Gender Stereotypes

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

Vicky Chan | Posted 22.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 30.06.2014 | 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.

Poorna Bell

Engagement Photos Poke Fun At Typical Wedding Gender Stereotypes

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

You may open your own doors, change your own plugs and take out your own bins, but weddings bring out deeply rooted gender stereotypes that most of us...

Sexism in the Spa World

Abi S. Wright | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

I know people of both genders who would always choose to have a male therapist, and I know people who would always choose to have a female therapist. Personally however, I would simply choose to have a good therapist.

Schools Guilty Of Gender Stereotyping, Research Claims

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly half of state schools in England are guilty of contributing towards gender stereotyping, with few bothering to tackle the gender bias of subjec...

Why Is Justice for Survivors of Violence Trivialised?

Natalie Gyte | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Natalie Gyte

It seems that not a day passes where stories of domestic violence, rape, abuse, and grooming do not hit our headlines. Last week was no exception. The...

Open Up, Save a Life

Monica Parker | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Parker

I think vulnerability and shame are deeply human emotions but the expectations that drive shame are organised by gender. For women it's "Do it all, do it perfectly and never look as if you're working very hard" - which is a disastrous set-up. And for men it's "Don't be perceived as weak".

Do I Have to Choose Between Fixing My Non-Existent Chin and Being a Feminist?

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

Is it setting back the advancement of women to get cosmetic treatment, even if I'm quite sure I'm doing it only for myself? Is it giving in to media pressure? Can we all just agree that actually yes, my chin is, in fact, a bit of a shit hand to have been dealt?

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.

Chinese Bachelors Seek Budget Brides: Should We Be Doing The Same?

Philip Ellis | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Ellis

So, have the Chinese found the highly sought-after recipe for a perfect marriage? Such a cheat sheet is probably non-existent, but the budget spouse does raise some interesting questions about modern partnerships.

The Cases of Lee Rigby and the Oxford Abuse Ring Were Not Caused by the Innate 'Murderous Vanity of Man'

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK
Stephanie Davies-Arai

In the Sunday Times this week, the savage murder of an innocent British soldier was used by Dominic Lawson as a platform to express his beliefs about the 'innate' brain differences between men and women.

Gendered Books... Bring on the Rebellion

Polly Courtney | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Polly Courtney

18 months ago, I walked out on my publisher, HarperCollins, because I was sick of seeing my novels getting packaged as frivolous, girly 'chick lit'. This week, eminent British children's author Jacqueline Wilson spoke out about the pink covers assigned to her books, which 'pigeonholed' girls and put off boys. And now, young adult author Maureen Johnson has come up with the #CoverFlip challenge in which she encouraged her 78,000 followers to take a well-known book, then imagine what that cover might look like if the author's gender were flipped.

How To Be a Real Man

Neil Boorman | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Boorman

I'll let you into a little secret. I pretend to be someone I'm not all day every day, but it's a bigger act than faux diligence at work. I pretend to be a man. No, its not a transgender issue. I mean being a man in the traditional day-seizing, lady-killing, shelf-putter-uppering sense of the word. I'm not bad at pretending, and for the most part, people seem to believe me.

Margaret Thatcher and the True Scotsman

Judi Sutherland | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Judi Sutherland

We are often told that the UK lags behind other countries when it comes to the number of women in senior roles: as Members of Parliament, on company boards, or otherwise visible in public life. I have a feeling that at least some of this phenomenon is directly attributable to Mrs Thatcher herself.

Samsung's Guys and Dolls: Unpacking the Stereotypes In the Galaxy S4 Launch

Tamara Sword | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

How could a company as big as Samsung get its most important product launch of the year so terribly wrong? Can a bad launch damage end sales or is the device itself the only thing that matters? And what does a misguided production like this have to tell us about the management culture and mindset within Samsung?