Archive for the “Gender inequality” category

Sexism, like racism, should always be named

by Rachel Bell on January 30, 2011

While our women’s football teams perform better than our men’s, the men’s game is elevated to ridiculous proportions in our culture and its sexism usually permitted to grow unchecked. ‘Casual’ sexism exists all around us, and should always be challenged, not laughed off.

Equality begins at home: bringing feminism and parenting together

by Rachel Bell on December 21, 2010

With the Pink Stinks campaign calling for positive role models for girls and Mumsnet’s Let Girls Be Girls campaign demanding an end to products that sexualize children, awareness of damaging and limiting stereotypes is reaching parents way beyond feminist circles. Group Blogs such as mothersforwomenslib.com are bringing feminism and parenting together while this year’s Feminism in London conference saw a Feminist Parenting workshop, How To Break The Stereotypes at Home for the first time, as well as a workshop for teenagers, Dealing with Pressure, inviting 12-18 year olds to voice their feelings around media imagery. So why the need now? And what do these parents want to do differently?

It’s not just our thickest millionaires who buy girls and women

by Rachel Bell on September 7, 2010

Footballers are like many other young men in Britain, who see using prostitutes as socially acceptable. So less of this focus on the women in the sex industry and let’s start taking about the demand, the one in ten British men who fund it, says Rachel Bell

Beauty is not a contest

by Rachel Bell on September 2, 2010

The resurgence of beauty pageants is not harmless fun argues Rachel Bell, nevermind ‘empowering’, but part of the wider culture of objectification that underpins women’s lesser status.

The ‘slag’ double standard

by Rachel Bell on October 16, 2009

Passed this lovely sign outside a restuarant in Old Street: El Paso – the slag of Shoreditch!!! A bit rough, but you still would… come inside! Oh the wit. Is a hilarious young man from Nuts magazine working behind the (…)

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Equal play for women

by Rachel Bell on April 6, 2007

With a male-centric mainstream and so-called ‘alternative’ culture giving limited space to female creativity, worldwide DIY festival, Ladyfest – where all bands are totally female or female fronted – parties on underground. Rachel Bell talks to some of the hugely talented women who will create, network and rock at upcoming Ladyfest Leeds.

First Born

by Rachel Bell on December 1, 2005

The 30-year-olds of today are the first women to have enjoyed equality legislation all their lives. Are these women aware how women’s working lives have changed? Do they feel discriminated against? Rachel Bell asks five women born in 1975, working in jobs where inequality is camouflaged

Are you being served?

by Rachel Bell on July 4, 2005

Do women get as good a deal as men in the pub, the restaurant or the car showroom? To find out, Rachel Bell set Valerie, 64, Rachel, 33, and David, 44, a series of tests