First batch of February features – sluts, corsets, ‘real men’ and Spare Rib

Why men should care about gender stereotypes

Alex Gibson considers the harm done by stereotypes of men as beer-swilling, emotionally-stunted brutes

Of corset matters

Corsets were bad news for Victorian women, argues Laurie Penny, and modern incarnations are little better

Breaking out of the mould

Claire Daly interviews the first editor of pioneering feminist magazine Spare Rib

How the word ‘slut’ oppresses women

Ever been called a ‘slag’? How about ‘frigid’? Jennifer Drew explains how such derogatory language is used to keep women in their place

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