When open misogyny apparently passes for debate…

Next Friday my Students’ Union will host a ‘Playboy Mansion’ themed club night. Over the past few weeks at what is still quite a new University for me I have been more and more bothered by the sexualised atmosphere promoted by the union’s venues. But, with my attentions largely elsewhere (on job cuts, the fact that […]

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Why Men’s Societies Could be a Step Forward

Across the left there has been an explosion of mockery and outrage at the formation of men’s societies at Oxford and Manchester universities. This is, in part, because of the reputedly dubious activities of the Manchester men’s society in particular. Equally there has been an instinctive – and to some extent reasonable – reaction against […]

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Beauty and the Beast

This week the identity of one of the internet’s most infamous bloggers was revealed. Belle de Jour, who wrote anonymously about her life as a highly paid call girl turned out to be Dr Brook Magnanti, 34, a research scientist in Bristol. Cue moral outrage and titillation – the favourite combination of the right-wing press. […]

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Caster Semenya: Sex, gender and athletics

As you’re probably aware, reports emerged this week that following medical tests, South African runner Caster Semenya has been discovered to be biologically intersex. This follows weeks of speculation after her 800m victory at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. On balance, I think these reports are probably true, if only because the International Association […]

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