Stereotypes

Young London - Who We Really Are

Miriam Brown | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

If the young do receive praise, any good behaviour or achievement is regarded as something as rare as a blue moon. The man/woman often appears utterly astonished that someone 'so young' could do 'such a brilliant thing.' ... it is up to us, the young adult population, to 'portray [our]selves the best way [we] can' and to get our voices heard; so it no longer becomes rare but the norm.

11 Stereotypes About The British That Are Actually True

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Previously, we brought you Nine Stereotypes About The British That Simply Aren't True. But what about the ones that are? We asked our colleague...

9 Stereotypes About The British That Simply Aren't True

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Britain! Land of thatched cottages, red telephone boxes and Hugh Grant. OR IS IT? Not exactly, no. Whilst we hate to rain on anyone's parade, w...

Why Being a Parent Isn't the Greatest Gift of All

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

Think about some of the films and TV series you watch, the books you read. There's often one lesson we're expected to come away with: children are the greatest gift of all. Work means nothing. Ambition means nothing. As long as you have children, that's all that matters.

Nicki Minaj: Little More Than a Big Butt?

Gail Dines | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gail Dines

The media is on fire with questions about whether Nicki Minaj went "too far" with the artwork for her next single, Anaconda... Amazingly, what nobody is discussing is the wider issues of the historical roots, cultural resonance and contemporary implications of a mass circulated image that arguably reduces black women to just "big butts" and little more.

Are Men Pressured Into Promiscuity?

Esther Hayden | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Hayden

We often stigmatised, men for being the more sexually liberated gender, able to sleep with however many women they wish without ridicule. As the comments on this video have confirmed, people are still more willing to jump to conclusions about a womans sexual behaviour than a mans.

Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

FOR HUFFINGTON POST USA Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substance...

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

An Unidentified 'European' Object

Susannah Savage | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Susannah Savage

The first thing my traineeship in Brussels has taught me is that the British, according to European stereotypes, are not just unfunny. We are underqualified and undereducated too...

EU Election Results: A Symptom of a Less Peaceful Europe?

Barry Navarro | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

Since the last European elections were held in 2009, five EU countries - Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus - have required bailouts, and unemployment across the continent has remained persistently high, particularly among young people.

Women Role-Models In Film And TV

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Esther Hayden

For those of you who have not seen True Detectives, the series starts in 1995 in Louisiana at a time when only 2% of police officers in the whole of the US were women. Indeed as befits the time much of the writing focuses on life through the eyes of the two lead male detectives so in fact I don't think it is surprising there is not a lot of focus on strong female role models.

Islamophobia Is Real

Farida Ahmed | Posted 27.04.2014 | 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 25.04.2014 | 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.