Royal Navy to let Women Serve on Submarines for the First Time

The Royal Navy is preparing to allow women to serve on its submarine fleet for the first time. The move comes after a report found that life aboard a submarine would not adversely affect pregnant women. Previously accepted thinking was that recycled air and living and working close to a nuclear reactor would affect unborn babies – but this has now been dispelled. Most navies, including the US Navy, still prohibit women from serving on submarines, though there are some exceptions,... Read More

Is Long Hair What Makes a Woman Feminine?

The UK’s Daily Mail featured an interesting piece earlier this year in which Rowena Kincaid, a breast cancer victim, described her feelings about, and displayed photographs of, losing her hair through chemotherapy. In this incredibly brave and personal piece of writing, Rowena stated that: ‘Losing your hair is one of the worst things that can happen to you as a woman. It [hair loss] robbed me of my confidence and self-esteem, and when I looked in the mirror I saw someone... Read More

Easier Access to Abortion Proposed for Military Servicewomen. Good.

The New York Times last week reported on a Pentagon policy bill containing the proposal to repeal the controversial ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy in the US military. However, instead of focussing on this well-publicised part of the bill, the piece focussed on a lesser-known amendment that takes on another emotive issue – making abortion easier for military servicewomen in war zones. Current US law bans abortions, in most cases, at military facilities – even if... Read More