Stereotypes

Dear Society

Kelly Knox | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Knox

I was not born into this body to be oppressed. I was born into this body to be of service. To help, heal and empower. Shine my light so brightly that you can't ignore me.

Diversity: The Art Of Thinking Independently Together

Chioma Anyanwu | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chioma Anyanwu

With a plethora of actors voicing their opinions and raising awareness I do believe there are people listening, but with most issues, there are deep rooted and there no quick fixes. For me, it is about asking questions when it came to storylines and vision of a particular project, not being so quick to settle on what is comfortable and familiar and taking action where an action is due.

What Growing Up With A Disabled Parent Taught Me About Disability

Anna Gaunt | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

I believe that identifying with the term 'disabled' is a personal choice. But it is important to recognise that there is no right way to be disabled. The disabled community is diverse, as are the lives of those within it.

Muslim Teen Reveals Father's Response When She Told Him She Wanted To Stop Wearing The Hijab

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Fed up of people suggesting all Muslim women are ‘forced’ to wear hijabs, 17-year-old Lamyaa asked her dad what he’d think if she stopped wearin...

Dear South Asians - Stop Feeling Sorry For My Parents Because They Don't Have A Son

Momena Ibrahim | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Momena Ibrahim

My parents have three 'children'. That is the way they have raised us. Of course, they cherish us and appreciate us as young women. But we have not been defined by our gender. You lead by example, and my parents both of Pakistani heritage, have reiterated that they do not need a son to feel content.

LGBT People Share The Things Straight And Cisgender People Don't Understand About Them

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The world is full of a beautiful mix of people, but unfortunately our differences can sometimes mean we struggle to understand each other. On Reddit, ...

To Hijab Or De-jab?

Shazmeen Khalid | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shazmeen Khalid

Before today, I was considering writing an article about the controversy of the hijab. I was considering writing about how so many people choose to wear the hijab despite the perturbing fear of being judged by different communities and for a multitude of reasons. But I was going to do that without admitting one thing which has been central to me writing it; I don't know if I want to continue wearing the hijab.

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

Zobia Shahid | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zobia Shahid

all women everywhere I am not an assortment of labels, or boxes, or tags. The stereotypes that you attach to me, consciously or subconsciously, the person you assume me to be simply upon seeing me, is more reflective of who you are, than who I am.

It's 2017, But Society Still Feels 'Moral Outrage' Towards People Who Don't Want Children

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

In both the UK and US, more adults are choosing not to have children than ever before, but there’s still a huge stigma attached to admitting you don...

How to Watch Films as a Feminist

Kate Delaney | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kate Delaney

With great feminist knowledge, comes great responsibility. No longer will subliminal sexism go unnoticed in your favourite TV series, no longer can you re-watch childhood movies with ignorance at their underlying misogyny and no longer can you appreciate a cheeky rom-com without feeling like you've betrayed your own kind.

In Defence of the F-Word

Emily Robb | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Robb

One morning last year, my year 13 form tutor told us she wasn't a feminist. Silence descended. Noticing the distinct lack of approving nods and the much more emphatic shiftiness and thumb-twiddling before her, our teacher hastily added "but obviously I believe in gender equality." She couldn't have paid us to keep quiet.

Does Advertising Promote or Demote Women?

BritChick Paris | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Women have shed some of the shackles of inequality, only to be bound my new ones of image obsession. Yet the investment is disproportionately high compared to their interests and desires. They claim that their confidence ‎drops by 80% on reading a magazine and 60% feel that glam selfies make them feel bag.

Sockgate: A Gender Neutral Point of View

Lisa Honan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Honan

I am a woman with her own opinions and fashion sense but on a typical shopping trip I used to wander through the aisle of clothes increasingly disappointed. Where are the shirts that appeal to my sense of style?

Blondes Aren't 'Dumb', Says Science

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Blondes have had it pretty tough over the years. While their hair colour has been linked to "having more fun", it's also been associated with a lack o...

Balancing My Love for Girly Stuff: A Feminist Battle

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

There are some feminine rituals that I will never rid myself of. I believe that feminism is fluid and accepts all changes that have to be made. I live in a society that is basically founded on patriarchy and sexist oppression. Adjusting to make your own life a little easier is not selling out. Reform and re-structure is also a form of revolution.

This Photo Series Proves We Are Far More Than Our Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Regardless of our race, gender or sexuality, we're all subject to stereotypes that can be contradictory to who we feel we are as individuals. To he...

Gender Equality Needs to Happen Across Every Industry, Tech is Just the Starting Point

Vanessa Whiteside | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Tech
Vanessa Whiteside

As the stereotype goes, geeks are weird and socially inept. All you have to do is look at TV, news and the other elements of popular culture to find out why. Think back to watching cartoons like Dexter's Lab and you'll notice how from a young age we are fed the notion that geeks are unfashionable.

Could Your Choice of Xmas Present Affect Your Child's Confidence?

BritChick Paris | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
BritChick Paris

Campaigns by parent-groups like Let Toys Be Toys have gathered momentum and the tide is beginning to turn with a few brands launching products that buck stereotypes. A huge franchise for Xmas 2015 will be the newly-launched Lego Star Wars range that prominently features the new female heroine Rey and her vehicles.

Can the Truth About the War on Drugs Be Revealed in the Eyes of a Loving Pet?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

It was the early 1990s, and I was a young PhD candidate. At the time I didn't know too much about crack, though I did know that the place next door wa...

These Are The False Things Foreigners Always Think Are True About Other Countries

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Comedy

A helpful Reddit thread has sought to dispel some of the many myths that foreigners believe are true about other countries. And it would appear the...

Starting University? Does the Thought of Freshers' Week Scare the Bejesus Out of You? Read On

Sophie Bauer | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Bauer

Freshers' Week is only a week. We all act like this weird suspension of reality will define us and our entire university experience. It doesn't. Everything settles down and everyone starts to settle into themselves come week three, and that's when the magic happens.

World Record-Breaking Athlete Croix Sather's View of What Real Men Should Be

Liberty Forrest | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Sport
Liberty Forrest

(This author with Croix Sather) The stereotype of men in Western culture is that they are insensitive, uncommunicative, and completely allergic to f...

Why Teenagers Need More Political Education

Lydia Suffield | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

I turned eighteen in the April of 2015-just in time to vote in this year's General Election, an opportunity taken by myself and the majority of my cla...

Will Someone Tell the TV Industry That Not All Northerners Are Gruff, Golden Hearted Diamonds?

Dale Lately | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dale Lately

Now that I've grown up I'm glad to say I can see beyond such typecasting. I know now there are as many witty, cultured, erudite Northerners as gruff, gentle-hearted Southerners. But where's the TV to reflect it? Where are the Northern Alan Rickmans or Mr. Darcys?

Classical Conditioning: Linking 'Blurred Lines', 'Islamaphobia' and 'Cosmo's Race Controversy'

Najite Phoenix | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Najite Phoenix

For every well-intentioned soul who takes it upon themselves to point out any controversy in the media regarding sexism, racism or any other divisive ...