"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, age seven, confided, a bit downcast. Jayden will have said this in a mocking way. I … Continue reading Being A Man Starts with Challenging Gender Stereotypes Age 3
Wow, a 17 year old school girl has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to receive the prize. AND SHE IS A GIRL. She was shot in the head by the Taliban for publicly campaigning for girls’ right to education. The Taliban want to keep girls as domestic … Continue reading Malala and Jennifer Lawrence make it ‘Role models for girls week!’
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.
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 play castle at school, no superheroine, no female space detective, no astronaut, firefighter or pirate. … Continue reading Instead of What would you like to be? it’s Which Disney Princess would you like to be?
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.
In CBeebies, the females appear to be locked indoors. Is the controller on a quest to wipe out the female species from public view? OK, I’m exaggerating, but they’re not there much at all and if they do make an appearance, they are all too often pink and giddy.
The Daily Mail reports that a man called Joe Francis has been in a dispute with Madonna over her choice of track title, which originally had the same name as his company Girls Gone Wild.
While Hooters have brought their tacky ‘family friendly’ sexism to Bristol, this May sees undead misogynist Hugh Hefner opening his ‘exclusive’ Playboy club in London’s Mayfair once again
The resurgence of beauty pageants is not harmless fun argues Rachel Bell, nevermind ‘empowering’, but part of the wider culture of objectification that underpins women’s lesser status.
While the media focuses on the size zero debate, Rachel Bell talks to a former model and finds that rape and sexual harassment are as real a threat to models as death by eating disorder