patriarchy

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 …

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 …

The Invisibility of Beauty

A quick Google search (AKA the most accurate of all the research methods) for ‘natural beauty looks’ brings up 19.6 million results. NINETEEN MILLION. That’s a lot. At some point as a society, we decided that a woman’s natural face was unacceptable, and thus makeup was born (probably. I’ve not …

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 …

Women in Power: Houston, We Still Have A Problem

Before we begin there’s a few things we should get straight about matriarchs, patriarchs, and The Patriarchy (with a capital T and P). A matriarch is a female head of a family or clan. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re considered to be the most important person of course, it just …

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 …

Mansplainers of the Month: June

It’s happened to us all; you’ve been getting on with a task, minding your own business when you sense a presence over your shoulder. Before you have time to turn around, you feel warm breath on the back of your neck and those god-awful words in your ear; “Well, actually…” We’ve …