Articles by D H Kelly

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

Are fat people disabled?

The European Court of Human Justice has ruled that, in some circumstances, fat people will be able to use disability discrimination law to respond to discrimination. D H Kelly examines whether fat people can be described as disabled

D H Kelly // 19 December 2014

Categories: Blog

Restrictions on porn that protect no-one

Following amendments to the Communications Act 2003 which have banned a number of acts from on-line porn produced in the UK, D H Kelly questions whether this is the way to protect children and promote sexual equality

D H Kelly // 4 December 2014

Categories: Blog

What does it mean to be vulnerable?

A disability campaign group implores people to stop describing disabled people as vulnerable. D H Kelly explores what vulnerability means, and the degree to which it is worth acknowledging

D H Kelly // 8 November 2014

Categories: Blog

Sex, lies and statistics

As the Guardian publishes its British Sex Survey 2014, D H Kelly looks at some unlikely statistics and their influence on women's attitude to their own sexuality

D H Kelly // 30 September 2014

Categories: Blog

Reluctant Women

D H Kelly explores what being a cisgender woman means and doesn't mean and how a failure to acknowledge our own, often complicated, gender identities can lead us to let down our trans sisters

D H Kelly // 25 September 2014

Categories: Blog

Richard Dawkins and the logic of “date rape”

When Richard Dawkins used rape in an explanation of logical principles, he forgot to use accurate premises. D H Kelly warns against false assumptions about the nature of "date rape"

D H Kelly // 31 July 2014

Categories: Blog

When your lover says you’re ugly, it’s a low down lie.

Responding to a story in which a middle-aged woman is told by her new boyfriend that her body is too wrinkled, D H Kelly argues that men who criticise their lover's looks are interested in power rather than appearance

D H Kelly // 20 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Sexual assault allegations and attention seeking

Since Vanessa Feltz spoke of Rolf Harris putting his hand up her dress during an interview, she has been subject to a torrent of abuse, including the idea that she is seeking attention. D H Kelly explores this common accusation towards victims of sexual assault

D H Kelly // 8 July 2014

Categories: Blog

When break-up music turns sinister

Robin Thicke has named his latest album after his estranged wife and vows to win her back. D H Kelly examines the stories we tell about men winning back the women who have left them

D H Kelly // 27 June 2014

Categories: Blog

Permission to kiss: consent is simple

D H Kelly examines a recent BBC Article entitled, "Should you ask someone's permission to kiss them?" and argues that a greater emphasis on full consent makes sex much simpler, as well as safer

D H Kelly // 18 June 2014

Categories: Blog

On Self-Defence as Rape Prevention

Caroline Criado-Perez describes learning self-defence as "a solution" to rape, until we're able to stop people raping. D H Kelly argues this is no solution to the vast majority of rapes.

D H Kelly // 12 June 2014

Categories: Blog

Kirstie Allsopp and myths about women’s choices

D H Kelly discusses Kirstie Allsopp's recent recommendations that women should not go to university but instead focus on buying a home and having children as soon as possible

D H Kelly // 3 June 2014

Categories: Blog

On mothers-in-law

I came to the prospect of having a mother-in-law with some trepidation. At a point in my life when I was bruised and weary, I expected my then-boyfriend's mother to disapprove of me on sight. When that didn't happen, I waited for it to occur. By the time I realised we were going to be okay, we had become family.

D H Kelly // 1 November 2013

Categories: Blog

Why does disability make people more vulnerable to domestic abuse?

Before I came to terms with my own experience of domestic violence, I might have imagined that vulnerability to abuse would be about being attracted to a certain "type", being a little self-destructive,submissive or gullible. If I knew that disabled people were twice as vulnerable to abuse, I might have imagined that this was because disability throws up a load of stressful situations and - as I could testify - people like me were hard to live with. In fact, how vulnerable you are might be better understood as the number of excuses an abuser could find to mistreat and control you.

D H Kelly // 23 October 2013

Categories: Blog

A Looker Wins The Booker

This week, Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize with her epic novel The Luminaries. At only 28, there was bound to be some comment about the age of the author, but the Times seemed to forget that this was a literary prize.

D H Kelly // 20 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Sex Tips: Deepening The Divide

There’s nowhere in mainstream culture that’s quite so insistent on profound and deep-seated differences between men and women than sex advice. Men and women want different things, we are told,...

D H Kelly // 10 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Women abusers are part of the picture

D H Kelly looks beyond our traditional cultural model of male-on-female domestic violence and explores how sexism can enable women abusers

D H Kelly // 7 October 2013

Categories: Blog

No access to the women’s room

Going clothes shopping as a disabled woman is a nightmare, says D H Kelly

D H Kelly // 30 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Work and Play

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