Body type standards are toxic

When people start asking you if you're ‘sure’ you want to eat that doughnut, life takes on a very different hue. Suddenly, the food you eat becomes a matter of public interest, a field of study that people feel comfortable commenting on. The bigger you get, the less you are seen as an individual. You become an object of interest, an example of what not to be, a living ‘before’ photo.

I know this because I am fat. In fact, I am currently the fattest I have ever been. …


For the most part, armed police in the UK are limited to airports and places of significance, like the Houses of Parliament or royal estates

Currently, I am visiting my parents in the small seaside town where I grew up in England. It's a quiet, quaint kind of place where the average age is somewhere around 140 and the streets fall almost completely silent at around 9:30pm. Excitement, of any kind, is rare.

Today, while on a walk along the seafront, my group and I spotted a large collection of police cars blocking the road ahead, with a growing crowd forming around some kind of extraordinary scene.

Given that the town itself only has a small force of two or three cars, it was safe…


Even when weight issues are related to overeating, there is also almost always an underlying explanation or cause that is more than just greed and gluttony

‘I worry for your health.’

‘I just want you to be around for longer.’

‘I’m just trying to help.’

To anyone struggling with their weight, these phrases are likely all too familiar. Well-meaning sentiments delivered in a putrid packaging, like a birthday card wrapped in dog mess. There's a nice thought in there somewhere, but it still makes you want to run away and hide.

There seems to be an idea going around that shame can be an effective tool for helping people to lose weight. …


Scarcity sells, and the truth isn’t all that common anymore

Person wearing an oversized black jacket their index and middle fingers crossed behind their back
Person wearing an oversized black jacket their index and middle fingers crossed behind their back

“Brooklyn 99” is a great show for a whole host of reasons, from its excellent handling of a bunch of difficult issues to the sheer quality of the writing and performances. One thing that you might not think of when giggling along with the 99, however, is marketing.

To be honest, I don't usually, either. But I recently watched an episode that struck me with marketing lightning… in fact, it was just a few seconds of the episode.

In Season 3, Episode 3, the PR department of the NYPD is working on a new promotional poster to go around the…


Make your good days happen, don't just wait for them to roll around.

None of us know for sure what tomorrow will bring, so many self-help gurus advise us to ‘stay in the moment’ and not waste our time today worrying about what's to come.

For the most part, I think they’re on to something. As a person who is incredibly prone to anxiety and overthinking, worrying about tomorrow is dangerously close to being a sport for me, so teachings that tell me to leave the future alone and just focus on the now can be pretty helpful.

We worry about tomorrow like it’s promised.

It's a slightly morbid sentiment, but I think…


Coming up against gender and Victorian lighting

I remember telling a friend of mine I would never use makeup, never do my nails, and never wear feminine clothes. It was only a few years ago. I swore I didn't care what other people did and that it had nothing to do with my perception of gender.

‘It’s just not my kind of thing’

That was a lie.

I bought my first lace shirts a year or so later. I experimented with make-up shortly after, and I did my nails for the first time shortly after that.

Yesterday marked another milestone, I added some colour to my nails for the first time…


And why that doesn't have to be a bad thing

About 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with depression. Around a year ago, I had a mental breakdown that sent my life spiralling out of control. For the last 6 months, I have been piecing myself back together and forging a career as a content creator.

It's a unique and complex world, creating content online. With every passing day, the market becomes ever more saturated and the challenge of standing out from the crowd becomes harder and harder. …


But getting bored can destroy you too

One of the many reasons why I do not make any significant money from Medium is that am completely incapable of sticking to a single niche in my writing. I even struggle to limit myself to just 2 or 3. I see the world on the nib of a pen, and when anything grabs my interest, one of my first instincts is to write about it.

So far, I have written about LGBTQ+ Issues, Travel, Mental Health, Productivity, Writing, and Politics, as well as a smattering of other articles that are so off the wall that they don't really fit…


A message from your friendly neighbourhood cheerleader.

Let's cut right to the chase — There just isn't enough positivity in the world these days, is there?

At least, I don't think there is.

So I’m going to try and change that.

This is the first article in what I hope will become a series specifically aimed at just bringing some happiness and positivity into the mix of our day to day lives. I won't be tackling the hard-hitting news of the day, nor will I be telling you how to make millions by hustling online. …


What the hell is Medium up to?

Every time I think I’m beginning to understand Medium, they throw a curveball at us. Last month they dropped half a million dollars of bonuses without warning and now… they’re pulling funding from some of their most popular publications.

Wait… what?

Yeah, you read that right.

A few days ago, the juggernaut publication P.S. I Love You announced that Medium was pulling their funding and, therefore, the editorial team came to the incredibly difficult decision to shut down the publication.

Now, I’ve never published on PSILY, but I have read hundreds of their articles and have long respected the publication…

Sean Bennett

(He/Him) Writer, editor and all-round curious so and so. Writing about politics, being queer, and lots besides! Get in touch at sean.writing27@gmail.com

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