Patriarchy

Picture Perfect: Why the Female Selfie is Here to Stay

Anna Brown | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Tech
Anna Brown

I'm ashamed to admit that when the trend first started, I too brushed it off as an over-indulgent social media phase that would probably just die out. Thankfully it hasn't - and the selfie is fast becoming one of the most incredible celebrations of women the internet has ever seen.

Women Against Feminism, Privilege and Feminist Activism

Louise Pennington | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Nothing irritates me more than the misappropriation of humanism, which is a centuries old intellectual movement based on rationality and science. The term itself predates feminism by nearly a century so how humanism can be the response to feminism is beyond me.

'Toxic Wars' vs. Conscientious Feminism

Minna Salami | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Minna Salami

The conference was not for but about African heritage women so the white participants had every right to be there. At the same time the systemic exclusion of black women in the west causes deep, legitimate wounds. Nsukka demonstrates how important it is to communicate, and to voice difficult feelings such as anger and hurt, in order to find solutions.

Iran Unveiled at Open City Docs Fest

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

Iran is seldom out of International news. In my own 34 years, it has become inextricably linked with the names of other countries blighted by war and hardship: Bosnia, Serbia, Rwanda, Ethiopia.

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.

Here's What Bell Hooks Got Wrong About Beyoncé Being an Anti-Feminist Terrorist

Lauren Davidson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lauren Davidson

It's not a brand of feminism that speaks to or works for everyone, but Beyoncé's form of feminist liberation is to be a strong, sexual woman -- and to be utterly confident in it.

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.

Chocolate, Caramel, Peanuts... and Patriarchy: Featuring the Snickers Advert

Sarah Grand-Clement | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Grand-Clement

One would think that there isn't any real reason to complain, because, it is after all just another advertisement, not to be taken seriously. But taking issue with the way our society reacts to behaviour outside of an unspoken norm is needed...

Attachment Parenting IS Feminist

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Attachment parenting doesn't acknowledge capitalism or patriarchy as deities the way mainstream parenting does. Attachment parenting (the practices involved in) supports a woman's right to understand how her body works, how powerful she is in the life of her child and in wider society and how awesome her biology is.

Forgiveness, Christianity and Men's Violence Against Women

Karen Ingala Smith | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK
Karen Ingala Smith

Christianity like religions across the world reinforces and upholds patriarchy, forgiveness is just another of its tools. We do not need to forgive male violence against women unless we want men to continue to dominate women.

16 Reasons Why You, a Man, Should Hate the Patriarchy

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lindsell

All men should be following the tenets of feminism already, which includes shutting up and listening. But they aren't. Many are being their unaware or blissfully misogynistic selves - and they're the ones who have the furthest to go.

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.

Delhi Rape: One Year On, What Has Changed for Women in India?

Priya Shah | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

Not much has changed for women in India. While the international arena can help, ultimately change has to come from within the country. Merely a change in law is not enough; a change in attitudes is also necessary to transform Indian society and make it a better place for women.

Can You be a Mummy Blogger and a Feminist?

Louise Pennington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Writing about making jam and homemade baby food and wearing high heels because they are something that you enjoy and something that brings you pleasure is a good thing but that doesn't necessarily make it a feminist choice. This doesn't mean there is something inherently wrong with making jam or wearing high heels but these are 'choices' that are made within patriarchal constraints.

What Paxman's Interview With Brand Tells Us About Masculinity, Science and Spirituality

Nick Clements | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

The Paxman and Brand debate has been viewed over 5 million times, and for me, amongst other things, it very succinctly describes the tension between science and spirituality within masculinity. Paxman, like a school yard bully, slowly circles Brand chanting 'prove it, prove it, prove it.' Brand can't prove it. He is just voicing his discontent, happy not to be able to prove it, which perplexes Paxman.

Feminism: What It's Taught Me

Chloe Vinden | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Vinden

The sad fact is that many women are afraid to call themselves or define themselves as a feminist due to the alleged social stigma. I believe that this is an example of how influential patriarchy remains within society. Feminists are not 'man-hating' and 'un-feminine' - to be quite frank, I'm sick of these uneducated assumptions.

Even If the Patriarchy Is Laughing at Us Today, It Will Cry in Front of Us Tomorrow!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

Femen is a women's movement with women's ideas, women's slogans, women's bravery, women's actions - we are not run by man... To those who spread the information that man is a founder of Femen, that he is the creator of our ideology, that he picks up girls he likes, I advise you to calm down as it's nothing else but just a lie. 

School Uniforms: Reinforcing Patriarchal Norms?

Louise Pennington | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Clothing is the outward signifier of respect: those in power require these to make a clear distinction between those with power who have value and those who have neither. As a society, we are reaping serious social damage due to our lack of respect for our children.

Women's Magazines: Reinforcing the Patriarchy Using Women to Police Women

Louise Pennington | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

I wasn't at all shocked by OK Magazine's newest cover story: "Kate's Post-Baby Weight Loss Regime". Body-shaming a woman less than 48 hours after they gave birth is entirely keeping within the normative behaviour of women's magazines. OK Magazine might have been the first of the women's magazines to publish diet tips for the Duchess of Cambridge but they won't be the last.

The Objectification of Women - It Goes Much Further Than Sexy Pictures

Joy Goh-Mah | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Goh-Mah

When feminists decry the objectification of women, most people immediately think of the images that saturate our magazines, movies, adverts and the Internet. Yet, while sexual objectification is a huge problem, it is, sadly, only a fraction of the objectification of women that permeates our world, from the moment we enter it.

'Masculinity Defines Men, Rather Than the Reverse' - Why the 'Masculinity' Debate Is So Important

Natalie Gyte | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Gyte

The truth is that men, through socially defined 'masculinity', have always enjoyed a privileged relationship with social and economic power. Through history, the idea of 'manhood' has been centred in physical strength, toughness, earning, providing, and dominating, creating a paradigm in which we have been collectively socialised to the idea of 'masculinity' within every faculty of our psyche.

Vaginas are Not Objects: On Nick Ross and Rape Culture

Louise Pennington | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Apparently, women are responsible for being raped for just being in possession of a vagina in public. After all, the suggestion that we hold individuals responsible for having their laptops stolen if left on the front seat of the car is the same as women making themselves vulnerable to rape by going out in public in clothes.

Muslim Women Complicit in their Repression?

Sajda Khan | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

When I was a first year undergraduate student, my psychology lecturer told me that Muslim women were complicit in their own repression and did not know what it was like to be liberated. As a student of humanities and social sciences I gauged that his views were conspicuously grounded in the litany of anecdotal sources cited by the media.

Teenage Pregnancy, Patriarchal Hypocrisy and Immaculate Conception

Louise Pennington | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

We already know the causes of teenage pregnancy and, yet, the UK is following the US's path with parents demanding the right to prevent their children learning about real sexual education. The destruction of the welfare state and universal healthcare is already having serious detrimental effects on families

The Capitalist-Patriarchy Hurts Men Too Shocker

Louise Pennington | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Hyper-masculinity is damaging and destructive. It assumes that men are predisposed to violence; that men are nothing more than violent sexual predators incapable of self-control and empathy. The capitalist-patriarchy states that men are inherently violent and that nothing will ever change that.