Feminist Societies – A Rarity in UK Universities?

As the year rolls on, freshers fairs are beginning to be readied in students unions across the country. University is classically seen as a time of heightened passions, of the politicisation of the younger generation and of taking a stand for the first time but – when it comes to feminism, it seems that this is not necessarily the case. We’ve discussed whether feminism exists at university before here at Hot For Writing and – despite recent comments on the... 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

New York City Launches Scheme to Improve Girls’ Self-Esteem

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has this week launched his latest public health campaign aimed – rather brilliantly – at improving the self-esteem of girls and young women living in the city. Just as Bloomberg and his team have previously taken on big tobacco firms and drinks manufacturers, this time their target is the fashion industry and the unattainable notions of beauty promoted by companies and agencies working within the field. The campaign – which... Read More

UKIP Treasurer: ‘Women Hold Themselves Back’

In the current economic climate (somewhat troubled to say the least), I think it would be fair to say that this summer’s graduates – both male and female – will be pretty concerned with finding that elusive first job. Indeed, Twitter seems confirm this – even a cursory glance at the feeds of new graduates suggests multiple job interviews in the quest to secure gainful employment, with the longer-term career path taking somewhat of a back seat for the time... Read More

Does Intelligence Affect the Desire to Procreate?

According to controversial London School of Economics researcher Satoshi Kanazawa, a woman’s desire to reproduce correlates directly – and negatively – with her intelligence. Kanazawa initially suggested this theory in his 2012 book The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice isn’t Always the Smart One, suggesting that for every extra 15 IQ points a woman possesses, she is 25% less likely to want to have children. For an academic working at one... Read More

Exam Results Reveal Gender Disparity – With Boys at a Disadvantage

An article from new writer Robbie Pickles. A group of slim young girls jumps for the camera, A Level results papers clutched proudly in their hands whilst the cameraman letches on. I assume they whoop and scream as they jump – they certainly look excited. This isn’t an article about these girls, though, nor about the misogyny that puts them on the front of your newspaper. Someone else has already written that article, arguably with more skill than I. I’m here... Read More

Women ‘Significantly Under-Represented’ In Radio

An article from new writer Emily Cotterill. Outside a bustling Cardiff night club four young women eagerly attempt to engage the evening’s high profile DJ in conversation. It sounds a little like the opening sequence of a late night piece of docu-misogyny, a lament to the apparently low standards and loose morals of modern women but in fact it is something rather different. These women are members of Cardiff University’s student media team, their target of choice long-standing... Read More