We are Iris Clot and Flora Cramp, lady-bloggers who find maintaining high levels of groomed femininity a massive ball-ache. As girl-children we saw a world promised to us on telly, in magazines and adverts where we would become lithe, graceful, organised goddesses. It was a pile of crusty lies. We can no more master liquid eyeliner than we can bewitch men with our choice of trouser, or divine the witchcraft required to keep our jeffing tights up. In short, we each felt like we were starring in our own one woman farce.
We have since made peace with our inadequacies compared to the light tripping, twirling, CGI teenagers who may or may not have been born already wearing eyeshadow and who are ‘worth it’ whatever *it* is. Instead of crying into scented handkerchieves that we’re a) too old to even qualify as trendy/hot/relevant and b) too feminist to enjoy our world without extracting the joy of objectification and casual sexism from everything, we decided instead to blow metaphorical raspberries at it all. We’re mature like that.
We met as campaigners for No More Page Three and wanted to talk about other stuff too. So, since the Autumn of 2014 we have been poking fun at sexist media and making gender-based observations on various topics. It’s been a hoot for us and our readers have been smashing at joining in, keeping us honest and sending us stuff to write and tweet about. We have done a live ‘Week in Sexist News’ for Women’s Matchfest, written for The Morning Star, Iris has modelled pants in a tutu wielding a chainsaw, made friends and generally enjoyed ourselves immensely. The Sexist News is now a site here.
We intend to rekindle this fair blog, as we’ve missed it immensely. We had to stop as life got in the way, but both of us are wrestling back some time to get back on the blogging bus.
This is our new, shiny website. Created by Iris (aka Jo Harrison illustrator, designer and website wranger). We hope you like the decor.
Flora and Iris