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Everyone seems to be a euro expert these days so here’s my 2 penny worth. I won’t be responding or debating, it’s too divisive an issue and I’m as firmly entrenched in my beliefs as my friends who disagree.

The Leave campaigns triple pronged pledges were as follows:
Freeing up 350m pounds weekly for the NHS
A reduction in immigration
Taking ‘our country back’

Within hours of the final vote being counted on Friday 24th June, the first two were dismissed. Farage appeared drunk on GMTV saying the 350m pledge was, in fact, a mistake and was quick to distance himself from it. All the while smiling like a dog trying to shit out a grapefruit.

Then it was Daniel Hannan’s turn. Having engineered a movement of anti-immigration hatred, he announced that, in fact, there was likely to be free movement in with the EU in any trade treaty, hence…

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This F***ing Referendum


I have thought long and hard to come to my decision on how to vote tomorrow.


These are the words trotted out, and I have researched and fact-checked…

But, in reality it is a no-brainer for me.

Just as in The States, a deeply divisive and sexist man has been allowed to dictate the nature of the debate.

We shouldn’t be in this place.


A wise person once said “Never make a decision when you’re angry, because when you’re angry you’re an idiot version of yourself.”

I would say that, as a nation, we’re pretty angry right now.

And that is why I’m voting for REMAIN.

Please consider your votes with care and see you on the other side. I’m off for a ‘sabbatical’ to study feminism, so I’m going to be a bit more quiet for a while. 


The Colcestrian 💗

Sexism & Europe: Why I’ve been quiet of late

portrait-of-little-girl-crying-and-sobbing_vj8jawaqf__s0000I’ve been very quiet on the Twitter since the recent Colchester elections.  To be honest, they burned me out.  I got so drawn in that I lost focus on actual human thoughts and was found babbling about Greenstead Ward in the lean-to, hovering over litter trays.

My regular life, outside of doing Colcestrian stuff, is quite complicated and of course includes everything that matters more to me than local or national politics.  I have a family who rely upon me and despite being very socially-involved themselves (even the 9yo boy) still suffered politics-itis over the month I was churning out Q&As with the Council Candidates.

It was a very worthwhile event, and though I won’t say it was responsible for changing the face of local politics, it engaged a lot of people and became a topic of conversation in itself.  It surprised me.

But now, I am burnt out.  I’m still subjecting myself to politics, but I’m not having to battle getting some sleep with pushing the next blog out.  In fact, there’s the rub in a way… I don’t want to blog, and there are two reasons.  These two reasons are more linked than at first they appear, and you saw them in the title above.

1 – Sexism.  Twitter is dominated by men.  In that sense, it does of course reflect the rest of the known universe. I’ve seen women on it.  Therefore I know they exist in the Twittersphere, but boy is it a different experience for them??!!

2 – Europe.  The EU Referendum is driving me into a rage.  I knew it would be bad, but my oh my, this is beyond bad into the realms of badddddddddd.  That’s 10 ‘d’s and something Michael Jackson would have been proud of.  But The King of Pop would be shaking his fascinating head in bewilderment at what we’ve got ourselves caught up in if he were with us still.




I am going to blog.  I’m going to put out one little thing.  I think.

So, see you soon!


The Colcestrian


A blog within a blog, on PTSD

Erin Summers Norman

Hello all!

I just wanted to stop by and say I’ve blogged on another platform!  Shocking behaviour, I know, cheating like that, but you know us writers, we’ll write anywhere!

This time I’m writing on a really awesome site, that covers all things PTSD related.  June is PTSD Awareness month, and I’m doing my bit by writing a few pieces about PTSD and how it affects me, and those I love.  You may find the first one here, which is on the subject of trigger warnings.  Trigger warning: rape. 

Stay safe x

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Terrorism and Toxic Masculinity 

Erin Summers Norman

The one thing that nearly every terrorist attack has in common, is that for the vast majority, they are committed by males. Males of every colour, religion, nation. We are dealing with many things in our modern “Terror”, but among them is a toxic culture of masculinity.

Every time a man listens to a woman’s perspective, every time a young boy is taught that violence is not for play time, every time I bring up feminism (again!) we are all trying to combat against the violence that the male identifying psyche has created. The pressure is there on boys from their earliest moments, to be tough, to be stronger than the others in the playground, to be the best at football. Boys are discouraged to play with dolls or soft toys, the very same toys that teach little girls empathy and how to look after other creatures.

We all bear…

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The “F” Word

Erin Summers Norman

It started innocently enough.  I was scanning my timeline on twitter.  A comment jumped out at me:

“I wish feminists would focus on pulling women up rather than tearing men down.” @Sargon_of_Akkad

At first I thought there was no point in replying, because I have recently had so much abuse from the MRA.  But then I thought – hey – this man seems to be expressing an emotion akin to building bridges.  So I’ll try to explain the feminist perspective.  That’s what twitter is all about, right?

I replied “I wish men would consider themselves feminist so women didn’t have to fight”.  That was my mistake.  In the half an hour or so since then I have had dozens of abusive messages.  As soon as they began rolling in, I politely replied to all saying “Please remove me from this convo, thanks”, again, giving them the chance to do the…

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