Working in the Home – Housework is Work

The lockdown of the UK and other countries across the world due to COVID-19 has revealed much about domestic life and work: from Indian women calling for prime minister Narendra Modi to insist men do their share of the housework, to the added childcare and home-schooling pressures disproportionately affecting women. Within academia, research outputs of female scholars have plummeted…

Teaching Women’s History in Schools: Time to Take Action

More young people are studying GCSE history than ever before. As the guardians of our past, history teachers have a tremendous responsibility to ensure that these young people have access to a wide range of historical narratives. Women’s history, in particular, needs to be brought to the forefront. Recent statistics show that history is the most…

Time’s Up: Contraception needs a #MeToo moment

Discussions about consent have entered the mainstream in the last few years, from consent workshops at universities to the open secret of endemic sexual violence being exposed in the media. However, a focus on white, famous women has obscured the roots of the #MeToo movement which was founded by Tarana Burke, a black activist. Originally created…

More on the underrepresentation of women in Psychology journals

In a previous post at the FWSA blog I discussed the underrepresentation of women as authors of articles in academic psychology journals. I presented the table shown below which demonstrates the number of women authors compared to male authors in seven psychology journals between the years 1997 to 2010. Among these journals was The Scandinavian…

The Naming of Elena Ferrante

By Everyday Victim Blaming The identity of Elena Ferrante is a secret well-guarded by her publisher. At the request of Ferrante. Ferrante has made it clear on multiple occasions that she does not want her art confused with her real life. This may not seem something that our campaign would necessarily concern ourselves with but…

A Feminist Critique: Property as a Philosophical, Legal and Economic Construct

  By Mohammed Subhan Hussain     They acknowledge no right for you, and they do not credit you with a memory[1].   Introduction Law is an ideologically-driven social construct and not a watertight entity capturing the entirety of life. As such, it is rooted in certain man-made confines. As man is open to interpret the law, there are three main categories by which this occurs: philosophically, legally and economically.…

The Male Sentimental

By Liz Kinnamon The “sensitive guy” should be understood through the lens of what pop psychologists call emotional manipulation, and his proliferation is the result of two things: the rise of feminism and the rise of immaterial labor.  At Cannes 2015, a crowd of hundreds competed for entry into a midnight screening of what was called "the…

Female Underrepresentation in Psychology Journals

By Elin Weiss     In comparison to most countries, the Scandinavian countries have extraordinary social policies in regards to parental leave, child care arrangements, and child allowance. The Scandinavian countries are considered some of the most equal in the world in relation to women’s opportunities and are described as women-friendly welfare states that exhibit…

Addressing Street Harassment as a Form of Gender-Based Violence Against Women: Successes and Failures of Feminist Strategies

By Marie Penicaut     “For as long as I can remember, strange men and boys have said things to me on the streets” – such was the opening of Maggie Hadleigh-West’s documentary on street harassment, War Zone, almost twenty years ago (1998). In 2014, a video entitled ‘10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman’ went…

Debating homogenous human identity in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series

By Chloe Dominique   ‘Rowling’s world of fantasy is one of hierarchy and prejudice’ (Mendelsohn, 2002:117)     Leve argues that there is a ‘specificity of assumptions that underlie conventional understandings of-identity’ (Leve, 2011:516). If Leve is correct, then does Rowling’s globally celebrated Harry Potter series feed into discourses of a neoliberal quest to find one’s true identity? A…