Sexism Can Go Both Ways, Right?

I work in education, as a teaching assistant. In my entire team of around 25 people; two are male. Education is predominately female — except for head teachers, IT staff and PE (gym) teachers to name a few. Obviously, there are exceptions, but generally speaking education features far more females…


A Survivor’s Poem

It’s always there — the feeling — is always there.

It’s there in the morning, it’s there all day, and it’s there at night.

It’s there when you’re happy, when you’re sad and when you’re anything in between.

It’s there in the late-night panic attacks.

It’s there in the bottom…


“Long Covid” is awful

I consider myself to be a healthy 35-year-old man. Sure, I could lose a few pounds, but I’m fairly active — lots of walking and I even cycle to and from work. As such, I was not particularly worried about catching Coronavirus. I was more worried about my mum who…


He felt his rights were being diminished

The killing of George Floyd brought racism into the public eye in a big way.

People everywhere are united in their disgust and their collective fight against a system which is set up to favour those with white skin. Finally.

I am white. I have tried my hardest to be…


Why do certain shows leave a bad taste?

As someone who loves to binge watch television programs, I get the attachment both to the characters and the story being built over hours and hours of entertainment. People differ in their taste of what makes a show entertaining, of course they do. But there are those shows which absolutely…


Mainstream media have proved that by misquoting him

Twitter Storm

I was a late-comer to Twitter, but now I go on most days. Sometimes I regret it. Today was one of those days. I was expecting my feed to be full of pictures and videos from Liverpool FC’s latest trophy win. Instead, quite a bit of it was taken up…


And why it worked so well

Opening Up

In 2017, I finally attended talking therapy with Family Matters, in Kent. I wanted therapy. I needed it. In fact, I had needed it for many, many years. I had something happen to me when I was just 18. At this age, a lot of the guys I knew were…


And why it doesn’t

That Old Nostalgic Feeling.

Today, I walked the route from town to my old house where I grew up and beyond it, passed the school I went to a million, billion years ago. I pass through that town all the time lately. It’s kind of the central hub in my journey to work. But…


But it’s not

I mean, it’s incredible isn’t it?

A talented actress lands an incredible role which will mean so much to so many people on so many levels… but other certain people have to shit all over it.

The film industry, along with just about every other industry, has always been very white. Just about every movie or…


Looking forward instead of backwards.

I really try not to regret anything. I always believed in being ‘kind’ to myself and knowing 100% that I did the best I could in every given situation. …

Richard Dodd

Children/YA author and literacy teacher. I write articles about writing, teaching, fatherhood, and gender/racial equality among other things!

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