The Descent of Man

Coline Baralon is a first year in International Relations, with a growing interest for feminism, human rights and diplomacy. “When talking to men about masculinity, I often feel I am trying to talk to fish about water”1, says Grayson Perry, a 57 years old British transvestite artist, in his reflective book The Descent of Man,…

Keeping up with the Kardashians: Celebrity symbols of modern-day racism and sexism

Leah Olasehinde is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. The Kardashians have created a social media empire, that had expanded from reality TV to fashion, make-up, and even video games. They run a multi-million-dollar business, headed almost exclusively by women, and should be commended. Yet, the foundations of their success have proven to…

Anonymous: Barbara Jordan

Isabel Jess is a new contributor to Breaking the Glass Ceiling. She is a current History student with a passion for (arguing about) international politics and migration issues. “For most of history, anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf Recognising Overlooked or Forgotten Voices in History The name Barbara Jordan is indeed a recognizable one…

She Burns: Inspiring Women Whose Stories Are Worth Reading

 Issabella Orlando is a Toronto-born, London-based Ancient History student. She has always been an avid writer, fascinated by antiquity, travel and world issues. Inspired by the ancient past, she hopes to use her background in classical studies as a foundation of insight from which she can better understand social, cultural and political issues within the…

From a Female Occupier

A group of students at King’s College London have occupied the James Clerk Maxwell Building in solidarity with teachers and cleaning staff. They are demanding that King’s meet the demands of UCU and bring the cleaners back in house. ‘Gender can fuck right off’ is what the cardboard on the door to the bathroom used…

Why Pussy Riot is Harmful to Russian Feminism

Katarina Valieva is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. I was hesitant to write this article since I was worried that my interpretation of Pussy Riot might not be a correct one. However, we all live in the world of views and interpretation and I would like to represent you mine. As a…

#MeToo; Feminism and Social Media

Diya Nair is a second year Law student. She is a new contributor to Breaking the Glass Ceiling and is interested in postcolonial feminism and cultural relativism.  The #MeToo era came to my attention almost in the manner of a tropical monsoon. From a light smattering of Facebook posts and tweets from acquaintances invoking this…

The Female ‘Moral Criminals’ of Afghanistan’s Prisons

Shirin Shamloo is a third year English Literature student. She is passionate about issues of women’s health, human rights and social justice. Women in Afghanistan are convicted of and imprisoned for “moral crimes” more and more frequently every year. These women can be convicted of any form of “zina“, or sexual relations outside of legal…

Global Feminism|Global In/Equality: A Guide to Intersectionality

Sophie Perry is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. I am a feminist. Now, I was unashamed to say that long before Emma Watson’s HeForShe speech at the UN made it somewhat fashionable. For as long as I can remember my feminist identity has always been an intrinsic part of my identity, as…

Feminist Foreign Policy and the Failings of the West

Ana Ben is a first year student in the department of Classics, interested in women’s rights, different cultures, international law and philosophy. Her hobbies include debating, going to art galleries and writing. Although it might be difficult to perceive the sale of arms as a feminist issue at first glance, the impact of war as…

What is a Genealogical Explanation of Gender?

Harriet Whitehead is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. In a previous piece, I discussed the implications of Gender Essentialism for intersectional feminism. I proposed a Genealogical explanation of gender as a more plausible alternative. In this article I shall explore the Genealogical explanation and attempt to combat possible worries with the view….

Selling Arms is a Feminist Issue

Laura Le Ray is a second-year student in International Relations, particularly interested in women in wartime and political psychology. Her hobbies include boxing, writing and learning languages. Because “women’s rights have been hijacked for the purposes of liberal interventionists,”[1] Because selling arms is not a trade action like another, Because selling arms should not be…