Last week saw a major Hollywood split come to everyone's attention when it was revealed that actress Amber Heard had filed for divorce from husband and actor Johnny Depp. And just as everyone digested this news, pictures of a bruised Heard emerged amid claims that Depp had physically, verbally and emotionally abused her throughout their… Continue reading Like so many women who experience domestic violence, Amber Heard’s voice will be continually silenced
Honour killings are confronted head on in BBC Three drama Murdered by my Father. Actress Kiran Sonia Sawar talks to me about ensuring Asian women are respected. There is a moment in BBC Three drama Murdered by my Father where London teen Salma, played by Kiran Sonia Sawar, flees from her father’s imprisonment and jumps over… Continue reading Murdered by my Father’s Kiran Sonia Sawar: “Honour killings is an issue that needs to be dealt with”
Both the married and unmarried Hindu woman is often the first figure attached to the wearing of a bindi, a term which in Sanskrit means 'round' or 'drop'. The bindi decorates the forehead between the eyes and has religious connotations. It is also a symbol of beauty, femininity, sexuality and even fertility, and some additionally believe… Continue reading #ReclaimTheBindi: A backlash against cultural appropriation
Let's talk of the latest health campaign you should know about. Earlier this week, Sport England unveiled their 'This Girl Can' campaign, which is trying to remove long-standing shame and fear associated with females engaging in sports through a video that has racked up over 1 million views. We all know that when we think… Continue reading Another welcome celebration of women: ‘This Girl Can’.
The image above shows actress and TV star Gauhar Khan left shocked after audience member Akil Malik slapped her during the filming of a TV show for wearing a 'revealing' backless outfit. According to Mumbai Police, he justified his actions by stating that “being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress."… Continue reading What does the attack on Gauhar Khan tell us?
While browsing my Twitter feed a few weeks ago, I was introduced to a clothing brand going by the name of ‘Feminist Apparel’. Attached to the tweet in question was a quirky image of a princess, and boldly accompanying it were the words “DON’T SAVE ME”. Absolutely intrigued and of course, a feminist myself, I… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Alan Javier Martofel – founder of Feminist Apparel.
Opinion on Beyoncé and the new approach to her music videos is very much divided these days. There has been a lot of talk that Beyoncé has succumbed to female sexualisation within pop culture and is doing what a few other female celebrities have also been doing - getting rather fleshy for the camera and… Continue reading What’s going on with Beyoncé?