My 4-year pole dance anniversary: thoughts on my experience

Mid-August 2020 marked four years since I’ve begun pole dancing, but I didn’t celebrate or share this anniversary publicly. As someone who now makes money from pole, a lot has been going through my mind this year about my experience as an initially recreational pole dancer and the pole dance industry’s need to better include … More My 4-year pole dance anniversary: thoughts on my experience

Healingclouds Online Therapy Review

This week’s post is a review of online therapy platform Healingclouds because, considering we’ve all been coping with that tiny little thing called the Coronavirus pandemic, I’ve decided I needed help. Read on to find out what to expect from the platform. Why I’m Going Back To Therapy You don’t need me to tell you … More Healingclouds Online Therapy Review

IPIA: Interview with the International Pole Industry Association

Through an IGTV video, PoleCon CEO Colleen Jolly announced she was creating the pole dance industry’s first trade association, the International Pole Industry Association (IPIA). With the upheaval brought by the Coronavirus pandemic, celebrities’ increased interest in pole dance and the need to better credit sex workers for creating our sport, I was dying to … More IPIA: Interview with the International Pole Industry Association

Does Instagram’s verification process discriminate against nudity?

Something must be happening on body-positive and sex-positive Instagram. In the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing a lot of people in my network – pole dancers, sex workers, sex educators, performers and so on – post about someone impersonating their accounts on Instagram or Facebook. Many of them argued that, if Instagram granted verification … More Does Instagram’s verification process discriminate against nudity?

Growing My Blog: 5 Things I Would Now Do Differently

Lockdown has given a lot of us a kick in the butt, together with a bit of a ‘yolo’ perspective on things we want to start or to improve. In my network, a lot of that has involved people starting, rebranding or retargeting a blog – and that has made me reflect on my past … More Growing My Blog: 5 Things I Would Now Do Differently

My Favourite London Date Places

Now that London has tentatively begun to reopen, I thought I’d share some of my favourite among the myriad of possibilities for date places that it offers – even if those dates have to be kinda socially distanced. Going on a date outdoors is something I really miss, and hopefully I’ll get to come back … More My Favourite London Date Places

How My Dancing Changed In Lockdown

Pole dancing has carried me through lockdown, giving me an outlet to express my feelings while self-isolating alone, allowing me to have daily chats with my students and to work on myself. Yet, in those gloomy three months from March to early July 2020, something about my pole dancing style and training changed. As studios … More How My Dancing Changed In Lockdown

I May Destroy You Inspired Tips For Survivors Speaking Out On Social Media

Michaela Coel’s BBC x HBO hit series, I May Destroy You, sees the main character, Arabella, grapple with the aftermath of being raped. The show really resonated with me because, like Arabella, I’m a survivor and I talked about what happened to me on my social media. Here, I’d like to talk about my experience … More I May Destroy You Inspired Tips For Survivors Speaking Out On Social Media

Q&A With Sex Toy Boutique Self & More

My last Pride Month blog post is a Q&A with Poppy Scarlett, the founder of Self & More. Self & More is a woman owned sex toy start-up based in London that doesn’t categorise toys according to gender. I caught up with Poppy talking about the brand’s story, masturbation and sex toy tips just in … More Q&A With Sex Toy Boutique Self & More

Instagram Quietly Admitted Algorithm Bias… But How Will They Fight It?

Following the #BlackLivesMatter protests, Instagram have pledged to do better to promote diversity on their platform, making big promises for change. In doing so, they obliquely admitted algorithm bias exists on the platform (something they hadn’t done so far). Following my experience with anti-censorship campaign EveryBODYVisible and my research on online moderation, I’ve once again … More Instagram Quietly Admitted Algorithm Bias… But How Will They Fight It?