feminism

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 …

This Isn’t About Wolf-Whistling, it’s About Our Safety  

We’ve all experienced misogyny as a hate crime before. Whether or not we’d describe it that way, we’ve all tried to go about our day and had our peace rudely interrupted by wolf whistles, cars slowing down and beeping their horns for no obvious reason, and the wonderful cries of …

Pockets Are a Tool of the Patriarchy

“I love your dress” “Thanks, it has pockets!” How many times have you heard this exchange? Chances are if you’re a dress wearer you’ve probably exclaimed the latter yourself.  You also probably squealed in excitement in the store when you realised this item of clothing you already loved had the …

Is Theresa May a Feminist?

In November 2016, the world watched in horror (or delight, depending on your political persuasion) as the USA confirmed what everyone sadly (or gladly, depending on your political persuasion) knew: the world prizes incompetent, rich, white men over highly qualified women. Interestingly, four months before, the UK gained its second …

The Forgotten -ism: How Disabled People Are Forgotten

What’s missing from this tweet calling for recommendations for diverse panelists? When you report an offensive tweet, what is missing here? Which group only gets a fleeting mention in Lady Gaga’s iconic Born This Way? In Laurie Penny’s Unspeakable Things, which minority is mentioned just twice, the first mention being on …