Feminist

I'm A Feminist But Here's Why I Don't Agree With the New #NoThighGap Movement

Ellen Nguyen | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Nguyen

Don't get me wrong. I do understand this movement is well-intended and I love the positive message but here's why I don't agree with it: It's not well-thought and rather insensitive. Especially the hashtag #NoThighGap.

Is Chivalry Incompatible With Feminism?

Amelia Amin | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amelia Amin

Is it fair that men still have to abide by the age-old practice of demonstrating their commitment, and self-worth, through picking up the bill on a first date? Surely this dated etiquette is just sexism of the highest order.

The Day I Met Caitlin Moran

Sarah Powell | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Powell

There was only one thing to do: shout all my questions at Caitlin like a madwoman and hope that she would save me. Save me and like me.

My Lingerie Is Feminist Because a Feminist Is Wearing It

Lea Emery | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Lea Emery

Neon Moon's body-positive, un-photoshopped ads are great. I love them. But we need to stop throwing around the word 'feminist' as some sort of watered-down synonym for 'good-for-women-in-some-way-ish'. And we really need to think before slap it on products.

Terry Crews Has Some Perfect Advice For Men Who Aren't Feminists

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Terry Crews has spoken out against "hyper-masculinity", offering men a piece of advice if they want to be feminists: you hav...

Challenging the F-word: Don't Ask For Permission to be Equal

Torie Chilcott | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Torie Chilcott

For the next generation of millennials, calling yourself a feminist is just not enough to push change forward, it's about how we effect change. We need to woman up, take the lead from Sheryl Sandberg and actively lean in in the workplace and find our voice.

It's Not About India's Daughter - It's About India's Sons

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Laxmi Hariharan

Has my birth country become such a merciless society where most men don't acknowledge the existence of women, or if they do its only as an object to be bullied, groped, raped, beaten, tortured and killed?

A Letter to My 18 Month Old on Women's Day

Zubin Madon | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Zubin Madon

Do not shackle yourself to gender centric paradigms of a hypocritical society; do not scuttle your dreams for ascendancy of your "natural role" (for want of a better euphemism) as a mother or a wife.

Feminism 101: A Guide to Women's Rights for Dudes

Pascale Day | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Pascale Day

International Women's Day is my favourite day of the year, because it's a special occasion where we get to celebrate how fucking cool it is to be a woman. I personally do this everyday in my head anyway; a mini-me dancing ethereally within the confines of my mind to a Beyonce mixtape.

No, You Don't Get to Decide What Offends Who

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

It seems we live in a climate where those being oppressed cannot even decide what amounts to oppression against them. We must wait to be told by someone from the oppressing class. That is convenient for the oppressing class, but an odd concept otherwise.

Why Are There More Religious Women Than There Are Religious Men?

George P. Simmonds | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
George P. Simmonds

A recent poll undertaken by Professor David Voas has exposed a rather formidable gender gap in Britain's approach to religion. When asked their opinion on God, only 34% of women responded with atheist or agnostic claims, a figure dwarfed by the 54% of men who agreed with them.

'Leaning In' or the New Feminist Tsunami

Dr Sam Collins | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sam Collins

The Global Gender Gap Report ranks Britain 26th, its lowest overall score for equality since 2008; with the U.S. not much further ahead at 20th... Where is the gender leadership from these so-called leaders of the free world?

Feminism and Pubic Hair: Don't Purge the Verge

George P. Simmonds | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
George P. Simmonds

I'd like to see women wear their fur like a medal of honour, a dark and tangled mess that symbolises the years she's had and the experiences she got out of them. Womanhood is glorious, it's natural, and it's very hairy.

Lena Dunham Is Not a Molester, Just the Product of 'The Culture of Share'

Claire Lim | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Claire Lim

Let's get real here. I'm not a fan of Lena Dunham but she's not a child molester. Children explore their bodies and sexuality at different ages and Lena shouldn't be criticized for this. It's clear her sister isn't bothered by these accusations either.

Football Culture Trivialises Sexual Violence

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

It is far too easy to become desensitised to the pain and suffering caused by men like Chedwyn Evans, as their victims are not the ones we see on the football pitch every week. If a positive attitude towards gender equality is ever to be achieved, it is imperative that bodies like the FA impose tougher penalties on those who commit such serious offences.

When Did Feminism Become Weird?

Kat Lister | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Lister

I find Gwyneth Paltrow's goop website a bit weird or Donny Osmond's wig on last weeks Strictly Come Dancing, but feminism itself? If indeed there is something unnatural or unearthly about this so-called 'crossroads' we hashtag-feminists are tweeting at, is it right to finger-blame an entire movement? I'm not sure that it is, really.

Performers in Paris, Upstaged by a Niqab

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Intolerance breeds intolerance and laws that allow bigotry and racism as though they were a part and parcel of society are exactly the thing that encourages such attitudes. When we look at injustices far and wide it's so easy to express distaste but we must look closer to home and deal with the injustices and attitudes that are being imposed.

My Feminism Awakening

Emily Oakden | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Oakden

I would never have before said that I was a feminist, but I now realise that being a feminist isn't how it is culturally phrased- that you hate men. Thanks to Emma Watson and her intelligent and insightful words I've had a feminism awakening, hopefully alongside many others, female AND male.

Celebrities Have Turned Feminism Into Just Another Brand

Claire Lim | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claire Lim

Annie Lennox has branded Beyoncé as 'feminist lite'. Speaking to PrideSource, she wasn't disparaging of Beyoncé as an artist but described her feminist stance, as 'tokenistic' and I have to say, I completely agree. Feminism is an important movement but modern feminism feels completely confused.

I Am Not an Inadvertent Feminist

Mike Niles | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Niles

It is unfair to blame any stigma around the feminist movement solely on the media representation of an archetypal feminist. I don't believe a true feminist hates men - they simply aspire to live life on a level playing field. Women should have equal pay. Men should have their parental value equally compensated. Equality gaps exist for both sexes ergo both sexes have a motivation to achieve parity.

Reclaiming the F Word: In Defence of Feminism

Rachel Thompson | Posted 22.11.2014 | 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 21.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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.