ABOUT

My name is Eve Livingston, and I’m a UK-based freelance journalist specialising in gender, politics and inequalities. At various other times I am/have been: an Edinburgh University social sciences graduate; a student union officer; a feminist activist; an adult woman the height of a 12-year-old child; a Beyonce enthusiast.

I have bylines at The Guardian, The Independent, Red Magazine, Huck Magazine and others. I’ve got a background in broadcast having spent most of my degree in a student radio studio and some time after graduating working in TV/Radio at the BBC. I also have experience in social media, copywriting and editing, so feel free to get in touch about any or all of the above, or if you’d like me to talk about my opinions on TV/radio/panel debates etc.

On this website you’ll find my published writing and clips of broadcast media, as well as a collation of other thoughts and fun things like playlists under the ‘blog’ section. I hope you’ll find something you like here and consider getting in touch if you think there’s any way we can work together, or if you’d just like to say hello. You can contact me easily here. 

Enjoy the site,

Eve x

2 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Nigel Foster says:

    Hi;
    heard you on the J Vine show, got intrigued, read your blog. With genuine respect, aren’t you being a little disingenuous? Inasmuch as the Safe Space policy seems to be less about making people feel safe – and taken to its logical end no-one would say anything – than it is about imposing a specific set of values. As you say, you live in a left-wing bubble. Fine, although a little confining. But not quite as innocent as perhaps you make out. There are the same techniques of ensuring correct-speak and thought as you’d find in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia or Mao’s China. The seemingly innocuous phrases that have a greater significance for the initiated, for the true believer. The standard insults – Tory! is a current one – which demonises not only a person but debases others’ beliefs. Beneath all this the utter conviction that whatever you do or say politically – and it’s all politics – is good because you and your friends are in the right.

    Long ago I called this the Charlie Brown syndrome, after the cartoon character who knew he’d succeed because he was so sincere. But never understood that other people can be just as sincere in their beliefs. That in fact sincerity is not enough and nor is moral outrage.

    Not so long ago many students would have felt threatened by Charles Darwin. In Germany by Karl Marx. Elsewhere by Marie Stopes. Ah, goes a counter argument, but those were also the fears of a repressive establishment, so not valid. Meaning that fear experienced for invalid reasons should not be considered. Obviously you can see where this is going: as it stands, the executive of a Students’ Union effectively gets to decide what is or is not a legitimate subject for discussion – and how it should be discussed. But this is okay because a) they represent the students and b) are sincere.

    There’ll be a counter-revolution, of course. There always is. It would be nice to see someone of your intellect and gifts leading it.

    I enjoyed you blog. Please don’t think I dismiss all your beliefs. Far from it.

  2. evelivingston says:

    Hello! Thanks for listening and commenting – I should say that I wasn’t totally happy with my performance in the interview and I think my blog on the subject sums up my position much better. If you haven’t seen it, it’s here – https://evelivingston.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/freedom-of-speech-not-what-you-think-it-is/

    I do understand what you’re saying and it’s actually something I’ve given a lot of thought to throughout my adult life – I’ve obviously done lots of activism etc but I also studied Sociology and Social Anthropology at uni so I’ve got a real theoretical interest in ideas of belief, inequality, freedom etc. However, I do fundamentally believe that some views and ideas are objectively more harmful than others, and I don’t actually think that’s all that controversial – it’s the basis of the Equality Act and related legislation, for example.

    For me – and I accept that it’s just my view – this whole ‘free speech’ thing comes down to an understanding of how and where power is distributed in society. My blog goes into greater detail on that but essentially I see no platform policies and safe spaces as levelling a playing field which is fundamentally stacked against women, people of colour etc. It reflects the understanding that debate doesn’t happen in a vacuum and that it therefore has different consequences for different people, and it tries to redress that. I basically think it enhances free speech and robust debate because it means people whose perspectives might usually be shouted over or minimised can speak freely and contribute their ideas in the way that dominant groups have been able to do for ages – I don’t think it’d be a wild jump to suggest that the world at large right now is pretty much a safe space for some people (white, middle-class, straight etc) already, and much less safe for those we’re trying to give a voice to with these kinds of tactics. It’s not so much that I want spaces where all ‘my friends’ are saying things I agree with; it’s that I see student unions as important spaces where there’s an opportunity for people who would elsewhere be shouted down or afraid to speak being able to voice their opinions, whether or not I agree with them.

    Hope this makes sense – the post probably says it better and I’ve written this reply in a bit of a rush but happy to discuss it further and will likely write something on this again at some point!

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