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…

How To Prove Your Love: The Unethical Burden of Proof on Queer Refugees

Madison Miszewski is Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s LGBTQ+ officer. Does the average person remember the last time their partner visited the dentist? The first time they experienced sexual attraction? Where they’ve misplaced old receipts of even the names of people met on dating apps? For LGBTQ+ refugees, their answers to these questions can quite literally…

Latin American Identity

Mariana Plaza Cardenas is Editor of Breaking the Glass Ceiling. Latin American identity is defined in vastly different ways according to who you speak to. In the Western World, Latin American identity is quickly defined through the lens of the stereotypical caricature of a Latin American individual. This caricature articulates itself in numerous forms, the…

R Answers II

Hi R, I’ve been feeling angry a lot recently. Angry at the people around me, frustrated by ideas that differ from my own and angry at how the world is. I’m finding it hard to work out how to handle my anger. Women are always taught to control their anger, to accommodate others and not…

Let’s Not Forget Ahed

Pooja Sajanani is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. It is 4 in the morning and you are asleep in your bed. 30 armed soldiers enter your home and start ransacking everything. They confiscate all the mobile phones and electronic devices in the house, assault your family members and arrest you. Not because…

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…