Today’s post is an interview of the amazing Fiona Crichton. Fiona started her working life as a lawyer but has recently changed direction and completed a PhD in Health Psychology. Her thesis was on medically unexplained symptoms around wind farms.
Fiona talks about being complacent about women’s position in the world while she was in law school in the 80s and believing that we had achieved everything we had been aiming for. She explains how she now realises that many of the things she thought women had overcome, they in fact haven’t and in fact we have gone back several steps and the dinosaur attitudes about how to talk about women are still there.
Another important point Fiona makes is that because of the internet, it is now possible to only hear views that agree with our own whether they be about politics, the position of women, or maybe health issues, and therefore never need to question our views.
Fiona talks about her research and the power of misinformation. She believes we need to combat this by teaching our children how to think critically about the information they are exposed to.
Your comments or any thoughts you might have about improving how women are treated or depicted are very welcome.
You can read Fiona’s blog, or see her on Twitter – @FiChrichton.