I would call myself a pretty active feminist. I address issues I come into contact with, I encourage the movement towards equality and focus on the future. I am not, however, someone who will stand in picket lines with a sign yelling. I am more of an ‘infiltrate from the inside’ kind of person — I work towards getting into places of influence and introducing feminism there. Some people might say this makes me a crap feminist cause I’m not screaming down a megaphone on the weekend, but honestly, I don’t care. …


How many times have you scrolled your social media feed to find it over-run by fat-burning exercises?

They are everywhere and are growing in volume, as people try to push the few pounds they gained during COVID isolation. We all want to be healthier, fitter and generally happier with our bodies. So when COVID hit it ruined lots of people exercise routines leading to an increase in pounds as we generally became less active. Though there’s nothing wrong with wanting to focus on becoming physically healthier, the fat-burning exercise trend is actually anti-health focused. Why? Because every single exercise or form of movement you do is fat-burning. …


COVID has brought out the best and worst in people. Instances of violence have dramatically increased and depression is on the rise. But muddled in with the bleak outlook there are also episodes of pure-hearted charity and humanitarian-care, as key workers are recognised and appreciated. Though it’s not all doom and gloom as we all try to pull together, social media is abuzz with people wanting to shout, fear-monger and be heard concerning their beliefs about COVID. Some believe it’s a conspiracy theory, some are locked indoors fearing the potentially deadly virus outside, while others (like me) are back at work where everything feels close to normal. …


Roller skating has a long history — from Victorian metal skates on wooden maple floors for 25c an hour, to the American Civil right movement of the 1950s. Roller skating has turned up throughout history, encouraging freedom of choice and movement. Once again the wheels hit the floor as millions of skates were ordered throughout the pandemic.

Why roller skate?

One thing we notice about roller skating is that it’s popularity links closely to social movements and changes.


Estate agency like most other industries took a massive hit as COVID enforced isolation and a temporary economic pause. The industry had to evolve and renovate it’s previously human-touch focused method quickly, looking to the future of digital innovation. Video tours and VR attempted to emulate property viewings, but the industry still struggled to cut-even in the early months of the pandemic. Attitudes changed and audiences cared less about in-person conversations and more about having an authentic online experience.

10 years ago the introduction of online estate agents was thought to have shaken up the industry forever, but many of the online agents who lead the way have disappeared over time. …


Estate agency has a long history of stereotyped presumptions. From the money-grabbing agents who will try and sell you any property that gives them a large chunk of commission, to the offices cluttered with paperwork, deafening phone calls and irate workers. We imagine an office-scene similar to that of Wolf of Wall Street when thinking of estate agency. All these stereotypes paint a dark picture of what potential buyers/sellers will encounter when coming face to face with an agent. Will they meet with a slimy agent who’s a posed pick-pocketer? …


Since childhood, I have always been the kid who sat quietly in a corner, avoiding crowds and large gatherings as my sense of anxiety cemented itself into my sense of identity. Reading out loud in class, answering questions, saying ‘here’ when the class register was ticked, all these instances that happened on a brutally frequent basis filled me with fear, as my heart pounded and a mind-numbing headache rendered me a crumbling mess. God forbid audience participation during pantomimes and other such events.

As a child, my habits led many teachers to label me as ‘shy’ and ‘withdrawn’ which in turn hit my academic confidence. My shyness somehow downgraded my intelligence. Though I was never the top student, I was suitably intelligent, slightly above average you could say, but my classroom shyness was often misinterpreted as stupidity. It wasn’t that I didn’t know the answers, it was that I was too afraid to speak up. …


As a society, we have moved forward leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. With mental health support becoming widely accessible, transgenderism no longer being categorised as a disorder in the UK, and the massively impactful body positive movement spreading its wings across the globe. There are so many positive changes happening daily.

However, as we move in the right direction (all be it sometimes slowly), there is a dark side to positive social change. This ‘dark side’ has been under controversial debate as it gains media attention and those who oppose it are often labelled ‘fatphobic’ or as ‘fat-shamers’. I am referring to the fat acceptance movement. Why? …


Weight cutting. What is it? Why do so many people hate it? And will it become the next big toxic diet-culture trend?

If you follow MMA, or any sport which involves an advertised weigh in, then you will likely know of the phrase ‘weight cutting’. If not, then this term refers to a short period of time in which athletes go through a potentially lethal weight loss regiment, with the aim of fitting into a specific weight-focused category. This could be light, middle or heavy weight depending upon the sport. …


95% of diets fail! That’s the harsh truth, and as we head into bikini season more and more people are looking for that magical diet that will give them the body they desire.

But just a toxic ‘diet-culture’ starts to infiltrate our media sources, the toxic ‘pro-obesity’ movement also begins to take off. Now for those of you who wonder what the ‘pro-obesity’ movement is, you may have heard of its other bastardised name. The body-positive movement. I personally refuse to align the pro-obesity/fat positive groups with body-positive due to the consistent thin bashing or health bashing agenda that obesity positive groups seem to adhere to. …

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Amy Montague

Content executive, charity co founder and (almost) published author for 2021.

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