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Hilary Webb

London, UK

Hilary Webb

Writer, blogger and social media enthusiast. I particularly enjoy writing about female health, Femtech, literature, art, theatre and travel.

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Bloody Good Period

It is estimated that periods costs the average British woman almost £500 a year. For those living on or below the breadline, sanitary products are often the first of the essentials to go. That does not, however, make them any less essential. People living in poverty resort to using toilet paper, fabric scraps or nothing at all to avoid the burden of buying sanitary pads and tampons.
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City by the Book - Blog Series

When my sister and I visited South America last summer, I read a book from four of the cities we visited and wrote about how it changed my experience of those cities.
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Facets of the Female Gaze: “Body,” a Group Exhibition at Kristin Hjellegjerde, London

The title of a provocative group exhibition taking place at the Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery says it all. “Body” is an impressive chance to see bodies through the eyes of the female gaze. Flesh, sexuality and relationships are all drawn into focuses in this multi-medium exhibition. “Body” is an amalgamation of sculpture, porcelain works, abstract and figurative canvasses created by six female artists.
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Culture Contrasts From Bowie to Kerouac in Derek Boshier’s “On the Road” at Gazelli Art House

Derek Boshier was a contemporary of David Hockney at the Royal College of Art and close friend of David Bowie. Now Boshier is a respected contemporary pop artist whose most recent works are being exhibited at Gazelli Art House in London. “On the Road” speaks of literature, music, contemporary culture and transformations through acrylic-on-canvas works and two short films at the impressive exhibition space near Green Park.
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Sexy or Sexist? Natalie Dormer Mixes S&M, Irony for “Venus in Fur”

The giant shadow of a leather-clad Natalie Dormer dominates the ceiling of Theatre Royal Haymarket in the latest production of David Ives’s “Venus in Fur.”. Dormer leads the entire play with her strong delivery of humor, authority, her several ambiguous characters and, of course, her role within a complex submissive-dominant relationship.
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Ex-First Lady puts focus on youth during uni honour

In October former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received an honorary degree from Swansea University. I attended and helped cover the event for the South Wales Evening Post.
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A quiet revolution: writing about period sex

More and more, people who have periods are being encouraged to consider menstruation not as dirty, but as empowering, sexy even. The taboos around menstruation are beginning to dwindle, partly thanks to Femtech and social media. Apps ask their ambassadors to share period sex stories and explore how lesbian relationships experience menstrual cycles, while products like soft cups and menstrual discs make intercourse on your period a little less messy.
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Students as Consumers: Fair or Fatal?

The end of every university year is always a little more ‘final’ for some more than others, the some being the non-returning graduates. Three or four years of optional education over, too many tears, pints, deadlines and laughs to count but you are ready to fly university’s warm, safe nest. Now for your reward: travelling back to Swansea in July to graduate on a building site of a campus that you haven’t spent a second on and that didn’t exist when you started your degree.
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When Women Get Their Hands on Technology

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Scan & sit: far from perfect

My first day back in a lecture hall after a year and a half away from Swansea and my lecturer promptly announces, “Big Brother has arrived”. Staring from the side of each of the doors of the lecture theatre were these mystery black boxes with glaring white eyes. My next lecturer jokingly (I hope) suggests; “they’ll be micro chipping you all next!”.
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Endometriosis: Painless sex not a priority, but should it be?

For women with endometriosis, a diminished sex life is a common complaint. Chronic pain, low mood, hormonal treatments, stress over fertility concerns, bleeding during or after intercourse all play their part in dwindling sex and intimacy, but none as much as dyspareunia – painful sexual intercourse.
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About

Hilary Webb

Having just graduated with a first class honours degree in English Literature and French from Swansea University I am now looking for paid writing opportunities. I enjoy writing about reproductive health and rights, literature, film, science and technology, especially FemTech, travel and a range of other interests. I speak French to a professional level and spent my third year abroad living and teaching English in Lyon. While at Swansea University I was Features and Deputy Editor at Waterfront newspaper.