sexism

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 …

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 …

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 …

Jodie Whittaker Proves That Men Are Afraid of Women

On Sunday, the BBC announced what many of us had been waiting for: the first ever female Doctor for Doctor Who. After the announcement, Twitter exploded. On one side, you had women and minorities who were thrilled to see such an iconic sci-fi character be cast as anything other than …

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 …