Posts on caffeineblog.co.uk are largely the thoughts and ramblings of Kirsty Lowe, woman and child abuse academic, feminist and volunteer. Her social conscience has a habit of keeping her awake at night so she has decided to post about the issues she is grappling with in the hope that airing her thoughts and receiving reader feedback will help her find some answers.
A few things have set Kirsty on this path. One of them was supporting a woman who took her perpetrator to court while volunteering at a woman’s charity. Kirsty was amazed by the positive and negative ways the police, support services and the media behaved towards her client. This was an eye opening experience that inspired her to study an MA in Women and Child Abuse.
Kirsty finds many of the topics covered thought provoking and hopes open minded individuals will use these discussions to broaden their own thinking (and hers) around attitudes towards victims, perpetrators, gender differences and society generally.
In her spare time Kirsty loves reading books that challenge her thinking, spending time with her husband, family and friends, skiing, diving and gardening (although as she is not in the least bit green fingered her garden would probably prefer it if she left it alone).
Kirsty earns her living as a senior public relations consultant (for her sins). The views expressed in this blog are entirely her own and do not reflect those of her clients.
Kirsty is a feminist. Feminism is not about burning bras and wearing dungarees. It is the simple recognition that there is an imbalance in the way women are treated and a commitment to do something about it no matter how small.
A small commitment could simply be acknowledging this imbalance and increasing your own awareness of the subject. A larger commitment might be challenging people with unhelpful views, supporting a woman’s organisation or, like Kirsty, writing about issues that affect women in the hope that it will get people thinking.
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