Gender Stereotypes

Your Perfect Boyfriend... or Your Female Friends? When the Gender Differences Stab You Through Your Heart.

Olga Levancuka | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

We women, stopped trying to bring our remarkable female qualities that can only benefit our relationship, our career, our social circles, our community. We think of our unique qualities as something to be ashamed of, given our inner beauty and our female nature held us captives in a male world... only decades ago.

These Lego Figures Aim To Inspire Little Girls To Become Judges

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

In the UK, just 32% of judges sitting in courts and tribunals are women. But one lady is aiming to change this through the power of Lego. Maia Wei...

Conservation of a Rare Species: Why We Need More Female Scientists

Alison Johnston | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech
Alison Johnston

There are so many biases against women in science, and although many of these are likely to be unconscious, they all provide the female scientist with larger, steeper mountains to climb towards success.

'Frozen' the Movie - THAT Dress Change... I Can't 'Let It Go'

A. Dassu | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

In this day and age where covering up and modesty are looked upon as something inappropriate, the people that do choose to wear clothes that cover their bodies fully are looked on as being different, strange even. What if we stopped stereotyping?

Men Love Cats Too: Photos Prove That Felines Aren't Just For Females

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

We don't want to come over all gender stereotyping, but many people assume most cat owners are women. And this is precisely why photographer a...

Emma Watson's Powerful #HeForShe Speech Inspired This Song

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Emma Watson's powerful speech to bolster efforts for gender equality has inspired a rock band to write a song about it. Last year, Watson delivered...

Woman Collects Sexist Clippings From Old Magazines

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you think magazines today are full of gender stereotypes and sexist ideals, you should see the kind of things your parents were reading as teenager...

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.

A Book You Should All Read

Rose Gibbs | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

The fact of rape is a terrible one: it's the inhumanity of deriving sexual pleasure in the face of another person's pain. Where sex might please in the pleasing of others, rape is its opposite. It becomes a violence like none other, a nightmare extreme of Schadenfreude.

Engendering Equality in Engineering

Peter Rolton | Posted 29.11.2014 | 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.

Angry Birds Gets A Pink Makeover - Is It Progressive Or Patronising?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Rovio, the firm behind Angry Birds, has just released a new version of their iconic game, only this time, the catapulting assassins have had a rather ...

Rachel Moss

How Lego's New Female Scientist Toys Could Change The Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Despite making up 46% of the overall UK workforce, government figures show that women hold just 15.5% of jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineerin...

One Woman Is Inspiring Little Boys To Wear Pink With This Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The idea that 'pink is for girls' and 'blue is for boys' is beyond frustrating - it's sexist, limiting and, quite frankly, ridiculous. But thankful...

'Sluts' vs. 'Lads': Women Want Sex Just as Much as Men Do

Vicky Chan | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

We're well into the 21st Century - monogamy should no longer be the unspoken rule. Isn't it time for everyone to openly admit that not just men have sexual desires? Women who begin Tinder exchanges are probably more common than you think (it's not just straight white boys). What's the point in being coy and not saying what we really want to say?

Entrepreneur Barbie? We Need a Stay-at-Home Ken

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

Admittedly, as part of the new launch Mattel has partnered existing businesswomen to give advice to those aspiring to follow in their footsteps, but this doesn't go far enough. Everyone trying to maintain some sort of work/life balance knows that professional performance is affected by how organised, settled, stable - and happy, we are able to be at home.

#LikeAGirl - Why the New Always Ad Is Important

Laura Maw | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maw

Always' quest to boost girls' confidence during puberty is incredibly important in a society which criticises, undervalues and ridicules young women about everything from the natural state of their bodies to their career aspirations. The message is clear: feminising emotional expression and then ridiculing that same femininity is undeniably harmful.

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.

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...

Emma Watson Stands Up Against 'Dangerously Unhealthy' Pressure On Young Women

The Huffington Post UK | Patricia Doma | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Emma Watson didn't exactly have the luxury of being a 'normal teenager' after being catapulted to fame in Harry Potter, but her recent stance on the p...

Pritt Sticks New Pink Glue Is Just For Girls...Apparently

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The humble Pritt Stick is a staple of any child's art box. Perfect for glueing paper, sequins and more, the Pritt Stick allows children to get crafty....

My Daughter, the Anti-Princess

Claire Gillespie | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Gillespie

Does it bother me that my daughter doesn't join in when the other little girls are playing house? Not for a second. She's over with the boys, running faster and jumping higher than she ever would with Cinderella slippers on. In any case, she'll always be a princess in my eyes. A tangled-haired, grubby-faced, puddle-stomping, world-conquering princess.

Respect the Choices of Women Who Go Into the Porn Industry

Isabel López Ruiz | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel López Ruiz

For me, being a feminist is about respecting women's choices, whatever they may be. If a woman over the legal age requirement wants to voluntarily participate in the porn industry, that's fine. If she doesn't, that's fine as well. Young women like 'Lauren A', Duke University's freshman porn actress, are being publicly shamed for exposing their bodies on camera. It seems like the idea that a woman could have full control over her body is still shocking to some. When people accuse her of taking part in an industry that 'degrades' women, they don't realise their comments are degrading in themselves, as they refuse to acknowledge her individual voice and bodily autonomy.

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?

Feminism Isn't For Men Too - In Fact, It's Not For Women Either

Gregor Smith | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

Have you ever read something you think is so outrageously wrong you have to correct it? Well, that feeling overwhelmed me when I read fellow Huffington Post UK blogger Jack Fletcher's post entitled Feminism Is For Men Too. I'm now going to spend the next few hundred words explaining and defending why not agreeing with feminism is not the same as being a misogynist.

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.