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No Makeup Selifes and 50 Shades of Sane: One psychiatric ward patient was obliged to adhere to normalised standards of beauty… just to prove she was sane.

"When I was on that psychiatric ward, every Monday was Ward Round. The doctors would come and see every patient in turn, talking about the weeks’ progress, any changes that needed to be made and plans to go home on leave or permanently. I learned pretty quickly that Monday was also the day everyone put on a full face of makeup and styled their hair.

"I don’t want [the doctor] to think I don’t care about myself!" I can still hear one patient saying almost hysterically when she realised she was out of mascara and wasn’t allowed to go out to buy more.

I, too, bought into this idea that the only way to prove I was well enough to leave the hospital was to wear my makeup like a good little girl. Thank god I did, really, because otherwise I might have been there a bit longer. Monday morning I was up and out of bed, reaching for my hairbrush and my eyeliner when I really wanted five more minutes of sleep. Monday afternoon I’d put down my book, however interesting, and nip to the loo to check my lip gloss hadn’t smudged and my hair was still straight.

When a patient is admitted to the ward, the staff (understandably) take any sharp objects from them. I dutifully handed over my nail scissors.

"And your razor…"

"I don’t have one."

"Well, when you get one, hand it in."

When, a couple of days later, I had yet to acquire and hand in a razor, a note appeared on my care plan that I needed to pay more attention to my personal hygiene.” Read more…

Why was the abduction of over 200 girls in Nigeria initially ignored?

"I am concerned this broad-brush approach to reporting the news goes beyond ignorance and directly feeds the patriarchy we are trying so hard to move away from. No one seems to have an answer as to why this wasn’t important to the international news when the story hit. Few want to mention the elephant in the room - that the media chose against reporting on an issue in Africa, when arguably, if it happened in Europe or the US, there would be a global outcry."

The Veet “Don’t Risk Dudeness” ads are SO WRONG WHERE TO EVEN START. Sexism? Homophobia? If you wanted to undermine a woman’s body confidence, what would be the best way to go about it? How about telling them that something very natural about their body - like, maybe, their hair - is unattractive? These ads are literally, like, literally saying you’re only a woman if you look a certain way. Words cannot even.

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