Articles by D H Kelly

Unsexy women: Love, sex and marginalised bodies

In a culture which categorises some groups of women as unattractive, D H Kelly explores how this has an effect far beyond whether or not we find love or get laid

D H Kelly // 8 July 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Features, Racism, Sex and Relationships

Believing Amber Heard is about believing all victims

Nobody wants to think ill of their heroes, but D H Kelly explains how defending famous men by attacking their accusers makes it harder for all victims to speak out

D H Kelly // 30 May 2016

Categories: Blog

We need to avoid disablism when we talk about abortion

On Blogging Against Disablism Day, D H Kelly argues that it's possible to support a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy without undermining the dignity of disabled people

D H Kelly // 1 May 2016

Categories: Blog

Is it time for gender neutral toilets?

Gender segregated toilets are something we take for granted, but D H Kelly argues that gender neutral public toilets might be better for everyone

D H Kelly // 28 March 2016

Categories: Blog

On sexism and immigration

Responding to David Cameron's concerns about the isolation of migrant Muslim women, D H Kelly highlights the ways in which our immigration system is indirectly sexist and can put women at risk

D H Kelly // 22 January 2016

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

Dickensian fails to meet great expectations on female characterisation

D H Kelly watches a BBC drama set within Charles Dickens' novels, finding a selection of uncomplicatedly likeable young women, whose journeys to old age lack the development allowed for the men of the stories

D H Kelly // 19 January 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Breaking up is hard to do

In the week of the year which sees a boost in business for divorce lawyers, D H Kelly discusses our cultural reluctance to accept that some relationships must come to an end

D H Kelly // 6 January 2016

Categories: Blog

The problem with Kylie Jenner’s photo shoot is not about looking sexy in a wheelchair

A photo shoot in a US magazine sparks controversy over featuring Kylie Jenner using a wheelchair. D H Kelly examines the disablism of both this image and in much of the criticism

D H Kelly // 3 December 2015

Categories: Blog

Man up or grow a pair

D H Kelly explores the contradictory uses of the word "man" to depict both personal strength and childish insecurity

D H Kelly // 24 November 2015

Categories: Blog

A guide to bisexuality in Britain can’t come soon enough

D H Kelly discusses the position of bisexual women and a crowd-funded book which might make a difference

D H Kelly // 9 November 2015

Categories: Blog

An image of a sand sculpture depicting two figures leaning against one another's shoulders.We could all benefit from learning about consent

D H Kelly argues that our cultural ideas about consent are confused and contradictory and we could all benefit from learning more about it

D H Kelly // 3 November 2015

Categories: Blog

Demigoddess PenthesileaDiscussing sexuality without reinforcing patriarchy

D H Kelly responds to an article which, in discussing the author's own sexuality, risks reinforcing cultural ideas which make many people feel they are sexually abnormal

D H Kelly // 2 October 2015

Categories: Blog

Authenticity in a sci-fi world

D H Kelly watches Sense8 and finds a realistic depiction of human sexuality

D H Kelly // 18 August 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

A spiraling stairwellLosing housing benefit will put young women in danger

The Welfare Reform Bill is abolishing housing benefits for adults under 21. D H Kelly explains why this will put young people at greater risk of domestic violence

D H Kelly // 27 July 2015

Categories: Blog

We need to stop talking about triggers and start talking about access

D H Kelly argues that the semantics of "trigger warnings" is perpetuating a harmful debate

D H Kelly // 21 July 2015

Categories: Education, Features

Light through a white plastic tub filled with white pills.Displaying drug costs on prescription items is another attack on the vulnerable

Some prescription drugs are to be labelled with their cost to the NHS and the phrase "funded by the UK taxpayer". D H Kelly explains why this is a discriminatory and unnecessary move

D H Kelly // 6 July 2015

Categories: Blog

Blogging Against Disablism Day – gender, health and responsibility

On Blogging Against Disablism Day, D H Kelly explores the way that women, in particular, are held responsible for their ill health

D H Kelly // 1 May 2015

Categories: Blog

“Protecting the life of my child”

D H Kelly has a look at Louis Theroux's recent documentary, focused on the experiences of transgender children and their parents, and considers whether the programmme does justice to their stories

D H Kelly // 26 April 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

How can we change the status of our nipples?

The "Free The Nipple" campaign seeks to change our culture's anxiety about women's nipples. D H Kelly asks whether this is possible and how we might go about it

D H Kelly // 13 April 2015

Categories: Blog

There’s no justification for granting rape suspects anonymity

The Home Affairs Select Committee have proposed that people suspected of sexual offences should be granted anonymity in order to protect their reputations. D H Kelly argues that this would get in the way of bringing sexual offenders to justice

D H Kelly // 26 March 2015

Categories: Blog

Girls don’t need more information about what boys find attractive

Dr Aric Sigman suggests we can combat teenage girls' poor body image by asking teenage boys what they find attractive. D H Kelly discusses why this is a really bad idea

D H Kelly // 18 March 2015

Categories: Blog

ESA and gender differences in suicide rates

New guidelines for Employment and Support Allowance make it harder for women with severe mental illness to be relieved of work-related activity, a decision justified by the gender difference in suicide rates. D H Kelly explains how statistics cannot keep individuals safe

D H Kelly // 16 March 2015

Categories: Blog

Leave me alone

What role does gender inequality play in how we approach issues of privacy and autonomy? D H Kelly follows Gemma Varnom's Black Mirror review with an examination of the blocking theme in the show's most recent episode

D H Kelly // 26 February 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

On Mansplaining

'Mansplain' has become the Macquarie Dictionary 'Word of the Year 2014'. D H Kelly examines whether the over-use of this humorous term might undermine the aims of feminism

D H Kelly // 6 February 2015

Categories: Blog

Broken Rainbow Helpline loses funding

The Broken Rainbow Helpline which provides support for LGBT victims of domestic abuse has lost its government funding and may be forced to close. D H Kelly explores why lesbian, bisexual and trans* women who are abused might struggle to get support

D H Kelly // 18 January 2015

Categories: Blog

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