Articles about Language
Jo Whitehead despairs at Jenni Murray’s recent assertion that trans women cannot be ‘real’ women
Joanna Whitehead // 6 March 2017
As a controversial conference restricts entry to 'women born women', Helen G analyses this phrase
Helen G // 21 May 2012
Working class women talk to Pavan Amara about feeling excluded and patronised by a classist feminist movement where middle class voices are still dominating the debate
Pavan Amara // 7 March 2012
SlutWalk is primarily a protest movement against victim-blaming, points out Sophie Jones. Feminist critics of the name have got the wrong end of the stick, she argues
Sophie Jones // 8 June 2011
Do women and men talk differently? And, if they do, why? Kitty Sadler explores the theories
Kitty Sadler // 13 March 2011
Amelia Sage argues that titles still retain powerful and bemusing stereotypes
Amelia Sage // 10 July 2010
Much has been written about sexism in the Twilight books and film. Here, Caitlin Brown puts the series in context of other popular vampire fiction
Caitlin Brown // 8 September 2009
It's time to end the battle of words, argues Debi Crow
Debi Crow // 10 September 2008
For many women, getting married still means changing their name. Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams has an alternate proposal
Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams // 20 August 2008
Helen G sets out a glossary of common terms and definitions
Helen G // 17 March 2008
What use are sex worker groups that give out condoms and showers, but can't help women who want to exit prostitution? Ekis reports from Barcelona on prostitution and the campaign for legalisation
Ekis // 16 March 2008
Ever been called a 'slag'? How about 'frigid'? Jennifer Drew explains how such derogatory language is used to keep women in their place
Jennifer Drew // 31 January 2008
A Home Office policy that should help protect transgender civil servants from discrimination? Great news. But, asks Emma Wood, why does it insist that women and men have different brains?
Emma Wood // 5 December 2007
Who wants to be told they have an incompetent cervix? Jane Purcell reports from the maternity ward
Jane Purcell // 4 December 2007
Gender-neutral language applies to male criminals, but not to their female victims, argues Jennifer Drew
Jennifer Drew // 3 December 2007
When Eleanor Turner announced that she would not be changing her name after walking down the aisle, and instead her new husband would take on her surname, reactions ranged from shock to annoyance. She considers why breaking with tradition provokes such strong feelings
Eleanor Turner // 2 May 2007
Can women ever achieve parity with men when deep seated views of their physical weakness still remain? Ealasaid Gilfillan argues that linking 'women and children' together is a symptom of the sort of ingrained attitudes that must be challenged if women are to move forwards.
Ealasaid Gilfillan // 1 February 2007
'Political Correctness gone mad' is considered the ultimate insult whenever a feminist dares to speak up about language. Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams isn't scared off though: she argues that we need to question and challenge the words we use now more than ever.
Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams // 8 January 2007
'Feminism' 'Slut' 'Bitch': all powerful words evoking strong (mostly negative) reactions. Should we reclaim tainted words, or drop them for something less provocative? Kate Townshend discusses this question, and explains why the language we use to define ourselves - and allow others to use to define us - is still important to the feminist cause.
Kate Townshend // 16 November 2006
How did the abusive, exploitative role of Pimp become the epitome of cool? Rachel Bell comments on this outrageous trend in modern culture.
Rachel Bell // 8 November 2004
Swearing is becoming more accepted in our society, but many people still consider 'cunt' taboo. Why is this? It's time we got over such silly squeamishness, Kate Allen argues.
Kate Allen // 19 October 2003