Thoughts and Reflections on Walker’s Definition of Womanist

Kat Odina Ali is an artist and writer. She spends a lot of time singing old jazz songs and wandering around London. Womanist (Alice Walker): A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength. Sometimes loves individual…

The Sex Buyer Law: Choice, Voice and Violence

Hannah Bondi is the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of Breaking the Glass Ceiling. The global sex industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The sex industry could be seen as consisting in a range of businesses providing sex products, services (prostitution) and adult entertainment (pornography). However, if we were to understand the real…

Sex Work and Class

Emily O’Sullivan is a third year Religion, Philosophy and Ethics student who has written for Breaking the Glass Ceiling. The issue of sex work is one that still divides many feminists. Whilst some argue that sex work is a tool of the patriarchy to commodify the female body, others maintain that this attitude stigmatises sex…

Anonymous; Malalai Kakar

Isabel Jess is author of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s Anonymous series. “For most of history, anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf Recognising Overlooked or Forgotten Voices in History Malalai Kakar was shot dead by the Taliban on September 28th in 2008. I begin with her death as it is an embodiment of the way…

The ‘She’ Between the Lines: Finding Roman Women in Ancient Texts

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…

Ecofeminism: An Overview

Pooja Sajanani is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. The Oxford dictionary defines ecofeminism as, “A philosophical and political movement that combines ecological concerns with feminist ones, regarding both as resulting from male domination of society.” However, this is just one of the many different perspectives of ecofeminism or feminist environmental philosophy. In…

Laura Codruta Kovesi: Romania’s Crusader Against Corruption

Andreea Badiu-Slabu is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. At the end of January, the streets of Romania were filled with tens of thousands of people protesting against corruption. People were dissatisfied with the current laws that could weaken the judicial independence and couldn’t take it anymore. Despite the heavy snow, an estimated…

Abortion Saves Women’s Lives

Aleksandra Kusnierkiewicz is a second-year student of International Relations, currently on an exchange in Sydney, Australia. She is particularly interested in radical feminism and ethnic identities. Her hobbies include writing, acting and film. The 25th of March marks the international day of the Unborn Child. As I watched a large group of people marching in…

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…