Podcast: International Women’s Day special

Listen to some of EN4 News’ female staff members discuss the gender pay gap, stereotypes in sports, sexual harassment and so much more on International Women’s Day.

 

Inspiring women: Jade Paterson

As part of international women’s day, I was tasked with finding a woman I found ‘inspirational.’ At first, I thought of politicians and celebrities and those in the media. After a lot of consideration, I realised the women who inspire me the most are everyday women. The ones who choose to make a difference in the lives of others without much in return.

EN4 News spoke to Jade Paterson, a 21-year-old woman who is a student at Edinburgh University, but also works as a psychiatric care assistant.

In a study in Scotland last year, the Fair Work Convention found that those working in the industry were faced with ‘excessive shifts’ and unfair working conditions for an extremely low salary.

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Earlier this year Jade’s job was classed by the British Government as ‘Unskilled’ and after a long shift looking after patients, Jade was outraged and took to twitter to express her anger.

 

 

Jades outrage was shared by over 400 thousand people. Her tweet resonated with those in similar positions and lead to those who’s lives had been helped by carers.

 

Jade was inspired to go into the field by a woman close to her and believes that there should be more recognition for those in the industry.

 

Jade came up with the idea of ‘People of Edinburgh’ as a space on her University Hockey club’s Facebook page for members to be open and transparent about their mental health.

 

Due to her work on this project Jade is being nominated by Edinburgh University as one of the top 20 influential women of 2020.

 

Jade will take part in a photoshoot, along with the other 19 women nominated. Their portraits will then be shown, along with their accomplishments, at an exhibition for International women’s day on Sunday at Teviot House.

Ruby Rare’s guide to non-monogamy

Non-monogamy is something many of us view as completely foreign.

The concept of being in a relationship with more than one person at a time is paired with so many negative assumptions.

Primarily, cheating.

Ruby Rare is a sex educator for The Brook Trust, the UK’s second-largest sexual health charity, and has made it her mission to open minds across the country to the idea of polyamorous relationships.

“Non-monogamy is meant to be fun- if it isn’t, you’re doing it wrong.”

Based in London, with a following of over 39,000 people on Instagram, Ruby uses her platform to shed light on taboo issues.

 

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IT’S BI VISIBILITY DAY BITCHES! 💗💜💙 💥 This year I’ve noticed the growing visibility our community is experiencing, which I’m obviously loving and am proud to play a small part in 🥰 💥 I’ve always been bisexual, but because there was little to no visibility as I was growing up, it took me until my twenties to realise that could be a viable identity. And once I realised it myself, it took another few years to banish the imposter syndrome and build up the courage to openly live, date, love, and fuck as a glorious bisexual being. 💥 It makes me so happy to see the increase in visibility now: from the growing number of public figures coming out publically, to the growing and evolving variety of labels we can identify with, I’m thrilled that being bisexual in all its forms is being celebrated. I hope this continues! 💥 I often feel like I exist outside of straight as well as gay worlds, and have really enjoyed nurturing my bi/pan/queer friendships this year. Finding your community is the most important piece of bi advice I can give – whether that’s online, in the real world, or hopefully a combination of the two, connecting with likeminded people where you don’t have to constantly explain yourself is a true joy and will help you on your *queer journey*. 💥 Remember that YOU ARE BISEXUAL ENOUGH! Regardless of whether you are 100% out and proud, quietly figuring it out, bi but in a hetero-presenting relationship, bisexual but hetero/homo-romantic, your sexuality is VALID and BEAUTIFUL. Go forth into the world with confidence as the sparkly, queer as fuck human that you are 🏩

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She travels up and down the country doing talks on sexual pleasure, porn, body positivity and non-monogamy.

Last night, EN4 News attended ‘Ruby Rare’s Guide to Non-Monogamy’ at Teviot House.

The event was a collaboration between Sexpression Edinburgh and the EUSA Women’s Campaign as part of LGBT History Month.

Identifying as queer and non-monogamous, Ruby expresses the privilege we hold living in a country where attitudes are evolving:

“We have a responsibility to be more inclusive and make this conversation warmer”

 

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PRIDE APPRECIATION 🧡 swipe right to see the identities each flag represents. 💥 I love pride month; I get all gushy about how far we as a queer community have come, and celebrate by throwing on some trashy drag and parading around London (and any other city that’ll have me for pride weekend). But along with the celebration comes the responsibility to look at the challenges we continue to face. Slapping a rainbow flag on something does not solve problems, and all too often many ‘lesser known’ sexuality and gender identities are ignored throughout pride and made to feel isolated and unimportant. 💥 This Pride, I encourage you to learn more about a variety of sexuality and gender identities. Each queer identity is unique, with it’s own set of challenges and prejudices, many of which you may not experiance and may not have even considered. Let’s use this month to educate eachother about our struggles, and to find ways to celebrate in inclusive ways 💖💖 💥 P.S yes, in my queer utopic world everyone wears pink, deal with it 🙃

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By asking the audience who identified as polyamorous, Ruby has an insight into the various reasons everyone has for attending.

Some of us were just curious, some were confidently polyamorous and other wanted to learn more to begin exploring themselves and their needs.

Recently non-monogamy has been discussed across the media more and is appealing to increasing numbers of people.

In 2018, healthcare group, ‘Euroclinix‘, conducted a sex study that found that 1 in 5 of the 2000 participants in the study, identified as being polyamorous.

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Non-monogamy is most commonly understood to be intimate relationships which don’t strictly adhere to traditional standards of exclusivity.

Monogamy refers to having only one person whom you exchange feelings of love and affection, as well as sharing a physical relationship.

Ruby explains there can be different relationship structures that fall under this category and it is about finding a set up that works for you.

Friendships are beautiful forms of love, often too much emphasis is placed on sex as a relationship definer.

She warns that it is “more complicated and more work than monogamy” and requires “smart Communication” to be successful.

“You are going to feel something wonderful but also hurt.

“If you’re in a relationship and your unhappy, non-monogamy isn’t going to fix it”

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One issue, in particular, that is often a deterrent for monogamous people is the green-eyed monster.

“Jealousy is an umbrella term for loads of different types of emotions” Ruby said, and to combat it, you need to get to the bottom of what is behind it.

A frequently used term in the poly world is compersion, the idea of finding joy in seeing your partner/partners experiencing happiness with other people.

Rhiannon Ramsey identifies as polyamorous and explains how she feels when her partners are with other people, along with all other issues discussed in this article, in our EN4 News Podcast: Poly special.

Ruby using her platform to open up the conversation on non-monogamy and challenging views of what a healthy relationship is, whether it be sexual, romantic or purely platonic, hasn’t gone unnoticed.

She has been nominated for the Diva influencer of the year award 2020.

The final piece of advice she offered us was to be kind to ourselves, forgive when we make mistakes and recognise that things are not black and white.

“You are your own person, don’t let the people around you define who that person is.”

Podcast: What is non-monogamy?

On Thursday evening, we attended ‘Ruby Rare’s guide to non-Monogamy’ talk which sparked a discussion about polyamorous relationships.

Taylor Campbell, Beth Murray and Iain Leggat talk to Rhiannon Ramsey, who identifies as non-monogamous.

 

 

Check out the full article on polyamory and what Ruby Rare, a sex educator, has to say about it here

Podcast: Let’s talk about period poverty

In an EN4 News Lifestyle Podcast, Heather Miller discusses the trending topic of ‘period poverty’.

With controversy emerging on social media in the last week or two following discussions about women’s sexual health, and the taboo subject of periods, there has been a boom of interest in the subject. The term ‘period poverty’ is based around the lack of basic sanitary products, waste management and general menstrual hygiene education

Heather is joined in her exploration of the topic by EN4 News reporters Caitlin Gallagher and Darren McConachie, as they examine the stigma and controversy surrounding it.

 

Podcast – US Politics Special: Trump impeachment trial, Iowa Caucas, and more

Iain Leggat, Andrew McDonald, and Chris Lamb join forces for a special EN4 News Podcast Special.

After one of the most eventful weeks in US political history the trio talk through the Iowa Caucus disaster, the Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump and The State of the Union Address.

Awards season podcast: BAFTAs 2020 preview

In the first of two podcasts, Adam Zawadzki and Ony McFadden preview the 73rd British Academy Film Awards.

 

Tune in next week for a preview of the 92nd Academy Awards.

PODCAST: SHOULD MORE MEN BE TAKING SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE?

 

In an EN4News Podcast Special, Iain Leggat explores the topic of shared parental leave.

After being introduced to the UK in 2015, shared parental leave allows couples the option to split up to 52 weeks between themselves, with 37 weeks of the weeks being paid. However, a recent study found that only 1-2% of new couples were taking up the shared option. The special explores the topic, comparing the UK’s figures to the rest of the world and looks into the benefits of sharing parental leave.

Iain explores the topic with EN4News reporters Ony McFadden and John Gillespie as they talk through whether the stigma of the traditional roles of the mother and father still rings true and whether people know enough about the option.

POWER DRESSING: ELECTION SPECIAL

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Power dressing came to life in the 70s and 80s as a way for women to establish their authority and fit into male-dominated workplaces. For a quick explainer on the concept and how men use power dressing in different ways, see our audio short below:

 

As its election time EN4 news cast a balanced eye at the leaders of the main political parties – are they power dressing like a pro or is their fashion sense as dead as their election chances? We used the original master of power dressing to help us:

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Boris Johnson 

Our PM finally displayed his ready-for-action capabilities when he wandered through flood-hit Yorkshire. While he always looks a bit out of place the wellies-Barbour Jacket-overly long tie combo is doing something for me here. While part of power dressing is wearing appropriate clothing for the situation Johnson manages to pull of the politician in a crisis look fairly well here. As always though, the suit is a politicians bread-and-butter. Like his blonde counterpart across the ocean, Johnson could really use a new tailor.

3 thatchers out of 5

Jeremy Corbyn

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Can socialists simultaneously strive for equality and look good while doing it?  Well, just look at that scarf. Combined with his trademark pastel shirt under an open blazer, the days of being slammed for his dress sense seem a long time ago. The blue suit is too loud and flashy to be pure Thatcher style however – though that’s probably a relief for the Labour leader.

 

4 thatchers out of 5

Jo Swinson

Oh Jo. If Ed Miliband taught us anything in 2015, it’s don’t eat on the campaign trail. Away from that, having canvassed opinion in the EN4 News Room there’s a consensus that the red coat over the blue is a colour clash too far. At least the purple jacket is nice if you look away from the marshmallow. The Lib Dems can’t win here I’m afraid.

2 thatchers out of 5

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon gets the campaign trail: wear stylish business clothing while charming as many people as possible. She conveys the confidence of a politician in her prime. The guitar was a fun look too.

5 thatchers out of 5

Nigel Farage

The leader of the Brexit Party splits opinion and looking strictly at his fashion sense it’s splitting my opinion too. The flat cap, tweed and yellow trousers are all striking and support his something-different political vibe – but power dressing it is not. Could you imagine a man in yellow trousers addressing the nation from Downing Street?

1 thatcher out of 5

What about you?

Are you more like a Thatcher or a Farage? If you’re an aspiring male politician (or just an aspiring male in general) take our quiz and see how you stack up compared to our political leaders.

 

National News: Lunchtime Headlines Thursday 24th of October

Catch up with the latest National news with our National News Editor Owen Garner.

 

 

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