This week the Hot Things bring you new tracks from Marika Hackman, The Blaze, alt-J and Tei Shi, a look back at the music of 1996 and all the usual blather.
You can check out the playlist on Spotify:
What do you do when you’re mad about music and love chatting with your friends about it? Start your own podcast, that’s what. The Hot Things are Fiona McPhillips (me), Colette Woods, Emma Kennedy, Kate Butler and, all the way from the US of A, Dorothy Kelly.
Colette brought prosecco, Emma brought cherry vodka and would you believe it, they go perfectly together. Just like us. So, without further ado, here is the first Hot Things podcast featuring The xx, Public Enemy, Kate Tempest, Brian Eno, Austra and many more.
You can check out the playlist for our first show on Spotify:
When I couldn’t have a baby, people said, “be thankful for what you’ve got”, “focus on the good things in your life”, “maybe God didn’t want you to have a baby”. The Irish public health service doesn’t offer any fertility treatment and no health insurer covers private treatment.
The health service was happy to diagnose my medical condition, it just wouldn’t treat it. Thankfully our insurance paid for the procedure that fixed my husband’s infertility but mine was something I’d just have to accept or pay for myself. Continue Reading →
Are you happy with your work-life balance? Most of us are according to the government’s Work Life Balance Employee Survey. Over half of UK employers now offer flexible working hours and the vast majority of employees report that this improves workplace morale. However, when more than half of those on flexible hours feel they’ve had to compromise (with lower pay, longer hours, blurring of boundaries between work and home), is this emerging culture actually improving our lives? Continue Reading →
Would you intervene if you witnessed a sexual assault? Would you call the police if you felt unable or unwilling to tackle the perpetrator?
A video has emerged showing hundreds of people standing and watching while an incapacitated woman was gang raped on a beach in Florida during spring break celebrations last month. The police officer investigating the incident said the footage was the “most disgusting, sickening thing” he had ever seen.
“There’s hundreds, hundreds of people standing there – watching, looking, seeing, hearing what’s going on. And yet our culture and our society and our young people have got to the point where obviously this is acceptable somewhere.” Continue Reading →
“A truly equal world,” wrote Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her bestseller, Lean In, “would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”
A common accusation levelled at feminism is that men and women are equal now so any gains that women make would come at the expense of men. Women can vote, they have access to equal pay in law, they can rise to the top of any profession, what more could they want? Continue Reading →
Are you a feminist?
If you’ve paused to contemplate your answer, then here are a couple of questions that might help you clarify your position.
Do you think that men and women should be treated equally?
Do you think that sexism prevents this?
If you have answered yes to both questions then congratulations, you are a feminist! Continue Reading →