“I’m not the first to say that the best way to counter this sort of misogyny in the workplace – be it harassment of more serious cases of abuse – is to make companies more diverse. The presence of more women at the top won’t be a magic pill, but it’s at least a starting point for to de-escalating toxic behaviors against women and people of color that lead to brutal work environments.”
Jessica ValentiTinder’s sexual harassment scandal is not a surprise. It’s another wake-up call
“While street harassment is just one of many violations that American women endure, its prevalence is a clear message to women and men: there are no safe spaces for women. We need to be able to walk the street and simply be in public without fear. Not just for equality, but because, one day, I’d like my daughter to take the subway to school.”
Jessica Valenti: The end of hisses, whistles and stares: we need to walk the streets without fear

A group of American students have watched each episode of the new version of Doctor Who to check whether it passed the Bechdel test. The test passed if two female characters talk to each other about something other than men. Both characters must also be named. Get the data 

“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.”
“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

Sexism is rife in classical music. We need a change of attitudes

Pictured: Recipient of snide comments … the American conductor Marin Alsop with the Filarmonica della Scala orchestra. Photograph: Marco Brescia/AP