Abortion Laws Hit the Headlines in Ireland and the US

Proposed changes to abortion laws have dominated the press again in recent weeks, with much of the American and political press focusing in particular on Texas State Senator Wendy Davis and her stand against proposed changes to Texas law that would have seen access to legal abortions in the state significantly restricted. Davis came to the fore in the world’s media for staging a mammoth feat to prevent the bill, which would have closed almost all abortion clinics in Texas,... Read More

OK Magazine Gets It Wrong with Royal Baby Coverage

OK Magazine – trash gossip favourite here in the UK – jumped on the Royal Baby bandwagon with some style this week. Rather than following the rest of the world’s media and cooing over the first pictures of the baby prince, the publication instead got it spectacularly wrong by featuring discussion of Kate Middleton’s post-pregnancy weight-loss regime before she and the newborn Prince George had even left the hospital. Though this might not sound too out-there... Read More

When Will Wonder Woman Hit the Big Screen?

It seems that superhero movies are being released left, right and centre of late. In the past year Superman and Batman films have premiered with record-breaking box office sales. Recently, I’ve found myself wondering when – or indeed if – we are we going to see a Wonder Woman movie released. A recent article in the Metro highlighted that Wonder Woman is the only hero of the DC Comics Holy Trinity trio not yet to star in a feature-length film. I mean, fair enough,... Read More

Latest Cuts Hit Teenage Parents: A Case for Sex Education

Here in the UK, the coalition government’s latest announcement in the name of austerity is a another range of cuts to those receiving benefits, which we’ve discussed previously here at Hot For Writing. One of the most prominent groups the latest round of cuts proposals is due to affect is teenage parents. The changes will see teenage mothers at the bottom of the list for social housing, with the government having outlined plans that will see them only receive benefits... Read More

Lego For Girls

An article from new writer Tom Bell.  In a previous post on my personal blog, I bemoaned the level of aggression, conflict and franchising which dominates the current Lego marketing strategy, after seeing an old Lego advert from a better time. Here’s that advert again. A really positive aspect of this advert – part of Lego’s 1981 marketing campaign – is its lack of stereotyping in terms of gender roles. The child pictured in the advert is a girl, but there... Read More

‘Extreme Morning Sickness’ Causing Women to Choose Termination

On the eve of the birth of the highly-anticipated Royal Baby, the condition that forced Prince William and his wife Kate to announce their pregnancy before they were ready to do so is in the media once again. Hyperemesis Gravidarum, more commonly known as ‘extreme morning sickness’, has reportedly left at least one woman in the UK unable to continue with her pregnancy, according to The Guardian. Last year, shortly before the Royal pregnancy was announced, Warwick... Read More

Tyler the Creator Plays Glastonbury 2013

It’s been a week since Britain’s biggest festival saw 177,000 people leave a field in the middle of Somerset – this years Glastonbury was a triumph. One of the most famous bands of all time – The Rolling Stones – headlined the main stage, causing young and old alike to come together with a mutual love for some amazing guitar riffs and a front man that can strut like no other. Whilst the line up made headlines around the world, there was one act that jumped... Read More