• 5 WHYZ,  Editors Picks,  Feminism

    5 Reasons Why You Should Raise Boys to Be Feminists

    1) Education:  Kids aren’t born knowing about inequality in society. They don’t know that as soon as they can recognise colours and sounds, they are being pigeon-holed into a specific gender by the world around them. So we need to explain and show them about the world sees and treats girls and boys differently (at the moment!) but that it’s changing. My son struggled with the concept to begin with. He didn’t see why there should be a movement JUST for girls! He wanted there to be “man-anism!” It does seem a bit unfair to young boys that suddenly there seems to be all this talk about “girl power” and…

  • Editors Picks,  Feminism,  Parenting

    Our Daughter’s Daughters Will Adore Us

    “Our daughter’s daughters will adore us – and they’ll sing in grateful chorus – well done!” A rather iconic scene from a rather iconic movie. Mary Poppins is a movie from my childhood that stands out for many reasons. Notably the amazing soundtrack, the wishful thinking of snapping your fingers and the room tidying itself, being able to jump into paintings on the pavements and join the wonderful world of the colourful characters. But that scene of Mrs Bank’s marching around her hallway, proudly singing and sporting the ‘Votes For Women’ sashes. That scene has always stuck with me. From childhood to adulthood. And when it came to my time…

  • Feminism,  Speak Up

    The Gender Identity Debate

    If you are a follower on my social media platforms, you may have seen my children. I have a daughter, who is nearly 5 and a son, who is nearly 2. Both, I guess, are very gender stereotypical. Cora loves pink, glitter, dresses and “putting on shows” and Cassi, well, he loves anything with wheels, wings, an engine and a siren. My husband and I had a recent chat about the children’s preferred play things and questioned if maybe we had a part in the choices they were making. In today’s modern world, we see nearly daily in the media of the recently birthed celeb’s declaring that they will not…

  • Feminism,  Speak Up

    Getting Down With The F Word

    Yeah ok, so the title might be a bit of click bait but as we look to celebrate International Women’s Day I feel it only right we have a look at the ‘F’ word ( yep thats the one FEM-IN-ISM) and celebrate it too! My journey to calling myself a feminist has been a bumpy one. Brought up by a single Mum who came out of a relationship marred by domestic abuse I always felt an affinity to strong women…. I learned from an early age we didn’t need men and quite frankly from my experience and listening to the tales of my Mum and her friends they caused little…

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    The Concept And Confusion Of Women As Sexual Beings

    Sadly, blaming the victim is becoming a familiar trend in rape trials. Following an explicit incident in a trial in Ireland, resistance towards this injustice was expressed through a frenzy of protests with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent going viral. During the trial, the perpetrator’s defence lawyer, Elizabeth O’Connell, held the victim’s underwear high, to all in the courtroom: “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” These words not only violate the privacy of the victim, but…