Tyler the Creator Plays Glastonbury 2013

It’s been a week since Britain’s biggest festival saw 177,000 people leave a field in the middle of Somerset – this years Glastonbury was a triumph. One of the most famous bands of all time – The Rolling Stones – headlined the main stage, causing young and old alike to come together with a mutual love for some amazing guitar riffs and a front man that can strut like no other. Whilst the line up made headlines around the world, there was one act that jumped... Read More

Sexist Wimbledon Commentary Causes Controversy for BBC

So John Inverdale, BBC Sports commentator, massively put his foot in it last week. Discussing Marion Bartoli, the newly-crowned female Wimbledon champion, he came out with this clanger: ‘I just wonder if her Dad, because he has obviously been the most influential person in her life, said to her when she was 12, 13, 14 maybe, ‘Listen, you are never going to be , you know, a looker. You are never going to be somebody like a Sharapova… you’re never going to... Read More

Girlguiding UK Drop God from Promise

So, girls joining Brownies and Guides in the UK will from September no longer have to pledge their devotion to God. The move comes after a consultation found that Girlguiding UK required a new promise to more explicitly include girls of non-Christian faiths or those who are non-religious. The current Girlguiding UK promise sees girls vow to ‘love my God, to serve my Queen and my country’, whereas the new promise – which will be adopted across the organisation... Read More

So, Girls Don’t Study Physics.

So, the Institute of Physics (IOP) recently released a report looking at the progression of girls going on to study A Level physics after their GCSEs. As well as looking at the percentage of girls taking the subject – a figure that stands just below 30% – the study also looks at the progression of girls from different types of school. The report shows that 49% of coeducational state schools fail to send a single girl on to study A-Level physics each year. Interestingly,... Read More

Are Thin Fashion Models Still Profitable?

Controversy in the fashion industry is not new, clearly. Nor is controversy regarding weight and body image in the fashion industry. I’ve written before on Hot For Writing regarding body image and fashion advertising – and it seems that I’m not the only one musing on the topic – from bloggers like myself, to magazine editors, to parliamentary officials, it’s obviously a hot topic. Despite all this discussion though, nothing ever really seems to... Read More

Leeds Appoints Minister to the City’s Clubs & Bars

The City of Leeds has been making an interesting name for itself in religious – particularly Christian – circles over the last year, by appointing ‘Pioneering ministers’ to a range of communities which the Anglian Diocese sees as today’s equivalents of the traditional parish. The Reverend Rob Hinton is working within Leeds’ Business Community – a post created back in 2009, and the Reverend James Barnett has been doing the same in ‘New Communities’ since last... Read More

Japanese Surname Law Faces Legal Challenge

Five people in Japan are reportedly preparing an unprecedented legal challenge against the Japanese government. Why? They claim that a civil law forcing them to choose a single surname after marriage violates their constitutional rights. If they succeed, married men and women in Japan will for the first time be able to retain their own surnames, removing one of Japan’s few remaining legal obstacles to gender equality. In the vast majority of cases in Japan, women are required... Read More