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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Hospitality/Service Industry

Sophie Perry is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, discussions of sexual harassment and assault are more prevalent than ever. While the Weinstein scandal has revealed the sheer volume of sexual assault and abuse that takes place behind the gilded doors…

How Can Feminist Legal Theory Be Used for the Benefit of Wider Society?

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 positive shifts have been made in recognising and dismantling the identity of the female, the pervasive nature of patriarchal norms in legal…

Women at the National Gallery: Re-thinking Art History

Molly Lindsey is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. There are roughly two-thousand three-hundred pieces of artwork in the National Gallery, but only sixteen pieces are by female artists. Of these sixteen works, only four are on display. For my birthday this year, my boyfriend surprised me by booking us an eye-opening, female-focused,…

Political Feminism: Where’s the Class?

Emily O’Sullivan is a third year Religion, Philosophy and Ethics student. She likes poetry, Russians, and instigating political debates in a variety of South London pubs. Eric Andre once asked Spice Girl Mel B if she thought that Margaret Thatcher had ‘girl power’, to which Mel B replied ‘yes, of course!’ Andre countered ‘do you…

A Brief Definition of ‘Hipster Racism’

Sophie Perry is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. As an intersectional feminist, I will admit that it is often hard to keep up with the all language that the movement creates. Much as with any other social, political or economic theory jargon is an inevitable by-product of academic discourse, debate and discussion….