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

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

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

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 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

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

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