Posts Tagged: misogyny

The race for positive change in sport

The race for positive change in sport

How do we reconcile knowledge of the injustices in many sports with the enjoyment of being a spectator? As we enjoy the familiar tradition of a summer of sport — albeit with some restrictions still in place — it’s worth reflecting on how this fits in with the strong push for fairer practices and equal …

Women’s football is not bad, much like women’s issues in general, it has just been neglected and underfunded for decades

Women’s football is not bad, much like women’s issues in general, it has just been neglected and underfunded for decades

In light of the recent Euros, it is important to highlight the barriers and stereotypes women face in football, and have always faced historically. The ‘Men’s Euros’ recently ended, once again making it clear that men’s football is seen as the norm, much like in other sports. The official name of that tournament is UEFA …

The not-so-hysterical problem of sexism in healthcare

The not-so-hysterical problem of sexism in healthcare

The entrenched health inequalities women face is a result of centuries of the medical field being developed with a male bias — including the roots of the term “hysterical”. The classic stereotype of the unhinged or emotionally unstable woman is well-established in history and popular culture. Even beyond the problematic implied judgement made upon mental …

Correct people, but do it ‘politely’: the prejudice behind the double standards applied to minorities when they confront discrimination

Correct people, but do it ‘politely’: the prejudice behind the double standards applied to minorities when they confront discrimination

It is incumbent on minorities to remain civil and calm when pushing back against discrimination rather than on the offensive party to face up to any upset or their own ignorance. As movements for equality have gained traction — be it on the grounds of gender, race, religion, or some other personal characteristic — individuals …

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

Recently, there has been an increase in reported cases of members of the armed forces or police being found to have engaged in racism or extremism. Historically, the security forces — in this piece, referring collectively to the military and police — have had a complicated relationship with minority communities. Whilst this is a general …

The Ugly Side of Beauty: Oppression and Appearance

The Ugly Side of Beauty: Oppression and Appearance

Like many other women, I fell prey to the oppressive standards of beauty. But it is not just mentally exhausting to keep chasing an unattainable ideal: beauty standards are discriminatory and further marginalise the people in society that are already underprivileged. In my experience, growing up as a woman in a culture that values your …

Political correctness has not gone mad

Political correctness has not gone mad

Why freedom of expression has never been an unlimited right to be offensive. The phrase “political correctness gone mad” has become synonymous with “I’m no longer allowed to say what I want”, and is commonly used with some sort of reference to freedom of expression being violated. Applied to a variety of personal characteristics — …

Why Muslim Women Don’t Need Saving

Why Muslim Women Don’t Need Saving

In the beginning of April 2021, the French Senate passed a measure that severely limited Muslim women’s freedoms to visibly practice their religion. The most controversial of the measures prevents anyone under the age of 18 to wear a veil in public. In addition, mothers who wear a hijab will not be allowed to accompany …