UK Gender

Blaming Trans Identities On Autism Hurts Everyone

Jay Avery | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jay Avery

Those two approaches are not the only options, though. The best option is to allow someone to explore their feelings, support them in gaining self-understanding, and accept their identity whatever it turns out to be. It is not complicated, and it's only scary if you are still holding onto the belief that being either autistic or transgender - or, perish the thought, both - is a terrible thing to be. Which it's not. I am, along with countless others like me, living proof of that.

The Reality Of Non Existence

LJ Ferris | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

The reality of life as a non binary person is that of non-existence. That statement might seem dramatic, yet it is true. Certainly in some, if not all, areas of existence. The simple act of going to the toilet is one of deciding who you are; male... or female?

Transgender Kids: Does Zucker Know Best?

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

I think even the most balanced of viewers would have to agree that the documentary tended to side with Zucker's views, rather than the more modern thinking held by some practitioners of gender care for children. Indeed one of the key criticisms of the programme, from the transgender community, was the lack of representation given to those more modern views.

Want To Reduce Harms Of Drug Use? Listen To Women Drug Users

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

Catalina was in prison for a drug conviction in Guaviare, Colombia. She had been detained for possessing some coca paste­ - an amount barely sufficie...

Pink Rethink

Hannah Greaves | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Greaves

The problem with pink is not the colour itself, it is the narrow focus of what you as a young girl are told you can or can't like, what you should like because it has this one colour painted all over it. Pink was never on the Harry Potter lego I loved. There is so much more to a girl and to being the girl than this one colour appears to say.

How Donald Trump Made Me A Feminist

Barnaby Papadopulos | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Barnaby Papadopulos

That is why the Women's Marches, taking place in London and around the world are so important - people, defying their class, race and gender, marching in solidarity against discrimination and hatred in every form.

Same Sex Schools: Outdated Or The Best Option?

Kadie Eve | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Eve

My little brother says he's glad he doesn't have girls at school because he can't stand them. I politely informed him that in the workplace he would have to put up with girls. Very few professions provide single sex environments, so boys and girls need to learn to get along and work together. School prepares you for that.

New Year, New You?

LJ Ferris | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Instead the new year will bring a different kind of new me. I will fashion a new me from actions and words, a new form sewn out of relationships and strengthened with self confidence. I will endeavor to look in the mirror and like what I see, or find something each day to like. I will try my best to love more, to love stronger, to be kinder.

Can We Put An Age Limit On Being Transgender?

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

Instead of only considering what happens if we treat the child and then that child changes their mind years down the line, must we not also consider what happens if we refuse to treat that child?What happens to the MTF child who is told she must go through a male puberty before she will be taken seriously?

Bald Men: Another Victim Of The Patriarchy

Scott Manley Hadley | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Manley Hadley

White men are on top. But not any white men: Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Bob "Literature" Dylan have one thing in common besides their gender, race and sexuality: they all have hair, or constantly pretend they do.

Oxford University Students Union Says It's Not Telling People To Use 'Ze' Rather Than 'He' Or 'She'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK

Oxford University Students Union has denied students are being told to use gender-neutral pronouns such as “ze” rather than “he” or “she”....

"Boylesque": Gender Construction And Neo-Burlesque Striptease

Barbara Brownie | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Barbara Brownie

In the postmodern world, in which we are no longer defined by binary definitions, femininity has become a complex proposition. Gender boundaries have been blurred, traditional ideas about masculinity and femininity have been shown to be artificially constructed.

Post-Trump, Diversity Is More Important Than Ever

Robyn Lange | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Robyn Lange

The political and social turbulence of Britain voting itself out of the EU, in part due to anti-immigration sentiment, and Donald Trump becoming Presi...

'Imposter Syndrome' And Why I Feel Like A Fraud

Sian Abigail Bradley | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Abigail Bradley

Getting over Imposter Syndrome is about accepting that you have role in your success. It's about accepting that you have a right to be where you are, that opportunity doesn't equal success and there's no harm in being a bit wrong sometimes.

Despite A Trump Victory, I'm Still Hopeful About Eliminating Violence Against Women

Emma Fulu | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Fulu

I believe in the profound strength and wisdom of the women and girls, men and boys around the world who are leading this charge. They work tirelessly to challenge the harmful norms and beliefs that drive violence; to respond with compassion and care to survivors; and hold perpetrators to account.

Growing Into A Bigger Boy

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

My son on the other hand is new territory. Not completely uncharted, but definitely new. At the moment, he is a typical toddler by all intents and purposes. He does toddler things. He runs around, he throws his plastic cutlery on the floor, he seems to have permanently sticky hands, he laughs a lot, he cries a lot, and he finds un-silly things very silly.

Junior's Gender Won't Be A Disappointment To Me

Darryl Smith | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Darryl Smith

But sat together for an hour on the 7.58 we spoke about paternity leave, how much we admired our wives for clearing up their own sick and the iCandy Peach 3 (if you're a man in your 20s or early 30s who hasn't had a child yet, it's a pram). He also talked about gender disappointment.

Photograph Captures Exact Moment Mum 'Looked Between The Legs' Of Her Newborn Baby And Realised She Didn't Have A Daughter

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents

Most parents are too excited to wait nine months to find out the gender of their baby, but others prefer to keep it a secret and find out on the day. ...

International Men's Day? You Cannot Be Serious...

Professor Binna Kandola | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Binna Kandola

When I read the founding principle of International Men's Day (Saturday 19 November) I thought it was some kind of ridiculous joke. After all, highlighting 'the achievements of men' doesn't just happen just once a year - it happens every single day.

Kids On The Edge: Inside Britain’s Only NHS-Funded Gender Clinic For Children

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK

The first question that’s asked, before we’re even born, tends to be “is it a boy or girl?”, but for an increasing number of children, the ans...

'Add Women + Stir' Doesn't Work Any More

Amjad Saleem | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Amjad Saleem

Yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, I attended a roundtable organised on "Women, Peacebuilding and Resolution 1325" where the guest speaker was Senator M...

Losing The Presidency: The Role Of Gender Politics In Hillary Clinton's Downfall

Dr Valerie Stead | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Valerie Stead

In spite of Trump's lack of political experience, by virtue of being a woman Clinton's positioning as a presidential candidate was much more precarious. Gender is a fundamental organising element and this has been starkly illuminated in this presidential election.

Drag Queens Are The Toughest Boys Out There

Jodie Harsh | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Jodie Harsh

bmm banner.jpg What even is masculinity these days? We've got boys buying bronzer at department stores and and my sister's boyfriend has a favorite RuPaul's Drag Race contestant each season. Some men are in touch with their feminine side, others not so much - and that's fine.

Donald Trump's Masculinity: It's Not What You Think

Jenny Mathers | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Mathers

Nevertheless, one of the most consistent links that we make between gender and behaviour in the West is the way that masculinity is equated with rationality, logic and cool calculation while femininity is associated with emotion, irrationality and impulse. By this measure, Donald Trump's behaviour is frequently distinctly feminine.

Trans Youth Week With My Genderation

Fox Fisher | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Fox Fisher

In the last few years, trans people and activists have achieved tremendous amounts of awareness and made incredible process in a short amount of time. As we progress, our community expands in all it's diversity and complexity with a range of identities and intersectionality