feminism

The Confidence Gap Isn’t to Blame for the Glass Ceiling

Last week, a colleague sent me a job opportunity that she thought I’d be interested in. Glancing over it, I saw it required, among other things, 10+ years experience in my industry, as well as a host of skills I didn’t possess. “Thanks, I think it’s a bit out of my …

Pop Culture’s Love Affair with Feminism

Feminism has undoubtedly now become an integral part of pop culture, whether we’re willing to accept it or not. But it seems that feminism just can’t win. Back in the 80’s, the f-word was associated with women who were inaccurately stereotyped as being aggressive, undesirable and masculine. Nowadays, with celebs …

I’m a Feminist but I Will Be Taking My Husband’s Name

At the time of writing, it is exactly 295 days until I get married. Which means it’s exactly 295 days until Liv Woodward disappears forever, and someone new steps into her place, all shiny and new (and probably drunk from champagne). See, despite being an ardent feminist–despite calling bullsh*t on …

I Raised My Children to Be Feminists Without Realising

In many ways we were a very traditional family. I stayed at home and ran the house and the kids, whilst my husband worked long hours and travelled a lot with his career. But when I really think about it, we weren’t so traditional. My husband always did the main …

A Brief Summary of the Women’s Equality Party

Here at The Nopebook, we believe firmly in educating people about politics so that they can make free and informed political choices. This post is part of our Politics 101 series, where we aim to equip people with the information they need to make sound political decisions. — The Women’s Equality …

Is Feminism for Men?

Controversy was everywhere when Emma Watson launched her He for She campaign, and that controversy has never really gone away. Essentially, the debate boiled down to this: Should feminism be marketed towards men? After all, hasn’t every freedom women have ever had to fight for been blocked by male misogynists? …

Joss Whedon and Gorram Performative Feminism

Well gorram, that was disappointing. The ‘that’, of course, being the emerging news that geek-culture creator Joss Whedon is a bit of a douchebag. I’m not your usual type of nerd; I don’t sit at my keyboard googling every last piece of information about every show I love, and all its cast, crew …

Tired of Hearing the Angry Feminist? Try Being One

Feminists aren’t grown, they’re made. We don’t just vacate the birth canal with the collective works of Simone de Beauvoir in hand; we have to become aware of the discrimination around us through a combination of literature, pop culture and social media. In short, we have to have some kind …

A Brief History of Chivalry

Every now and then (or, if you’re a woman with opinions, every 5 minutes) men publicly and loudly start to lament the decline in chivalry. They take to Twitter, righteous in their fury, to declare ‘Can’t even hold a door open for women any more. Bloody feminazis! #ChivalryIsDead.’ These men …