• Pretty Little Thing’s ‘Provocative’ Advert – Empowering or Objectifying Women?

    Online shopping brands constantly come under scrutiny for their fast-fashion, cheap clothing and unethical manufacturing. But is there also a detrimental impact from their marketing ploys?...
  • What Does Being a Feminist Mean to You?

    With so many different interpretations on feminism, it can be difficult to know what being a feminist actually means. I asked numerous people what feminism meant to them. There was unanimous agreement that feminism revolves around equality. Many stated that a common misconception is that feminists are men haters/feminists believe...
  • Here Come the Girls!

    Doctor Who has been a love of mine for over 10 years now. I spent such a large proportion of my early teens watching episodes on repeat, loving every storyline it could throw at me. As I turned 15 and began to think I was too cool for the...
  • Sexual Harassment in the Labour Market

    As part of a series on gender equality, the impressively talented Johanna Rickne from Sweden gave an extremely informative lecture on the challenges of sexual harassment in endangering equality in the workplace. The psychological definition of sexual harassment is, “unwanted sex-related behaviour at work”. Although Rickne points out that...
  • Magazines for a New Generation: how ‘girly mags’ have become Political, Powerful, and Personal

    Go into any corner shop and go to the magazine aisle. What do you see? It’ll probably be a fairly strong distinction between ‘men’s’ and ‘women’s’ magazines, a line drawn between pink and blue, between fashion and cars. Granted, change has been occurring, and more and more people are...
  • April Book of the Month: Mary Beard – Women and Power: A Manifesto

    I came across Beard’s Women and Power: A Manifesto whilst desperately searching for secondary reading for my dissertation. This critical essay does what it says on the tin, it discusses the relationship between women and power from the Ancient Romans and Greeks to today. An excellent and accessible piece...
  • Powerful Women on Campus: Dr Lucy Jones

    Emily Casey interviews Lucy Jones from the School of English Emily Casey: Your research focuses on gender and sexuality within sociolinguistics, what first attracted you to this field? Dr Lucy Jones:  For me, when I was an undergraduate and first learnt about sociolinguistics, we learnt about: language and gender;...