“The statistics on domestic violence, for instance, or the disproportionate impact of austerity on women, or the peculiar predicament of women from ethnic minorities are not a matter for national shame and urgent attention – until a female foreigner of a certain age points them out. Then we must get busy saying well, at least we aren’t as bad as South Africa, or – and here we really clutch at the flimsiest of straws – Saudi Arabia.”
Tanya Gold: Britain may have a sexist culture – but at least it’s British sexism, eh?

'Get your arse out, mate': we turn the tables on everyday sexism

Leah Green goes undercover to see how unsuspecting men react when sexist situations experienced by women are inverted. 

“It’s only by turning the tables on sexual aggression that we can see how shocking it is”
— Leah Green, responding to some of the criticism following this video that reversed everyday sexism. 
“People didn’t want to acknowledge it, or talk about it. And it wasn’t just men who took this view; it was women, too, telling me I was being oversensitive, or simply looking for problems where there weren’t any.”

Even if ‘bossy’ could be banned, there are far better ways to boost girls’ self-esteem

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Beyoncé want to ban the word ‘bossy’ as disparaging to women. It’s a good start, but there’s so much more to be done. Hadley Freeman shares her top tips.

Pictured: Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Afghanistan still one of the worst places to be a woman, says EU ambassador

President Hamid Karzai’s government has let down Afghan women, according to the new EU ambassador to Kabul, who singled out the failure to end prosecution of rape victims and other abused women for “moral crimes” as a particular “disgrace”.

Franz-Michael Mellbin said that despite huge practical improvements in areas from maternal mortality to the number of girls in schools, Afghanistan was still one of the worst places to be a woman and a frontline in the global battle for women’s rights. Read more

Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

“It’s a myth that street harassment is just a bit of harmless fun. It’s about about power and control – and, as I know from personal experience, can so easily turn to violence”

This is rape culture – and look at the damage it does

We live in a world where sexual assault can be dismissed with jokes or excuses, even used in a chatup line or plastered across a T-shirt. The UK rape statistics are shocking, and so are these harrowing reports to the Everyday Sexism Project. Read more

Photograph: Raoul Dixon/NNP/North News & Pictures Ltd

The imperfect but honest image of a woman’s body

Beth Whaanga’s photographs of her cancer scars, Jade Beall’s images of ‘pregnancy stretchmarks’ and Gabi Gregg’s ‘fat women in swimwear’ could change our view of ‘perfection’. Read more

 Photograph: Nadia Masot

British girl leads Guardian campaign to end female genital mutilation

A 17-year-old student is calling on education secretary, Michael Gove, to help end female genital mutilation in Britain by asking headteachers to train and inform teachers and parents about the horrors of the practice. theguardian.com/end-fgm