How Girl Power & Contraception Save Lives

Did you know that contraception saves lives? Did you know that a woman's right to choose when and if she has children saves lives?Beyond abortion rights and even more important than the "mommy wars", there is the huge problem that there are young, adolescent girls who don't have the power to decide when or if they have children, which results in the deaths of children. In fact, in the world's poorest countries nearly 1 million babies born to teenage mothers die every ...

20 Jun 2012 12:00 GMT

Women's Bodies are Disgusting (Apparently)

I don't think my body is disgusting. You probably don't think your body is disgusting either. But talk about certain parts of it in public, even when it's relevant to the conversation, and you may as well be running naked down London's Oxford Street shouting "look, I have tits!"As you may have heard, Michigan has ba...

19 Jun 2012 12:22 GMT

Women in Football and Sport's Double Standards

In the soccer mad United Kingdom, it's usually impossible to avoid mentions of football when there is a large international tournament taking place. Or matches where the home teams are looking to qualify for said tournament. Even if the those teams are somewhat lacklustre.I'm sure you'll all have heard about England beating Holland 1-0 in a qualifier for the UEFA EURO 2013 competition in Sweden. You haven't? Ah well, that'll be because this is women's football.

18 Jun 2012 16:00 GMT

Strip Clubs Do Not Cause Sexual Violence

Is there a day that goes by without at least one portion of the mainstream media shoving their narrow minded sex-negative agenda in our faces? If you search for news articles about sex, you will get a lot of very disturbing headlines, including many with 'stuff in quotes' which we think is some kind of crappy shorthand for 'don't shoot the messenger'.

28 May 2012 09:03 GMT

Teenage Girls and the PE problem

A new report attempts to tackle the issue of girls hating school sports. Could it really change things?PE. Two letters which, when put together, still invoke horror from people even decades after they last had to participate in sports at school. When it comes to the reasons why PE class seems so universally hated, everyone's talking about it this week, thanks to a

04 May 2012 15:08 GMT

Kate & Pippa: Influential for the Wrong Reasons

The fragrant Middleton sisters are among this year's most influential people. Why? For looking nice and keeping their mouths shut, apparently. Time magazine's new list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" is out, and I have to admit it's so exciting seeing the Duchess of Cambridge and her younger sister among such luminaries as Til...

20 Apr 2012 13:00 GMT

Does 21st Century Feminism Need a "Leader"?

When will we see the "fourth wave" of feminism being defined? Are we, in fact, in the middle of it right now? Do we even need a "fourth wave" in the first place? And who are the key players?Some say it started a few years back, with the resurgence of feminist voices being given attention by the mainstream media. But this month the discussion has been floating around yet again, thanks to a 

03 Apr 2012 09:21 GMT

Are You Feminist Enough? (Probably Not...)

This past Thursday was International Women's DayI’m just going to get the disclaimer bit out of the way first - I appreciate the issues that the organizers of various conferences and events were trying to raise awareness of. I appreciate the work that people like EQUALS do for IWD. I appreciate that this day means a lot to a lot of women, and that many of you enjoyed the various talks...

10 Mar 2012 22:25 GMT

Take Action this International Women's Day

We know we're equals - but does the whole world see it that way?Yes, it's that time of year again. March is Women's History Month and today, women across the globe are celebrating their strengths and achievements as well as raising awareness of the issues they face for International Women's Day. 

08 Mar 2012 09:56 GMT

Cosmopolitan's New Feminist Focus

What happens when the ultimate men-and-diets magazine does equality?One of my pet subjects to analyse, keep track of and, yes, rant about is the way women's magazines approach the subject of feminism. It used to be that they wouldn't touch it with a bargepole; feminism was something cringeworthy and outdated that seemed so out of place until the middle of the Noughties. 

02 Mar 2012 13:22 GMT

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