UK Sexism

The Unspoken - And Unthinking - Sexism In The Media Business

Grant Feller | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK
Grant Feller

Good writing is good writing regardless of gender. And yes that is true. Except one can't help wondering why all the brilliant female writers working on the Sunday Times are in the Style and Magazine sections (which are both edited by women). Is that where they're 'meant' to be?

'Don't Call Us Firemen' London Brigade Urges In Push To Get More Women To Join

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) are trying to finally extinguish the word ‘firemen’ in an anti-sexisim push aimed at encouraging more women to join ...

Sexism And Sexual Harassment In Hollywood? No Sh*t!

Rose Gibbs | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

It is no good worrying if you are a father of some girl children who has therefore suddenly awoken to the invidious nature of sexism. There is very little you can do, other than to teach them to distain men and boys and hope that this works as some kind of deterrent when it comes to considering who to work or sleep with later on in their adult lives.

Girl Smashes Gender Stereotypes By Answering Sexist Homework Question In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Parents

A girl answered a homework question in the best way, smashing gender stereotypes while she was at it. Yasmin’s answer to an assignment asking her to...

Kinder Surprise Slammed For 'Sexist' Pink And Blue Packaging And Toys

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Parents

An advert for limited edition Kinder Surprise eggs in pink and blue wrappers has been criticised for being “sexist”. The ad shows a blue-packaged ...

Director Explains Why These Girls Are Getting Angry In Empowering New Video

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK

Beyoncé’s defiant Freedom has been remade to highlight how the battle for gender equality faces greater challenges in a changing political landscap...

Hefner's Death Leaves Behind A Legacy Of Sexual Oppression, Not Sexual Liberation

Anna Tippett | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

Hugh Hefner, the American businessman behind Playboy magazine, has died of natural causes aged 91. He founded the men's magazine in 1953, with the image of the Playboy Bunny becoming a cultural symbol that has seen global recognition and success

Three Quarters Of Young People Have Witnessed Sexual Harassment While Out Drinking

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

For many people, sexual harassment has become a normalised part of a night out, but it shouldn’t be that way. New research from Drinkaware reveals t...

The Online Abuse Of Diane Abbott Is A Damning Indictment Of Racism And Sexism In Our Democracy

Barbara Ntumy | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Politics
Barbara Ntumy

Diane Abbott is an icon for Black women, who challenged the structural barriers and hostility that comes with the double discrimination of racism and sexism in order to reach elected office. The online abuse she faced in the period the report analysed from the first half of this year is larger than the total combined abuse aimed at all women in the Conservative and SNP political parties combined.

Blonde Silicon Valley CEO Dyes Hair To Be 'Taken Seriously', Women In Tech Say She's 'Not Alone'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A Silicon Valley CEO has revealed she dyed her blonde hair, wore loose-fitting clothes and switched her contact lenses for glasses in order to be “t...

Refusing To Take 'No' For An Answer Is Never Romantic

Rachel Moss | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

At worst refusing to take "no" for an answer is predatory and contributes to the harassment women experience day-in, day-out. This ideology is to blame for why some men think it's okay to repeatedly grope women in nightclubs, refusing to back off until said woman declares she's "already taken", either by a real or fictional boyfriend.

Gangs, Rape, Violence: The Girls We're Letting Down

Suzanne Virdee | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Suzanne Virdee

I sit down for coffee and a chat on a sunny terrace with a friend who's a senior youth worker, and she says. "We have a big problem with our 11-13 year old girls". She works on the edge of a big city, in charge of a large youth centre. Her young clients are often affiliated to gangs. She bans all gang talk, throwing of signs and bandanas that identify which gang they belong to. No weapons either. It's to create a safe oasis in their chaotic world. But she's worried it's girls that are suffering most.

This Twitter Thread Satirising How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good

HuffPost | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

What if we talked about male historical figures in the same way we talk about female historical figures? Twitter user @manwhohasitall has thousands ...

Zara Responds To Claims About 'Sexist' Slogans On Kids' Clothing

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Parents

Zara has responded to claims items in their kids’ clothing line are sexist, by saying their products deliver positive messages to both boys and girl...

Labour MP Diane Abbott Receives Almost Half Of All Abusive Tweets Sent To Female MPs

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK

Labour’s Diane Abbott received almost half of all abusive tweets sent to female MPs in the run up to the General Election, a new report from Amnesty...

Dance Music Is Still A Boys' Club

Jess Readett | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Readett

We all know that sexism exists and that it neither starts nor ends in the world of dance music. Yet in a scene supposedly based upon values of equality and inclusivity, it seems odd that the world of dance music and DJing should still be such a boys' club.

Third Of Teenage Girls Fear Being Followed, With Catcalling Starting While In School Uniform

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Teenage girls are living in fear of being followed by a stranger, with many experiencing intimidating catcalling by men while wearing their school uni...

Dad Slams Puberty Book That States Girls Have Breasts To Look 'Grown-Up And Attractive'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Parents

A dad has called out a puberty book for boys that claims one of the reasons girls have breasts is to “look grown-up and attractive”. Simon Ragoona...

How To Talk About Sexism With Your Kids

Quora | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Parents

Discussing sexism with kids can seem difficult, but actually turns out to be pretty easy once you get going. I have four children, ages 9, 7, 6, and 4, of both genders, and I've been casually discussing sexism and fighting sexist media/comments/etc, for as long as I can remember with them. Here are some tips that worked well for me:

This Sexist Retail Poster Needs To Get Back In The '50s Where It Belongs

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A photo of a poster that wouldn’t look out of place in the fifties is doing the rounds on Twitter - and shockingly it’s from a present-day fashion...

Dad Calls Out Supermarket’s Sexist Sign And Gets Awesome Response

HuffPost | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Parents

A Canadian dad used Twitter to make a small but meaningful change for parents today. On Monday 21 August, Justin Simard tweeted a photo of himself a...

Brains Over Bums: Brands Need Smarter Tactics Than Flaunting Women

Sophie Deal | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Deal

I admit, it's hard not to bop along to California Girls and Surf City. But do we want to remain frozen in a 1970s narrative, where there's 'two girls for every boy' and women are little other than eye candy for beach boys to ogle at?

JK Rowling Defends New Author After Mansplainer Says She Didn't Technically Write A Book

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

JK Rowling and Roxane Gay have tweeted messages of support for a fellow author after a man tweeted her to say she hadn’t written a book, she’d wri...

Why Aren't Classrooms Gender Neutral?

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

Of course, at the other end of school, there are other, huge challenges. Working practices with relation to flexible hours, job sharing, the stigma of shared parenting, childcare, sexism in the workplace, all of these things are needed so that when these children do leave school, they are entering a world where their understanding of equality is matched by the world they find themselves in. With any luck, we can get on with creating that world for them, while they are discovering the limitless possibilities of themselves.

I Met A Man Who Offered Me An Opportunity To Change My Life. And Then

Suzy Gill | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Gill

Suzy Gill is an actress, playwright and poet. In this vlog for HuffPost UK, Suzy performs an extract from her poem Systematic Problems which was written in response to an uncomfortable situation she found herself in.