Gender

'Woman-Friendly' Porn Is Pretty Hard to Come Across

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

Having spent most of my formative years getting riled up over the fact that my ovaries reduce my pay packet in comparison to my male peers, it's hard to get turned on watching something which is grounded in the idea that women exist for the sexual gratification of men. However, as much as I'd like to claim that I selflessly stopped watching porn because I'm a committed feminist, that's not strictly true.

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

Equality in the Workplace

Hilary Thomas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Hilary Thomas

When Helen Clark - the former New Zealand Prime Minister who runs the UN Development Programme - was asked about quotas recently she responded with characteristic clarity 'when nothing else works you should have quotas'.

The Men Who Are Intimidated By Funny Women

Sofie Hagen | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

What I have done is sex. Even as a female comedian. Against all odds. It's a miracle. I haven't had sex with enough people to call it academic research (unfortunately), but just about enough for a theory to emerge from my funny little brain.

If My Gender Is Fluid, Yet My Sexuality Not, How Do I Know Who to Bonk?

Tom Rasmussen | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Rasmussen

I am very aware that I am lucky to be gay in the UK now, and we are so lucky that spaces such as gay clubs exist, however the sexual systems within which we move in these spaces are problematic for someone like me: here, I feel as though I don't sexually belong.

Stereotyping Your Leaders Is Just Bad for Business

Jo Manton | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Jo Manton

Recent years have seen rising concern about the relative absence of women in leadership, with businesses being urged to acknowledge the benefits of a 'female' style of leadership. So what are the effects of such stereotypical views of leadership traits? And are they detrimental not just to women, but to men - and to organisations?

Your Reputation Is a Chemistry Equation (Men≠Women)

Tahreem Arshad | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tahreem Arshad

Competence is more than intelligence - it also includes political skills, such as social astuteness, networking ability, sincerity and interpersonal influence. And warmth can be understood as likeability. These reactants are on the left hand side and the product on the right is your reputation.

Should We Be Celebrating American Apparel's 'Pubic Hair' Mannequins?

Rhiannon Davies | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Davies

The reality is that American Apparel sticking pubic hair on its mannequins probably won't increase lingerie sales, but will it give them publicity? Get people talking? Of course it will, it already has, as this post proves. People want to talk about this, out of shock, out of amusement, whatever the reason, emotion is evoked.

Why We Must Take a More Joined Up Approach to Tackling Gender Inequality

Fran Hall | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
Fran Hall

I am arguing that all these things are related and they are an example of how we need to take a joined up approach to tackling gender equality and the negative effects it has on women, men and wider society.

Sexism and the Ryanair Cabin Crew Calendar 2014

Tish Weinstock | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tish Weinstock

Ryanair, that of the cheap flights, zero legroom and zero tolerance of fat people, is the world's most hated airline. Popularly seen as the villain of the skies, Ryanair has been pissing people off for the last twenty plus years: with all its hidden levies, taxes and charges, Europe's ''only ultra-low cost carrier'' isn't actually selling low cost flights.

Feminism Isn't For Men Too - In Fact, It's Not For Women Either

Gregor Smith | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

Have you ever read something you think is so outrageously wrong you have to correct it? Well, that feeling overwhelmed me when I read fellow Huffington Post UK blogger Jack Fletcher's post entitled Feminism Is For Men Too. I'm now going to spend the next few hundred words explaining and defending why not agreeing with feminism is not the same as being a misogynist.

Living Dolls or Just Living?

Morgan Reilly | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Morgan Reilly

On Monday evening at 10pm, Channel 4 aired the documentary Secrets of Living Dolls... On the night it was aired people took to their Twitter accounts and Facebook status' to tell their friends that what these men were doing, well it simply isn't right! But...is it not?

Lads, It's Time for Some Meninism

George Gillett | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

Feminists must remember what liberation means - it is not just equal opportunity to be financially independent or to hold positions of authority. Liberation is about much more - it's the freedom to be yourself regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, class or gender. As soon as we assign stereotypes to any identity we create expectations of how individuals should behave...

Kim Kardashian Perpetuates the Beauty Myth

Sheila Hageman | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

Kim Kardashian has never been known for being modest. Before her pregnancy, the reality television star loved to flaunt her curves, not to mention that she began her career in a porn film (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Sexism in the Spa World

Abi S. Wright | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

I know people of both genders who would always choose to have a male therapist, and I know people who would always choose to have a female therapist. Personally however, I would simply choose to have a good therapist.

Feminism Is For Men Too

Jack Fletcher | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Feminism is about gender equality, with a focus on trying to reduce the social disparity that women are subject to when compared to men. Shock horror! Women can be as successful and able as men... who would have thought?

Nissa TV: Minding the Gender Gap in Media

Dimple Vijaykumar | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dimple Vijaykumar

After years of hard work and preparation, a feminist TV channel dedicated to promoting gender equality in Euro-Mediterranean countries is finally being launched.

Debates on Gender Segregation Have Ignored Muslim Women

Hussein Kesvani | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hussein Kesvani

While important, gender segregation on British campuses, while important, has been poorly debated on. There has been far less discussion, particularly from female viewpoints, on the values of choice, liberty, religious identity and legitimate boundaries of self-expression.

Topless Protests Are Not the Answer

Nadeine Asbali | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nadeine Asbali

Please, do not dictate how Muslim women should feel based on your own limited and intrinsically biased worldview. Don't attempt to remould our entire paradigm. And especially, don't insult all that it means to be a feminist by implying that women need to show their bare chest in order to be heard.

Schools Guilty Of Gender Stereotyping, Research Claims

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly half of state schools in England are guilty of contributing towards gender stereotyping, with few bothering to tackle the gender bias of subjec...

Feminism Isn't Enough, We Need Communication

Andy McCarthy | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andy McCarthy

Whenever I am coerced into a discussion about gender equality, the same points always seem to be regurgitated: "Why do you hate men? Women already have equality. Are you gay or something?" Well, yes actually, but that's beside the point. Although while we're on the subject, why is it so shocking to come out as a feminist anyway?

FINALLY! Last All-Male College At Oxford Lets Women In

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University's sole surviving single sex college has decided to finally admit female students, it has been announced. St Benet's Hall, establi...

'Miley Cyrus' and the Female Body: Who's to Blame?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jack McSweeney

The controversial positing of the female body within the sphere of pop music is hardly a new phenomenon; each and every generation of women has both encountered and been forced to consider the way in which mainstream music has continued to degrade, fetishise and disempower the female image.

My Decision to Become a Certified Feminist

Emily Hoyle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Hoyle

I cannot pinpoint the moment I identified myself as a feminist or the exact moments that encouraged me to become one. Perhaps it was when I was a teenager and my boyfriend's fath er at the time was shocked at the fact I was a female who was unable to cook, or whether it was when a man masturbated in my direction on public transport

Less Noise, More Poise: How Women Are Changing the Way We Lead

Neela Bettridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

It takes inner strength to lead without the limelight. But a lot of women have been doing this for years. This is the danger of light-touch leadership: it is often invisible and can go unrecognised, especially to those outside of your immediate circle.