UK Sexism

Private School Accused Of Dress Code Sexism

SWNS | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents

Two private schools have been accused of sexism after boys have been told to wear pinstriped business suits - while girls have to dress "like secretar...

If You Don't Like Media Sexism, Stand Up And Change It, Says Sara Pascoe

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.04.2016 | UK

Counting 56 pictures of women in their underwear on a single escalator at Oxford Circus station is one of the reasons Sara Pascoe felt she had to writ...

This Project Calls Out The Blatant Objectification Of Women In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women in film are being objectified left, right and centre - whether it's on movie posters or the front of your favourite DVD. In fact it's that ingra...

Where Are All The Female Choreographers?

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Visit most town halls across England on a Saturday morning and you’re likely to find dozens of little girls dutifully standing with their feet in fi...

I Am Not the Exception: Everyday Sexism #WhenIWas Campaign

Kate Delaney | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Delaney

I never received any sex and relationship education and I know that had a significant effect on me and my childhood. It won't solve everything, but I am sure it would go a long way to helping this issue and more generally, result in happier and more confident adults.

Time for a Step Change in How Sexism is Tackled in Schools?

Sophie Bennett | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bennett

The sad fact is, in too many schools across the country sexism just isn't taken seriously enough. Instead, it's trivialised and often ignored. Girls are told 'it's just a bit of harmless fun', 'it's part of growing up' and 'boys will be boys'. This has to stop.

Sexist Culture Grooms Sexist Boys

Rachel Bell | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Bell

Sexualisation, gender stereotypes of both men and women, not seeing girls and women in the media in diverse roles - this all damages boys too. Studies show that even the mildest sexual objectification of women makes men more callous towards them.

Jude Kelly On Finding The Courage To Fight Sexism

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For many across the globe, as artistic director of the Southbank Centre and the founder of one of the biggest festivals celebrating women - Women of t...

If I May Say So...

Jennifer Evans | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Evans

As a lesbian living in today's society freedom of speech is a tool I hold dear to my heart. In the UK the LGBTQ community, by law, has the luxury of freedom of speech; some of us are able to embrace it and use it for all its worth. Some of us are not so able to.

Sending Schoolgirls Home For Wearing ‘Short Skirts' Is Where Victim Blaming Begins

Rachel Moss | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

If staff in schools are really worried about boys viewing girls as sexual objects, they should be giving those boys lessons in how to respect women, rather than training girls in the art of dressing like a nun.

MP At Centre Of 'Sexism' Row Finally Responds To Media Reports About Him

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

A veteran Tory MP accused of calling a woman political journalist "totty" today hit out at "political correctness". Bob Stewart spoke in the Commons ...

Daily Mail Columnist Manages To Rile Women Everywhere With This Piece

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

Stella Creasy has accused a leading political journalist of "blaming" women for men's "wandering palms". The London Labour MP suggested a column writt...

Isabel Hardman Was Right to Call Out the 'Totty' MP - The Media Were Wrong to Name and Shame Him

Jessie Thompson | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jessie Thompson

It's obvious from Hardman's tweets that she thought more than once about whether to draw attention to the incident, and quite deliberately didn't mention the MP's name. She spoke carefully, flagging up unacceptable sexist behaviour rather than encouraging a personal attack on the individual that said it.

The Bizarre Scrutiny Around The Duchess Of Cambridge's Feet Is The Worst Kind Of Sexism

Poorna Bell | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Certain newspapers are running stories about the Duchess of Cambridge's feet, on display during her tour of India. One has even gone so far as to describe them as: "Corns, clawed toes, bunions and fallen arches."

I Don't Believe in Equal Pay - Here's Why

Simon Cohen | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Simon Cohen

The World Economic Forum says that the gender pay gap won't close completely until 2133. But recent events might change that. With the outcry followi...

Leading Political Reporter Forces MP To Apologise For 'Totty' Slur

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

An MP has agreed to apologise for using a "sexist" slur to refer to a leading political journalist. Party whips ordered the offending MP to row back ...

I'm Not Bragging When I Tell You Someone Hit on Me

Jade E. Bradford | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jade E. Bradford

When I was 17 years old a man pulled over an articulated lorry on a busy road to hit on me. I can't be sure, but I think that's when a lifetime of being hit on constantly began. Now wait - before you think "ugh, what is this woman complaining about now?" I'm here to explain why women need to stop thinking other women are bragging when they tell these stories.

Liz Kendall Hits Out At 'Misogyny On The Hard Left' That Saw Her Called 'Bitch' And 'Whore'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK Politics

Labour MP Liz Kendall has spoken out about "misogyny on the hard left" and the criticisms she faces as a woman in politics. Ms Kendall, 44, described ...

More Than Just a Pair of Tits

Becky Blomfield | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Becky Blomfield

Over the time I have been working as a musician in the industry, there have been a number of notable occasions that need calling out. I have had men ask to have a picture with me and aim from the tits down.

Why Is the Editors' Code Still Not Fit for Purpose?

Angela Towers | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Angela Towers

The groundwork has been laid thoroughly by campaigners, charities, women's organisations and the like, who have worked tirelessly to change this situation, and yet there is still no means at all of holding the UK press to task for degrading, sexist or harmful reporting. Which leaves us wondering; is it time to update the Editors' Code?

Is It Worth it?: Black Women's Voices and the Permission to Speak

Jendella Benson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jendella Benson

Black women are more vocal than ever. We no longer bat an eyelid at the "angry black woman" cliché that haunted our mothers, or the "aggressive" label that was tacked onto any black schoolgirl who was insolent enough to do anything but sit silently. We say what we want, and we won't suffer fools gladly, and at some point the rest of the world will learn to deal with that.

This One Thing Will Make A Man An 'Instant Feminist', According To The Experts

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

A leading sociologist said on Friday having a daughter is a way for men to instantly become feminists. Becoming a father to a daughter makes men call ...

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Kim Kardashian Paradox?

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

We need a society that can praise all these different women, with their many different ways of empowering themselves. Some may get naked to feel confident and empowered, but others may emphasise their career success, their financial gain or their academic achievements. Or they may do all of the above; after all, women are not one-dimensional beings, just like men.

Sexism Aimed at Children: Why Its Time to Let Clothes Be Clothes

Francesca Cambridge Mallen | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Francesca Cambridge Mallen

Before she could read, my child had a strong sense of gender based on the same stereotypes we encountered on the high street, from clothing and toys, to cards and pull-ups. Whatever stereotypes our society is guilty of, they are reinforced exponentially by a consumer culture that puts all its faith in gender marketing.

Gender Bias Is Rife in Textbooks

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Congo Textbook 2006: Education Civique et Morale. Education pour la paix Today, on International Women's day, we are investigating the persistence of...