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October 11, 2017

*TW* *CW*

Like most women, I'm no stranger to predatory men. We've all met them, been cornered by them in parties, prayed that we wouldn't be paired up with them in assignments, crossed the street to avoid them and warned our girlfriends about them. Which is why my blood curled in a familiar way when I heard a recording made by the NYPD in 2015. In it, former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein can be heard attempting to manipulate, coerce and threaten a woman into joining him in his hotel...

September 3, 2017

Being the last speaker at this fantastic conference is a great honor, after having listened to the important work that's being carried out in our respective countries and having swapped invaluable advice. The knowledge and competence in this room is so immense that our meetings ought to be automatically declared a Unesco World Heritage site, if you ask me. I am not going to be handing out advice, however, and I will not be answering questions. On the contrary, I want to ask a few questions, that you can choose to...

May 31, 2017

There are only so many bullshit theories a girl can take. 

Like this slut-shaming galore, brought to you by the Daily Mail.


Seriously, Daily Mail? You're blaming the deaths of 22 innocent people on fucking stilettos and hotpants?

There are only so many bullshit theories a girl can take before she bursts into poetry. Click the below link to watch it, or read the text below.

Oh and screw you, Daily Mail.

#NotHerOutfit

To all my girls who've boarded a bus and hoped that today you won't get groped, to all my girls who've...

May 21, 2017

(Keynote speech given at the closing dinner of All About Women, Sydney Opera House, March 2017)

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

I want to start by acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present.

I come from a country whose isolation preserved ancient traditions, reflected for example in the meaning of our names. My son's name is he who travels by sea, my mother's name is she who comes to the rescue and my name, Thordis, is another word for Thund...

February 18, 2017

*TW* Recently, I found myself in stark stage lights, with five cameras directed at me, telling an audience of 1200 how I'd been raped when I was sixteen years old. Next to me on the stage was Tom, who raped me after a dance at our high-school. Together, we gave a TED talk that summarised a 20 year long process, whereby Tom shouldered responsibility for his actions and the way they impacted our lives. It was viewed nearly 2 million times in the first week and the overwhelming reaction was positive and supportive....

September 4, 2016


How non-consensual pornography in Iceland is affecting its youth, seen through the lens of one of the country's most seasoned lecturer on the subject.

(Trigger warning: Grapic descriptions)

July 5, 2016. The clock shows twenty minutes past four. Around this time in everyday life, most Icelanders' minds are on wrapping up their workday and getting home. That is however not the case for the 103 users who are currently visiting the website that appears on my computer screen. Their minds are on something else, mor...

April 18, 2016

In 2009, a wriggling, slippery baby was planted in my arms. We studied each other’s faces in silent surprise, while he sucked on his fist and I stroked his hair. He may be my son, but he’s doesn’t belong to me. He has belonged to himself from moment one. But I’m fortunate enough to be entrusted with him, while he’s growing up.

My son has the longest eyelashes I’ve ver seen and a birthmark on his toe that I find more intriguing than half the history of mankind. He tells me jokes that he finds so funny himself that...

December 30, 2012

(Trigger warning: Graphic descriptions of violence)  

A 23 year old woman decided to go to the cinema with her 28 year old male friend in Delhi, India’s capital, on Sunday the 16th of December 2012. She was studying physiotherapy, had just finished her exams and wanted to celebrate. On their way home after enjoying a film, they boarded a city bus. An unsettling feeling came over them when the bus detoured from its usual route and its doors were locked. Aboard the bus were six men, and as it turned out, these six m...

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