To any woman who has whiled away an evening texting friends screenshots of sordid chat-up lines and unsolicited explicit pictures, the news that Tinder is a breeding ground for sexism won’t come as much of a surprise. After all, for every fairytale romance and long-term relationship the four-year-old app has spawned, you can bet there’s a group of tipsy singletons in a pub swapping unsavoury Tinder stories and declaring romance dead. … Read More
Have you seen the one where men watch videos of their girlfriends being catcalled? Or heard about the TV presenter who wore the same suit every day to highlight gendered double standards? Then you’re familiar with the ‘social experiment’ format so beloved by the mainstream media, and usually used to shed light on some aspect of inequality. … Read More
This blog mentions eating disorders and sexual assault in passing so take care of yourself if you find those things difficult to read about!
A quick glance at twitter will inform you that today is the International Day of the Girl, with many charities and individuals alike seizing the opportunity to talk about fundamentally important issues like access to education, gendered experiences of poverty, and violence against women and girls. So far, so good. A quick glance at twitter will also inform you that Zoella is about to upload a new baking video, #ANALLCAPSHASHTAGABOUTHARRYSTYLESISTRENDING, Justin Bieber is number one in 10 countries and that the X Factor is back on tonight. Are you rolling your eyes yet? … Read More
Below you can find the text of a blog I wrote in my capacity as a student union officer at Edinburgh University Students’ Association in 2014-15 and a speech I gave at a rally.
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