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The Cult of Beauty questions the demand for looks throughout history

The Cult of Beauty questions the demand for looks throughout history

Art, Breaking News, Culture, Explainers, Galleries, Gender, LifeStyle, Women
Idolino and Esquiline Venus at The Cult of Beauty. Photograph by Malavika Pradeep Beauty patches for syphilis and smallpox scars, windmills for husbands to transform their ugly wives. The Cult of Beauty exhibition at The Wellcome Collection showcases dialogue between beauty, age, gender, race and status through history.   The exhibition challenges conventional notions of beauty, urging a more nuanced understanding beyond binary differences. It explores diverse perspectives, particularly from marginalised communities, on what beauty means in our world.   Sophie, 26, The Cult of Beauty visitor, said: "It is nice to go through time in this show. I like the layout and the colour palette of this exhibition."     The exhibition discusses a variety of differe...
“I always walk with keys in my hands”: are women safe on London streets?

“I always walk with keys in my hands”: are women safe on London streets?

Breaking News, crime, Explainers, Health, London, London Mayor, Opinion, Women
London after dark. (Credit: Holly Munks) With winter approaching and days getting darker, women find themselves choosing between outdoor exercise and their own safety. A recent survey by the non-profit organisation “This Girl Can” revealed that 60 per cent of women are concerned about the risk of sexual harassment or intimidation whilst exercising after dark. The women’s rights group feels that this issue deserves more attention from the public and politicians alike. They have called on Londoners who are concerned about the issue to join a charity run in Westminster this evening, in the hopes that more people will consider the subtle ways in which women see their freedom of movement compromised. Speaking to passersby in and around Oxford Street, opinions varied on whether stre
High rates of domestic violence cases during the World Cup

High rates of domestic violence cases during the World Cup

Breaking News, Explainer, Sport, Women
Image credit: Evgeniia Kuprina Football is an intense sport. However, this intensity is not limited to the pitch. FIFA World Cup, a football sporting event, has been linked to increased amounts of domestic violence cases in the UK. Although the sport itself is not a direct cause, the matches allow for an atmosphere and a behavioural pattern that often leads to aggressive behaviour. A study by the University of Central Lancashire indicates that instances of domestic violence go up by approximately 40 percent when England loses a match. Surprisingly, when the team wins, cases of domestic abuse against women also go up and by 26 percent. This current season of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar has reached its climax in the knockout stages. According to the BBC, police authorities detained...
Pride Timeline: History and Relevance

Pride Timeline: History and Relevance

Breaking News, Culture, Explainers, Gender, Law, London, protest, UK news, Video, Women, youth
The lives of LGBTQ+ people have always been hidden and secretive. It has just been recently that they have been coming out and accepted by society. However, if you look back in history their identity remained concealed due to repressive social attitudes and criminal prosecution. The video highlights key events and changes that took place in the LGBTQ+ community from 1533 to today. https://youtu.be/ge7ipUFjWUg
Now is the time to legalise pepper spray to protect women in the capital

Now is the time to legalise pepper spray to protect women in the capital

Breaking News, crime, Education, Gender, Law, London, News, UK news, Women
In the UK, it is illegal to carry pepper spray as a self-defense weapon. At Westminster World, we think this needs to change. Photo Credit: The Canterbury Hub Back in 2010, Theresa May MP, former Home Secretary said: “No woman should live in fear of violence.” However, eleven years later nothing seems to have changed. Violence against women has been an ongoing topic for many years within the United Kingdom, and in 2021, the issue grew more prominent. Recent statistics found that only 24 per cent of women feel safe walking alone after dark. It is predicted that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in this country, and 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault during their lifetime. With the murders of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa and Bobbi-Ann McLeod it has made it
Is your makeup bag cruelty-free?

Is your makeup bag cruelty-free?

Animal Rights, Animals, Blogs, Breaking News, Business, Culture, Data Journalism, economy, Explainers, Fashion, News, shopping, What's Hot, Women, Worldnews
Image by Kloudia Sakowski The EU prohibited the sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients on 11 March 2013 following its ban on animal tested cosmetics just four years earlier. We explored if these regulations are truly practised in the UK. Brands marked with a green star are cruelty-free. Our own research. Walking down the aisles at Boots, you would assume the cosmetics brands you see are vegan and cruelty-free because of this law. Yet upon inspection, we found that the UK has plenty of makeup brands that practice neither.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayyXLmUwkuk Reporter Kloudia Sakowski compares makeup brands and conducts an interview with a Lush employee. Cruelty-free products are products created without the use of animal testing while vegan products
What is the Gender Pay Gap and how is COVID-19 affecting it?

What is the Gender Pay Gap and how is COVID-19 affecting it?

Breaking News, Charity, Covid-19, economy, Explainer, Explainers, Explainers, Law, London, Women
With International Women's day today and Government reporting on The Gender Pay Gap recently set back another six months, we take a closer look at the detrimental effect COVID-19 could be having on it. The past year has hit women hard, with warnings that COVID-19 could set women’s economic progress back half a century, from international institutions including the UN and the World Economic Forum. Charities such as The Fawcett Society believe the gender pay gap is increasing because women are more likely than men to lose work or be burdened with childcare in the crisis. A third of working mothers reported having lost work or hours due to a lack of childcare during the pandemic. And this rose to 44% when it came to Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) mothers. Caroline N
The issues surrounding black hairstyles explained

The issues surrounding black hairstyles explained

Education, Experience, Explainer, Explainers, LifeStyle, London, Media, Racism, Women
https://youtu.be/VvAYRqXcql4 With 2020 being a huge year for the progression of the Black Lives Matter movement, we take a look at the lack of understanding and misrepresentation of black hair and why this continues to be a topic of debate. In this video we cover the worldwide policing of black hair that often leads to people feeling discriminated, racially targeted and harassed. In a time led by diversity, inclusion and human rights campaigns are ever present, but why are there still conversations that decide how black people should wear their hair? How is racism linked to this problem and why do some black people feel the need to find ways in order to make sure they fit into society and are perceived as presentable enough.
Father Christmas, more like Mother Christmas: Is it womens’ job to create the magic of the holidays?

Father Christmas, more like Mother Christmas: Is it womens’ job to create the magic of the holidays?

Christmas, Covid-19, Culture, Food, LifeStyle, Women
Photo credit: Catalin Bot The burden of upholding Christmas traditions falls to women, even in 2020. At least, this is according to a SAGE report. The document outlines the insights into celebrating holidays including Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas during covid-19.  Speaking about women at Christmas, the report said: “Women carry the burden of creating and maintaining family traditions and activities at Christmas.” It further stated: “Messaging should be supportive of women adapting traditions.”  There is the implication that adapting Christmas to a covid-19 world will also be the responsibility of women this year.  Are women really the driving force behind Christmas? Westminster World spoke to members of the public to see how roles are divided or shared
Randy Brits stock up on sex toys during lockdown.

Randy Brits stock up on sex toys during lockdown.

Adults, Breaking News, Covid-19, dating, Health, LifeStyle, London, shopping, Video, Women
People turned to sex toys as restrictions keep couples apart. Photo: Anna Shvets Coronavirus restrictions have sent sales of sex toys soaring, as Brits stock up during lockdown. With nowhere to go, and not much to do, Brits have turned to sex toys to satisfy their sexual urges. In the first two weeks of the March lockdown, sex toys sales increased by 25 per cent, according to the Daily Mirror. The trend has again been repeated during the current lockdown; Zuleika Philips, owner of Pleasure Drum, an online wellness and sex toy shop aimed at women of African heritage, told Westminster World: “Over the Covid period we have definitely seen an increase of about 30% pickup of toys.”  In addition, Ms Philips mentioned that they’ve also received a lot more interest from men. C