Posts Tagged ‘Sexuality’

I am Woman…Part Two

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The term ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ originates from a series of 15th Century purges on perceived facilitators of ‘sin’. Particular focus was predictably placed on consigning the fripperies of femininity, such as mirrors, cosmetics and pretty dresses to a literal fire, with the aim of imposing ‘morality’ and restoring the integrity of human value. In […]


I am Woman…part one

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

To what extent are you born a woman…and to what extent do you become one? It seems like an unusual question to ask but a recent visit to the Wellcome Collection’s exhibition, ‘Identity: Eight rooms, Nine lives’ challenges the very idea of gender and sex as fixed, immutable facts of biology. The biological determinant of […]


A Bit of Fluff?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

  The comments made by Harriet Harman, the Equalities Minister, accusing the BBC for the underrepresentation of older female newsreaders have recently caused a ripple of publicity. Whilst not a great admirer of Mrs Harman, I do think that she has a point. To illustrate her criticism, she cited the common pairing of an older, […]