In 2015, a YouGov poll found that 37% of Brits were adamant that their job was completely pointless. This is dispiriting given that the UK has the second longest working hours in Europe, second only to the USA.
That’s a lot of people spending a lot of time feeling like what they are doing is meaningless.
Continue reading “Think Your Job is Pointless? You’re Probably Right.”
Capitalism will, where possible, quash any activities which are not co-opted into commercial producing or consuming.
Continue reading “Your Free Time Is Killing The Economy”
Human beings love meaning. We can’t get enough of it. It infuses every thought we have, every opinion we claim as our own, every purchase we make. We especially love peppering it in where there is none to be organically found (see: religion).
Continue reading “The Meaning of Tiny Houses: Successful and Subversive”
What have women been telling me?
I am now half way through my PhD. Theoretically, I should have some kind of idea what is going on.What have all of these women been saying to me over the last 18 months? What are the common threads that weave the disparate and varied stories together?
Continue reading “Capitalism & Patriarchy: Best Buds For Life”
“The more rigid the separation of private and public spheres and the more unsafe, unwelcoming and inaccessible public spaces are, the more isolated, exposed and vulnerable people become to those they share private space with.” – Andrea Gibbons
Continue reading “Why Expanding the Commons Will Save Women’s Lives”
I had a really great conversation on Monday. I have been trying to work out why I enjoyed it so much.
Continue reading “Are We Are All Just Trying To Be Safe?”
Bridging the divide between generations can be challenging at the best of times. Explaining the choice to live in a tiny house is a complicated one, particularly to people who don’t share the same values. The extent to which we can even say that living in a tiny house is truly a choice is debatable.
Continue reading “My Family Think I’m Crazy For Living In A Tiny House”
I listened to a podcast recently where Balaji Srinivasan spoke about financial freedom. He summarised something that I have been writing about since the beginning of my PhD.
Continue reading “Without Financial Freedom, You Cannot Have Freedom Of Thought”
Here is something that comes up a lot in my research on tiny houses. People who don’t like them criticise them for being both:
- too indicative of poverty and low socio-economic status
- too indicative of a very white type of hippy-millennial demographic
Continue reading “Too Gypsy, Too Hippy: The Tiny House Contradiction”
Four months ago, I spoke to Amy, a 33 year old Realtor living in the US. Amy immediately struck me as smart and focussed, she made me laugh and had a brilliant way of making incisive social critiques with her personal anecdotes and wry remarks.