IN THE NEWS

Double standards, not science, are holding back the male pill

Acne, soreness, and mood swings. These are some of the side effects of the recently trialled contraceptive for men. They are also some of the side effects experienced by women who use birth control. Only the latter is publicly available. The trial comprised 320 men in ten different locations worldwide who received injections to reduce […]

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IN THE NEWS

Dear Sirs, we need to talk about women

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a magic circle law firm called Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In September this year the firm decided to bar its lawyers from starting emails and documents with “Dear Sirs”, instead introducing the more inclusive “Dear Sir or Madam”. And Lo, all the women rose […]

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IN THE NEWS

Civil partnerships: we need the right to reject marriage

It’s mid-morning on a Friday, and we’re in a registry office in Douglas – the capital of the Isle of Man. Two witnesses are present for the civil partnership ceremony of an opposite-sex couple, Adeline Cosson and Kieran Hodgson. They are the first heterosexual couple to get a civil partnership in the British Isles after […]

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GENDER

Am I gay or just experimenting? On biphobia

We seem to live in a world where some people find it easier to believe in the existence of dragons (they’re just dinosaurs that breathe fire, after all!) than that bisexuality is a valid sexual orientation. Everyone has their own personal idea of what being bisexual is, but what does the term really mean? It’s […]

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GENDER

A trendy time to be transgender?

Harmonie Faerielove strides into Angel’s The York pub with the air of someone who has oozed confidence from the moment of birth. With her arms outstretched she laughs openly, unashamedly filling the somewhat empty pub with the sound of her voice. “I haven’t been here for such a long time,” she exclaims. “Let’s get drinks.” […]

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GENDER

Inside another’s skin: introducing non-binary sexuality

Society believes it has sexuality and gender all figured out. You can either be gay, straight or bisexual. You can be male or female. That all seems simple. Well, this is where society, and maybe you, would be wrong. There is, in fact, a whole underworld of sexualities and genders that most probably haven’t heard […]

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SEX

Hollywood doesn’t want you to climax

When Blue Valentine was released in 2010 it was hailed as raw, honest, beautiful, and emotionally provoking. It was also rated NC-17 across American cinemas. That’s a rating reserved for pornographic content. Pornographic. As in full-on, explicit, and with an excess of nudity and sex. This was the rating which the board decided to stamp […]

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GENDER

Is there a right way to do feminist rage?

Feminist rage is a double-edged sword. Women need it, and have needed it for as long as the world has been an unjust place for us. Without it, key battles for women’s rights wouldn’t have been won. Imagine what would happen if the women’s vote was withheld from the upcoming US election? Someone very kindly […]

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IN THE NEWS

Can start ups help bridge the gender pay gap?

Last week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the gender pay gap in the UK was on average, 18%. When women become mothers, this figure widens over 12 years after the birth of their first child, only to end as a 33% gap in pay per hour. Plus, if you’re a male manager, you’re […]

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SEX

What we’re not saying when we talk about the female orgasm

The female orgasm has been talked about in the papers plenty in this past week. And for good reason: The Journal of Experimental Zoology published a study hinting at a breakthrough in determining its evolutionary origins. It seems it all began over 150 million years ago, from a mechanism in mammals when ovulating after sex. […]

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