Islamophobia Is Real

Farida Ahmed | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Farida Ahmed

What is Islamophobia? It is an irrational fear and hatred of Muslims categorized as an identifiable group. Islamophobia is becoming an 'elephant in the room' - it is an actual phenomenon that has gained significant momentum in Europe over the last decade.

Of Bagpipes and Burns - Scottish Stereotypes

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Every country and culture has stereotypes that go alongside it, some truer than others. Scotland of course, is no different. However, what I have noticed is that while Scotland is part of the UK British stereotypes tend to be more closely associated with the English portion of the country. It is a common mistake to think of the U.K. and England synonymously, when this is not true. As a Scot, I have no objection to being called British, but I am certainly not English.

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.

Sweet 16 at 92

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

If literary tradition is anything to go by, 21 year old young women are generally expected to have blossomed into physical beauty, adopted open-minds and have an attractive aura of conviction. However, I still get mistaken for a runaway cast member from Outnumbered...

Sexism in the Spa World

Abi S. Wright | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

I know people of both genders who would always choose to have a male therapist, and I know people who would always choose to have a female therapist. Personally however, I would simply choose to have a good therapist.

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

Should I Go or Should I Stay?: The British Black Actors' Dilemma

Steve Toussaint | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Steve Toussaint

This is a topic that has been alive amongst my fellow black performers pretty much since I began my career. In fact, once I'd been in the business about five years and had decent credits to my name, it became a constant companion to the usual actor repartee; so that: "Are you working?" was quickly followed by: "When you going over to America then?"

An Open Letter to Chuka Umunna: I Rather Be Free Than Lazy

T. Anthony Patterson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
T. Anthony Patterson

Thank you for your speech Mr. Umunna but unfortunately you do not speak for me. While there is some merit to your remarks, I, for one am, quite annoyed and not having any of it. While its understood that the media should portray an all-encompassing image of black people in hopes of dispelling negative perceptions, your call to action will simply not work.

Why Is Justice for Survivors of Violence Trivialised?

Natalie Gyte | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Natalie Gyte

It seems that not a day passes where stories of domestic violence, rape, abuse, and grooming do not hit our headlines. Last week was no exception. The...

Discovering Germany on a Year Abroad: Are the Stereotypes True or False?

Rachel Hosie | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Hosie

Isn't it funny how every language, country and nationality has a reputation, and more often than not, said reputation really is true? Apparently, the French are romantic wine-drinkers, the Italians are sensual pasta-fanatics, the Spanish are laid-back party-goers, and the Germans... Well, most people think Germans are just sensible sausage-eaters.

Countering Discrimination - But Why Is Disability Discrimination Still Rife in 2013 in the UK?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

Over the past 30 years racism and homophobia have been tackled with great success, but individuals with disabilities are still discriminated against by companies and society as a whole, why?

When Stereotyping Goes Too Far... The 'Mental Patient' Costume Controversy

Esther Rich | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

All publicity is good publicity. Well, in the case of the recent controversy surrounding the 'mental patient' costumes on sale at various supermarket chains in the UK, that may well be the case. It is rare that an organic, natural opportunity for fighting stigma arises - most of the time we see well planned-out print campaigns or dedicated charity efforts. But today something incredible happened.

Brits' Sarcasm and Drinking Not Popular With Expats..

PA | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

Sarcastic humour, heavy drinking and the weather are among the dislikes of foreign expats living in the UK, according to research. More than half (...

Who is the Addict? Part Two

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

A few days back, I published a piece right here titled: What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict? I really only dealt with the first part of the question: semantic pros and cons pertaining to word usage. This time, I wish the address the second question - a far more difficult question than the first.

What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

So I use the term 'addict' to describe a certain type of person. Many object to this designation. For one, there is stigma attached to it. Practically everyone you know has been carried away at some point by some poison - exercise, love, sex, gambling, tobacco, coffee, food, booze, dope, work - some object that everyone is (or has been) an addict. Hence, according to some, the label is meaningless.

Breaking the Silence: Secrets of Women Over 60

Margaret Manning | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Manning

Today, women over 60 are defining and creating a whole new category of bold and fearless individuals with style, energy and ability! Many younger people might be surprised at the reality of life for women over 60 and the depth of their desire to be heard, respected and visible.

North/South Differences: Are they Real?

Laura Bui | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bui

The persistent stereotype of "unfriendliness" toward the English has led me to discover that this is a generalisation because it is also used by the Northern England to describe its Southern counterpart.

Book Covers: How Gender Is Not the Only Issue

Polly Courtney | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

The real issue is that publishers make some terrible assumptions about what men and women like to read (or ought to read). In an attempt to capitalise on the dwindling 'mass market' they have carved the reading population up by demographic and crudely assumed that each 'segment' is a homogenous group with similar tastes.

Gendered Books... Bring on the Rebellion

Polly Courtney | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Polly Courtney

18 months ago, I walked out on my publisher, HarperCollins, because I was sick of seeing my novels getting packaged as frivolous, girly 'chick lit'. This week, eminent British children's author Jacqueline Wilson spoke out about the pink covers assigned to her books, which 'pigeonholed' girls and put off boys. And now, young adult author Maureen Johnson has come up with the #CoverFlip challenge in which she encouraged her 78,000 followers to take a well-known book, then imagine what that cover might look like if the author's gender were flipped.

Society Branding

Naila Missous | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

The individual at hand insinuated that Hip-Hop was indeed "black music, that's all I'm saying". Whether this was to suggest my friend was less of a black individual because she didn't enjoy this music, was something to consider. He quickly turned his attention back to me, but did drop heavily the mention of 'white rappers' who may take my interest more.

Lad Culture Is THE Culture

Lauren Hossack | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Hossack

Let's talk about lads. Specifically, lad culture. Call it what you like, dismiss it as a joke, but it doesn't hide the fact that it's just plain misogyny and sexism, with stereotypical, age-old notions of masculinity at the core.

Channel 4's 'London Irish': Reinforcing Stereotypes?

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Scott De Buitléir

For any self-respecting Irish person in London - or for any Londoner of Irish decent - this new series could be portrayed as being representative of them, and they may not like what they're about to see.

In My Experience, It's Not Feminists Who Shut Down Debate

Megan Sherman | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Sherman

To my mind, feminists must accept that 'Lad' culture is not the moral failure of individual men, but the symptom of neo-liberalisation, concurrent with the narrowing of masculinity in popular culture - see FHM - in to something damaging to both genders and their struggle for equality.

Blending in Like a Local - Ten Tips for London's New Arrivals

Natalie de Winter | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie de Winter

Being an Australian, when I first moved to London I thought fitting in would be a piece of bakewell tart. I mean, we sort of speak the same language and appear to have many cultural similarities, yes? How hard could it be?

Who Am I?

Silla Leu | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Silla Leu

Last week I watched The Breakfast Club. In the beginning principal Vernon asks the gang to write an essay about who they think they are. Now I'm going to tell you who I am or who I think I am.