Posts Tagged “gender inequality”

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?

Rapists can carry on as normal says Government

by Rachel Bell on September 15, 2010

While the taxpayer is paying £12 million for the woman and gay hating Pope to visit Britain tomorrow, the government have announced more cuts directed at women. This time, it’s the women who men have raped. A major review of the way the police handle rape cases has been dropped.

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.

Action Man

by Rachel Bell on March 1, 2006

One man taking violence against women out of the realm of ‘women’s issues’ and giving young boys and men a positive role model is Damian Carnell, from Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum (NDVF). Rachel Bell meets him and gets a male perspective on male violence.

Challenging the ‘Sex Sells’ Cliché

by Rachel Bell on February 12, 2006

Everywhere you turn these days there are sexualised images of women’s bodies as porn becomes more and more mainstream. Rachel Bell investigates the growing protest movement against the normalisation of porn in everyday life.

Women Unite, Reclaim the Night!

by Rachel Bell on January 28, 2006

Rachel Bell reports on November’s hugely successful Reclaim the Night March in London, and some of the marchers explain their reasons for taking part.

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

Two men on Page 3

by Rachel Bell on November 15, 2005

Here’s the right answer if you’re a man faced with the Page 3 debate at a dinner party. Thank you Damian Carnell. Oh and to have a clue about what your girlfriend thinks, read Clare Short’s book, Dear Clare..this is what women feel about Page 3, documenting 1000’s of letters Clare recieved from girls and women.