Eleanor Oliphant is not fine – this book is dangerously irresponsible

This is a book about a character who is part of one of the most marginalised and misunderstood populations in society – and it perpetuates a number of harmful myths.

Joking aside, critics should examine their sexism

There’s no place in criticism for ruling that because a performer has the audacity to reflect on her own life experiences, she is at best niche and at worst intolerably self-absorbed.

Looking for role models? Try a nun instead of a pop star

NOT all heroes wear capes, and not all potential role models have the arrogance to think of themselves in such terms. But in a world of clickbait headlines and emoji verdicts – where humans are increasingly reduced to good or bad, hero or villain, thumbs-up or angry frown – isn’t it time we admitted thatContinue reading “Looking for role models? Try a nun instead of a pop star”

Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode four: kill the pigs

The lazy comparisons with Lord of the Flies started before any of these new episodes were shown, but there are two key reasons why we need a new reference point. One, just because the female population of Eden has greatly reduced in number, that doesn’t mean the women are merely a side note in aContinue reading “Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode four: kill the pigs”

Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode two: locker-room talk

NO-ONE who watched – and properly remembers – the first series of Eden should be surprised by the turn things take in this episode, but I can’t get too exercised about dumb plumber Titch’s “boy jobs and girl jobs” ranting. I don’t doubt that the men, as a group, were more efficient when it cameContinue reading “Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode two: locker-room talk”