Am I Even A Woman Anymore?

Carly Crawford | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Parents
Carly Crawford

Last month I had to go and get my fingerprints taken. Unfortunately, the machine was struggling to read my prints. Apparently, this is quite common and the lady operating it suggested I put some hand-cream on as this makes it easier for the machine to scan the prints, as she gestured to my oversized handbag, fully expecting me to whip some out!

Why I'm Sick Of Your 'Male Privilege' Argument

Owl | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

I was continuously put down for being very effeminate and gender non conforming for the most part. It is only in the last few years that my gender expression conforms in certain ways. Claiming that trans women have not faced misogyny for most part of their lives is simply a generalisation that is not realistic to make.

Body Shaming Vs Censorship: The Problem With Protein World's Khloe Kardashian Advert

Anna Tippett | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

However, should we as a society be concerned about the implications of this? Do such adverts really contribute to a culture of body shaming which places unrealistic expectations on young women and girls? And, if such adverts are to be removed or censored, where do we draw the line?

Is Olympic Nudity a Feminist Victory?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

With women making up 45% of all competitors and a record high of 47.5% of events open to female athletes, this year's Olympic Games in Rio is closer t...

Who Run the World? Girls!

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I believe that as women we should give Theresa May an opportunity to prove she is what this country needs. Still, a second female Prime Minister should excite us. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we're on our way there. Surely each small step we take towards progress is a step worth celebrating.

Rejecting the Social Constructs of Masculinity and Femininity

Jojo Furnival | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to some guy on Radio 2 expressing his point of view on masculinity and the topic of men crying. Real men don't cry, he said. "There are plenty of things that bring a lump to my throat, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start blubbing like a little girl." Wow.

Why Coaching Is About Becoming the Very Best Version of Yourself

Magdalena Glistak | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Magdalena Glistak

After a few years of coaching and helping hundreds of individuals, I want to share my insights into what coaching is for me and why I believe it can help you become the very best version of yourself.

Blogger Shaves Head For Cancer Awareness To Prove That Bald Is Beautiful

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A positive body image campaigner has shaved her head in the name of cancer awareness. Leyah Shanks, 22, hopes to challenge the stereotypes surround...

'Evita': Femininity, Branding, and Soft Power

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Almost a century ago, a dark and skinny girl of illegitimate birth dreamed about becoming an actress in her country's capital, Buenos Aires. Her name was María Eva Duarte (later "Eva Perón"). Not only did Eva Perón realize this childhood dream by achieving nationwide fame as a successful actress in her early youth, she also dramatically turned into a major player on the world's stage as the First Lady of Argentina.

This Lady Doesn't Recommend Hiking In A Corset

Barcroft Media | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most women dream of an hourglass figure – but for Kelly Lee Dekay sculpting her waist has become an obsession. Inspired by her favorite comic boo...

How to Build a Supportive Feminine Tribe in the Workplace

Magdalena Glistak | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Magdalena Glistak

There is so much we women can offer, we have gifts deeply hidden in ourselves and they just need our willingness to open up to them.

Bringing Out the Feminine Side - It's Not Just About a Women's Wardrobe!

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicci Roscoe

Wearing a fabulous dress, having a stunning hair-do and make-up to show off our womanly attributes is part of our creative feminine energy. I wouldn't have it any other way!

Why Burlesque Is Empowering, Not Demeaning, to Women

Zoe Charles | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Zoe Charles

Women usually take burlesque classes for one of three reasons: they want to feel cheeky and have fun, they want to improve their body confidence and how they feel about themselves, or they want to become a professional burlesque performer. When asked about their experience of learning and performing burlesque the majority of our students will use the word 'empowering' in their answer.

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Christmas the Feminine Way - Part Two

Claire Brummell | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

The four Rs - Rest, Relax, Recharge and Reward! When time gets short, us ladies sometimes decide that to create more of it we will simply stay up later, get up earlier or worse...both!

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Christmas the Feminine Way - Part One

Claire Brummell | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

We know that we women have a tendency to take on a little too much and Christmas often throws another dozen balls into our over-capacity juggling act! So the question is, how do we not just survive the Christmas season...but actually ensure that we ENJOY it?

The Reality of Masculine Masks

Claire Brummell | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

We all know that drag is most commonly associated with describing a man in women's clothing (before I get corrected here, yes I know that it is used the other way around too), but the real drag is a woman who is feminine on the inside and yet putting on a masculine mask.

So What's So Important About Femininity Anyway?

Claire Brummell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

As important as our heels and handbags are (I worship at the altars of Blahnik and Choo whenever I can)...our obsession with gaining 'equality' with the boys is costing us...and while we might be aware of the symptoms...we're oblivious to the cause.

What Does 'Beauty' Mean to Me?

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lindsay Pattison

Perhaps a deeper issue is that of the female tendency towards insecurity and a sense of embarrassment about taking time to tend to personal appearances. When otherwise confident women get paid a compliment they often send it right back, rejected. "

Weighing Up the Issue

Helen Chandler | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Chandler

Like many women, my attitude to my weight and body shape is fairly complicated. There are many factors influencing it - health, feminism, the desire to be attractive, the desire to eat cake, whether or not I'm about to meet up with someone I haven't seen for a few years - but really it comes down to a constant tension between two polar opposite ethoses.

Lad Culture Is THE Culture

Lauren Hossack | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Hossack

Let's talk about lads. Specifically, lad culture. Call it what you like, dismiss it as a joke, but it doesn't hide the fact that it's just plain misogyny and sexism, with stereotypical, age-old notions of masculinity at the core.

Objectifying Women: Why Cameron Diaz Is Wrong

Mary_McGill | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Being objectified is not a compliment. No one ever changed the world because they learned to walk in heels that require a pilot's licence. Jumping up and down to participate in your own objectivation is generally not a good look.

Feminism is Dead, Long Live Femininity

Anne Loyd | Posted 02.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Loyd

I am now one of many women who have their own business, can vote and freely express an opinion. Historically there was a lot to fight for, by why now in 2012 do women in the West still feel the need to fight for the things we want?

Feminism Isn't Dead - It's Just Changing

Louisa Mallejacq Flynn | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Mallejacq Flynn

Clearly, biologically women's bodies have an obvious function: baby-making. Throughout history this baby-making facility of the female anatomy has become entwined with the nurturing of the whole family, and feminists (men and women) fought for a woman's right to have a career, if they so chose to have one.

Body-Hair Backlash: Why Women Need to Pick Their Battles Wisely

Tamsin Crimmens | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Crimmens

Is a debate about the rights and wrongs of hair-removal in danger of alienating a new generation of women who don't relate to the old bra-burning feminist stereotypes?

Why a Woman's Femininity is Her Strength

Belinda Parmar | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Tech
Belinda Parmar

Recently I was lucky enough to talk to Lee Epting, Content Services Director at Vodafone. But how has she felt working as a woman in a man's world? Does she feel - like many women I've spoken to - that she has to sacrifice femininity in order to achieve strength in the workplace? At the end of the day, does Lee have to put on a 'man suit' and play by men's rules?