Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Harlots Power Play and Feminism Strategies By Naz Smyth

A new historical drama television on the streaming site Hulu has the media up in arms, said Naz Smyth. It is a controversial period piece based on the prostitution scene in 18th’s century London. Usually with shows about prostitution or the sex trade, the subject matter show women as the victim, as the ones who were forced into the sex trade and have no say about it. Naz Smyth on The Harlots However, this show has a twist. Hulu’s successful hit “Harlots” shows women as powerful, strategy players who put themselves in positions of power with their sexuality. They are empowered to use their bodies to make the best of their lives and change their social status. Naz Smyth and Harlots on [...]

Naz Smyth:The future of global women’s rights under Trump? ‘It could be devastating.’

Trump’s team wanted details about the US State Department’s spending on gender equality, and names of people whose primary function was to promote gender issues. “It wasn’t a benign request,” said Ambassador Cathy Russell, head of the Office of Global Women's Issues in Barack Obama's State Department, whose office fielded the request. "They were looking for the family planning money and the LGBT programming and spending." She didn’t give them the information. Weeks later, President Trump signed an executive order cutting off US funding to global women’s health organizations worldwide if they counseled, referred or advocated for access to abortion. Trump has also threatened to end funding for the UN and specifically the UN Population Fund, which provides contraceptives to tens of thousands of women in Africa [...]

May 30th, 2017|Categories: None|Tags: , , , |

Princess Diana Royal Rebel Feminism by Naz Smyth

The classic, storybook princess embodies poise, dignity, and a large, billowing dress, Said Naz Smyth. She is constantly on the lookout for a prince to sweep her off her feet, so she may stay at his side forever as a loyal, domesticated wife. Princesses, for so long, have been nothing but an idea of beauty and grace, a hollow shell representing patriarchy and the “ideal woman”. Since the rise of feminism, moms have looked down on their daughters when they act like “princesses”, steering them away from the prissy stereotype and directing them toward more gender-neutral interests. Princess Diana by Naz Smyth However, some see the idolization of princesses as a source of feminist inspiration (National Post,) No longer do some feminist moms [...]

May 28th, 2017|Categories: None|Tags: , , |

Feminism and Sex in the UK by Naz Smyth

Naz Smyth: The United Kingdom has seen many advances in the world of gender equality. From the sex industry to reproductive rights, women’s issues have gained traction and have become an increasingly important topic among the UK’s population. The human desire for instant gratification comes in many forms–food, clothing, online shopping–but perhaps that which is most linked to primal human instinct is pornography. It satisfies our innate desire for sexual gratification in an instant, with a few clicks of a keyboard or the touch of a remote we find ourselves immersed in another world catered to our most private passions. As with most industries catered towards human consumption, pornography comes with its own set of social and political issues. Much of world’s porn displays acts [...]

May 24th, 2017|Categories: None|Tags: , , |

The US President avoids pointing to Saudis’ human rights failings, By Naz Smyth

“We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” Trump declared Sunday. Trump's willingness to set aside human rights as a principal foreign policy has been one constant in his chaotic administration. Yet the absence of any public reference to the kingdom's treatment of women and political opponents during his two-day visit was still jarring, particularly when contrasted with his affectionate embrace of the royal family. The closest Trump came to acknowledging the human rights situation was a call for the region's leaders to stand together against “the oppression of women.” A White House official later said the president did raise women's rights in his private meetings with Saudi officials, and noted that [...]

May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Human Rights|Tags: , |

Naz Smyth and Gender Wage Gap in UK Law Firms

Naz Smyth: Western society has evolved greatly when it comes to equality of the sexes. There was a time when women didn’t have the right to vote, or were discouraged from entering the workforce, or were receiving less pay than their male counterparts. Oh wait, the last one is a problem that still persists. Women today are still finding themselves receiving less pay than men in the same job with the same qualifications.  In industries across the spectrum, women are paid less than men. In the legal sector women are paid 30 percent less than men. Unlike the days of the past, however, women are making a stance. Naz continues that in December of 2016, film and television actress Emmy Rossum had made headlines in [...]

May 16th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , |

Naz Smyth: 10 top women who leave their mark on the world

Naz Smyth: "Whatever their chosen field - from politics and popstardom to fashion and feminism - women have been leaving their mark on the world since time began. In celebration of these inspiring trailblazers - and to mark International Women's Day this week - we've selected our top 50 females who have affected life as we know it in their own personal way..." Millicent Fawcett     Millicent Fawcett: "A large part of the present anxiety to improve the education of girls and women is also due to the conviction that the political disabilities of women will not be maintained" An underrated leader of the suffrage movement, Fawcett dedicated her life to the peaceful fight for women's rights. Married to politician Henry Fawcett, [...]

May 4th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , |

Feminists Make History by Naz Smyth

Feminists throughout history have turned the tides of change for the progress of equal rights of women. Historically, women have been tossed by the wayside. The progress that society has been has been attributed to the men, and especially women who have stood out in history to fight for women’s rights. The advancement of the welfare of females is attributed to those who advocated equal opportunity. Lastly, those fighters who broke gender stereotypes, said Naz Smyth. Naz Smyth continued: “History is Male; incidentally, it has had a way of being very gendered.” Unfortunately, historical literature has always come from the viewpoint of the male. Men have been at the forefront of history since the dawn of the written language. There are several reasons why: Firstly, [...]

May 4th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , |

Naz Smyth: Divorce and British courts

Mrs Naz Smyth who came to Britain in 1969 when she was 19, told the judges that the money was a ”divorce settlement.” The equal rights fight for women is far from over. In United Kingdom, while most believe that the battle for feminism is over, the truth is far from that belief when UK courts treat women unfairly. Below is a story by Naz Smyth showing that in 2017 women are still experiencing gender inequality in the justice system in British High Courts. This is the story of Tini Owens, 65, who’s been attempting to seek a divorce from her husband but was overruled in court. Mrs. Owens claimed to have been “desperately unhappy” in her marriage. She claimed that she felt unloved by [...]

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |

Naz Smyth UK Courts

The equal rights fight for women is far from over. In United Kingdom, while most believe that the battle for feminism is over, the truth is far from that belief when UK courts treat women unfairly. Below is a story by Naz Smyth showing that in 2017 women are still experiencing gender inequality in the justice system in British High Courts. This is the story of Tini Owens, 65, who’s been attempting to seek a divorce from her husband but was overruled in court. Mrs. Owens claimed to have been “desperately unhappy” in her marriage. She claimed that she felt unloved by the man she had been married to for 39 years, that he was insensitive to her in his manner and tone, and that [...]

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , |