There’s been an awful lot of debate around issues of ‘free speech’ in the UK recently. Universities have been particularly condemned after the disruptions to events like the Oxford abortion debate, Kate Smurthwaite’s gig, and far-right French political leader Marine le Pen’s speech. What many zealous champions of freedom fail to realize, though, is that […]
Abi Rose is a recent English Language & Literature graduate from Oxford University, where she discovered a passion for all things feminist. When she’s not busy kicking the patriarchy where it hurts, she enjoys painting, songwriting, and generally idolising Regina Spektor.
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Gender equality has come a long way over the past century. So much so, in fact, that many people living in the West are inclined to believe sexism is no longer a problem. When women claim in exasperated tones that this is not the case, people are confused. “You have the vote,” they cry. “What […]
It’s bad enough that women have to deal with sexism without someone telling us to “calm down” or encouraging us to restrain from using “unladylike language” when expressing anything more than polite disagreement in the face of misogyny. Unfortunately, ‘tone arguments’ like these are all too common. They’re usually accompanied by the expectation that, when provoked, […]