Alexandra Wingate

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Feminist Initiative shakes up politics in Sweden and Norway

<b>Feminism has been enjoying a popular resurgence in much of Europe - but in Sweden and Norway it is becoming a political force. What does the growth of a feminist party in both countries mean for mainstream politics and the fight for equality?</b><p>Cathrine Linn Kristiansen does not look like a typical …

Men know nothing at all about being sex objects | Barbara Ellen

Photograph: JUSTIN LANE/EPA<p>A curator handles the original handwritten lyrics to the song American Pie by Don McLean, which are to be auctioned at Christie’s in New …

It wasn’t Jackie’s job to get the details of her rape correct. It was Rolling Stone’s

Rolling Stone just doesn’t get it. Months after the magazine published a widely-criticized article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, the details of which proved unverifiable, those responsible still refuse to take any real responsibility. Instead, editors at the magazine …

Why do we never worry about men's childlessness and infertility? | Jessica Valenti

Older dads are more likely to have children with mental health and developmental problems. Yet they rarely face the scare tactics women do<p>Every year, we’re treated to new statistics about how more and more women in the United States are forgoing motherhood. The panicked media response ensues, we …

Force men to take paternity leave. It will make the world a better place

Paternity leave. The term evokes cliches of chubby house husbands, emasculation or – perhaps even worse – immaculate superdads. No wonder men are reluctant to take the opportunity even when it is offered.<p>Two-and-half-years after Australia’s Labor government offered a parental leave program for new …

Want better sex, dads? Then take paternity leave | Stephanie Coontz

The first wave of the gender revolution destabilised relationships, but the second wave can be their saviour<p>Next week a new parental leave policy goes into effect in the UK, extending the length of leave for up to 50 weeks after the birth or adoption of a baby, with 39 of the 50 weeks subsidised. …

Punching Gloria Steinem: inside the bizarre world of anti-feminist women

Every so often, one woman engages with me on Twitter who is against women's suffrage. That's right - she believes women <i>shouldn't have the right to vote</i>. I always hoped it was a fake account, but no - this anti-suffrage enthusiast runs a blog where she writes about religion alongside recipes. It …

Feminism is about women's financial freedom, not just chivalry or labels

Reading the variety of reasons that women gave for being opposed to feminism in the much-debated #WomenAgainstFeminism social media campaign is one of the most profoundly depressing experiences I’ve had for a while.<p>The reason is a fairly basic one. In some ways, it doesn’t much matter whether or …

If you want to write about feminism online, be ready to take on the haters

Photograph: Alamy/Alamy<p>Troll with it: the net is an introduction agency for the not-so nice.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/1/1427891157190/895691e6-1db5-4b0a-8e5b-a7ca546c30d8-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy/Alamy<p>Troll with it: the net is an introduction agency …

Feminism

What Andrea Dworkin, the feminist I knew, can teach young women | Julie Bindel

Dworkin was her era’s bravest, most galvanising and polarising feminist. Ten years after her death, her sheer courage and her hatred for the men who hate women continue to inspire<p>I first became friends with Andrea Dworkin in 1996. We both attended a week-long international conference in Brighton on …

Social media is protecting men from periods, breast milk and body hair | Jessica Valenti

Instagram took down a photo by artist Rupi Kaur that showed a small amount of her menstrual blood. When will society accept women’s bodies?<p>There’s a predictable social media formula for what women’s pictures online should look like. Breasts in barely-there bikinis are good (thumbs-up emoji, even), …

Aintree is right to clamp down on 'negative shots' of female racegoers

In the annual British news cycle, nothing is more certain than galleries of “badly dressed” women at the Aintree races.<p>Sunrise, sunset. Time is a flat circle. Year in, year out, they’re there. But no more! John Baker, the managing director at Aintree, has decided to call time on the photographers …

All-time UK high in female boardroom members, but no time for complacency

FTSE 100 firms likely to meet female directorships target set by government, as researchers call for more measures to promote women into most powerful roles<p>Britain’s biggest companies are likely to hit a target of having 25% female boardrooms, but need to step up efforts to recruit women to the …

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Feminist academics take note: women are not all white and straight

University feminism initiatives, like Oxford’s women in the humanities, at first glance seem valuable in their intentions and goals. However, the vast majority of faculty-led initiatives share the naïve assumption that “women” and “feminism” can be talked about without conversations about race, …

The biggest threat to feminism? It’s not just the patriarchy | Finn Mackay

Of course, we have to combat a power structure based on male supremacy. But more insidious is ‘choice feminism’ – applying the language of liberation to dating or makeup<p>What are the greatest threats to feminism today? This question was put to me as a panellist at the Bristol Women’s Literature …

Would Monica Lewinsky Suffer the Same Fate Today?

On slut-shaming in the age of social media.<p>In her fabulous 1998 defense of Monica Lewinksy in <i>Vanity Fair</i>, "Bill Clinton, Feminist," the late writer Marjorie Williams catalogued all of the feminists who shamed, slammed, and dismissed the former White House intern. The <i>Washington Post</i> columnist Judy …

Philosophy has to be about more than white men | Minna Salami

The campaign to counter the narrow-mindedness of university courses is gathering pace because philosophy should investigate all human existence<p>Across the country, students have been “dismantling the master’s house”. They weren’t smashing their principals’ offices, but rather demanding a revision of …

We are drowning in stories that privilege the perspectives of white males

Women’s bodies – naked, airbrushed and objectified – are everywhere but our names, passions and histories remain invisible. Too often, women are …

Keith Vaz has got it wrong - protecting men should not be the aim of rape laws

There is a problem with rape in this country; it just isn’t the one we keep being told about. The vast majority of people who commit serious sexual …

These rape prevention tips with a twist are going viral, for good reason

Carry a rape whistle. If you find that you are about to rape someone, blow the whistle until someone comes to stop you.<p>So goes one of the "rape …

Edwina Currie’s cleavage tweet was classic fake feminism | Barbara Ellen

Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA<p>Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/21/1426957494769/5f1a0a76-0160-4d59-a28a-34389984614e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA<p>Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico …

Masa Vukotic had the right to be in a park alone. Victoria police must apologise for saying she didn't | Melissa Davey

A 17-year-old girl is murdered in broad daylight and a police officer’s response is to tell women to stay out of parks. Is he suggesting a curfew, or that we should find an escort?<p>Before he resigned as Victoria’s police commissioner in December, Ken Lay spoke about men “needing to own” the crisis …

This is why there are things we don’t say about race (even when they are true) | Joseph Harker

Photograph: PA<p>‘Phillips sees the death of Victoria Climbie as another example of PC-imposed silence creating a victim. Yet the evidence in this case was of a dysfunctional social services …

Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex

Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. And boys? They’re made of trucks and trains and aeroplanes, building …

Geena Davis: ‘I assumed sexism wasn't present in what we show to kids’

In family rated films and children’s television, just one in four speaking characters are female. Lottie O’Conor meets the Hollywood star on a mission to change this<p>For me, and possibly the majority of my generation, Geena Davis will always be Thelma Dickinson, one half of the duo that many …

Ashley Judd isn't alone: most women who talk about sport on Twitter face abuse | Melissa Jacobs

Men might be called morons by other football fans on social media, but they’re never subjected to the crude come-ons and sexual harassment<p>I write professionally about American football, and I tweet a lot on a variety of football-related topics. So I get that many male National Football League fans …

The #YesAllWomen Daily

'Schoolboys should tell girls their idea of a perfect woman,' says expert

To fight a “neurosis” amongst school girls over fat, teachers should get boys to tell girls what they find attractive, says 'Body Wars' author Aric Sigman<p>Teachers should encourage boys to tell girls their idea of a perfect woman in attempt to quell body image issues, a renowned child health expert …

Ashley Judd to press charges against Twitter users over sexual harassment

The star of the Divergent series has said ‘the amount of gender violence I experience is absolutely extraordinary’<p>The actor Ashley Judd has said she will inform police about Twitter users who sexually harass her, and press charges against them.<p>Judd, known for 90s crime thrillers Heat and Kiss the …

The best comebacks to sexist comments

When you experience sexism or sexual harassment, it’s common to feel a wave of emotions wash over you – fear, anger, embarrassment, shame, and often shock or panic. It’s often incredibly difficult to respond in the heat of the moment, and victims frequently report the frustration of feeling frozen. …