#MeToo, Sex Ed, 50 Shades, Abuse & Consent

#MeToo has led to a lot of questions about what healthy interactions look like between people where at least one of the parties wants something sexy to happen. Unfortunately, a very widespread lack of understanding (and in many cases coupled with disregard for the safety or feelings of others) means that a huge number of …

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QEDcon 2016

After about 13 hours of sleep post-QED, I started to write some words about it! 6 years in a row. A strange feeling walking back into a hotel room like one I stayed in 3 years ago, but quickly settling into familiarity, largely because of all the friendly faces to see and hugs to give/receive. I …

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Substituting for ‘crazy’

As I'm sure I've argued before, words really do matter in some contexts. They both reflect and define our realities, and can indicate to each other what we feel and think about things, as well as what's acceptable in groups. People might now switch off because "omg the PC police" but, try replacing "political correctness gone …

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QEDcon 2015

As ever, the opening video didn't disappoint - congratulations to all whose hard work made this tweaked Left Behind trailer funny and so technically impressive: QED is my Christmas; or, what I imagine Christmas to be like for people who actually enjoy it. My family now is smaller than it was, and we do things our own way, …

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