UK Gender

Violence Against Women, Domestic Violence and the Problem of Gender Identity

Louise Pennington | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK
Louise Pennington

When the media conflates the continuum of violence against women and girls with one form and uses gender neutral language, it puts all women's services at risk.

Thanks for the Debate, Davos But It's Time for Action on Gender Diversity

Lucy Jameson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Lucy Jameson

In-between the parties, private meetings and panel discussions, gender was back on the agenda this year in Davos. It's just unfortunate that the headl...

Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

A forceful and vengeful political vehicle that seeks to differentiate, demarcate and subsequently discriminate against Muslims and their communities this week's political approaches and their appropriation of British Muslim women are little different.

Balancing My Love for Girly Stuff: A Feminist Battle

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

There are some feminine rituals that I will never rid myself of. I believe that feminism is fluid and accepts all changes that have to be made. I live in a society that is basically founded on patriarchy and sexist oppression. Adjusting to make your own life a little easier is not selling out. Reform and re-structure is also a form of revolution.

Reclaiming Pink

Kate O'Sullivan | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kate O'Sullivan

Bowie had helped me as I struggled to understand my own gender identity and sexuality as a teen and I dearly wanted her to know his brilliance too. I hit play on the Bowie playlist that's accompanied so many of our post dinner dance parties and pulled out some face paints. With Bowie looking out at us from the ipad we painted on red stripes and quiffed our hair.

Nearly Half Of Us Think Gender Doesn't Have To Mean Male Or Female

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK

Almost half of Britons think that someone's gender is more fluid than just male and female, according to new research being hailed as a victory by gen...

What David Bowie Taught Me

Lydia Suffield | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

David Bowie will be remembered for many things by many people. But for me, I'll always remember him as the person who taught me that there didn't have to be one face I chose.

2016: It's Time to Bring "Mx" to Offices

Rima Amin | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rima Amin

Honorifics are problematic for people outside of gender binary, those who self-define as neither woman or man, or both. Not fitting into these boxes can leave them feeling that they don't quite belong.

The Smith Kids Are Way Beyond Any Wasted Hate You Throw at Them

Kate Holliday | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

Jaden and Willow Smith continue to stand out and challenge societal norms, refusing to join a long line of child star clones that the entertainment industry has churned out.

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...