Sophie Butcher

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Thank You, Binge Eating

  (Illustration by @lauravennison of @notplantbased)   **Content Warning: this blog post talks about disordered eating and Binge Eating Disorder. Please give it a miss if you think this might trigger you.**   I’ve spent a long time hating my binge eating. Hating and despising the excessive, mindless consumption that makes up such a big part of my eating disorder. I’ve also spent a long time thinking that the binge eating is the problem, the…

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One Take ‘Victoria’ Is An Immersive Triumph

Victoria caused quite the stir when it was released; following in the footsteps of Birdman, but taking the idea to a whole new level, this German masterpiece tells the story of one night in the life of one girl, in one city, and in just one take. Whereas Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman gave the illusion of one take by using long sweeping shots, Sebastian Schipper‘s Victoria achieves it fully and completely, with one camera following…

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The False First Step

  A podcast mic Domain names Social media handles Gym memberships Books, so many books The perfect top/dress/shoes/outfit What do all of the above have in common? They’re all things that I’ve bought, but not taken action on, because I thought they were what I need to become the person I’ve always wanted to be. How often do we fall into the trap of thinking – when I own this thing, when it’s in my…

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From My Body To My Self

Thank you for the letter you wrote me. That was over a year ago now. It’s been a while since we really communicated properly. Too long – and for that, I’m sorry. I’ve always done my best for you, to be strong for you and to keep you going but I have to be honest, you haven’t always made it easy. I can’t help the way I am, the way I’m built, how I’m made.…

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Coming Off The Contraceptive Pill: 1 Year Later

I only realised recently that it’s been pretty much spot on a year since I stopped taking my contraceptive pill, something I shared on the blog in this post here. I made the decision to come off the pill because I wanted to get back in touch with my body and its natural cycle, and to see whether it would potentially impact my mental health positively – as I wasn’t sure if taking it was…

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Don’t Fear The Smear: What To Expect From Your Smear Test

Not only is turning 25 a reminder that you’re officially closer to 30 than any other decade, and that you can no longer say you’re in your ‘early 20s’ – but it’s also the time that dreaded leaflet drops through your door, telling you to book your smear test. No-one really likes going to the doctors, but when it’s to have a clamp shoved up your hoo-ha and cells scraped off, it’s even less appealing.…

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Photography: Cherry Blossom

These photos are from the day our new cat, Toast, took her first steps outside into our garden since we brought her home. The weather was just gorgeous; the sun going down casts this beautiful orange haze over our garden on an evening and it made our cherry blossom tree that had freshly bloomed all the more striking. I couldn’t resist getting some snaps – I’ve turned into that person who is obsessed with their…

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Everything You Wanted (And More)

The release of Avengers: Infinity War has raised a lot of questions. Can a film successfully balance this many characters and still function as one cohesive movie? Can Thanos really be a villain worth the attention of all the Avengers combined? Can the film tackle Marvel’s issues with the third act and the lack of stakes? And, most importantly – can it live up to the hype? Turns out that the answer to all of…

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Poetry: Drive Through

I recently became friends with the drive through The sweet anonymity of the thing I crave, passed through the small translucent square No need for self consciousness, for hunched shoulders and crossed arms Your face is barely recognised at each window The ease of the contactless card Feeding my demons in one foul swipe I pretend to mull over my choice Act like it’s for two Because who are they to know That when I…

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Poetry: FULL

***This poem was written in late 2016/early 2017 (I can’t quite remember!) when I was at the peak of my disordered eating. Things have improved since then, but I thought that sharing this expression of my experiences might help others who’ve been through something similar feel less alone.*** It’s hard to explain the urge to binge Stuffing your face Feeling unhinged Visit the shop, see the mecca of calories Losing your willpower Losing all clarity…

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‘A Quiet Place’ Review: High Concept, High Intensity

It’s Day 89 of we’re-not-sure-what, and the Abbott family are out shopping for supplies. Barefoot, they creep across a shop floor. We don’t know how it happened, we don’t know why it happened; all we know is that they can’t make a sound. As we soon learn, there’s something deadly out there waiting to hunt them down if they do. The family have adjusted to living without noise. They play Monopoly with pom poms, eat…

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