Gender Equality

We Need to Talk About Sexism at UK Universities

Rachel Thompson | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Thompson

Sexism at UK universities is not just a cluster of isolated incidents, but a real and present issue that students face nationwide. We go to university to learn, to better ourselves, to progress, but we do not expect to be harassed, objectified and subjected to misogyny...

Is Being Vegan Sexist?

Tom Fielder | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Fielder

Animals of both sexes suffer under institutionalized exploitation. However, the female of the species often experiences more prolonged abuse, including an ongoing cycle of forceful artificial insemination (mechanical or manual rape), physical abuse of her mammary glands, and invariably being separated from her young; all of these are emotionally brutal experiences for the female members of any species.

Is Third Wave Feminism a Fleeting Fad?

Charlotte Grainger | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Grainger

When Queen Bey stands in front of a 10ft tall feminist sign (both figurative and literal) then, sure, others will follow. What was once considered a dirty word has now become the height of fashion, but how long will the fad last? Like all fashions I fear that by the end of the year feminism will be out and something else will be in.

Why Chanel's Feminist Protest Is Great News For Gender Equality

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you haven't yet heard about Chanel's Paris Fashion Week grand finale then let us ask you something: WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? On Tuesday, Karl Lagerf...

Rachel Moss

Muslim Women Speak Out About Life Under Honour Culture

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Every day, women around the world are at risk of female genital mutilation, forced marriage and violence, all in the name of "honour". But now, gra...

Engendering Equality in Engineering

Peter Rolton | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

British engineering is facing a serious skills shortage. Yesterday, the think tank IPPR published a report claiming that 'an additional 87,000 graduate level engineers will be needed in the UK each year between now and 2020' in order to meet growing demand, but that 'the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually'. Well as a starter for ten, that maths doesn't look good.

Revisiting Retro: A Case for Women Only Shows

Rose Gibbs | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Gibbs

About a year ago, I decided I should read Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: everyone else had read it, and I thought I should catch up, plus I had enjoyed a profile about her in The New Yorker. As feminist, I felt I should know what other feminists were saying: hopefully I could learn something, find new ways of being a more equal person.

Mumbai Police Will Arrest You If You Take A Selfie Out Of Wedlock

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the UK, we tend not to bat an eyelid if we see a person taking a selfie - but that's certainly not the case in other parts of the world. Police ...

Caitlin Moran On Why We Shouldn't Judge Female Celebrities Until They're 30

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

From Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus to Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, female celebrities have long been put under pressure to pledge their support for "the si...

Google Has a Responsibility to Boost Female Staff Numbers

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Tech
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

There is something to be said for the fact that women to date have had an even greater challenge than men to get their views heard and noticed, despite women's supposed excellent communication skills; So the race is now on as women take up the challenge, and men may have to fight harder to keep their positions.

Erection Neglect: Too Hard To Say No?

A.M.F. Winn | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
A.M.F. Winn

Many women I've spoken to say they've given hand jobs or blow jobs "to be polite". They did not feel that a man owed them the favour back if he had inadvertently made them wet. All of the men I questioned thought the idea of it being rude for a woman to neglect an erection was ridiculous..

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.

Three Newspapers That Completely Missed The Point Of Emma Watson's #HeForShe Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Emma Watson's powerful United Nations speech on feminism rightly earned her a standing ovation - and the ensuing video went viral. So, naturally, t...

The F Word: Emma Watson and the Aftermath

Rae Mullins | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

Emma's set out the direction we need to head in, but in order to genuinely permeate our society's consciousness on the gender issue for good, we need to re-tune our media's frame of reference. Just think how many girls came to know of Emma's addressing the UN via an article dominated by images of her outfit...

Times Of India Make Deepika Padukone 'Cleavage Tweet' Furore Much Worse...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Last week Times of India posted a seriously sexist tweet about Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. Now, as if to add insult to injury, the paper has call...

Are Women Less Competitive Than Men, and What Should We Teach Our Children?

Andrea Mara | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

I see gender differences in attitudes to competitiveness in my own family. My kids running down the stairs, shouting "last one down is a rotten egg" and the would-be rotten egg usually cries. So I discourage the competing, in a bid to avoid the tears. My husband on the other hand actively encourages competition - though usually as a means to an end.

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.

Emma Watson Asks Men To Join The Feminist Fight

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If gender equality is ever going to be achieved, it's not just women that need to fly the flag for feminism, but men too. That was the message deli...

Rachel Moss

How Women In Afghanistan And Egypt Are Using Video To Give Themselves A Voice

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the last month, two incredible short films have found their way onto our radars (and our Twitter feeds) - This is Kabul and Creepers on the Bridge....

Feminism: Believing in the Power of Vaginas Is Not Something to be Ashamed Of

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
June Eric-Udorie

There is something undeniably wrong with people who feel that they're not feminists but they believe in women's rights. Or they're not feminists but they believe in the strength of women. Or they're not feminists but they believe that women shouldn't be treated like crap by men. Or they're not feminists but they want to feel like their voice matters.

Facebook Censors Women's Voices

Mia Hansson | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Tech
Mia Hansson

Are we not to think that breasts are natural and beautiful even when they are not being used by others? Are pictures of two-millimetre breasts "malicious" and "unsafe", as the automatised messages say? Or is it simply that reality is judged as unsafe by people habituated to porn?

Girls: A New Political Force in the UK and Abroad

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Thousands of girls - represented by Girlguiding - have entered the political fray, many for the first time. In Girls Matter, they make eight demands of politicians to put girls' interests at the heart of what they do across government. As an act of collective lobbying by a group of young women, it is unprecedented.

Feminism Is About Gender Equality, So What About Men's Rights?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Women's lack of equality in so many crucial areas does eclipse many of the issues that men can feel unequal about. Yet, these opinions are often used in comments in feminism discussions/articles/blogs to belittle the progress and aim of feminism as a movement, but they need to be taken into context with the wider issues of gender equality.

Why Women Are Still Unhappier at Work Than Men

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

While this could simply reflect the fact that women may be more open to discussing their emotions, the charity has a different - and more worrying - view, that women are unhappy at work because of self-imposed pressure.

On Women and Getting Taken Seriously in the Workplace

Marina Gask | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Why can't excellent women progress in their careers in proportion to their talent? Every day, it seems, a new factor is blamed. We're too apologetic and indecisive. Or self-deprecating and cute. We lack confidence in the company of alpha males. We can't crack the 'boys club' mentality in the boardroom. Some of us over-compensate and play it super-tough or 'bossy'. What's best?