Fran Hall
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I recently graduated from the University of Manchester, where I mentored for Debate Mate for two years. Focussing heavily during my degree on political and moral theory, I'm now turning to every day anecdotes to understand current views on feminism. Over the last few years I've also developed a love of travel, becoming a scuba diving enthusiast and being inspired by world cuisine. Now I'm really enjoying my job where I get to work with some fantastic young people on a daily basis.

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We Need to Talk About Consent

(3) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (00:08)

Consent is a word we may think we have an understanding of, given its commonplace and importance in the law. But when it comes to sex and relationships we need to clarify and talk far more openly about it, particularly in schools, to help combat the widespread sexual violence against...

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Why We Must Take a More Joined Up Approach to Tackling Gender Inequality

(1) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (19:36)

Suicide is the biggest killer for men between the ages of 18 and 35 in the UK, according to the Men's Heath Forum. More suicides in this age category occur annually then there are total fatalities from road accidents.

In the UK we also have a culture...

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Some New Year's Resolutions for Women

(24) Comments | Posted 1 January 2013 | (23:00)

Inspired by the letter to Santa from all women, I've taken the liberty of writing a list of New Year's resolutions for women. Because it is tragic to think just how many women will make a resolution list for 2013 that looks something like this:

1) Lose weight

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Why Are We Not Drilling Gender Equality Into UK School Children?

(14) Comments | Posted 17 August 2012 | (00:00)

Observing a group of Nepali secondary school children debate about single sex education a couple of weeks ago was a calming breath of fresh air (instead of sparking the usual rage). Unlike their UK counterparts, whom I've observed arguing this debate countless times (due to the nature of my job...

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Parental Leave And Childcare; Why Can't We Make It Fair For Women And Men?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2012 | (13:07)

Parental Leave And Childcare; Why Can't We Make It Fair For Women And Men?

Child rearing is not a female problem, pregnancy is. We should separate the two to give men and women real fair choices about work and family life.

However sadly in many western nations this is not...

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How Can We Get More Women in the Boardroom?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 June 2012 | (11:04)

Walk into a company boardroom in the UK and you will find members likely to be ageing, white, straight, middle class and, most notably for my arguments here, overwhelmingly male. In fact currently just 16% of board members are female. Look a little closer and you'll discover that only 6%...

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Is the Matriarchal Woman a Regressive or Progressive Figure for Feminism? A Comparison Between the UK and Jamaica

(2) Comments | Posted 29 April 2012 | (12:16)

On a recent trip to Jamaica I was struck by the strong presence of the women there. Mothers and grandmothers in particular appear to be the backbone of society and are held up with great respect. This got me thinking about matriarchy, and the role it has to play within...

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Why We Should Not Trivialise 'First World' Gender Inequality

(1) Comments | Posted 12 March 2012 | (10:01)

Increasingly often I have days where my usual concerns begin to appear trivial. International Women's day last week was one of those days. So called 'first world' female problems, such as VAT on tampons, reforming maternity leave, men still opening doors for women, are put into perspective when across the...

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Why Is There Such Ignorance of Gender Discrimination?

(1) Comments | Posted 24 February 2012 | (15:00)

In my previous post I was opposing being referred to as an angry feminist and the effects this can have on the movement. On the contrary, at least referring to someone as an angry feminist implies some awareness and dialogue with the doctrine. Although we may have our disagreements, with...

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The Vicious Cycle of the Angry Feminist

(1) Comments | Posted 8 February 2012 | (11:42)

I am not the first feminist blogger to write about the 'f' word and the hostile reaction it can receive. I am with Sarah Waters on this one ('Surely the real question should be, not 'Why are you a feminist?' but 'Why aren't you one?') but right now I want...

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Wrongly Wired? Why There Is A Lack Of Women In Computer Science

(4) Comments | Posted 18 January 2012 | (21:06)

A pattern is emerging in my blog posts. What really gets me fired up are ill thought through, blind assertions that men and women are so fundamentally (read biologically) different. There has been recent talk about the UK boosting the computer literacy of the next generation. During such discussions when...

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Women In Sport: Why There Aren't Enough And Why The Media Is To Blame

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2012 | (19:09)

Women in sport (or lack thereof) has been floating on the periphery of news at the moment. I certainly wouldn't be the first to remark about the lack of women on the BBC Sports personality of the year award shortlist, nor the first to be concerned with how little media...

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Men and Women: Big Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2011 | (17:04)

Life in London: it is hectic and brutal yet truly vibrant. On the one hand the diverse population and innovative businesses lead to forward thinking and trend setting. Yet in many ways London clings onto the old and familiar. Views on gender are a paradigm case. I think the most...

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