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In Defense of Unpaid Internships

Isabel Maguire | Posted 16.04.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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.

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?

A Reading List for Durham University's Anti Feminists

Ellie Slee | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Slee

This week, Durham University's independent student newspaper, Palatinate, published an article written by a woman dismissing feminism as outdated. Direct quote: 'The UK doesn't need feminism any more'. Actually, the UK needs feminism like you need to read up.

Why Beyoncé Is My Queen B

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laura Jane Williams

'Beyoncé released a new album. It dropped overnight.' Silence. We both let the words sink in... For a Beyoncé fan, aka almost all human beings with the ability to bump and grind, those words stop time, and as my housemate and I stood in our kitchen - her, dripping wet, me, purple from yelling - we listened to and then watched each track.

Feminism Isn't Enough, We Need Communication

Andy McCarthy | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andy McCarthy

Whenever I am coerced into a discussion about gender equality, the same points always seem to be regurgitated: "Why do you hate men? Women already have equality. Are you gay or something?" Well, yes actually, but that's beside the point. Although while we're on the subject, why is it so shocking to come out as a feminist anyway?

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Emily Hoyle | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Hoyle

The constant bombardment of messages that disapprove female sexuality and jubilate male sexuality creates confusion about what sex and sexuality really mean. As author of 'The Lolita Effect' M G Durham, wrote "I despise the social double standards that celebrate boys' 'studliness' and condemn girls' desires."

In Defence of ELLE Magazine and the Rebranding of Feminism

Hannah Ewens | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Hannah Ewens

When ELLE magazine launched their "Rebranding Feminism" project last month, there was an uproar among the feminist community.

Feminists, Put Your Tops Back on - Men, Listen Up!

Alastair Sloan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

Last week, a post on the subversive "ChinaSmack" caught my eye with a headline "Beijing Student asks "What My Vagina Says" About Feminism." Her pho...

My Bush Isn't In Style, Neither's Yours

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

Last weekend, I was hoping to see my Bush in bright lights (in the pages of The Sunday Times' Style section) but my muff didn't make it. Neither in fact, did 92 other Bushes and I'm not happy about that either.

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

Sluts, Sweet Fannies and Giving the Boys an Eyeful

Lana Citron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

My mind is a soup of feminist thoughts what with the present renaissance. Finally, feminism is no longer a dirty word and those rabid ugly women with penis envy no longer front the various movements. Vive la revolution.

Why It's Fine for Romola Garai to Say We Should #LoseTheLadsMags

Polly Courtney | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

Using our sexuality is sometimes the only way for women to build enough of a platform to have something to shout from...

Durham University Choose Real Feminism Over Banning 'Blurred Lines'

Freya Bromley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

Durham University has taken a stance against the seven university students' unions that banned Robin Thicke's chart-topping "Blurred Lines" for allegedly promoting non-consensual sex.

When There's No Page 3, What Next?

Angela Towers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Towers

Perhaps when the largest image of a woman in The Sun is no longer the one where she's showing her breasts for men we will see different women, doing different things.

My Bush, My Choice

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

I thought if he was disgusted, every man in the world was also going to be disgusted. In one second and with one look, my ex honestly made me feel that I'd be judged and alone forever... Then I realised that's what this whole project was about. It's my Bush, My Choice.