UK Gender

Proposals Allowing Adults to Define Their Own Legal Gender Do Not Go Far Enough

Jess Coal | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK
Jess Coal

As much as self-definition of legal gender is a very welcome step, it absolutely must be done right as otherwise it will likely be another fifteen years to get it fixed. If the government does decide to drastically revamp the Gender Recognition Act, and I sincerely hope that they do, it is imperative that they do it in full, open consultation with trans and non-binary people...

Dear Daddy Is a Wake-up Call to the Good Guys - The Struggle for Gender Equality and a Life Free From Violence Needs All of Us

Paul-André Wilton | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK
Paul-André Wilton

When a charity video starts to go viral you know something is up. As part of its contribution to the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence...

The Tide of Change: Trans Voices Getting Louder in 2015

Matthew Mills | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Matthew Mills

I am the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the 'Charing Cross' Gender Identity Clinic in London and it's my job to enable trans clients to align their gender vocal and communicative expression to their gender identity. In a nutshell, I help transmen sound more masculine, transwomen sound more feminine and non-binary individuals find their individual sound...

Gender Dysphoria

Rozina Ali | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Rozina Ali

Slowly, as scientific research has developed our understanding of the biological nature of gender dysphoria, society has become more aware and accepting of the kind of suffering, fear and loss that trans people face - every bit as much as people who develop the physical pathologies of cancer, trauma or other disease.

Aubrey Allegretti

Being 'F***ed' By Britain's Media Hasn't Stopped Fox Fisher Pushing Them To Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK

"Betrayed, insulted, disgusted.” That’s how filmmaker and transgender activist Fox Fisher felt when a magazine stole and printed pictures of him t...

Majority Of Brits Would Support Their Children If They Wanted To Change Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents

The majority of British people would support their child if they wanted to change sex, an exclusive poll by The Huffington Post UK has revealed. J...

Have Yourself a Gender Unbiased Christmas

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

One thing I can never quite fathom is the arrival of the 'man' store, only there for the holiday period, stuffed full of silver gadgets in blue boxes, joke books about farts and football, remote control helicopters and other such fodder deemed 'manly.'

Why We Must Ensure The Modern Man is Not London Centric

James David Fox | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James David Fox

Those of us based in London or other major cities are living among the youngest, most affluent populations in the country. Life amongst urbanites has its perks: forward thinking, inventiveness, acceptance, open-mindedness to an evolving moral backdrop - a partisan view, I know.

Explaining 'Mansplaining': Why We Are Using the Term Incorrectly

Dr Anna Arrowsmith | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Anna Arrowsmith

Much as I would be the first to point out the holes in the logic of a men's rights activist troll, I would also argue that we desperately need the average man to become involved in debating gender roles. Shouting "Mansplainer!" at them is more than just inappropriate (as we don't in fact, know their experience); it actually debilitates the development of gender equality.

World AIDS Day - Beyond the Headlines, Listening to Women's Voices

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

HIV doesn't often make the headlines, which is part of the reason why World AIDS Day is a big deal for advocates - the one day a year that the media i...

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?: A Feminist Argument for Engaging Men in Gender Equality

Nikki van der Gaag | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki van der Gaag

I recently did a Tedx talk entitled 'Why feminism needs men and why men need feminism'. Controversial perhaps, but certainly not anti-men. I knew about online trolling, but I wasn't expecting such a barrage of misogyny and plain misinterpretation of what I had said.

Gender Equality Needs to Happen Across Every Industry, Tech is Just the Starting Point

Vanessa Whiteside | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Tech
Vanessa Whiteside

As the stereotype goes, geeks are weird and socially inept. All you have to do is look at TV, news and the other elements of popular culture to find out why. Think back to watching cartoons like Dexter's Lab and you'll notice how from a young age we are fed the notion that geeks are unfashionable.

Forget Alpha Males and Alpha Females - Leadership has its own quality

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Natasha Stromberg

In the course of my work on gender equality I always find it fascinating to hear differing views on how successful women are perceived in the workpla...

Gender and the City - What They Do for Your Heart

Dr Ajay Jain | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ajay Jain

Heart attacks are caused by a blocked artery and the route to a successful recovery is to open that artery as quickly as possible. Behind the cancer grouping, cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in women in the UK.

What Does Feminism Do for Men?

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Society, misogyny, the media; all of these things persuade us to live our lives according to the accepted route that the generations before us conformed to. Yet if feminism teaches us that everyone should have the right to become exactly who they want to be, why do so many men blindly dismiss it?

Trans Woman Who Said She Would Kill Herself If Sent To Male Prison Found Dead In Jail

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

A 21-year-old transgender woman has been found dead in jail, after she reportedly told friends she would kill herself if sent to the all-male prison s...

Should Caitlyn Jenner Be 'Woman of the Year'?

Holly Whiting | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whiting

I guess my true issue here is with Glamour, this award alone generates a lot of exposure in the media, so Glamour have the opportunity to use this award to value the women in our society that are saving lives, overcoming tragic illnesses and poverties, inventing amazing things and dying for their country like Moira Smith. Instead of continuously acknowledging celebrities, this is a real chance to every now and then appreciate and bring to light the unsung heroes.

It's 2015 And British Women Will Be Working For Free For The Rest Of The Year

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK

From today, women in Britain will work the rest of the year for free. That's because today marks the point at which the average woman in full-time emp...

I'm a Young Woman with Feminist Views; Here's Why Men's Mental Health Matters to Me

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

I thought long and hard about whether or not to write this blog post, for fear of being ridiculed by men, or trolled by feminists, some of whom might feel I am disrespecting the cause. But actually, what is a feminist if she is not somebody who feels she can speak up about the issues important to her?

Women's Sport: Not Just for Women

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

Whilst other sponsors are beginning to follow suit (Kia Motors made history with a stand-alone sponsorship of England women's cricket in 2014), the potential for growth and investment remains huge. The general public, both male and female, are increasingly seeing the value in women's sport. Now it's for the media, rights holders and sponsors to ensure they are doing the same.

Do Boys Need Male Role Models?

Sandy Ruxton | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandy Ruxton

It is important to ask what kind of male involvement is healthy for boys. Some boys and young men suffer not from an absence of male role models, but from an excess of limiting and destructive models. We shouldn't therefore assume that any male role model is better than none.

When We Use the Abuser's Voice

Tom Meagher | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Meagher

At times, voices come back claiming that violence against women is in no way tolerated by most of our society, and some claim (perhaps condescendingly) that I am a victim of my own tragic loss, that I may be more prone to see violence where there is none, because my life has been shattered by it, after the violent death of my wife.

#MoreThanCute Halloween Costume Campaign Encourages Girls To 'Dream Big'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Parents

A dad who was frustrated by the hoards of "cute" Halloween costumes marketed at his daughters has inspired hundreds of parents to campaign for more ch...

Trans Woman Comes Out '100 Times A Year' To Mum Who Has Dementia

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Coming out to your parents as a trans woman or man is always an emotional experience - a mixture of relief but also fear that they might not accept yo...

Why Are We Like That?

Ben Moore | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

Some of them are probably just pricks. No getting past those guys, they just have to be shamed into silence by everyone else. I think a lot of the remainder, as I hinted earlier, don't realise what they've got. It's hard to see the glass ceiling if you're standing on top of it.