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Reclaiming the F Word: In Defence of Feminism

Rachel Thompson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

Feminism is getting a rebrand, and we are all brand consultants. By reclaiming the F word, we are active participants in the future of gender equality. By changing perceptions of the word, we encourage more people to become feminists and we move further towards achieving true equality.

Cosmo's Lesbian Sex Positions: The Sad Silence Which Followed

Ellie Holland | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Holland

The sex positions are drawn as cartoons. It's worth pointing out that the pictures which feature alongside many of Cosmo's sex tips for straight couples are of real-life people. The fact they've used cartoons to illustrate these "mind-blowing" lesbian sex positions is cringe-worthy, creepy and actually quite offensive.

We Need to Stop Thinking of Women in Terms of Body Parts

Pennie Varvarides | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pennie Varvarides

I tend to get one of two responses when I mention wanting bigger muscles: a) 'I don't like girls with muscles' or b) 'but you'll look like a man'. The first comment suggests that my body exists solely for the viewing pleasure of that person, the second: that women are supposed to conform to certain socially constructed ideals...

Youth Power: The Film Premiere with a Difference. #SwingTheVote

Rae Mullins | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Rae Mullins

A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.

Caitlin Moran - Calling Time on Booze Humor

Veronica Valli | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Valli

Caitlin Moran and I are from the generation that normalised binge drinking and now women are paying the price. We bought a lie and now it's time to get honest.

How Can You Tell If You're a Feminist?

Lydia Smith | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lydia Smith

Do you think men and women should be equal? If you answered yes, then congratulations - you are a feminist! If you answered no, then get out - you don't have an opinion here. The feminist movement doesn't need you, it's already doing a pretty good job of tackling female disadvantage without pandering to reluctant allies.

Why Beyoncé's Rosie the Riveter Instagram Pic Rocks

Lowenna Waters | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lowenna Waters

With hair flowing beneath the signature red and white polka dot headscarf, chin raised and facial expression confident; she lifts her rolled up denim jumpsuit to reveal one very nicely toned and bulging bicep. On her left hand, her golden wedding ring shines.

Being a Feminist Isn't Hard

Lea Emery | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lea Emery

We don't need feminist guides to things, we don't need feminist handbooks. Because feminism isn't confusing. It's assuming that all people, regardless of gender, are equal and believing they should be treated equally. That it. Being a feminist isn't hard.

An Exclusive Interview With 'The Body Confidence Revolution's' Leyah Shanks

Marie Southard Ospina | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marie Southard Ospina

I remember the first time I visited The Body Confidence Revolution (TBCR) - the Tumblr blog founded and run by Leyah Shanks, UK-based body image campaigner. It was not your standard fashion or body-pos site. It was something different.

Confessions of a Feminist Beyoncé Fan

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

No one is perfect, not even feminists. Yes, she should be held to account for these mistakes, but does this devalue the rest of her feminist actions? I don't think so. Germaine Greer has made some downright offensive comments about transgender people and FGM, but that doesn't make The Female Eunuch irrelevant.

Bring Your She-Pee If You're A Woman Visiting The England Training Camp

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Someone needs to explain how plumbing (both literally and figuratively) works differently for men and women to the organisers of the Brazil World Cup,...

Here's What Bell Hooks Got Wrong About Beyoncé Being an Anti-Feminist Terrorist

Lauren Davidson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lauren Davidson

It's not a brand of feminism that speaks to or works for everyone, but Beyoncé's form of feminist liberation is to be a strong, sexual woman -- and to be utterly confident in it.

How Being a Mother to Two Daughters Stirs the Feminist in Me

Jane Sarluis | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Sarluis

Feminism is a complex concept, and the lot of a parent is a guilty one. While I hope my daughters will never feel cheated of success because of their sex, I also hope they will embrace the sisterhood and wear their pinnies with pride - over their work clothes.

An Open Letter to Lily Allen

Isabel Maguire | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Isabel Maguire

Thank you for representing the ideal role model for young women; a strong female who doesn't insist on jutting out her collar bones at every photo opportunity. You say what you think without any qualms and you're able to make fun of yourself.

In Defense of Unpaid Internships

Isabel Maguire | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel Maguire

We hear the stories of many fellow comrades who have fallen foul to that 'vampiric' institution of unpaid internships which appears to sap the elixir of life from aspirational go-getters. These people have watched The Devil Wears Prada one time too many. There's a whole corner of the internet dedicated to sharing these exaggerated cosmopolitan horror stories.

Accepting My Husband's 'Maleness'

Joanne Toner | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Toner

As an educated woman, I was fervent on being a success, earning my own money, whilst maintaining a good level of health, fitness, an active social life and when the time was right - we'd decide when to start a family, where we would both play an equal role as co-parents. I realise now that this was an unrealistic expectation.

#Nominations; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly?

Kat Hind | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Kat Hind

It seems that the millennial generation has become not only social media generation but also the generation of viral online nominating. The hashtag, bold typed nominations are not an unusual sight anymore on Facebook and Twitter as it takes the place of the nineties babies' chain letter.

Zzyz, facebook body builders, and what they could learn from... feminists

Liam Deacon | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Facebook body builders are not only victims of similar forms of pressure traditionally associated with women, but they have in fact begun to shift the boundaries of what is considered masculine...

Interview: Trista Hendren, Feminist Activist and Author, on Her New Book 'Mother Earth'

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

Trista Hendren is a feminist activist who co-founded Rapebook, a Facebook page set up to campaign against rape humor and other abusive content on Facebook.

Women Who Don't Get Women Who Eat on Tubes

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

Ladies, I'm a feminist and I will actively fight our cause till my boobs hit the floor and I breathe my last breath through my Chanel lipstick but oh my goodness am I embarrassed by your behaviour lately.

We Need to Change Our Words to Change Our Worlds, Feminists

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

Feminism and the celebration of women as part of a team so that everyone can live better isn't about making huge changes with sweeping manifestos and declarations of WOMAN. Feminism - uniting the genders in equality - can be as simple as using language to find a voice...

Book Review: Tamarind Mem

Sumeet Grover | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

Tamarind Mem, a Canadian bestseller novel from 1997, written by Indian-born is an infectious and unforgettable story of an extensively engaged childhood, family, identity, culture and its inherent oppression of women, narrated through genius storytelling.

'Woman-Friendly' Porn Is Pretty Hard to Come Across

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

Having spent most of my formative years getting riled up over the fact that my ovaries reduce my pay packet in comparison to my male peers, it's hard to get turned on watching something which is grounded in the idea that women exist for the sexual gratification of men. However, as much as I'd like to claim that I selflessly stopped watching porn because I'm a committed feminist, that's not strictly true.

Fifty Shades of Liberation?

Sonia Hendy-Isaac | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sonia Hendy-Isaac

The eruption of 'mommy porn' typified in E.L James' 50 Shades series has been argued by some as a marker for female sexual empowerment. I will agree that it has enlightened a change in coffee table conversation, in a similar way to the emergence of Ann Summers' parties; but here's the rub - the series isn't actually representative of BDSM or female empowerment - it's simply about male possession.

Sexism and the Ryanair Cabin Crew Calendar 2014

Tish Weinstock | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tish Weinstock

Ryanair, that of the cheap flights, zero legroom and zero tolerance of fat people, is the world's most hated airline. Popularly seen as the villain of the skies, Ryanair has been pissing people off for the last twenty plus years: with all its hidden levies, taxes and charges, Europe's ''only ultra-low cost carrier'' isn't actually selling low cost flights.