Posts Tagged “gender stereotypes”

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.

Kate Moss does her bit for the prostitution myth

by Rachel Bell on January 26, 2011

A new video sees Kate Moss enthusiastically glamourising the sex industry again, this time it’s prostitution. Moss appears to be playing a prostitute showing off her sex parts by lifting up her top and skirt against a dirty concrete wall for a punter sat in his car. The video is based on a fashion shoot by Nick Knight for the December 2010 issue of Italian Vogue. Filmmaker Jamie Harley has edited the video, which has been used by pop artist Evan Voytas for his track, Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere.

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 pornification of pop

by Rachel Bell on August 11, 2010

It’s the way in which pop and rap music embrace the porn and sex industries, elevate the pimp and sexualise male violence that makes it pornographic says Rachel Bell. And it’s not girls we need to be worried about, it’s boys.

Danny Dyer helps us join the dots between porn culture and male sexual violence

by Rachel Bell on May 5, 2010

With the furore over Danny Dyer and Zoo, Rachel Bell reminds us how lad mags feed gender violence and pulls apart the usual lad mag defenses

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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That joke isn’t funny anymore

by Rachel Bell on November 4, 2008

Sexual bullying in schools is so rife it is hardly noticed. Why, asks Rachel Bell, is it not taken seriously?

What models never talk about

by Rachel Bell on January 2, 2008

While the media focuses on the size zero debate, Rachel Bell talks to a former model and finds that rape and sexual harassment are as real a threat to models as death by eating disorder