Archive for the “Culture” category

A man’s introduction to feminism

by Rachel Bell on February 5, 2015

As 2014 was the year that the Fourth Wave of Feminism went mainstream, more men may be wondering what they should and could be saying and doing. Luckily, men, there are a significant number of male-led campaigns and organisations to (…)

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Stalking as sexy? Adam Levine pushes Robin Thicke off top spot as pop hero for misogynists

by Rachel Bell on October 2, 2014

The fact that most people think feminists are man-haters is just incredulous when male-dominated culture spews women-hating narratives in our faces everyday. In collective women’s raped, tortured, butchered, abused, oppressed, stalked, harassed, shamed and blamed faces, everyday. Misogyny steals our (…)

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Why a pole dancing display at a primary school fete is wrong

by Rachel Bell on June 20, 2014

As well as being a devastatingly crap experience for many women working in the clubs, lap dancing and pole dancing clubs promote all women as sex objects.

Instead of What would you like to be? it’s Which Disney Princess would you like to be?

by Rachel Bell on January 30, 2014

Cinderella and her princess pals have been taking over girlhood for a while but now it really is time to desist. There is no alternative for little girls to dress up as, no alternative for little girls in the role (…)

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The end of cool: Kate Moss and Playboy, making misogyny glamorous

by Rachel Bell on December 9, 2013

Pictures in the press of Kate Moss being all matey with Cooper Hefner following her first shoot for Playboy, signals the end of cool. Lending your name, and body parts, to Playboy is lending them to corporate misogyny.

Evening Standard sits back as model condones domestic violence

by Rachel Bell on September 22, 2013

This week the Evening Standard gave Russian model Katia Elizarova the power to say something extremely damaging – to normalise male violence against women.

Miley Cyrus and Major Lazor’s double assault on black women

by Rachel Bell on September 8, 2013

Nicola Adams may be in the M & S ad campaign, but racism and sexism in music videos is taking black women’s status hurling backwards

Remember Reeva

by Rachel Bell on March 14, 2013

It’s one month since Reeva Steenkamp was killed by a man who got famous. Coverage of her death has largely made that man more famous. Historically, men who kill women become anti-heroes or legends. I say let’s remember Reeva.

Simon Cowell’s thumbs up to the sex industry as kids’ entertainment

by Rachel Bell on April 7, 2012

ITV brought the sex industry to the kids again last night, with Simon Cowell giving a massive approval to the stripper who performed on Britain’s Got Talent at 8pm, sending the message that stripping is fun for all the family and will get you places.

BBC3 tells the truth about rape

by Rachel Bell on March 29, 2012

Bravo to BBC3 for its documentary, I Never Said Yes, about the rape epidemic in the UK.