Women’s Sport Coverage Decreases Since London 2012

As we reported at the time here on Hot For Writing, London 2012 was undoubtedly a triumph for women in sport. Whilst not all of the coverage around the event was positive, London 2012 sportswomen featured in media coverage around the world and many – see Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams – have since become household names and visible media personalities here in the UK. Given this, you’d think that the profile of women’s sport as a whole – as with the... Read More

Downton Abbey Rape Scene Causes Controversy

Downton Abbey has for several years now been a hugely successful piece of weekend entertainment. It caused controversy recently, however, as it progressed through its fourth season. The reason? The series’ depiction of the rape of maid Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt). According to The Independent ITV received more than 60 complaints following the broadcast of the episode with another 30 complaints sent straight to Ofcom. Meanwhile, The Mirror estimated that the total number... Read More

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

‘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

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

Teenage Rape Victims and the Culture of Blame

2013 has sadly seen the media alight with stories of teenage rape victims (and in some cases perpetrators). From the Steubenville rape case to the heartbreaking suicides of young Canadian rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons and fourteen year old American Cherice Moralez. Whilst I would usually steer clear of grouping such cases together, each of these cases have something common besides the age of the victims – in each case, the courts have defended the attackers and placed blame... Read More