Articles about 'sexism'

How I met your feminists

US sitcom How I Met Your Mother is now approaching its ninth and final series. Levi Grayshon considers the representation of women on the show and finds that, while the central female characters are sometimes shown in a more positive and feminist light than on other popular sitcoms, the treatment of women overall is problematic at best

Levi Grayshon // 8 September 2013

Categories: Reviews, Television

New review: Brainiac

Physics undergraduate Katie Masters looks back at noughties science show Brainiac and finds a limited and alienating portrayal of women in the programme that does nothing to help our underrepresentation...

Holly Combe // 4 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Brainiac: privilege abuse?

Physics undergraduate Katie Masters looks back at noughties science show Brainiac and finds a limited and alienating portrayal of women in the programme that does nothing to help our underrepresentation in science

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Categories: Reviews, Television

New review: Millionaire Matchmaker

What retrogressive messages does the formula of this sexist dating show put out to the modern woman? Laura Clancy watches and finds it’s as if feminism never happened. I have...

Holly Combe // 7 August 2013

Categories: Blog

The Millionaire Matchmaker: the unravelling of feminism?

What retrogressive messages does the formula of this sexist dating show put out to the modern woman? Laura Clancy watches and finds it's as if feminism never happened

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Categories: Reviews, Television

A battle I cannot win

Tara writes about the impact of fat shaming and discusses the intersection between feminism, fatness, diabetes and eating disorders

Tara // 27 July 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Man v. Food

Amy Calvert finds plenty of macho propaganda and some unfortunate portrayals of women when she examines a reality television series following a man’s attempts to conquer super-sized food challenges. Man...

Holly Combe // 26 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Man v. Food: backlash or banter?

Amy Calvert finds plenty of macho propaganda and some unfortunate portrayals of women when she examines a reality television series following a man's attempts to conquer super-sized food challenges

Amy Calvert //

Categories: Reviews, Television

New review: Teen Mom

Farrah Abraham of the MTV reality television series Teen Mom has attracted plenty of salacious media gossip and slut shaming. Chrissy D‘s review (just posted) explores the cultural landscape behind...

Holly Combe // 25 June 2013

Categories: Blog

Teen public property

Farrah Abraham of the MTV reality television series Teen Mom has attracted plenty of salacious media gossip and slut shaming. Chrissy D explores the cultural landscape behind the programme and the hype surrounding her recent sex tape

Chrissy //

Categories: Reviews, Television

New feature: Asking for it: giving outspoken women in music a bad name

In the 1990s, Courtney Love’s status as an opinionated musician in her own right during her relationship with a high profile male rock star led to bad press and public...

Holly Combe // 27 May 2013

Categories: Blog

Asking for it: giving outspoken women in music a bad name

In the 1990s, Courtney Love's status as an opinionated musician led to bad press and public scorn. In the 2010s, Pussy Riot's feminist activities have resulted in them actually losing their liberty. Amica Lane considers these different consequences against a backdrop of Riot Grrrl politics and wonders how far we've really moved towards accepting women who rebel on their own terms

Amica Lane //

Categories: Features, Music

New review: Clara who?

Clara Oswin/Oswald, the latest companion on Doctor Who and subject of Lucy Pegg‘s new review, has featured in plenty of Whovian feminist discussions online. These sit alongside more mainstream suggestions...

Holly Combe // 3 May 2013

Categories: Blog

Clara who?

Lucy Pegg explores whether Clara looks set to follow a similar traditional trajectory to other companions on Steven Moffat's Doctor Who. Will she fulfil the role of "strong character, female" Hope Dinsdale highlighted when she wrote about women on the programme back in 2011?

Lucy Pegg //

Categories: Reviews, Television

Nerdy men and hot women: sexism in The Big Bang Theory

Lucy Pegg argues that the genre this sit-com is based on has already moved away from the stereotypes of women it perpetuates, leaving it woefully behind

Guest Blogger // 20 April 2013

Categories: Blog

The ‘bridezilla’ television trope and the traditional wedding norm

Marriage equality might be on the way but it seems the fripperies and rituals of the traditional wedding are still coveted as the superior choice. Olivia Rudgard looks at the role of the TV show 'Bridezilla' in all this and asks, what about wedding equality?

Guest Blogger // 18 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Call for television reviewers

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Holly Combe // 17 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Why we are Sikh feminists

Herpreet Kaur Grewal talked to her colleagues on the Sikh Feminist Research Institute's editorial board about why they are feminists. This blog post collects their views to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi, which took place this weekend

Guest Blogger // 16 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Not because she was a woman or despite it: more views on Thatcher

Holly considers some of the attitudes towards Thatcher that have been expressed after her death and shares a few thoughts from some other F-Word writers

Holly Combe // 13 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Lad culture in universities: new feature and NUS report

The National Union of Students is initiating a discussion on lad culture in higher education, an urgent issue as a new feature by a student on her experience of freshers' week confirms

Asiya Islam // 11 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Who’s to blame: sexism in universities

When Beth Saward complained of sexual harassment during freshers' week, she was held responsible for it. Here she discusses the deeply ingrained sexist culture in universities

Beth Saward // 10 April 2013

Categories: Education, Features

Why Margaret isn’t “a football person”

Yesterday, Martin O’Neill, the manager of Sunderland AFC, lost his job. The Sun’s Steve Brenner, formerly the newspaper’s north-east football correspondent, commented in a tweet that has since been deleted:...

Carrie Dunn // 31 March 2013

Categories: Blog

That’s what she said: Lad culture in universities

Through their report on lad culture in higher education, the National Union of Students is calling for action on sexism in universities. Kelley Temple discusses the extent and impact of lad culture on women students

Kelley Temple // 18 March 2013

Categories: Education, Features

The ‘back home lot’ – looking for BME women writing online

Though the increasing concern about online misogyny is welcome, Asiya Islam feels that BME women writers are missing from the discussion. She is looking for BME women writers to share experiences

Asiya Islam // 21 February 2013

Categories: Blog

Guest song of the day: Can’t Hold Us Down – Christina Aguilera

A guest post from Amy S. Rushton about Christina Aguilera's classic calling out of sexual double standards and slut shaming

Guest Blogger // 27 January 2013

Categories: Blog

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