Feminist

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 12: Creating Platforms

Elena Guthrie | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

When we decided to create a feminist podcast, we knew that the world didn't need to hear from more voices like ours. We are two white women with many other privileges that are important to recognise. The things we take issue with are small parts of a larger problem.

12 Issues All Feminists Have When Dating Men

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Trying to channel Beyoncé and be a female boss 24/7 becomes just that bit harder when it comes to dating men. It can be hard to reconcile your femini...

Why Do You Object To Breastfeeding In Public?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

Before formula, there was breast milk.  Before bottles there was breasts.  The human race has lasted this long because we are physically able to nurture our young using our bodies.  That's incredible.  Women's bodies are genuinely incredible.  We can grow these humans and feed them with nothing except what our bodies naturally do and that is truly remarkable.

Kicking the Kyriarchy Episode 11: Clothing

Elena Guthrie | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Style
Elena Guthrie

We are used to clothing defining us. You only have to pick up most mainstream magazines to be told that the brand, the fabric, the cut of the clothing and how you wear it make an instant impression.

Who Let The Dads Out? The Annoying Thing About Equality

Celine Bell | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Honestly, I'm sick of it. The praise heaped on my husband for being such a super dad. When did he use his vagina to bring life to the world? When did he scoop baby puke out of his cleavage? Does he know where the kids' swimming stuff is? Or the details of their vaccination schedule?

Why Do Women 'Jump On The Bandwagon' Of Abuse Accusations?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK
J.J. Barnes

The women who stand up and make it known are the bravest of us all.  Braver than me.  If I stood up I am almost certain others would follow yet I am paralysed by fear.  I have seen the condemnation, the scrutiny, the abuse these brave women are met with and I am too frightened to face it myself.  His word against mine, and I know how many voices will shout from his side about how abused he is by my speaking out.  And I am afraid.  Those women who face that, who lead the way, they are the bravest of us all.

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 10: Trans

Elena Guthrie | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

"... So, how do you have sex?" Inappropriate, right? Being a Brit, there are few things we are more prude-ish about than discussing our sex lives, and yet, this is a question that many people think is okay to ask trans people. Why? It's probably got something to do with society seeing trans identities as a novelty, and therefore not legitimate

When Online Authority Is Exploited

J.J. Barnes | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
J.J. Barnes

If you cannot handle a woman being seen in public because it hurts your feelings to see her happy, remove yourself, it is absolutely not her duty to hide herself away. She owes you nothing.

Empowerment Doesn't Just Come From A Power Suit

Bronte Huskinson | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bronte Huskinson

Women are incredible. That's just a fact. We are making advancements towards equality every day but sometimes I can't help but feel that society takes several steps backward. Take Emma Watson, for example, a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. An inspiring woman who, in my opinion, has done so much for feminism. But as soon as a picture of her in Vanity Fair showing part of her breasts, (yes, we actually have them under our clothes!) she got accused of not being a feminist. Because you can't be a feminist and show off your chest, apparently.

The World Needs Angry Mothers

J.J. Barnes | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

all women everywhere Now I'm not just an angry woman, I'm an angry mother and an angry feminist, and I have to assume that anyone who isn't angry simply doesn't know the truth, because how can anybody good, anybody who cares about other people, not be angry?

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

Zobia Shahid | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zobia Shahid

all women everywhere I am not an assortment of labels, or boxes, or tags. The stereotypes that you attach to me, consciously or subconsciously, the person you assume me to be simply upon seeing me, is more reflective of who you are, than who I am.

Love Your Curves?

Gemma Commane | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Style
Gemma Commane

The models were not duped or forced to be depicted as skinny, nor are young women mindless consumers. We can and should express concern for things we see in the media or consumer culture, but if we look at how women's bodies are always up for public scrutiny, then what does that say about culture, about patriarchy, about privilege?

We're Not Groupies! - It's Time To Take Women In Music Seriously

Tracey Wise | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Tracey Wise

The Safe Gigs for Women team emerged from December, very tired, disheveled but feeling positive after four weeks working around the country, speaking ...

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 09: Relationships

Elena Guthrie | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

Did things end well? Or not so well, and you explain the animosity by declaring that they were 'out of their mind', 'crazy' or 'unhinged'? This kind of language is harmful and enormously disrespectful of people with mental health problems, so we wouldn't normally use it - but here it's important to use those labels.

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?

Why Men Use 'Daddy Issues' To Assassinate Our Characters

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

What does 'daddy issues' mean? It goes back to Freudian phycology which states that our parents are a pivotal influence in our lives. According to Sigmund Freud, we chose partners that resemble our parents because they are the very first interaction we had in the world with the opposing sex.

Playboy Reversing Nudity Ban Because 'Naked Is Normal' Is Hijacking The Feminist Message

Katie Gatens | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Gatens

Woah there - what happened? Cooper Hefner, son of Hugh and chief creative officer (since last October, after the ban was implemented) has decided he respects women so much, he wants to put naked women back in Playboy to celebrate the female body.

Am I A Feminist?

Sophie Farrow | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Farrow

Do I burn my bras? Nah! Do I go out walking the streets for equal pay for men and women in the work place? Nope! But not through not wanting to, from life swallowing me up. But do I have a voice when I am standing up for what I believe in? Hell, yes, I do!

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 08: Mental Health

Elena Guthrie | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

We all have mental health and keeping well is a challenge. Many of the people closest to us have battles with theirs that we could never even imagine, but being an ally when we are able to, can help stop those feelings of darkness in others. We are so often much stronger than we think we are.

We Must Educate Our Children On Why We March

Helen Bryce | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

This got me thinking. Perhaps this sounds radical, but how much feminism do we teach in schools? How much support and guidance is given to teachers on managing unconscious bias and teaching gender equality?

The Badass Woman's Manifesto

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

They say the best way to get to know someone is to find out about their weaknesses. Declare your flaws, own them. Accept yourself in all your grandeur. We have given birth to the earth. Your strength is a tower compared to your weaknesses, so stand tall. You are indestructible and there is nothing that you cannot recover from.

Goodbye Princess Leia, Original Badass And Feminist Icon

Jay McCarthy | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jay McCarthy

The loss of Carrie Fisher, aged just 60, is a seminal moment in history for those of us who grew up with her Star Wars alter-ego. For me, as a little girl in the seventies, she was part of the holy trinity of badass female icons: Princess Leia, Wonder Woman and Miss Piggy.

Whistle While You Work? The Changing Portrayals Of Working Women In Disney

Professor Mark Learmonth | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Professor Mark Learmonth

From Snow White washing the dishes to a bunny rabbit police officer in Zootopia, Disney's films and animations have portrayed many memorable working f...

How Twitter Has Made Me A Half Decent Feminist

Ben Moore | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Tech
Ben Moore

I don't think I was ever not basically a feminist. The femands (that was a genuine typo but I'm keeping it in) have never seemed unreasonable to me. I do think the extent to which I felt involved and the degree to which I appreciated the problem have both changed for the better this year, and these changes have much to do with twitter.

One Dress

Lucy Tammam | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Style
Lucy Tammam

How much power does one dress have? Image credit Justin Lambert The dress - a symbol of woman - oppression, femininity, frivolity.   In reality...