UK Gender

Trans Women Are Real - Whether You Like It Or Not

Owl | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Owl

Dear feminists who do not believe trans women are real women, I have a message for you. Your feminism can never be truly feminist, because feminism is inclusive of women from all walks of life, and that includes trans women.

Let's Start With The Children

Shahida Rahman | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shahida Rahman

Not bad... for a girl. It almost sounds like a compliment, doesn't it? We have all heard comments like this and, whether we bristle at the low bar ...

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 09: Relationships

Elena Guthrie | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

Did things end well? Or not so well, and you explain the animosity by declaring that they were 'out of their mind', 'crazy' or 'unhinged'? This kind of language is harmful and enormously disrespectful of people with mental health problems, so we wouldn't normally use it - but here it's important to use those labels.

Body Shaming Vs Censorship: The Problem With Protein World's Khloe Kardashian Advert

Anna Tippett | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

However, should we as a society be concerned about the implications of this? Do such adverts really contribute to a culture of body shaming which places unrealistic expectations on young women and girls? And, if such adverts are to be removed or censored, where do we draw the line?

Why Men Use 'Daddy Issues' To Assassinate Our Characters

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

What does 'daddy issues' mean? It goes back to Freudian phycology which states that our parents are a pivotal influence in our lives. According to Sigmund Freud, we chose partners that resemble our parents because they are the very first interaction we had in the world with the opposing sex.

March Into Tech - The Battle For Equality Will Be Fought In Code

Lucy Ward | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech
Lucy Ward

The last couple of weeks in global politics proves that the average woman still has to fight for her right to be heard. Hundreds and thousands of wome...

Kids Smash Online Gaming Gender Stereotypes With Their Own Character Creations

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents

A teacher who became increasingly concerned about the gender stereotypes portrayed in online games for kids decided to do something about it. Faye Ell...

Stop Defending God's Gender - They Don't Need One

Ellie Backhouse | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Ellie Backhouse

The latest efforts of some sections of the media to brand Oxford University a haven of over-zealous liberalism has forced Wycliffe Hall - a theologica...

Single Sex Schools, Propagating Gender Myths, And Other Equality Stuff

Martha Oxgood | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Martha Oxgood

Surely by educating children separately we are doing nothing to address this second assumption. We aren't challenging prevailing discourses on gender essentialism; we are reinforcing them. We're telling our children that gender is a yin yang thing, you're a this or you're a that and whatever you are, you are not the other.

What Makes Me A Woman

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

One caller asked a question which, as a cisgender woman, I felt unqualified to answer. As such, I reached out to some members of the trans community who, I felt should be offered the opportunity to address the point.

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.