Misogyny

Open Letter to 'The Beaver', LSESU and Professor Craig Calhoun

Michael Etheridge | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Etheridge

The pathetic statement from the Men's Rugby Team shows no engagement with the issues, apologising not for their misogyny and homophobia, but for the decision to publish it. The leaflet's authors not only excluded gay people from their society, but went further in employing homophobia as a promotional tool.

You've Helped Create a Rapist's Almanac: An Open Letter to Those Who Brought Dapper Laughs to TV

Lee Kern | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Lee Kern

Anyone who has seen the online videos of Dapper Laughs - real name Daniel O'Reilly - will be au fait with the misplaced pride in idiocy and the triumphant doltishness of this arch dunce. His act is a woeful, misogynistic celebration of banter-based cretinism that is sadly having a renaissance among the unenlightened, the confused, the intellectually frightened and the simpleton.

Men Falsely Accused of Rape Also Deserve Justice

Bob Morgan | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Bob Morgan

More needs to be done to protect women who are victims of such crimes and the criminal justice system needs to get better at it. I think all this is true - but I don't think that that injustice means it is right to deny men justice when they suffer imprisonment and disgrace for something they did not do.

Feminism: Believing in the Power of Vaginas Is Not Something to be Ashamed Of

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
June Eric-Udorie

There is something undeniably wrong with people who feel that they're not feminists but they believe in women's rights. Or they're not feminists but they believe in the strength of women. Or they're not feminists but they believe that women shouldn't be treated like crap by men. Or they're not feminists but they want to feel like their voice matters.

How Not to Victim Blame

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

He tries to have sex with her, she says no but carries on kissing him. This continues for a while until eventually the girl is lying still and only able to whisper "no" in his ear, while he has sex with her...

Little Wonder This American Apparel Advert Has Been Banned For 'Sexualising Schoolgirls'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK

An ad for American Apparel's "back to school" range has been banned for "inappropriately sexualising" girls and potentially normalising predatory sexu...

Parenting and Body Image

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

The world is watching and analysing the physiques of women in the public eye as a kind of first-world sport, and hypothesising obsessively about their diets, feeding the consciousnesses of young girls with drivel about who they should be and what they should look like and telling them they really should care an awful lot about those things, or else.

The Problem With Feminism

Jack Fletcher | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

The problem with feminism isn't with the idea itself, but everything that surrounds it. From the misunderstanding of what the term actually means, to the idea that it is only for women. In fact, feminism is a threat to the way things have been for centuries, one which affects the demographic I belong to particularly: the white, straight, middle-class male.

Do You Really Need To Resort To Sexy Schoolgirls To Sell Clothes American Apparel?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Time and time again we see retailers resorting to shock tactics in the bid for our attention - and controversial brand American Apparel is perhaps on...

The M Word - How Sexism Is Still Stifling New Women Writers

Rose Bretécher | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Bretécher

My book is a memoir about my life with intrusive sexual thoughts, and it's pretty hard to write about that stuff and not drop the M-bomb. Besides, titillation would never be a problem for a young man in my position, with my mental condition.

Feminism in the West - Is Equality Still Enough?

Hannah Brooks | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Brooks

I simply ask the modern day feminists of western society: What are you fighting for? You have the right to vote, you have the right to education, and you even have the right to voice these opinions. If anything you have it made.

'Men and Women Live in Different Worlds'

Laura Bates | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bates

The effect of living in a world where people of one sex are treated - in myriad tiny, indistinguishable, invisible ways - completely and utterly differently from people of another sex is enormous. You don't need to directly experience each individual component for this level of combined violence and oppression and prejudice to have a huge impact on you - on your life and your lifestyle, your ideas and ideals, and your fundamental perception of yourself and of the world around you. We think of men and women as living and working in the same world, and experiencing it similarly. But in many ways the manifestation of an identical event or activity by one might be entirely unrecognizable to the other.

The Truth Behind PETA

Charlie Proctor | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Charlie Proctor

Despite what they say on their website, PETA is an evil organisation going against its' own ethos, using tactics such as graphic images and even targeting children through advertising to try and make people become grass eating vegans!

The Terrifying Familiarity of Elliot Rodger

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lindsell

It isn't the conclusion of Elliot Rodger's video that terrifies me - not the 'day of retribution' content, the killing intentions, the insistence that it could all have been averted if one of the 'pretty girls' had slept with him. It isn't the discussion of Alpha Maledom or punishing women or revenge against humanity.

UCSB, Feminism and Porn

Gail Dines | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Gail Dines

The more I read about Rodger's unspeakable acts, the more enraged I become with the unwillingness of the mainstream feminist movement to take on the elephant in the room: a well resourced, multi-billion dollar a year industry that doesn't just produce misogyny, but actually ties it to male arousal and ejaculation.

A Woeful Week for Womankind

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

Despite the bleak state of affairs that the events of the week portray, the #YesAllWomen hashtag demonstrates a sea change in attitudes, from women who are increasingly prepared to challenge misogyny wherever they encounter it. The more we recognise the injustices against women, the faster we will progress towards achieving true equality.

#YesAllWomen and Adrienne Truscott are Asking For It - That Is, a Deeper Conversation About Rape

Winnie M Li | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Winnie M Li

Adrienne's on-stage persona might prompt a similar stereotypical thought: "She looks like a classic rape victim: peroxide blonde, drunk in a bar, and showing her legs." And yet, she's not asking for it - which is exactly her point.

The Isla Vista Shootings Were a Result of Misogyny, Why Don't We Say So?

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Davies-Arai

The media is not squeamish about calling out racist violence, or Islamophobia, or in fact any other form of bigotry which targets a specific group of human beings, even if the violence only takes the form of words, in which case it is labelled 'hate speech.'

The Isla Vista Killings and the Absent Misogyny Narrative

Heather McIntosh | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Heather McIntosh

The mental health issue in this shooting is important and should be looked into in serious detail, but to focus on this case as being a symptom solely of an individual mental health problem is to ignore the culturally-created misogynistic impetus that drove these shootings.

Elliot Rodger: Not All Men Hate Women - But If One Does, That's Enough

Jessie Thompson | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessie Thompson

Of course not all men are like that, but even if one is, it's a massive problem. All the time that men continue to use their energy to distance themselves from misogyny, rather than address the fact that it not only occurs but kills, they are simply perpetuating its existence.

How #YesAllWomen United Men And Women Against Misogyny

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

“I don’t know why you girls have never been attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t kno...

Be Honest: Why Do You Really Hate Josie Cunningham?

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabriella Apicella

From younger and younger we are setting women up to be targets of some form of abuse. If she is not beautiful she will be bullied: as Josie Cunningham experienced in advance of getting her notorious breast enlargement, and Jodie Marsh did before her nosejob. If she does not engage in sexual acts she will be pestered until she submits.

The BBC, Gillette Mach Three and the 'Man Hating' Delusion

Ellie Slee | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Slee

Women of Britain: we may still be marginalised in headlines, in the editor's specially selected comments, and in the shaving section of our local Superdrug. But this is a system, and we can screw it on so many levels. I suggest we start by buying a Mach 3.

A Sad Day for Misogynists as Nuts Mag Plans its Final Centrefold

Polly Courtney | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

If young men (and let's not forget, young women) get used to seeing females as mute, subservient, sexual objects that have been polished, positioned and posed to meet men's needs, they will consciously or subconsciously make assumptions about the roles of men and women in society.

Sexism in Science 101: Mythbusting

Priya Shetty | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Priya Shetty

While I acknowledge that some women genuinely haven't experienced it, the fact that so many senior women scientists refuse to engage with feminist issues bothers me deeply - not because I'm a blinkered women's rights campaigner, but because equality in science matters to me.