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
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?
This week’s blog post has been a long time coming, and it features Chloe, a.k.a. Baldy – the sole owner of pole wear and activewear brand, Hoodlum Fang. Read on to find out about the story behind one of the most colourful and unique pole brands out there, what being ‘badass’ means to Chloe and … More Q&A With Chloe From Hoodlum Fang
From people praising digital activism to others requesting silence, from black squares saying #BlackLivesMatter to street protests, all the way to brand debacles, the horrific death of George Floyd and its surrounding discourse on systemic racism have struck a chord with audiences across the world. We are at crisis point and, hopefully, this is a … More Navigating Complicity and Social Media During The #BlackLivesMatter Anti-Racism Protests
The first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race – All Stars 5 saw a fantastic pole dance number. Drag Race is no stranger to pole, so in this quick and light-hearted post I’ll give my pole dancer’s two cents on the pole performances. Disclaimer I’m a pole dance performer, instructor and Drag Race fan (an over-excited … More Pole Dancing On RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ranked
With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing a large portion of workers online, having a voice and being visible on the Internet is essential towards still being able to work. For people in the pole dance, fitness, modeling, art, sex education, sex work and adult industries however, being visible online isn’t always possible due to excessive censorship. … More Interview About Social Media Nudity With The Obscenity Lawyer
It’s #MentalHealthAwareness week and my ninth week alone. Considering all my nice ideas for posts about restaurants, bars, events and travel are on hold, I thought it would be worth sharing what it feels like to be in lockdown alone for months, in case it helps anyone feel less crazy. Living and Working Alone Before … More Here’s What It Feels Like To Be In Lockdown Alone For Months
With events currently on hold, and a lot of pole dancers have been missing their dose of live filth. Luckily, @pdfilthyfriday and its tech queen Rubi Noxx organised the filthiest virtual show for our community – and there’s another one coming soon! In this Q&A she tells me more about her pole dance journey, her … More How To Organise A Virtual Show with @PDFilthyFriday and Rubi Noxx
Because of Coronavirus, I haven’t seen my partner since 18 March. This is a challenging time for many couples, so I thought I’d write a post about digital intimacy in lockdown, sharing my personal experience of navigating this. This is by no means a ‘how to’ post: lockdown isn’t over, and I don’t know how … More Digital Intimacy In Lockdown
Life is on hold due to Coronavirus – and so is activism. In this very personal post, I talk about my experience as an activist and about how the campaigning front going quiet has been affecting me. Aaaand I’ll finally explain more about my involvement with the United Nations’ #GenerationEquality campaign to discuss small things … More What Happens To Activism During Coronavirus?