Denis Mukwege: The Man of 30,000 Survivors

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was a tough result to call with a list of many decorated names as nominees. With the prize often causing controversy and the suggestion that the prize has been tainted by controversial names receiving the award in past years, 2013 has been a pivotal year for the reputation of the prize. This year saw a common theme among nominees, with many names being nominated for their role in the strive for gender equality and the relief of female suffrage... Read More

Marvel Comics Push Forward Strong Female Characters

Here at Hot For Writing the issue of female characters in super hero movies has been discussed before. From looking at super hero makeovers to ruminating as to when Wonder Woman will be given her own space on the big screen, women within the super heroes canon has been a hot topic of late. Obviously these moments of individual attention are important in redressing the balance in comic book culture, but the general presence of women within this male-dominated world is actually... Read More

The Burqa, Blame and Britain

The burqa is a curious creature. In society it is the cause of much debate. From protests for a women’s right to choose her clothing to riots on the streets in Paris due to the country’s banning of wearing the garment in public, it is both highly traditional yet also highly, highly controversial. As covered here on Hot For Writing recently, the recent rioting in France raised a serious question with regards human rights, namely whether the citizens of France have... Read More

A Handful of Ash: Challenging FGM in Kurdistan

Female genital mutilation is a practice that has thrived despite its taboo status. A seemingly global inability to discuss a personal and harrowing practise that is prevalent in many parts of the world is without question endangering the lives of children and our misunderstanding of the subject is creating a dangerous legacy of female oppression. But one group of film makers and activists have now started the conversation about female genital mutilation (FGM), in Kurdistan,... Read More

‘A Bic For Women’

‘A ball pen essentially for women!’ This is (somewhat incredibly) the tagline of Bic For Her, a range of biro pens that – despite the widespread online ridicule maker Bic came under for its heavy gender branding – are still marketed as being for women only. The Amazon reviews for the Bic For Her range of pens found internet fame this summer as women relished the opportunity to hit back at what was essentially sexist stupidity. After all, this is a biro we’re... Read More