December 2015 Archive

Highlighting the importance of seeing family - Argus Friday 18th December 2015

Posted Saturday 19th December 2015   By Ericka Waller

It has been been an unusual week. My aunt, and my grandmother passed away within twelve hours of one another. My already small family has taken a great hit. I had never seen someone battle with cancer before my aunt was diagnosed earlier this year. She was stoic, but not being able to eat takes it toll. She lost the weight that she'd wanted to shed for years, and then some. I remember her making the best roast dinners as a kid. Piles of vegetables so high, I could not see my brother's faces across the table, which at the time suited me fine.

Help reclaim the word feminism and celebrate it - Argus Friday the 4th December 2015

Posted Friday 4th December 2015   By Ericka Waller

The word feminist has become difficult to use after persistent confusion about its meaning. Over the last few years 'feminism' has become synonymous with words such as 'angry' 'radical' and 'lesbian' instead of its actual meaning, 'equal', 'rights', and 'opportunities'. Rather than the magical killing curse, 'Avada Kedavra', Harry Potter Actress Emily Watson was advised not to say the word 'feminism' in her UN speech, as it was too dangerous. (She said it anyway). The confusion over what feminism actually means was demonstrated in the lead up to this years International Men's Day (IMD). International Women's Day has been celebrated since 1911, but thousands of women took to social media to scorn the 'radical' news that men be allowed the equivalent.