On a gorgeous summer’s evening, celebrities and models alike congregated at the Valentino Haute Couture show. Revealing their Autumn-Winter 22 collection in Rome, celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson and Naomi Cambell rubbed shoulders. Florence Pugh, known for her many roles in films such as Midsommar or Little Women, arrived in a sheer fuchsia dress. Despite the star-studded guest list, all eyes were on Florence Pugh.. ‘s nipples?
Voluntary childlessness is the choice not to have children . From a young age, many women are socially conditioned to desire the emotional rewards of motherhood and, of course, there are many. Some women genuinely can’t wait to have children and feel nothing but excitement towards this prospect. However for some, having children feels like less of an opportunity and more of a burden.
This article explores the “It’s Not Nothing” campaign which was created by the Vodafone Foundation and ultimately aims to help people recognise coercive control. Domestic abuse is not always physical; coercive control can be an act or pattern of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation that is used to either harm, punish or frighten a victim1. This campaign is extremely important as it highlights the amount of people who are still unaware of what coercive behaviour is and the different types that exist. The overall results of this study suggest that although the media has covered and portrayed aspects of coercive behaviour throughout popular tv dramas such as Eastenders, millions of individuals still fail to recognise the warning signs of coercive control.
For as long as history can remember, different bodies have dipped in and out of fashion the same way that clothes do. Desirable body types have always existed and changed almost overnight, making it impossible to keep up.
Desirable body types have changed by the decade. The 1900s favored voluptuous figures, tiny waists accentuated with tight corsets. The 1920s saw the slim physique come into fashion, no longer calling for curves. The hourglass figure, popularized by Marilyn Monroe, came into fashion in the 1950s to 1960s, pushing women to try to achieve larger busts with help of surgery. Twiggy brought the thin figure to light around the 1970s, which was only taken even further in the 90s.
In 2017, the Gender Pay Gap Regulations1 were implemented in the UK. This means that all private and voluntary-sector places of work with over 250 employees must publish data on their gender pay gap. Similar duties fall upon the public sector under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017.2
This may, at first glance, seem like a sufficient safeguard against sex discrimination amongst workforces, but many companies find loopholes to ‘get around’ these regulations. Therefore, the sufficiency of these regulations must be scrutinised.
In early 2021, Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow began their venture of turning Netflix show ‘Bridgerton’ into a musical. The programme, inspired by the Bridgerton book series written by Julia Quinn, was adapted into a Netflix series in December of 2020. After the show became a rapid success, becoming Netflix’s most watched English-language series at the time1, Abigail Barlow took to TikTok to share a small clip of a song she had created based on the show and its characters. Undoubtedly, the TikTok went viral, birthing and breeding what Barlow and Bear called ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’.
Recently across Europe we have seen record breaking heatwaves and wildfires. At the time of writing, over 740,000 hectares of land across Europe have been burned in 2022.1 With freak weather occurrences becoming more regular, the need for drastic climate action is becoming more pressing with each record-breaking summer. However, climate change does not affect everyone equally and therefore cannot be tackled with generic policies for entire populations. A 2010 study found that women were more likely to die in heatwaves,2 a trend that is becoming more apparent with the recent heatwaves. Through this article we will explore the need for climate feminism and the reality of a feminist climate policy in practice.
The Lionesses’ Current Success in the Euros and How it’s Inspiring a New Interest in Women's Football
“Change is an ongoing process, but women’s football will never be the same again”1.
Leah Williamson (Captain of the Lionesses): “For every success we make and change of judgement or opening the eyes of people who view women as someone who is equal – that changes society and that is a powerful message. These strides we take forward can impact everyone on that wider scale”2.
Back Off Scotland is a campaign group who are asking the Scottish Government to implement a national policy of buffer zones (safe spaces of 150m) around abortion clinics in Scotland. Recently, I had the opportunity of speaking with Lucy, the co-founder of the campaign and have recorded our discussion below.