Feminism in the West - Is Equality Still Enough?

Hannah Brooks | Posted 23.07.2014 | 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 30.06.2014 | 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 24.06.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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 30.05.2014 | 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 29.05.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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.

Misogyny in the Religious Sphere: Bound by Culture or Religion?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Ahmed

In many societies women are considered as second class citizens and deprived of innumerable fundamental rights enjoyed by their male counterparts. Those who sincerely dislike this discrimination have espoused a struggle to obtain a parallel position which unfortunately, to date, confounds them to the more progressive states.

Stop Telling Us to Lighten Up

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Ackermann

Not finding your jokes funny doesn't mean we're lacking in humour - it means your jokes are shit...

Marching To End Male Violence Against Women & Girls

Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara C Nelson

On Saturday I marked International Women's Day by proudly marching in the name of ending male violence towards women and girls.

'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.

Think 'Blurred Lines' Was Bad? You Should See This New Enrique Iglesias Video

Kate Leaver | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Leaver

Enrique casually leans on one woman's nearly naked bottom, while another woman grinds hers into his right ear. He buries his handsome face in the crevice of the first woman's arse. The camera pans across a room filled with women in bikinis, lacy lingerie, and see-through underwear. The men are fully clothed.

When Did We Consent to a 'Rape Culture'?

Lauren Chaplin | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Chaplin

The Guardian recently published an article titled 'Rape culture at university needs urgent action' which opened with the author, a Cambridge fresher, describing various dreadful incidents her friends had experienced at university, namely drink spiking, sexual assault, and most tragically, rape. So far, so fair...

Nigel Farage Proves That Sexism in the City Is Alive and Well

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Within weeks of joining the bank, I became aware of barriers to my progress that were simply not there for my male equivalents. Women weren't given a chance to prove themselves, men bonded in strip clubs, women were paid less than their male counterparts, sexist 'banter' ruled - and that was before I even noticed what was happening to the one other female executive in my department, who had just had a baby.

The Din of Misogyny at Bangkok Protests

Thin Lei Win | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thin Lei Win

An anti-government protester blows a whistle as he walks past a cartoon and a banner insulting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra near the Government House in Bangkok, on Dec. 8, 2013. The bumper stickers on the effigy of Yingluck say, "Get out, idiot". The cardboard banner says, "Paying taxes for a whore to travel"

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.

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...