"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
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 always, ‘What age is the youngest girl you have?’ writes Rachel Moran, a survivor of … Continue reading XXX Schoolgirls Wanted
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 Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In court, Matthews confessed to watching porn … Continue reading Challenge Porn on International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women
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 help you work it out. Because as one young woman at the 2014’s Feminist in … Continue reading A man’s introduction to feminism
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!’
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.
This week the Evening Standard gave Russian model Katia Elizarova the power to say something extremely damaging – to normalise male violence against women.
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.
BBC2's Toughest Place To Be is one of a handful of things worth turning the TV on for and last night's programme took an A&E nurse form Preston to the murder capital of the world - Juarez in Mexico. Producer director Victoria Bell showed that, despite the constant flow of male victims to the hospital, it's the female victims of the Juarez drug wars who aren't lucky enough to make it to hospital.
Bravo to BBC3 for its documentary, I Never Said Yes, about the rape epidemic in the UK.