Gender

From Disgust to Love with the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum

Dr Clara Fischer | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Clara Fischer

Irish citizens now have a chance, though, to move beyond a politics of disgust and shame toward a politics of love. I hope we will overwhelmingly do so by voting Yes on Friday.

Gender-Neutral Title 'Mx' May Be Included In Dictionary

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most forms will require us to tick a box marked "Miss", "Mr", "Ms" or "Mrs", but selecting a title from these options can be problematic for some tran...

Purses for Girls and Cars for Boys: Let Colouring Books Be Colouring Books

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

It's upsetting and unsettling to think that in 2015, such stereotyped books are what is offered to young children. We must consider what messages we are sending both to children and their parents about what boys and girls are and what they might be as they grow up.

Bionic Women: Electronic Music's Most Underrated Female Artists

Wedaeli Chibelushi | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Wedaeli Chibelushi

Parklife, Creamfields, Outbreak, Wildlife. This summer, Britain hosts a stellar line-up of electronic music festivals. Defying the 'decline of the UK music festival', 2015 sees several dance fiestas sprouting across England's green pastures. Whether you rate chart darlings Gorgon City or house maestro Maceo Plex, there's a Reebok imprinted bog out there for you...

Real Men - Behaving Bravely

Nick Clements | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

In order for us men to move on from behaving badly we need to explore how we become more mature, and by doing so manifest a braver and more authentic masculinity.

Dear Party Leaders - Five Reasons Gender Equality Is a Vote Winner

Anita Nayyar | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Anita Nayyar

If this election is all about the economy, then its target audience is women. But if the polls are anything to go by, none of you are really appealing to many of them right now. So we have laid out some pointers as to why gender equality is so central to the election campaign and why you should do more to talk about it.

Dads on Parental Leave Is #GoodBusiness Says Digital Ad Campaign

Anita Nayyar | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Parents
Anita Nayyar

With exactly a month to go until the general election, The Equality Movement, a clandestine collective of advertisers making noise about issues that matter' are launching an ad campaign for gender equality called #BadBusiness.

Did Bruce Lee play Barbies?

Allison Martin | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Allison Martin

Why shouldn't girls climb trees which can promote courage and the ability to take risks? But, equally, why shouldn't little boys play games that bring to the fore no-less important qualities such as empathy and kindness?

Liar, Liar: Why We Should Wise Up to an Uncomfortable Truth When We Negotiate

Natalie Reynolds | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Reynolds

We need to remember that negotiation sometimes requires us to behave in ways that might not come naturally to us. We might be confronted by negotiators who are firm, tough, direct or rejecting. How might that make us feel?

Youngest NHS Transgender Patients Are Aged Just Three

PA | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK

The number of children aged 10 or under who have been referred for help coping with transgender feelings has more than quadrupled in the last six year...

Age of No Retirement Is Over-Stated: Most of Us Would Rather Spend Time With Family

Wendy Loretto | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Loretto

Having been in work for the majority of their lives, most people valued free-time over work if they had the option in older age. Perhaps unsurprising I admit, but what is interesting is how views on retirement differ between men and women.

Why We Ignore Gender at Our Peril When It Comes to Worklessness

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

These are complex problems that won't be fixed overnight but they can be addressed; just as long as we take gender into account. To do otherwise means that any attempts will continue to fail, and to fail young women.

Transitioning Gender in the UK Military

Caroline Paige | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Caroline Paige

It wasn't easy transitioning gender in the military, it wasn't easy being a trailblazer or role model, but I am proud of all I did, and I am honoured to have served alongside the amazing people who helped get me there.

#ThisGirlCanDoTech

Caroline Hyde | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Caroline Hyde

One area of clear consensus was women can no longer just talk to other women about tech's gender imbalance. We need men to join the discussion to move it forward to action. And so to the next panel where a male voice did add to the debate.

The Gender Gap in Depression

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Dr Rafael Euba

The reasons behind the female statistical excess in the depression statistics are probably very complex and not reducible to mere hormone imbalances.

At the Crossroads: Women's Rights After 2015

Lee Webster | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Lee Webster

Global policy frameworks may feel a long way from the realities of women's lives. Yet these frameworks lay out fundamental rights and freedoms, and are an important tool for women's rights organisations to advocate for improvements in the lives of women.

Apprenticeships Are Still Seen As A 'Man's World'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Parents were twice as likely to advise boys to take up an apprenticeship than girls, with only one female in 10 seeing an apprenticeship as a viable o...

On International Women's Day Enough Is Enough

Meg Munn | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

In the words of Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women - "Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation we face globally, whether in times of peace, conflict or post-conflict transition". We cannot allow this to go on any longer.

Gender Stereotypes 'Turning Girls Off Maths And Science Careers'

PA | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Gender stereotypes may be turning girls off careers in maths and science, according to an international study. It suggests that parents are more li...

Being 'Normal': We Can't Avoid a Hetero-Normative Society, But We Can Help Make It Less So

David Mooney | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Mooney

I shouldn't have to order my Valentine's Day card online to be able to customise it, so that it's not one of the thousands that says 'boyfriend' that features a girl giving a boy a bunch of flowers.

Black and Blue

Caragh Little | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It's just one of those passing fashions: meta, almost, a passing fashion about a passing fashion: a stripy dress which will go out of style almost as quickly as people forget the online debate about what colour it looks in different kinds of light.

Garden Variety Creepiness - Romantic Heroes or Abusive Men

Tom Meagher | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Meagher

n Fifty Shades, we see the egregious result of every Hollywood 'ending as beginning' in a way that still lionises the abuser. Hollywood's classic arc is to portray a controlling man only up to the point where he 'gets' the girl.

Don't Blame the Oscars for Its Lack of Diversity, Blame Yourselves

Iman Qureshi | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iman Qureshi

It's an industry where diversity means Denzel Washington. It's not news that a disproportionate number of directors are male, resulting in an inevitable plethora of egotistical, navel-gazing, cock-yanking films like Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash, that feature women as little more than glorified set design.

It's Time to Include 'I' in LGBT Discussions

Jack Fletcher | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being intersex, it is others' degrading attitudes towards them that are unacceptable. We used to have only the standard colours to define life as a world of primary colours; now it's time to let the full spectrum of the sexual anatomy rainbow shine.

The Pressure to Be Perfect

Julia Hartley-Brewer | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Hartley-Brewer

Feminism was supposed to be about enabling women (and men) to choose how they want to live their lives. Now, though, it has been twisted and distorted into a ridiculous expectation that every woman must be all she can be, to realise (or even exceed) her potential in every area.