Gender Roles

Writing Out Gender Bias

John Allen | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
John Allen

I thought we all lived in a modern society where things like gender and racial bias if not completely eliminated, were rapidly becoming a thing of the past in the west. It seems not. The fact that Naomi admitted to doing it herself gave me a little relief.

Young Girls Are More Than Just Pretty Faces: Let's Remember That

Zion Lights | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zion Lights

A three-year-old girl is climbing a tree in a park. A man walking by comments to her mother: 'she should have been born a boy!' The mother makes a general comment of agreement, while I grit my teeth and tell myself that I am overreacting, that he means well, and anyway my two female tree climbers are out of earshot...

Male Suicide Is a Tragedy - But Don't Patronise Me About It

Dale Lately | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Dale Lately

As someone who's had a lifelong battle with depression, I know full well what a serious issue suicide is for either gender. But I'm not sure if crowdsourcing a set of "bloke jokes" and pasting them up around the streets is the answer.

Why 'The Hobbit' Shows We Still Think It's Okay to Humiliate Men for Being Afraid

Dan Bell | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dan Bell

The chief soon meets a satisfyingly grizzly end, but one of his henchmen, Alfrid, is washed up alive and goes on to become a source of derision throughout the film. The reason? He's a man who is an unrelenting coward.

Disney Knows What Makes Women Really Angry

Mairi Macleod | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

The best Disney depictions of human nature lately, I think, are the ones that show what makes women really really angry. And what do you think that is? It's not being bumped into second place in the 'who is the fairest of them all' stakes. It's being deceived into thinking that the man of your dreams is in love with you for ever and ever...

A Tale of Cupcakes and Gender Roles...

James Fyfe | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Fyfe

I don't deal well with large crowds and shopping centres. Standing in the middle of this particular crowd of angry Saturday shoppers, I decided I need...

Boys In France Join The Fight Against Sexism By Wearing Skirts

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We all know children are the future, and schools in France are using a somewhat unusual way to change attitudes towards sexism in the country. Edu...

How Come Everyone Has 'Feminine Wiles' Apart From Me?

Lia Sanders | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lia Sanders

It makes me feel slightly put out. I would happily accept this specialist treatment if only I knew how. But there seems to be no way for me to learn. Are we born with these wiles or do we take a class? I just don't know how I missed out. I clean my teeth and buy suitably low-cut tops and look up YouTube videos on Jedi mind control but nothing seems to work.

The Vagenda Ladies On Feminism, Magazines And Boobage

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

From Laura Bates’ Everyday Sexism project to Lucy Holmes’ petition calling for No More Page 3, gender equality (or lack of it) is big news. In ...

Chocolate, Caramel, Peanuts... and Patriarchy: Featuring the Snickers Advert

Sarah Grand-Clement | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Grand-Clement

One would think that there isn't any real reason to complain, because, it is after all just another advertisement, not to be taken seriously. But taking issue with the way our society reacts to behaviour outside of an unspoken norm is needed...

In Defence of Men

Fionn Shiner | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

I'm all for combating the media's unrepresentative portrayal of women as sexual objects. It is my view that the genders are equal. But does that mean we have to put up with men being portrayed in this damaging light as a consequence? I don't think that's particularly helpful for anyone. Do you?

How to Stay in Love

Jackson Bliss | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jackson Bliss

Love LB with everything you've got. Love her like you did six years ago, back when you were the boldest version of yourself. Love like you have nothing to lose except solitude, fear and cynicism. The audacity you had then is the audacity you need now.

'Be A Man, My Son!'

Louisa Mallejacq Flynn | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Louisa Mallejacq Flynn

Towards the end of 2013, and as is the case with the close of every Movember, my husband proudly wore a bold moustache. It's always a point of conversation: I find it so amazing that a strip of facial hair can greatly influence the way people respond to the wearer, particularly at first encounters...

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't, the Double-bind for Women Leaders

Nia Joynson-Romanzina | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nia Joynson-Romanzina

Did you know that almost 60% of corporate CEOs in the US are over six foot tall, yet less than 15% of American men are over six foot. What's going on? Is height at the forefront of executive search criteria lists? This is clearly ridiculous, and yet the numbers do not lie.

Italian Men Seek Help to Stop Them Battering Wives and Partners

Maria Caspani | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Experts working in gender violence say there are only a few centres across Italy dedicated to helping violent men challenge and change their behaviour, though the scale of the problem deserves greater resources.

The Complexities of Gender Roles in 2013

Jay Nadarajah | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jay Nadarajah

Why, in this modern age, is it still sometimes hard to replicate this same transition as easily on the home front? To this day, it's still common to grow up in a family where mum is the one predominantly wearing the apron and dad brings home more of the pennies.

"More Than Just a Princess" - How To Get Girls To Become Engineers

The Huffington Post UK | Patricia Doma | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A groundbreaking commercial hit the screens by the toy company GoldieBlox, aimed to get girls interested in building. The CEO, Debbie Sterling, stu...

LOOK: Men Striking A Feminine Pose

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

We're used to beautiful women striking an arch pose or casting long, wistful looks far off into the distance, so it makes a refreshing change for the ...

Looking Backwards Is Not the Way Forwards for Society and Masculinity

Kathryn Langston | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Langston

Both those on the left and those on the right of the political spectrum seem to agree that an emphasis on family is key to addressing numerous social problems, including the current 'crisis of masculinity'. But while the left see this as an opportunity to broadening the horizons of manhood, conservatives are grasping at outdated gender tropes.

Is the Future a World Run by Strong Women With Weaker Men?

Endeavour Press | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Endeavour Press

More and more women are choosing not to have children because they realise that motherhood and career ambition are often incompatible. Any kind of work/life balance requires paying other women to do the housework and look after the children

Game Over: How can you Lose Someone you Never Really Had?

Olivia Rose | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Rose

I don't hate people. I will mourn the loss of this person in my life, regardless of how I've been treated, with dignity and respect, not only for me but for him. It might make it harder, but he is from Mars after all, and it isn't that great there from what I understand.

Men: It's Time to Man Up... and Conquer the Kitchen

Collette Walsh | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Collette Walsh

The truth is that men are only doing 27 minutes more housework a day than they did 10 years ago. That's an extra three minutes or so a day built up over a decade. Whoopee doo! Hardly revolutionary.