UK Sexism

Sexism In Britain Is 'In-Your-Face', Says UN

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK

The UN's spokeswoman on violence against women has blasted the "pervasive" and "routine" sexist culture in the UK. Rashida Manjoo said there is a "...

Why We Should Stop Telling Women to Smile

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

Putting on a fake smile doesn't benefit me, and therefore the benefit is purely for the seemingly well-meaning smile requester. They are telling you to smile so that they have something prettier to look at whilst they go about their day. It's not about making the woman feel happier at all. So, if putting on a fake smile is purely to make me look more attractive, why should I?

Street Harassment Isn't 'Deplorable' Behaviour, and It Isn't the Fault of Everyday Sexism Project

Louise Pennington | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

he Everyday Sexism Project isn't archiving examples of men saying hello to random women. They are collecting and sharing women's stories of street harassment and low-level forms of sexual assault and violence. Foster seems to have misunderstood the difference between asking a woman on a date and sexual harassment.

Accepting My Husband's 'Maleness'

Joanne Toner | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Toner

As an educated woman, I was fervent on being a success, earning my own money, whilst maintaining a good level of health, fitness, an active social life and when the time was right - we'd decide when to start a family, where we would both play an equal role as co-parents. I realise now that this was an unrealistic expectation.

WATCH: If Girls Hit On Guys Like Guys Hit On Girls

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Comedy

At the gym... in the street... Nowhere is safe for men in this great little video from BuzzFeed. ...

Bottom Drumming Is A New Music Craze, We Think It's Sexist And Creepy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Spanish percussionist, Jorge Pérez, became both popular and unpopular last year, after a music video of him slapping bottoms went viral on YouTube. ...

10 Ways to Avoid Gender Stereotyping in Children

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Try to resist seeing the world in pink and blue, despite the inevitable monochrome bombardment you'll face from the moment of your first child's birth. Despite what you're told, open your mind to the idea that both genders can appreciate a diverse palette.

Women Who Eat on Tubes Is Not Art, It's Not Harmless and It's Not Okay

Poorna Bell | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

There's a reason why there isn't a show called Women V Food because you're conditioned to hog, eat competitively and scoff. We're conditioned to watch what we eat, consider low-fat options and watch our figures. We do consider it a violation in a public place that someone has caught us at a vulnerable moment and decided to broadcast it.

Poorna Bell

Veet's 'Don't Risk Dudeness' Hairy Legs And Armpits Ad Campaign Causes Uproar

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women's body hair - to have or not to have - is once again the battleground between feminists and people who think that hairy women are female hobbits...

Why Are Girls Still Expected To 'Just Smile'?

Ellen Stewart | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Stewart

I've seen plenty of men who wear a similar look on their face... But when was the last time a builder told them to "cheer up love", a server at Itsu wrote "smile" on their napkin when they were just trying to buy sushi in peace, or their mum and/or best friend reminded them they're "much prettier" when they smile? Yeah, I thought as much.

Twelve Things the No More Page 3 Campaign Is NOT

Jack Fletcher | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

I have never seen so much confusion surrounding a campaign than 'No More Page 3' (NMP3). Yes, I am young and not world weary, but as a supporter of the cause I have certainly grown weary of the misconceptions and the false assumptions about what the organisers are saying. So I propose to tell you exactly what the campaign is NOT...

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

Polly Courtney | Posted 03.04.2014 | 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.

Why Is Workplace Sexism So Prevalent?

Rosie Tallant | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

This blatant discrepancy between how we think people should be treated at work and how many women are actually treated at work makes workplace sexism one of the easiest forms to spot.

Pritt Sticks New Pink Glue Is Just For Girls...Apparently

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The humble Pritt Stick is a staple of any child's art box. Perfect for glueing paper, sequins and more, the Pritt Stick allows children to get crafty....

Student Uses #nomakeupselfie To Raise Awareness Of Vicious Nightclub Attack

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A victim of a vicious nightclub attack has used the #nomakeupselfie trend to raise thousands of pounds for a rape crisis centre and to send the messag...

Female Comics Are Not a Novelty Act

Jenny Collier | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Jenny Collier

We still hear people ask 'Are women funny?' as if this is somehow a valid debate. It's not a question ever applied to male comedians.

I'm Not a Sweetie... So I'm Bitter

Ellie Slee | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Slee

I'm sick of the fact that because I am female, I am public property. I'm done with being dissected because I talk about that. And if you can't think of another word for what women like me are, you call us bitter. You expect it to sting and you expect us to shut our mouths and stop caring about ourselves, and each other, and our rights.

Sexism in Science 101: Mythbusting

Priya Shetty | Posted 20.03.2014 | 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.

Is Controversial Pro-Rape Leeds Club Night Tequila UK 'Reopening Under A New Name'?

The Huffington Post UK | Cristina Criddle | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A new club night is denying links to an events company which used a pro-rape video to advertise its events, but has admitted it is "filling a gap" aft...

Letter to Freshers

Olivia Murphy | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Murphy

This is a letter to freshers everywhere. Don't worry, its not going to be naggy or anything. Being a fresher is meant to be fun; partying, ill-advised hook-ups, and the friendships that blossom from the shared misery of a hangover. But it also comes with its own brand of pressure; fresher pressure if you will.

Why the Debate's More Than Just About Women Who Eat On Tubes

Sophie Alderson | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sophie Alderson

I'm a member of divisive Facebook Group Women Who Eat On Tubes. I joined because I didn't like what I saw. If you've read enough on the subject, or need to alphabetise your dried herbs, you're excused.

Steak And BJ Day Intended To Counteract The 'Hard Work' Men Do On Valentine's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Valentine's Day: you thought it was about celebrating the love of two people, but according to the brains (and we use that word lightly) behind Steak ...

Poorna Bell

Nightclub's 'Free Boob Job' Facebook Promotion Is Hijacked By Breast Cancer Campaigners

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The Facebook page of Tiger Tiger Cape Town has been hijacked by campaigners after posting the following promotion: "Celebrating National Cleavage ...

Stop Telling Us to Lighten Up

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Ackermann

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

A Curious Case of Sexist Based Equality?

Adrian Grist | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Adrian Grist

For almost a decade now I have remained an unemployed/unemployable journalist; my workload stuttered and stalled as my kidney function teetered and crashed. Indeed, in the past ten years I have only had two articles published, that's a fairly low output for someone with the audacity to dish out business cards with the words 'freelance writer' emblazoned across them.