Category: Gender

Why aren’t more young women feminists?

Earlier this week I saw a piece on the BBC news website asking why more young women do not identify with feminism or as feminists. According to a 2018 YouGov poll, 34% of women...

A still from a Gillette video in which a Black man is stopping a man of Latino appearance outside a shop, putting his right hand on the man's lower abdomen.

About that Gillette ad …

So, yesterday the razor manufacturer Gillette published an advertisement contrasting examples of harmful expressions of masculinity, such as fighting and sexual harassment, accompanied by fatalistic or enabling attitudes such as “boys will be boys”...

Picture of a village sign showing a church and a man pushing a loaded barrow across grass in front of it; the sign stands on a pole amid a flowerbed surrounded by benches and a roadsign facing the other way. There is a parade of shops across the road which stretches from a corner behind the sign, including a florist with flowers displayed outside at the shop on the corner.

No injustice

In 2011 Sally Challen was jailed for life for murdering her husband, Richard Challen, at his home (and formerly their marital home) in Claygate, Surrey (which is down the road from where I live)....

Jeremy Corbyn, an elderly white man with thin white and grey hair, sitting on the front bench of the House of Commons wearing a white shirt, red tie and dark grey suit jacket.

Stupid woman: sexist? Ableist?

Earlier this week Jeremy Corbyn was widely criticised in the media and on social media for supposedly mouthing “stupid woman” at Theresa May, the prime minister, during a parliamentary debate. Corbyn claims he actually...

Woman’s Place: Is the tail wagging the dog?

Last night I went to a public meeting organised by a group called A Woman’s Place UK (@WomansPlaceUK on Twitter), ostensibly to discuss the potential impact on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act...

Respect your elders, young ladies!

There was an article on the Independent last week calling for younger feminists to concern themselves with the plight of the so-called WASPI women, the women born in the 50s who are being caught...

Joe Holliday and medical gender assignment

Back in the late 1990s I remember watching a documentary about a young girl then named Joella Holliday, whose mother had been fighting to get a birth certificate issued that said she was female....

On the Kim Walmsley gender case

Newspapers are reporting that a woman from Liverpool, Kim Walmsley (right), has had her marriage annulled, and been refused a passport, because the official copy of her birth certificate wrongly records her gender as...

Why do you believe her?

Last Tuesday a British soap actor, Michael “Le Vell” Turner, was found not guilty of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault on a child (now 17). There has been some suggestions that his...

A scientific approach

Taking Up Space: Women vs. Men | You think I just don't understand, but I don't believe you. Cathy “Bug” Brennan, someone who I have heard described as one of the most extreme and...

Why aren’t more people feminists nowadays?

Laurie Penny: Feminism is the one F-word that makes eyes widen in polite company (from this week’s New Statesman) The other week, one of my Facebook friends (who has severe ME) wrote that it...

Andrade tragedy is not unique

Sexual abuse victim’s suicide sparks call for review of court procedures | UK news | guardian.co.uk Last week it was revealed that Frances Andrade, the 48-year-old violinist and music teacher who had given evidence...