misogyny

No, My Vagina isn’t Carcinogenic

I was 17 before I’d heard of a clitoris, and I was 21 before I knew that the vagina and the vulva weren’t the same thing. This wasn’t because I’d avoided my own anatomy for my entire life, or because I’d catastrophically failed GCSE biology. It was because no one …

Is Skinnypigs Fitness Empowering or Demeaning Women?

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss — At the beginning of the week, you probably hadn’t heard of Newcastle-based women’s fitness company, Skinnypigs Fitness. Thanks to a questionable banner and subsequent backlash on Twitter, however, that may now have changed. Earlier this week, an image of the fitness company’s banner circulated …

Why Are We Still Celebrating Hugh Hefner’s Misogyny?

Last week the news broke that Hugh Hefner had passed away at the age of 91. And now, we’re told that the life of the billionaire builder of the Playboy empire will be made into a movie starring Jared Leto. In the reporting of Hefner’s passing, the response from the …

The Unfair Treatment of Black Female Celebrities in Mainstream Media

Imagine achieving everything you set out to achieve in life, and then add some. Let’s say you’re a multi award-winning artist or an unbeatable tennis player, and whilst you’re up there on cloud nine living your best life, you’re having to read malicious articles that dismiss all your achievements.  You …

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 …

James Bond: Spy, Misogynist, Alpha Male?

When Daniel Craig criticised the character of James Bond in 2015, labelling him a ‘misogynist’ from whom audiences could learn ‘nothing’, he offered an opportunity to reflect upon a character who is at once a British icon and doubtless the world’s most beloved (fictional) spy. Craig elsewhere told Esquire that he …

Sexist Adverts Aren’t a Thing of the Past

Every now and then, I’ll stumble across a Buzzfeed-esque article exclaiming ‘You’ll never BELIEVE how sexist these adverts from the 1950s are!!’ (spoiler alert: I absolutely can believe how sexist they are) and I’ll facepalm so hard that I nearly knock myself back into the 1950s. I get the point …

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 …

Your Misogynoir is Showing: on Serena Williams and Women’s Tennis

For centuries now, women in sport have been belittled and degraded. Just last year, the FA caused outrage when they tweeted that the England women’s football team could “go back to being mothers, partners and daughters” now that they had finished messing around with that football lark. Even tennis–one of …