Ali Schofield

Blog Entries by Ali Schofield

'Real Women' Are a Feminist Nightmare

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 9:39 AM

Women are beautiful. This we know, because a series of Dove ad campaigns and TV programmes hosted by Gok Wan celebrating so called 'real women' have told us so.

I have learned, as the target of a media obsessed with 'real women' (presumably the models and celebrities this seems to...

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Health and Safety Has Not Gone Mad

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 12:01 PM

Akin to the phrases :I'm not racist, but" and "It's only a bit of banter", the adage "health and safety gone mad" is the linguistic equivalent of a Bernard Manning video; lazy, ill-informed and inflammatory.

I heard it again recently while engaging in small talk with a woman near the...

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Why I Won't be Taking the Opportunity to Propose This Leap Year

(10) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Today marks a leap year; it's the only day women are allowed to propose and, according to centuries-old tradition, their potential husbands aren't allowed to say no. This sentence is all kinds of cringe. Of course, women can propose whenever the heck they like, and men are free to accept...

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Why I've Stopped Watching My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

(27) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 5:43 AM

I suppose this is what it must have felt like before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Where signs some 50 years ago read 'No Blacks', this year a sign at a Blackburn ice rink was put up stating 'No Travellers'.

I watched the first series of Channel...

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Does it Really Matter if Our Entertainment Occasionally Fakes it?

(4) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM

The Downton Abbey special, to be screened on Christmas Day, has already come under fire for its misrepresentation of 20s fashions. Former editor of the Shooting Times, Tony Jackson has publicly berated the episode in the Daily Telegraph over a promotional still which shows a shooting party wearing...

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