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A Belgian advertisement for the upcoming 2015 E3 Harelbeke cycling competition released an image of a male biker reaching up to grab a woman’s exposed behind. The tagline: “Who squeezes them in Harelbeke?” Not only is this ad disgusting, but it says zero about the actual sport and alienates any female cyclists who might want to participate as equals. Sigh. The design was inspired by previous winner Solvak Peter Sagan, who pinched a woman’s ... Read More
Last week, the winner of the most important accolade in the literary world was announced. I am, of course, talking about the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Forget the National Book Award. Back off, Pulitzer. Man Booker who? An Oprah’s Book Club Sticker has more influence than all those combined. The real prestige comes with winning a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It means your work was good enough that those other prizes could ignore your terrible ... Read More
Becky Hopper and her friend Georgia Bibby, both 23, were shopping at a Topshop in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull, when they noticed a mannequin who seemed unrealistically small. “We walked into the shop and were in absolute shock at what faced us. The mannequins were thinner than any human being I have seen in my life,” Hopper wrote on her personal blog. In the picture, Hopper’s friend, Bibby, is posed next to the mannequin for ... Read More
A new law in the UK states that young girls, who are at risk for undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) in other countries, will have their passports confiscated. The law now places a legal responsibility on parents to keep their daughters from FGM, or face prosecution and potential jail time for committing a criminal offense.  Fahma Mohamed, an 18-year old female student who recently launched a petition in the UK for more information about FGM to be ... Read More
It seems fitting that Jessica Weiss began penning songs as soundtracks to student films since the Brighton-based lead singer and songwriter’s lyrics are rife with vivid imagery, intense drama, and compelling storylines. Fellow art student Guitarist Daniel Falvey met Weiss after an exhibition of her work inspired him, and drummer Michael Miles was later brought in to handle percussion. Together shoegaze trio Fear of Men creates a bittersweet sound by blending ... Read More
  Women come in all shapes and sizes. Plastic mannequins, on the other hand, rarely do.  The average woman in the UK is a size 16, but most British stores only display size 10 mannequins. The British women’s and equalities minister Jo Swinson has long been combating the narrow focus on thinner, whiter, younger models of feminine beauty in fashion; she writes, “[the image] is reinforced from the catwalks right through to shop ... Read More
As if you didn’t know. But there's a new campaign in town, and she really wants to remind you. A recent study surveyed 1000 women and showed that 70% of us want to start having babies when we're in our early 30s. First Response, a global pregnancy test company, isn't down with that. The company claims that women aren’t aware of how fickle fertility can be, so it's taking action - launching a ‘Get Britain Fertile’ campaign. Britain is their ... Read More
Independent testing has shown that a Burger King supplier in Ireland called Silvercrest has been stuffing its burgers with horse meat. Burger King commented, “Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA. This product was never sold to our restaurants.” Burger King alleges that they have terminated their partnership with Silvercrest, as Silvercrest promised them 100% British and ... Read More
UK feminists are taking a dramatic stand for women’s rights. On October 24, Dr. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst, will lead a mass Feminist Lobby of Parliament. She will be joined by the “Olympic Suffragettes” – a group of women who performed as suffragettes in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony – and over 200 women and men from around the UK. UK Feminista, which describes itself as “a ... Read More
Although women’s involvement in labor unions has increased significantly since the seventies, a new paper finds that men still hold most of the top union leadership positions in both the U.S. and the U.K. The study, which included interviews with 130 women, was carried out by Professor Geraldine Healy and Professor Gill Kirton of the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University in London.   In nine of the U.S.’s major labor ... Read More