How Can We Stop Sexism Without Demeaning Young Men?

Posted on May 26th, 2014 by - 3 comments

I finally got around to watching the BBC show Blurred Lines on sexist attitudes in Britain today. It made for depressing viewing. Kirsty Wark has made a documentary about attitudes towards women in 2014 and frankly I was shocked. I didn’t expect to be; I thought I pretty much had a handle on what went on but there were elements of that programme that shocked and saddened me. What shocked me most was a Grand Theft Auto Game where points

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Women Are Not Born With a Lack of Confidence

Posted on May 16th, 2014 by - 2 comments

Look at any group of very young children playing. You’ll be hard pushed to see a gender difference in confidence. Look at that same group when they get to school. Already the conditioning will have left it’s mark. Survey after survey tells us that boys claim more of a teacher’s attention ( or are are given it). If they are naturally assertive girls, good at organising, they will be called ‘bossy’, not a positive term. Boys, on the other hand,

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Is Women’s Increasing Power Helping Reduce Violence?

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by - 1 comment

That question was asked, almost as an aside, by a BBC journalist of a senior policeman in an item on the reduction of violent crime (a 12% fall had been recorded, an ongoing trend): “Do you think“, he asked, “that the increasing power of women is a factor in the violent crime figures going down?” The policeman gave some sort of answer but it clearly wasn’t something he’d thought about before. He was more focused on the fact that the

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I can’t remember when I first heard Helen Reddy singing ‘I am woman’ but I still remember the impact it had on me. It was phenomenal. I loved it, and still do. The song first came out in May 1972 when I was 16/17 and it has never really left my head.  I often think we should play it loud and proud at the beginning of every RenewYou course. It’s almost impossible to read the words, or sing the song,

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Inspirational Women – Bridget Harris

Posted on April 28th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I’m really pleased to introduce you to Bridget Harris. Bridget has recently been in the eye of a storm; she was one of the brave band of women who spoke out about the sexual harassment of women in the UK parliament. Fact enough for her to earn my admiration, but there is much more to her than that as we will see. Bridget was an advisor to Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, and has been at the sharp end of political

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Can You Speak American?

Posted on April 24th, 2014 by - 3 comments

I can, apparently, although I have not yet managed to bring myself to talk about ‘fanny packs’, (although I am happy with saying ‘bum-bags’ out loud, go figure) and I do still get confused about first and second floors when in the US. Very logically the Americans call the first floor in a building, well the first floor. We call it the ground floor. I find American terms so much more literal than ours. I think it’s easier for us

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