UK Gender

Bring on the Pink

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Parents
Samantha Simmonds

Before I became a parent I was a fully paid up member of the right on- politically correct brigade. If asked, I would have said I was determined to bring up my children free to embrace whatever interested them, be it maths and science experiments for a girl or fashion and cookery for boys. But it hasn't quite turned out that way.

Are Male Students Reluctant to Call Themselves Feminists?

Claire Hargreaves | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Hargreaves

Girls have Emma Watson, Beyoncé, Gloria Steinem, Caitlin Moran, Taylor Swift, Malala Yousafzai. But is there a male voice that speaks quite as loudly, and in quite such a populist way, to make this generation of young men proud feminists?

NHS England Decision on PrEP: A Bitter Pill for Women to Swallow

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

What role should preventative medicine play in our health system? As the NHS is fragmented and funding for healthcare is cut, are we prioritising funding for treatment, over prevention? Or, is effective, and cost-effective prevention still worth prioritising?

Genderspecs - The Gendered Gaze

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

I cringe at my own female gaze. The times I size up a woman, assessing whether or not I think she can pull off her outfit, if I think someone that age be wearing that length of skirt. It's some sort of triggered instinct that surges into my brain before I can stamp it down. Changing the way we see each other takes effort.

Sockgate: A Gender Neutral Point of View

Lisa Honan | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Honan

I am a woman with her own opinions and fashion sense but on a typical shopping trip I used to wander through the aisle of clothes increasingly disappointed. Where are the shirts that appeal to my sense of style?

Yorkshire Just Gave Two Fingers To The Women's Sport Pay Row

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are challenging the gender pay gap by offering the most lucrative prize to women at this years event. The prize m...

Little Boy Blue? Not on My Watch

Jennifer Evans | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Evans

Having had the annual winter - spring time head cold this week I have found myself subject to far more daytime television than normal. In between one ...

Kids Have Already Learned Gender Stereotypes At Just 5 Years Old

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents

A new short film has highlighted how children as young as five years old have already learnt common gender stereotypes and think of certain career opp...

Displaced Masculinity

Luke Martin | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Martin

Men down talk about their emotions, and we certainly don't ask for help. I've fallen out with several friends and partners because one or both of us felt we couldn't ask for what we needed. This inability to talk is linked to higher suicide rates, poor mental health and use of substances as a coping mechanism.

The Forgotten Women Simply Fighting For Survival On International Women's Day

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

'International Women's Day' (IWD) is an event of celebration for many as people remember the great strides still to take towards full gender parity, ...

Gender Bias Is Rife in Textbooks

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Congo Textbook 2006: Education Civique et Morale. Education pour la paix Today, on International Women's day, we are investigating the persistence of...

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want

Martha Dalton | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Martha Dalton

20 years ago, the women behind What Women Want came up with a simple yet powerful idea, designed to give British women a voice. Women up-and-down-the-country were invited to answer the simple, open question; "What do you want?".

Why 2016 Is the Year to Leap, Not Shuffle, Towards Gender Equality

Emily Berrington | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Emily Berrington

International Women's Day is an opportunity to address the enormous forces working against women's rights and preventing true gender equality. It is a chance to petition governments, to challenge, to campaign, to take action. It is also a time to celebrate, to reflect on the achievements that have been made.

Getting a Job is Harder for Some of Our Young People

Bob Morgan | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Bob Morgan

If only the world worked in such a way that great young people like Susan got good jobs and life opportunities because of their character and determination and ability instead of facing discrimination for all those stupid reasons - gender, ethnicity and where they were born.

Sex and Gender

Lewis Worrow | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Worrow

I ask each and every one of you to take part in the campaigning in any way possible, be that by supporting the campaign for gender-neutral toilets as those attending higher education institutions such as The University of Hull, Sussex, Bath, Manchester, Staffordshire, Bradford and Oxford have done or be it simply by supporting the use of gender-neutral pronouns it makes a difference and sets a foundation from which we can build a better more progressive future, together.

2016's Word Of The Year

Natasha Barrett | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Time Magazine recently published an article describing the singular 'they' pronoun as 2016's word of the year. If this is an accurate title, it's surprising to me how many people are still unaware of its existence...

Violence Against Women, Domestic Violence and the Problem of Gender Identity

Louise Pennington | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK
Louise Pennington

When the media conflates the continuum of violence against women and girls with one form and uses gender neutral language, it puts all women's services at risk.

Thanks for the Debate, Davos But It's Time for Action on Gender Diversity

Lucy Jameson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Lucy Jameson

In-between the parties, private meetings and panel discussions, gender was back on the agenda this year in Davos. It's just unfortunate that the headl...

Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

A forceful and vengeful political vehicle that seeks to differentiate, demarcate and subsequently discriminate against Muslims and their communities this week's political approaches and their appropriation of British Muslim women are little different.

Balancing My Love for Girly Stuff: A Feminist Battle

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

There are some feminine rituals that I will never rid myself of. I believe that feminism is fluid and accepts all changes that have to be made. I live in a society that is basically founded on patriarchy and sexist oppression. Adjusting to make your own life a little easier is not selling out. Reform and re-structure is also a form of revolution.

Reclaiming Pink

Kate O'Sullivan | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kate O'Sullivan

Bowie had helped me as I struggled to understand my own gender identity and sexuality as a teen and I dearly wanted her to know his brilliance too. I hit play on the Bowie playlist that's accompanied so many of our post dinner dance parties and pulled out some face paints. With Bowie looking out at us from the ipad we painted on red stripes and quiffed our hair.

Nearly Half Of Us Think Gender Doesn't Have To Mean Male Or Female

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK

Almost half of Britons think that someone's gender is more fluid than just male and female, according to new research being hailed as a victory by gen...

What David Bowie Taught Me

Lydia Suffield | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

David Bowie will be remembered for many things by many people. But for me, I'll always remember him as the person who taught me that there didn't have to be one face I chose.

2016: It's Time to Bring "Mx" to Offices

Rima Amin | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rima Amin

Honorifics are problematic for people outside of gender binary, those who self-define as neither woman or man, or both. Not fitting into these boxes can leave them feeling that they don't quite belong.

The Smith Kids Are Way Beyond Any Wasted Hate You Throw at Them

Kate Holliday | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

Jaden and Willow Smith continue to stand out and challenge societal norms, refusing to join a long line of child star clones that the entertainment industry has churned out.