I'm thrilled to start the New Year with a feature on my work in Fearlessly Magazine, now read in 129 countries around the world. Fearlessly is a remarkable social enterprise, lead by Dr Eve Hepburn. It promotes Mental Health, Creativity, Feminism and Community in creative and inclusive ways. The invitation to contribute to the Communities edition of the magazine has allowed me to reflect at length on my fascination with the Medusa and her Sisters, those icons of feminine unacceptability who must live in exile from the civilised world. You can read a short excerpt from the article below. Fearlessly will be using the full article as spotlighted content on their website over the next two months.
'Take an overview of current discussion on mental health and gender politics crises, the same conclusions tend to emerge. We need to learn to soften our judgements of ourselves and others, we need to properly interrogate received norms of acceptability, we need to become less ashamed.
To this list of sensible goals, I would add the practical advice that we need to be more playful. No one makes these kinds of changes if they get swamped in dogma. We need our creativity to kick in.'
Rebelles & Outcasts, Natalie Sirett, Fearlessly Magazine January & February Edition, 2019