Everyday Sexism

Why We Should Stop Telling Women to Smile

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

Putting on a fake smile doesn't benefit me, and therefore the benefit is purely for the seemingly well-meaning smile requester. They are telling you to smile so that they have something prettier to look at whilst they go about their day. It's not about making the woman feel happier at all. So, if putting on a fake smile is purely to make me look more attractive, why should I?

Everyday Sexism: Complacency Won't Serve Feminism

Nicole Davis | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicole Davis

It appears to be a somewhat common belief that political or ideological movements have an endpoint. As if they factor onto a chronological timeline wherein the goals of said movement will eventually be achieved and we can all pat ourselves on the back, wipe our hands of it and look for something else to invest in.

WATCH: If Girls Hit On Guys Like Guys Hit On Girls

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Comedy

At the gym... in the street... Nowhere is safe for men in this great little video from BuzzFeed. ...

Women's Hour Power List Doesn't Have A Single Politician On It

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

Perhaps tellingly, on the day the number of women in the cabinet dropped to a paltry three, not a single female politician of any colour made it on to...

Why Is Workplace Sexism So Prevalent?

Rosie Tallant | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

This blatant discrepancy between how we think people should be treated at work and how many women are actually treated at work makes workplace sexism one of the easiest forms to spot.

#AmazingFeminists: Let's Celebrate Fabulous Feminists

Louise Pennington | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

I want to celebrate the amazing feminists who continue to fight in incredibly creative manners for women's specialist services with dwindling budgets due to the government's slashing of funding. The fact that we still have rape crisis centres, refuges and a recognition that women deserve equal treatment under the law (even if this doesn't occur in practise) is a testament to feminist activism.

The 10-Year-Old Blogger Taking On Sexism In School

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A campaigning 10-year-old has had her blog about sexism in her school go viral, after she complained about her girl classmates comparing their weights...

An Open Letter to the Editor of The Sun, David Dinsmore, Regarding Page 3

Emily Robb | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Robb

Dear Mr. Dinsmore, Am I being naïve to suppose that you will read this letter or that it will matter at all to you? Probably. Considering that 135,708 people have signed a petition asking you to do away with the daily degradation in your newspaper that is Page 3 and still you have not responded, I very much doubt that this one letter will make you change your mind. But I'm going to try.

What to Say Whenever 'Feminism' Is Blamed for Something Totally Absurd

Mia Freedman | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Freedman

Having an interest in women and the issues that affect them has nothing to do with being against anyone, let alone men. Feminism is not unlike civil rights. When black people got the vote, white people did not lose the vote. It simply meant EVERYONE could vote. Same with feminism. Equality is not a finite resource.

Gendered Marketing Perpetuates Stereotypes, Constrains Minds and Limits Our Children's Potential

Chi Onwurah | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

Before entering Parliament I spent two decades working as a professional electrical engineer across three continents. Regardless of the geographic location or the size of the company it was always a predominately or all male environment. But it is only when I walk into a toy store that I feel I am really experiencing gender segregation. At some point over the last three decades the toy industry decided that parents and children could not be trusted to choose to what to buy without colour coded gender labelling.

Think of It This Way...

James Conmy | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
James Conmy

I shift uncomfortably away from him, he appears to be aroused. From my vantage point alongside I can see the image of the girl better than I can see this guy's face but, I would guess that he is perhaps 40 years older than the girl in the picture. She looks like a fresh faced teenager, she could be his daughter. She could be his grand-daughter.

Gender Equality in 2014

Beth Rowland | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Rowland

As I write this, Russell Brand has just tweeted a picture of himself with a 'No More Page Three' T-shirt: men are starting, slowly, to take note of the problem of gender inequality, and possibly a sexism-free future isn't completely fantastical.

Feminism Is For Men Too

Jack Fletcher | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Feminism is about gender equality, with a focus on trying to reduce the social disparity that women are subject to when compared to men. Shock horror! Women can be as successful and able as men... who would have thought?

Honduras: One of the Most Dangerous Places to Be a Woman

Paloma Faith | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paloma Faith

My mum always taught me that as women we need to fight for our rights and I have personally had to argue and battle against injustices big and small on an obscenely regular basis... But my everyday sexism, my healthy angry passion for equality, was shaken up beyond belief when a few months ago I visited Honduras.

'You Know What 4-3-3 Means, Don't You?' PSG Coach Accused Of Sexism

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Sport

Laurent Blanc, the Paris Saint-Germain coach, is at the centre of a sexism row after he mocked Swedish journalist Johanna Franden. Aftonbladet repo...

Young Women Have Never Had It So Good - So Why Do We Tell Them Life Will Be Hard and Horrible?

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

What we can see in this study showing that more and more young women feel vulnerable, fearful and harassed is the tragic victory of Victim Feminism, of a feminism whose main aim seems to be to convince young women that life is hard, abuse is rife, words can harm, and being a woman is a really dangerous occupation.

Stand Up To Sexism Gala

Tiff Stevenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Tiff Stevenson

Here is a little speech I did at the Everyday Day Sexism Gala about this time last year. I promise there was laughter for 30 mins beforehand. I have ...

My Decision to Become a Certified Feminist

Emily Hoyle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Hoyle

I cannot pinpoint the moment I identified myself as a feminist or the exact moments that encouraged me to become one. Perhaps it was when I was a teenager and my boyfriend's fath er at the time was shocked at the fact I was a female who was unable to cook, or whether it was when a man masturbated in my direction on public transport

A Response to a Response: Feminism

Imogen Beecroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Beecroft

I am still lucky enough not to have the same experiences that many women do: I have not been raped, or abused, or rejected from a job in case I do decide to go and reproduce one day (shock horror). But I do see, on a daily basis, a shocking amount of misogyny.

LOOK: UN's Powerful New Ads Use Google To Prove Reality Of Sexism

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Tech

A new advertising campaign by UN Women has used Google to make its argument. The campaign is designed to highlight the massive gender inequalities ...

I Know You DON'T Want It - The Ban on 'Blurred Lines' and Why Other Universities Should Do the Same

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

It is Blurred Lines' connotations with misogyny and sexual violence that have prompted the university boycotts. Social media is now rife with shouts of "censorship is not the solution" and "it's just a song" but I for one would absolutely support my university in banning it, and strongly urge them to do so.

Congratulations, First Great Western, You Just Lost A Regular Customer

Bidisha | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK
Bidisha

"Welcome to this 13:30 First Great Western service from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington, arriving at London Paddington at 15:14. The quiet c...

Online Feminism: Is It Really Helping?

Rebecca Winson | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Winson

If bashing equality-seeking movements is your thing, you'll already be down with the failings of feminism. Exclusionary, ineffective and irrelevant, we're a middle class movement which bolted the drawing-room doors against the masses as suffragettes, and has continued to alienate everybody with a load of intellectual blah-blah ever since.

Dear David... An Open Letter to the Editor of the Sun

Laura Bates | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bates

"I once worked in a company where I was the only female on a floor of men. They would look me up and down, laughing. They would bring in The Sun, put it on my desk open at Page 3 and ask if I looked like the topless woman pictured."

David Dinsmore, You're Selling Papers but You're Selling Women Short

Jo Cheetham | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Cheetham

Do the maths, David. You are selling papers, but you are selling women short. Your newspaper churns out an endless stream of words and images that reduce women to a series of trussed-up body parts, printed on the page for men to mock or to masturbate over, before throwing them away.