandise. I know folk are reading this and laughing, I’m laughing too, but what is that all about?! It almost makes sense. Folk doing the marketing at a football team (and any other enterprise to be fair) are almost instinctively gonny put elements of pink in the women’s merchandise for that respective football team. Gender stereotypes and ‘colour coding’ is a topic for a different blog post in itself, but please research it! It’s the idea that if we raise boys and girls to assign themselves to blue or pink that they will then stick to tasks, toys and roles relative to those colours. Pink linking to dolls, dresses, dressing up, sewing etc. Again, a completely different issue but with an important point to note. There is something a wee bit uncomfortable about how – with the exception of football kits – that your female sportswear, merchandise, pyjamas etc. are all either pink or shimmery or glittery instead of some of the same gear on offer in the menswear section. If you are intae the pink stuff your football team sells then that is absolutely cool – you do you – but there is something to consider about how you might not be into that, and end up buying ill-fitting menswear instead. It is also almost suggestive that the team has to be dolled up to be upsold to the burds. Gees the green taps that are on offer to the guys – in our size!

For people that don’t experience it, the previously discussed points will seem minor and petty – and they are very minor, I agree. However, I still think it interesting to consider how the wider societal issue of gender inequality can be seen within the context of football. Some women and, indeed, some guys will most definitely think differently but I think it’s important for as many voices to be raised when considering any issue – not less when considering the dynamic across football support. I don’t wanty be silenced, and I don’t wanty wear pink to the fitba!



I can’t help but feel that as time goes on, social media is becoming even more of a hub of toxicity. Slating other people in posts, slating strangers even – we have all done it, directly or indirectly. There are times when it’s appropriate to call people out for saying a certain thing, for promoting hate or harm. But there’s a difference between opposing what you consider as wrongdoing and basically bullying! What I wanted to have a blether about in this post was just how your social media feeds impact you, and what actions (if any) we can take to make our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or whatever else a bit more a safe and encouraging place.

I can confidently say that as long as social media, and the internet in general, are in existence that people are going to continue harassing, slating and bullying others online. Folk will be reading this going “I’ve never done that!” but you’d be surprised. There’s a difference between replying to a racist and calling them out for promoting hate and directly or indirectly making jokes about other people’s thoughts, ideas, and pictures at their expense for RT’s, likes and whatever else. If you are posting hateful stuff for gratification online – patch it! What’s the point? There’s no real, transferable reward for this kinda patter!

I think part of us kind of enjoy it. Seeing people coming up on our timelines spouting a lot nonsense and having a giggle. Sometimes it’s funny to get annoyed or angry – but why? I spoke briefly about this on Twitter recently but it can be dead simple. If folk are consistently posting stuff that makes you want to dedicate anything from a few minutes to a few hours of your day to poke fun at them – unfollow them! It’s a waste of time for everybody! It’s about protecting yourself as well. It canny be good to be sitting bubbling over with rage at stuff that’s coming up on the internet when we’ve got other things going on!

Just to expand on the idea of protecting yourself online, I think it’s important to diversify your feed in a number of ways. Most notably, in terms of body positivity. The likes of Instagram have been shown to have a real impact on people’s body image – both men and women (have you seen the explore page!). This is because a lot of the images we see on Instagram on your typical “insta-blogger accounts” (which I am big intae btw) look very similar – they often have similar body shapes, similar colour of skin. Let me be clear, all body types and all skin colours are beautiful – but when it’s the same type you’re seeing all the time and you can’t identify with that – it can make you feel abnormal! I can remember up until I was about 16 genuinely thinking that everybody had prominent collar bones, a flat tummy and toned legs except from me because of what I’d been seeing in the media. Both men and women with this body type are beautiful, but it’s about familiarising ourselves with body types we’re not often shown in mainstream media unless we search for them independently. Diversify your feed! Follow people from different ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexualities, abilities and with different body shapes! Fill your feed with people that you can relate to, and also people that you can’t – its good to keep learning!

The internet is colossal and there is folk from all backgrounds and ideologies using it – that can’t be avoided, and it’s part of what makes the internet such a useful tool. However, what you make of social media is in your hands. It’s not selfish to make your accounts private and to follow and unfollow certain people. It’s about self preservation to a degree. If you disagree with what someones posting, yes – call them out! But try it in a way that demonstrates respect and will hopefully be progressive. Follow people who post content that you enjoy, who make you laugh, who educate you, who make you think. Make it as safe and enjoyable a place as you can! Dae your hing!

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant”


This article first appeared in the Scottish Socialist Voice.

Since the introduction of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in 2012, there has been much debate about the legitimacy of the legislation. The Act went through Parliament in a manner many say was ‘rushed’, and the legislation’s content is scarily vague. It is also problematic in that its definition of offensive behaviour is unclear and, because of this, it is ultimately down to the personal opinion of individual police officers to determine whether ‘offensive behaviour’ has been practiced.

The above are just some of the many issues with this much disputed legislation. With these in mind, it is understandable that a potential repeal of the Act spearheaded by James Kelly MSP has been welcomed with open arms by many. However, whilst this bid for repeal has brought some hope, the response from some sectors has disheartened myself and many other female football fans.

Reading the written submissions of evidence for the repeal bid from different individuals and organisations once they were published was a generally positive experience. I know that myself, and many other women, were naturally eager to read the submission from the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC). Yet, I couldn’t have felt more unrepresented.

The SWC state in their submission that they have a number of events and roadshows where they gather the opinions of women, and it is from these events they gathered the ‘insight’ that was shared in their written submission. However, the contents seem vague and there is no clarity on where or when these events took place, whether the women asked actually attended football matches nor the demographic of women involved. Some other female football fans and myself directly contacted SWC to ask about this, but the responses were unclear and the majority didn’t get responses at all.

The SWC were due in Parliament on 7 November to give oral evidence in regards to their submission. With this in mind, over 40 emails were sent to the organisation over the preceding weekend from female football fans who felt passionately that they should reconsider their approach. 7 November came around and, with hope, we waited to see if our requests had been considered. Unfortunately, they hadn’t.

Debbie Figures, the SWC representative in Holyrood that day, acknowledged that she had received some emails over the weekend – but didn’t disclose what they said. She explicitly said that whatever was in those emails couldn’t be considered because they only consider the opinions of women at her organisation’s events and roadshows.

This is a thoroughly disappointing stance from an organisation who are truly capable of making change. Representatives of the organisation proudly claimed on the day that the SWC hears frequently from women online. However, it seems as if the ‘inclusive’ organisation just weren’t willing to consider the 40 emails they received from female football fans prior to their appearance at Parliament that week.

What was most alarming about the SWC’s both written and oral submission was the mention of women contending with sexual harassment and rape threats at football matches. The SWC said that this in itself was enough reason for the Act to remain, as women weren’t included in hate crime legislation. This is hugely problematic in a number of ways.

Firstly – I agree, the sooner women are included in hate crime legislation the better (and this is being worked on currently). However, it’s not relevant. As is the overriding argument against this Act, legislation is already in place to deal with the incidents detailed. The Sexual Offences Act 2009 deals with all manners of sexual violence and inappropriate communications. To suggest sexual violence exists in a vacuum in and around football grounds is immensely insulting to survivors. The patriarchal divisions and gender inequality which lead to sexual violence are deep-rooted in the very foundations of society and are wide-spread. To trivialise this and suggest such harassment and abuse be dealt with under football-related legislation, especially with the Sexual Offences Act in place, is massively disrespectful.

At the beginning of the oral evidence session in Parliament on 7 November, all panel representatives were asked what their experiences were like at the football. All of them responded that they didn’t attend regularly enough to say. SWC’s Debbie Figures said she had “no strong interest in football”, and this was made clear as the session progressed.

The Offensive Behaviour Act is arguably one of the most problematic in recent years and is essentially classist in its criminalisation of a traditionally working-class sport. SWC, being a feminist organisation that I would assume seeks to support all women of all classes, are failing by championing this law which criminalises working class football fans and impacts their lives and families. The SWC’s dismissal of emails from female football fans shows no willingness to listen to or engage with our thoughts and opinions.

Organisations can submit additional evidence to the Justice Committee on top of previous submissions and I would hope that an organisation which preaches inclusivity would perhaps consider an additional submission including some of the concerns shared with them via email that have been left out of their earlier evidence.

Women are already an under-represented gender in football, both on the pitch and in the stands. But we do exist, and our voices shouldn’t be ignored.


(Throughout this blog, I’m gonny be referring to Catholicism quite a lot. This is only because I am a Catholic, and it’s the one I have most experience with. I am wholly accepting that other faiths might pose different challenges for young men and women, but since I’m not experienced in any other religion it would be wrong of me to refer to such and try and represent their main beliefs and values)

Expressing religious beliefs in this day and age can be scary man. Especially in Scotland, sectarianism is a very real problem. When I tell people that I am a practicing Catholic, they’re usually a wee bit baffled. “Thats quite unusual innit, for somebody so young?” “What, so you go to mass n that?”. I welcome these sorts of comments, and any opportunity to share the values of my faith and learn about others – it’s exciting! My faith is important to me, but another thing I hold dear is my devotion to feminism. I’m aware that for some people this is a bit of a conflict of interest, as I’ve been challenged more than a few times about how I can be a practicing Catholic as well as a feminist. I get it. I get why it can be difficult for people to understand. This generation seems to be more open minded and clued up on ‘taboo’ issues than generations before. People aren’t scared to talk about hings like sexuality and abortion, which is amazing since people were and some are still oppressed when it comes to these hings. However, when you compare this newly liberated generations views and ideas to the historic writings of the Church and some of it’s arguably rigid beliefs, it’s quite a stark contrast.

It’s this stark contrast that I think can estrange young people from their faith. People are arguably more accepting of other sexualities beyond heterosexuality, and talking about contraception and abortion isn’t as condemned as it once was. So I get it. I get why people are asking themselves whether they want to practice a faith or even not at all when their social views and religious beliefs conflict. I’m not here to tell anybody to go to mass and I’m definitely no here to preach! What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Religion aside, I think that applies to everything. We’re often taught that hings are black and white, “you can believe in this but that means you need to steer clear fae that”, “aye but if you’re intae x you canny be intae y” – You can, make your own rules!

I went to a Catholic primary and secondary school. I made all the relevant sacraments for my age group throughout education, and now at 20 I still go to mass. Going to Catholic schools means the teaching is based off a Catholic curriculum – I’m grateful for the curriculum, it taught me a lot about my faith. However, it could be seen as dated. I know that for me, sitting in a Catholic classroom hearing the Church’s traditional view on homosexuality and abortion made me quite uncomfortable. I loved my faith, and almost didny want to hear about the parts of it that conflicted with my views on sexuality and women’s rights. I’d hate to think that there’s young people whose sexuality is anything other than heterosexual, going through school feeling they can’t be themselves because of the prevalence of religion throughout their school. Or even young people that have had an abortion, feeling like they are abnormal because they are being taught abortion is wrong.

It doesny have to be as black and white as this. I can understand the Church’s views on sexuality, abortion and contraception, but I don’t agree with them. I think we’re all a bit guilty of forgetting that you can understand things without agreeing with them. It’s okay to acknowledge that people think differently from you and no give them hassle! I can understand why folk think the Church’s stance on a number of issues are dated and even problematic. It’s okay for religion and personal thoughts and opinions on other things to conflict, it doesn’t mean it has to be one or the other. This is why different faiths are prevalent around the world, to offer solace and to help us deal with the things we don’t understand. Anything that’s troubling me, anything I don’t understand about the world or the Church or myself, is part of my own relationship between God and I and my own faith journey. Even if you’re not intae religion at all, even if you’re no on any sort a ‘faith journey’ thats cool as well! The main hing I’m trying to say here is that don’t let folk lead you to believe different parts of your life and your different beliefs and ideas all have to stay in their own box – let them overlap! For me, faith and feminism were the two important presences in my life that I thought had to oppose each other for a long time – but I was wrong. Feminism should be intersectional and inclusive of all classes, sexualities, races and religions and in order to achieve such a goal, we need people from all backgrounds to be involved. God isn’t gonny turn round at the gates of heaven and be like “no the night, mate” just ’cause you support gay marriage, and are pro-choice, or you’re homosexual or you have the copper coil or you’ve had an abortion. Just be the best person you can, whether you’re religious or not, do your hing! Religion and sexuality don’t have to be polarized!

“The Lord your God is merciful; God will not abandon or destroy you.”


It seems like no matter how many tweets and texts and ranting and raving I do, I still have more to say about the general election campaign. With that in mind, I thought this was good grounds upon which to make a wee comeback to the blog!

I really like election time, I think the build up and the debate are exciting particularly in Scotland post-independence referendum – it’s class! I seen a lot of harsh debating, aye, but I seen a lot of folk from opposing sides genuinely just helping each other out on social media etc this time around. A lot a people were posting about how they were undecided with their pals on social media responding and asking about their constituency and helping them find somebody that suited them. I think this time, people just tried to raise the importance of voting altogether and encourage as many people to do the same regardless of what party! But this election was really tough for me, and I know for a lot of others too. I’m only 20 but I voted for the first time when I was 17 in the independence referendum and since then have lost count of referenda and local and general votes that have cropped up. Although it feels like we haven’t been out of the polling stations over the past few years, this general election posed a great challenge for me. Do I vote for the SNP and try n ‘strengthen Scotlands voice’ and basically concede to the acceptance of another Tory govt? Or do I vote Labour, compromise independence for a time and support Corbyns unparalleled socialist manifesto despite Scottish Labour’s discrepancies?

I’ve always found it quite hard finding a party that totally represented me. I have a lot of respect for individuals like Nicola Sturgeon and Mhairi Black as strong and successful female role models, but I don’t like the SNP and their diluted so-called ‘socialist’ policies. I really like the Greens, Patrick Harvie is a refreshing and positive influence, but their inconsistent approach to Catholic schooling has challenged me a wee bit. I was a member of the SSP for a while also, but I sorta grew apart from the party once the formation of RISE came about. Voting Labour seemed like a no-go ever again after the inept running of Scottish Labour and their cosying up the Tories in the past and in the lead up to the independence referendum. And there was no chance I was voting Tory.

I sorta had to give myself a bit of a shake. Aye, do you know what – it is shite living in Scotland and feeling like you have to make the best of a bad bunch when finding a party that you can truly align with. But am I going to spend more time feeling sorry for myself that I’m not 1000% represented by any one party or am I going to work with what’s on offer and use my vote to to incite positive change not just for me but for the many?

SO, that said – giving myself a shake is exactly what I did. I felt like Corbyn’s manifesto was the strongest and most progressive manifesto I’d seen in recent years and it really resonated with me. And I know the argument – ‘How can you vote for Labour knowing the tragedy of Scottish Labour? And what about independence?’ Aye, do you know what – Scottish Labour just aren’t too sharp but how could I call myself a socialist and look back on years to come knowing that I passed up on that manifesto? Independence is important to me, and I do believe I’ll see independence in my life time, but it’s something I’m willing to compromise for a time in an attempt to see change on a greater scale across the UK. It was always going to be hard for Corbyn to gain a majority and find himself in No.10, but I see the seats he gained, the prevention of a Tory majority and the opposition he has now built as a success, not a loss. I know that when I look back on this election I will be happy knowing that I stuck to my beliefs, and voted for the manifesto that I believed would be the most likely to tackle the struggles of the many and to oppose a divisive and unequal society. Maybe it will pay off, maybe it won’t  – but I didn’t want to tactically vote!

Social Media is your best and worst friend in the build up to an election. When you’re connected with all like-minded people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc it can seem like everybody thinks the same as you and it can lure you into a false sense of security. If I had judged the electoral outcome based on my Twitter, I coulda stuck a score on a Labour landslide and Jeremy Corbyn as PM – the same way social media had me thinking Scotland would be independent and we would DEFINITELY remain in the EU..

It’s this false sense of security that can sometimes make people think they don’t really have to vote or talk to as many folk as they can about politics – but we do! That’s one thing that I’ve taken from this election – the importance of the vote. Women were imprisoned, on hunger strike, being force fed with Emily Davison even dying for the cause of votes for women. Equal voting rights were fought for, for years and with that in mind especially, the right to vote is truly valuable – for all genders! You hear a lot of people saying “Awk, my vote doesn’t count” “I’m just going to waste the ballot” but theres a reason why there are often re-counts on election night – a few votes really can make the difference. I completely get why people are scunnered and want to waste their ballot, cause you can vote in 48393 elections over your life and feel like none of them go your way. It was sore not waking up to Jeremy Corbyn as PM and hearing the Tories looking to pair up with the DUP, it hurts and it’s frustrating when the results aren’t how you would like. Regardless, would you rather wake up unhappy with the election result, but knowing you at least done your bit and tried for your morals and beliefs, or would you rather not vote and wake up to a system or a party that you don’t like because you’ve written your side off before the final whistle?

For the many x



The likely possibility of a second independence referendum was announced only a matter of hours ago and I had to write something already. I didn’t think I’d see another referendum in my lifetime and the potential of a second one in over a year or so makes me both excited and sick. Excited because the prospect of an independent Scotland, consequently more just, equal and democratic is beyond appealing. Sick, because the thought of losing the battle for a wholly autonomous Scotland and having my heart broken all over again makes me really nervous!

It’s being argued by opposing parties and other people in Scotland that a second referendum shouldn’t even be being considered, it was a ‘once in a lifetime’ event and it should be left as the first one finished. Jeremy Corbyn even tweeted earlier that there is “no appetite” for an Independent Scotland. Firstly, I think it’s a bit insulting that an MP who practices in an English constituency thinks he has a grasp of the Scottish appetite for independence and secondly – he’s right. There’s no appetite for a second referendum – from the Labour party anyway, who lost their reputation in Scotland years ago. I can understand why some people are annoyed that theres going to be a potential second referendum after it was sold as a ‘once in a lifetime’ affair – but so much has changed since the last time.

Most notably, Brexit. Before the Independence referendum, we were told that if we remained part of the UK we would be guaranteed a continued relationship with the EU. We remained part of the UK. Fast forward two years, the referendum on EU membership is held. Scotland vote to remain – the rest of the UK vote to leave. We are leaving the EU, after being promised continued membership of the EU if we remained as part of the Union. The results of the EU referendum are reflective of how the voting system in the general election always works in Scotlands favour – yes we have our own devolved government but our autonomy is limited. We voted to remain in the EU, yet we’re outnumbered by England so we are being made to leave. We don’t get a say in things like defense and whether we’re going to go to war or not – our voices are lost in the big so-called ‘democratic’ void. It feels only right that we try n gain full autonomy for our country as our voices are continuously drowned out by the Torys ruling in Westminster, passing legislation that we don’t want.

Another thing that makes me want to get soooooooo far out the UK is the cosy dynamic between Theresa May and Donald Trump. The politics of both politicians are divisive and dangerous and the prospect of them creating an even cosier alliance between the UK and the US, sitting back and tolerating the hate and intolerance being peddled by Trump across America makes me really feart.

There’s a lot of work to do. I think it goes without saying there is people out there who voted No the first time, who were betrayed as Westminster went back on their pre-referendum promises about ‘more power for Scotland’ and ‘membership of the EU’ who would vote yes this time around – but that doesn’t mean we can sit back and assume everybody will vote yes by default. The Scottish Government will have to build a strong case for the economy to gain the trust of potential yes voters, particularly so in a time where the economy and trading agreements are under increasing pressure consequent to Brexit. Additionally to this, let it not be forgotten that a vote for Independence is not a vote for the SNP. Yes, we have the SNP to thank for putting the first and now the second referendum on the table – but its no secret that they’re not the progressive, inclusive party they make out to be. It’s understanding why people don’t want to vote Yes incase they’re seen to be supportive of the partys politics because they need some serious work** – but any chat about being pro independence must mean you’re pro SNP as well is nonsense. Parties aside, just put your country first and decide on a better life for yourself, the generations after you and the people who are worse off. This is it x

** Here is some other things I’ve written about the SNP and some of their legislation here:



IWD 2017 –  Be Bold for Change

I’ve written about feminism a good bit on this blog, but it was only fitting that I wrote something for International Womens Day. This years theme is ‘be bold for change’, a concept which can be difficult. It’s challenging for many to be bold about their struggles as a woman when feminism is still a dirty word for some people. But similarly, being bold might be the only way we can make any progress.

There are lots of sub-categories and approaches to feminism, that can make it appear like a difficult ideology to understand. Simply put, a feminist wants equality for both genders. Some people think that because the term is “Feminism” that it’s just for women and womens struggle, but that’s not the case. If you want gender equality and aren’t comfortable with the term ‘feminist’, that’s cool, you can label yourself whatever you like. “Feminism” is the chosen term as it gives a nod to the systematic oppression of women which sees them impacted significantly more by the arguably patriarchal society which we all live in, but of course men suffer their own struggles too which feminism doesn’t ignore.

I see a lot of nonsense on Twitter and Facebook etc that sort a criminalises feminists. While feminism is less of a taboo subject than it has been in the past, it is still a bit of a dirty word for some people. Feminism isn’t the same concept of militancy and extreme demonstration as it was in the early 20th century. There are different forms of ‘feminist’ but the idea is all the same – equal treatment and opportunities for both genders. Of course it going to be a challenge, particularly when feminism has to apply to all women and men across all races, religions, sexualities and social classes. But that shouldn’t be a scapegoat. We can’t be like “fuck that, there’s no chance” when there’s women at the other side of the world dying for an education or the right to wear a bra. Or when there’s men suffering with mental health because they don’t correlate with the media’s hyper-masculine ideals about how they should act and look.

I’m not going to sit here and say it’s dead rosy being a feminist and advocating equal rights, we all know its not. It’s hard declaring your opinion when feminists are portrayed as a reckless, militant rabble of women – which is why we need more guys. We need more guys to stick their neck out and ignore this institutionalised idea that feminism is only for women, and lead by example. Show other men that this isn’t the case and there’s benefits to be felt by all genders. We shouldn’t be measuring our support of a cause by “what’s in it for us” or “feminism? Aye I’ve got a daughter, a wife, a sister.. better get involved.” We should be showing support regardless of personal gain or relevance, just putting all that aside and recognising that there’s people struggling and we should all be helping each other out a wee bit!

Whilst it shouldn’t be a big deal to be a feminist, the reality is that currently there are still a lot of people who think its cool and quirky to oppose the idea, even further encouraging the struggle of humans under the patriarchy. I think it’d be class that during this week of International Women’s Day, girls, and guys who are under represented in the cause, who haven’t really shown much interest in feminism before, think about being bold for change – the more the merrier!