UK Gender

Should We Reconsider Assigning Gender At Birth?

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Helen Webberley

As a non-binary transgender person, Doty explains that they never truly felt they fitted in with the image of those men/women they were surrounded by as a child, which led to feelings of isolation and alienation - something they were keen for their child to avoid.

The Gender Gap

Kate Richardson-Walsh | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Sport
Kate Richardson-Walsh

Sexism on and off the field is certainly difficult to tackle. But there are lots of positives that are born out of the difficulties. The way I've always looked at life is that you must make the very best of every situation. As a women's hockey team, it's made us more driven and hungry. It's made me more flexible, more organised and more diligent - all the things you need to be to get to the very top of your sport. 

What It Means To Be A Man In 2017

Rik Strubel | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rik Strubel

At Axe, we want to shine a spotlight on the dangers of toxic masculinity and destroy the 'Man Box', getting everyone to see that an inclusive model of masculinity benefits men, women, and ultimately, society.

Why All School Uniform Should Be Gender Neutral

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents

A private school’s announcement that it is considering scrapping separate boys’ and girls’ uniforms has been welcomed by LGBT and gender nonconf...

Tackling Issues At Their Roots: The 'Gap' Still Remains For Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Professor Binna Kandola | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Professor Binna Kandola

For us to progress, we must move past the realm of simply reporting and observing. Even though examining the difference between male and female salaries is an excellent place to start, we must begin to broaden our understanding and endeavour to undertake contextual analyses of women in the working world so we can combat the roots of gender inequality, rather than the symptoms that come to fruition as a result of them.

It's Doctor, Actually

Dr Sara Ahmed | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Dr Sara Ahmed

During medical school, this was a frequent occurrence. Once qualified, donning the stethoscope made my doctor status apparent. I lost this however as soon as I got married, and with my vows I seemed to bequeath my title to my husband.

Makeup Changed My Life

Lewys Ball | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Style
Lewys Ball

I saved up my money and went to the nearest Boots. But having never seen boys wearing makeup out, I felt so embarrassed just walking into the store. The shop was in my local area, so I knew I would bump into people I knew and that panicked me! I ended up picking products in random shades, quickly paid for them and left the store in a hurry.

Parents In The UK Admit Feeling 'Gender Disappointment' If Their Child Is The 'Wrong' Sex

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents

A quarter of mums in the UK admit to feeling ‘very disappointed’ if their child is the ‘wrong’ sex - ie. not the sex they’d hoped for. A fur...

Danielle Lloyd Considering Gender Selection To Help Achieve Her Dream Of Having A Daughter

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents

Danielle Lloyd has revealed her fiancé Michael O’Neill has looked into gender selection to help her achieve her dream of having a baby girl. Lloyd ...

The Misogyny Of Modern Feminism

Jeni Harvey | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Jeni Harvey

I have been thinking lately about the power of language; in particular how it can be used to silence. I've been a feminist all my life, my mother was ...

To Platform Or Not To Platform?: How Rapists Can/Can't Be Involved In Public Conversations On Rape

Amira Elwakil | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK
Amira Elwakil

Trigger warning: references to sexual violence Earlier this month I set up a petition in an effort to get London's Southbank Centre to reconside...

Dear South Asians - Stop Feeling Sorry For My Parents Because They Don't Have A Son

Momena Ibrahim | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Momena Ibrahim

My parents have three 'children'. That is the way they have raised us. Of course, they cherish us and appreciate us as young women. But we have not been defined by our gender. You lead by example, and my parents both of Pakistani heritage, have reiterated that they do not need a son to feel content.

It's Still A Man's World: Gender Inequality In The Arts

Nicky Goulder | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nicky Goulder

Nicky Goulder working with a participant during a Create project Earlier this month it was inspiring to see high-profile and widespread recognition o...

Anger As 'Sex-Change Rapist Moved To Women's Jail'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK

A rapist has been moved to a women-only prison after having gender reassignment surgery to become female, it has been reported. Jessica Winfield, form...

There's No Such Thing As A 'Real Woman'

Jess Bradley | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Bradley

Questioning trans women's validity as women is not simply a question of privilege. It is an attempt to restrict womanhood and to define it in cis terms. To ensure that cis experiences become the default woman's experience.

Women In VR - Is Gender Parity In Virtual Reality A Distant Reality?

Ailsa Wakley | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Ailsa Wakley

all women everywhere Another way to ensure VR doesn't become a male echo chamber is for more female leaders to take the reins. Whether it's female entrepreneurs investing in hardware, or more women assuming creative roles, if females aren't part of the top-down hierarchy, VR is destined for a patriarchal future.

Why I'm Sick Of Your 'Male Privilege' Argument

Owl | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Owl

I was continuously put down for being very effeminate and gender non conforming for the most part. It is only in the last few years that my gender expression conforms in certain ways. Claiming that trans women have not faced misogyny for most part of their lives is simply a generalisation that is not realistic to make.

My Son Has A Doll. The End

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

When my children wrote their Christmas lists for Santa, the contents were not that surprising based on what their interests are.   My daughter wrote hers very studiously and in great detail.   I helped my son with his, given that he is only three.  His list was just the loveliest list.   It comprised two things: Loads of ninjas, and loads of babies.

White Men An 'Endangered Species' In Top Business Jobs, Says Tesco Chairman

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK

White men are now an “endangered species” in top business jobs as women and ethnic minorities are promoted to the senior positions, Tesco’s chai...

The Big Escape: When Isolation Became The Ultimate Liberation Of My 'Gender Duty'

Andrea Sanabria | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Sanabria

Traditionally, according to gender, we are born with certain "unofficial" obligations that may change, of course, from one society to another. Social ...

What Men Need To Know About Women Who Travel Solo

Elizabeth Sharma | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Sharma

As I ordered my breakfast in a far-flung beach town in Southern Africa a few weeks ago, I got talking to a guy around my age. "Are you travelling alone?" he asked. When I replied cheerily that I was, he muttered into his hands: "Oh. That's brave."

Yes She Can - Can't She?

Sybil Bell | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Sybil Bell

As I sit here in our all-female office, I ponder the fact that when I was asked to write this piece, I was told it was about "issues faced by women in...

All Men (And Women) Are Equal

LJ Ferris | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

So, Jenni Murray, and anyone else who says that trans people aren't not "real" men or women, just because I wasn't born with a body that you deem acceptable for my gender, it does not mean my gender is less important, that my experience is less real.

Let's All #BeBoldForChange - Even If Your Bold Act Seems Small, I Promise You It Isn't...

Grace Willow | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Grace Willow

all women everywhere My usual routine used to consist of hopping out of bed and immediately switching on my phone. As I got ready, I'd start to check emails, make calls and thus my working day had begun before I'd even left the house.

Gender Equality: We Need To Walk The Walk, Not Just Talk The Talk

Bibi Hilton | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Bibi Hilton

all women everywhere The saying goes that talk is also cheap. Maybe that's why so many businesses prefer to 'talk' about gender equality rather than make the cultural and policy changes needed to address the issues.