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Why ‘Gender-neutral’ is vital to Sex Education

by Rachel Bell on September 8, 2017

‘Gender-neutral’ simply means stereotype-free – and starting with clothes labels is a step in the right direction to expressing full humanity, academic potential and healthy relationships

Being A Man Starts with Challenging Gender Stereotypes Age 3

by Rachel Bell on November 21, 2016

“Will people laugh at me if I colour a princess?” asked my five year old son, when we were talking our regular talk about his friendship woes at school. “Jayden said to me ‘You’ve got a purple hoody,’” my eldest, (…)

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XXX Schoolgirls Wanted

by Rachel Bell on September 11, 2016

What did I learn from listening to survivors of prostitution? That school age girls are most in demand – and it’s not only for sex but ‘despoilment’ ‘I’ve answered phones in enough brothels to know the most common question is (…)

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Bringing Up Boys: 5 tips off the top of my head

by Rachel Bell on June 6, 2016

Bringing Up Boys is the subject of a debate at Cheltenham Festival this Thursday 9 June and the brilliant campaigning organisation Let Toys Be Toys are on the panel. They asked their Twitter followers what is important about raising boys (…)

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Sexist culture grooms sexist boys

by Rachel Bell on April 19, 2016

MPs are launching an inquiry into sexual harassment and violence in schools. This article describes the lad culture that is making girls’ right to safe education a sexist joke. A head in Milton Keynes sent 29 girls home from school for wearing (…)

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Strategies for Building Children’s Resilience To Gender-Stereotypes and Sexualisation

by Rachel Bell on March 14, 2016

Rachel Bell gives a talk for parents on Challenging Gender Stereotypes as part of the POWThanet festival at Turner Contemporary

Building Children’s Resilience To Sexualisation and Gender Stereotypes

by Rachel Bell on March 7, 2016

I’ll be sharing some really practical strategies on this at the all new festival for International Women’s Day, POWThanet, this Saturday 12th March. Mums, dads, carers, aunties, uncles, grandparents, educators of girls and of boys all welcome – I’ll be at Turner Contemporary, Margate, in (…)

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A last word on lad mags: The real reason they closed

by Rachel Bell on January 18, 2016

I was one of the first people to write about the disgustingness of lad mags, along with a brave blogger called Charliegirl, so, ten years later, I thought it fitting that I be one of the last. FHM and Zoo have (…)

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I’m beginning to think we need to find our idols elsewhere

by Rachel Bell on January 13, 2016

After a youth spent with Jagger and Warhol, Jerry Hall is marrying patriarchal conservatism made flesh, Rupert Murdoch. Of course Jerry’s ex, Mick Jagger, IS the establishment too, accepting his knighthood whereas David Bowie, always the subversive outsider, wanted nothing (…)

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Challenge Porn on International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women

by Rachel Bell on December 15, 2015

Sentencing the murderer of teenager Becky Watts, the judge, Mr Justice Dingemans, broke down and cried. The sixteen year old’s step brother, Nathan Matthews, inflicted over 40 injuries on the school girl and dismembered her body. November 25 is International (…)

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