Why feminism doesn’t need a makeover
I'm not proud of this, but when I was a teenager my favourite moment in a film was when the heroine had a makeover. You know, the scene
‘Once he get on, he’s gonna leave your ass for a white girl’
Like many I have had my fair share of torment where beauty is concerned, but the penultimate was exacerbated by a gorgeous white girl at junior school. Zara,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Violence against women an issue for us all
Violence against women is so endemic it is impossible to work on any issue relating to women without it being addressed, according to the head of UN Women.
Darren Taylor
‘If they are raped, then so what?’
November 11, 2013
Mentally disabled people in the rural Eastern Cape are considered worthless, even evil. When girls are sexually abused, mothers are no longer shocked ... "Rape is like a ...read more
Boy, I can’t wait to get my brand new pair of anti-rape knickers
November 11, 2013
If this prototype actually makes it to production, how long it will be until defence lawyers are asking victims of sexual assaults, ‘What were you wearing? Had you ...read more
A remake of Roots is on the way. But why?
November 8, 2013
It became easy to tell at my old school when there had been a particularly harrowing scene in the previous night's episode of the epic slavery drama Roots. ...read more
No sexism please, we’re Swedish – films classified by representation of women
November 7, 2013
Cinemas in Sweden have instituted a classification system for films, based not on the violence or sexual content they contain, but on how sexist they are. To be ...read more
Taboo-busting ad is reinventing ‘happily ever after’ in India
Taboo-busting ad is reinventing ‘happily ever after’ in India
November 6, 2013
"Widowed and divorced women have historically been shunned in areas of India. So imagine the nation's surprise when jeweler Tanishq celebrated a second marriage in its new ad." ...read more
Miss Italia and misogyny banned as state broadcaster cleans up its act
November 6, 2013
Beaming into the cameras as two middle-aged male presenters placed a silver crown on her impeccably glossy hair, 19-year-old Giulia Arena looked delighted to have emerged victorious from ...read more
Report calls for female genital mutilation to be treated as child abuse
November 5, 2013
Thousands of girls in danger of genital mutilation are being failed by the health and justice systems, a coalition of health professionals has warned in a report that ...read more
French intellectuals under fire after demanding right to visit sex-workers
October 31, 2013
A group of French intellectuals have come under fire from feminists over a magazine petition in which several high-profile male journalists, commentators and actors demanded the right to ...read more
Women driven to fury by Beijing police road tips
October 30, 2013
Don't wear high heels while driving. Make sure you release the handbrake before setting off. And don't panic if you suddenly realise you're going the wrong way. Those ...read more
One model’s take on ‘fashion’s king of sleaze’
October 29, 2013
As a model, everyone I work with in the industry has some kind of nasty photographer story. One girl described being shown penis pictures – I mean, how ...read more
Islam belongs in people’s lives, not in politics, says Karima Bennoune
October 28, 2013
Writing a book about Muslim fundamentalism, the subject of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, felt like dancing in a minefield, admits Karima Bennoune. The law professor, who ...read more
Thailand racism row reignited by Unilever ad for skin-whitening cream
October 28, 2013
An advert for a skin-whitening cream which appeared to offer university scholarships to students with fairer skin has stoked a debate over racism in Thailand, where Unilever – ...read more