Role Models

Zoella Isn't Bad for Young Girls, But Branding Her Vacuous for Liking Make Up Is

Tilly Grove | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly Grove

The obsession society has with scrutinising young women in the public eye for their ability to be role models is nothing new, and is perpetuated even by women who consider themselves feminists. Wanting women to be empowered and free is surely at direct odds with wanting them to conform to a host of standards that make them 'appropriate' for the consumption of others...

Put On Your Ray-Bans and Stitch Your Patchwork Quilt Models

Nia Joynson-Romanzina | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nia Joynson-Romanzina

Wonderwoman, Princess Diana, Madonna. They provided inspiration, ideas, visions from which to pluck, mould and reshape, to create my own look, my own aura, my own presentation of myself to the world.

The Athlete: The Next Generation's New Role Model

Sian Elvin | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What better example can we use for children when explaining that sometimes, you will have failures, but if you work hard enough then you will succeed eventually? Athletes also prove too that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

Disney Princesses: Role Models or Ridiculous?

Bethany Balkham | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bethany Balkham

So it seems that Disney has moved with the times, as it is the more recent princesses that symbolise true female role models. Merida, a new princess from Brave, shows that Disney has tossed aside the snow-white, angelic style. Instead, the bushy, ginger-haired scruff ball, is a free-spirited and powerful girl...

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How These Women Overcame Their Own Addiction To Help Others | Poorna Bell | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For a lot of us, our teens and twenties are about experimentation, getting drunk on 99p shots and wondering why there's a shopping trolley on your law...

Women Role-Models In Film And TV

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Esther Hayden

For those of you who have not seen True Detectives, the series starts in 1995 in Louisiana at a time when only 2% of police officers in the whole of the US were women. Indeed as befits the time much of the writing focuses on life through the eyes of the two lead male detectives so in fact I don't think it is surprising there is not a lot of focus on strong female role models.

Desperately Seeking Female Role Model

Bexy Cameron | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Bexy Cameron

Globally, women are under represented at the top in politics world-wide by 85%and over represented at the bottom; we make up 70% of the worlds impoverished. But when you aren't actively part of either of those demographics and reside in a world as 'progressive' as the creative industry, you can be lead to think that inequality is something that happens to 'other women'.

Role Models

Gina Lyons | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

I keep hearing the words "role models" in the press and it got me thinking about who were mine when I was growing up. I am constantly hearing about how bad role models Rihanna or Miley Cyrus are, with their fannies out and their drug advocating. It made me think back to when I was an impressionable 15 year old, and who could influence me.

Why Men Need Female Role Models

Jana Bakunina | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jana Bakunina

Of course, power-hungry, war-playing, point-scoring women do exist but they don't make role models, at least not in my books. The women I find inspiring are different. They are successful yet grounded. They achieve their goals but admit challenges along the way.

Crucifying the Cliques That Barbie Taught Me - My Beef With Barbie

Madame Allsorts | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Style
Madame Allsorts

Sadly borderline starvation coupled with teenage angst and confusion don't make for a happy marriage! Luckily the older I got the quicker creativity obliterated my delusions of Barbie but with forty percent of nine year olds reportedly being unhappy with their looks, the problem lives on.

Drinking: A Mash-Up Story

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't believe in protecting people from the opinions of others. In fact I find it faintly ridiculous that people devote so much time to worrying on the behalf of other people. Acting like addicts are a bunch of unruly 5 years olds, likely to go off on the tear after reading a well-versed piece of prose on drinking. It's not dangerous to display these views. It's eye-opening.

In Defence of Liz Jones

Tasha Smith | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tasha Smith

Liz and Rihanna represent the archetypes of feminism, one strong and undefeated, the other weak and under constant attack. We find it hard to sympathise with Liz because she embodies everything we've worked so hard to leave behind.

Role Models

Robert Milne | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Robert Milne

In a world of twitter, news feeds, facebook and live streaming it's become very hard to know our children's role models. It is no longer true that a footballer or a singer with dominate the mind of the majority of teenagers: the media world and our access to the celebrities within it, through personal devices, has become bespoke.

Why RiRi Is Right and Liz Jones Is Wrong

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Carrie Armstrong

It's not Rihanna's job to live up to our ideal of the perfect role model for young women. She expresses herself for a living. She's very good at it. Right now she's young and spends a lot of time going out. She's really no different from other girls her age in that respect. She just does it on a bigger scale - and we all get to come along for the ride.

Is Trash Media Responsible for a Lack of Positive Role Models?

Tania Sullivan | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tania Sullivan

We do need to be careful about what our children are exposed to. No, we cannot protect them from everything all the time but we do need to be aware of what they see because children are sponges and they soak it all in - the good and the bad. Unfortunately, good role models and positive influences in modern media are rare.

Don't Revisit your Childhood, on your Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

As the world evolves, so humanity remains essentially emotionally the same. All of it crystallized in sharp relief within the hellish prison of childhood. I always said I'd never forget...and yet now I have children, I find myself getting annoyed because their drama doesn't meet my criteria for what merits hysterical crying and slammed doors.

Celebrating Female Talent

Jane Asscher | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Asscher

Last Tuesday night Cosmopolitan magazine held a 'Celebration of Female Talent' at Kensington Palace as part of AdWeek Europe.

Lena Dunham and the Voice of My Generation

Hugh Bassett | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hugh Bassett

Girls is littered with examples of overindulged, entitled twenty-somethings, unable to hold down a job for more than a few months due to personality clashes and boredom, while being entirely self-obsessed and overly concerned with every aspect of their own lives from fashion to food. It paints a picture of an age group trapped in arrested development, desperately unable to grow up.

How Rose Heilbron Inspired Me and a Generation of Women

Cherie Blair | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

As a child growing up in my grandmother's house in Liverpool, there was one name that always made my grandmother excited: Rose Heilbron. Rose was an advocate, and when she was arguing a case before a jury at the Liverpool Assizes my grandmother would follow her cases avidly, sometimes even from the public gallery.

Let's Champion Smart People Like Gillian Tett

Brian John Spencer | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK
Brian John Spencer

Yes but there's more to the Twitter Tett love: her admirers are drawn to her for her substance. They're drawn to her for her astute analysis of current affairs, for her raw clarity and for her fluency of ideas and concepts. Above all, they love her for her brilliant mind - for her smarts!

Why Do We Insist on Treating Footballers as Role Models?

Scott Thompson | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Sport
Scott Thompson

Footballers are terrible role models. Whether they are swearing at the referee, racially abusing each other or hiring OAP prostitutes in between burning their houses down with fireworks, it's not exactly how we'd want our children to lead their lives yet they are still referred to as role models.

Generation Inspiration - The Changing Face of Role Models

Jo Fairley | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Fairley

"Do as you would be done by". As mottos for life go, there are plenty worse. It's a phrase that's echoed in my head since childhood - but more than that, I think it's pretty much shaped my life - and my business: Green & Black's, the UK's first Fairtrade-marked chocolate.

The Importance of Ada Lovelace Day

Helena Jidborg Alexander | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Tech
Helena Jidborg Alexander

Ada Lovelace the world's first computer programmer. Yes, I am serious; the first computer programmer was indeed a woman.

Why the Olympics Have Given the British Youth Something to Hope For

Mayowa Anthea Adebiyi | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mayowa Anthea Adebiyi

It is one thing to tell someone what they can achieve but when you can relate to them on a certain level you can lead by example. For this reason the achievements of the young Olympic medallists should be recognised as a platform for youth empowerment, which has provided young people with an element of hope for their future.

Don't Suffer, Together We're Tougher: Rochdale Teenager Has a Message for Victims of Bullying

Clare Sarson | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Clare Sarson

It's been a summer of role models and positive images of young people. August 2012, in contrast to the riots of last year, has given us plenty to look forward to, to celebrate and to shout about.