Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter of the Vagenda Magazine


Dr Matt Taylor in his shirt.
A Shirtgate newflash: wearing a terrible shirt doesn't make you a terrible person
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 17 November 15:56

Dr Matt Taylor gave a tearful apology after he was criticised for wearing a shirt covered in semi-naked women. That doesn't make the initial criticism wrong, but it does remind us that there is a difference between sexist acts and sexist people. 

The choice on offer in the newsagent's. Photo: Getty
The Vagenda: why we must fight back against media that is sexist and degrading to women
By Rhiannon and Holly - 28 April 10:57

Seeing plastic surgery ads nestled up next to body confidence features was the final straw. We had to do something.

Four young people walking along arm in arm at Thorpe Bay in Essex in 1934. Photo: Getty
Despite the best efforts of Cameron’s Britain, being in your twenties is actually great
By Rhiannon and Holly - 17 April 10:56

Yes, we’re facing a housing crisis and mass unemployment, but your twenties can still be the time of your life.

A still from the new Veet advert.
Veet’s “Don’t risk dudeness” ads are a sexist attempt to shame women for their bodies
By Rhiannon and Holly - 09 April 11:57

In the new ad, a woman who hasn’t shaved for 24 hours is transformed into a hairy bloke who struggles to perform everyday tasks. When are advertisers going to stop trying to sell products by inventing ways for women to be ashamed of their bodies?

Living a life online: kids glued to their smartphones. Photo: Getty
How can we end cyberbullying?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 April 10:23

Let's start by ditching the word "cyber bullying" - this isn't a new phenomenon, but it is harder for parents and teachers to deal with than harassment and abuse than occurs offline.

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow in January 2014. Photo: Getty
If you’re going to gossip about the failure of a celebrity marriage, at least make it original
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 March 11:44

Now that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have split up, brace yourself for weeks of repetitive jibes at her “craziness” and his “reticence”.

Gemma Worrell would be better served to tell politicians what they’re doing wrong. Photo: Getty
Calling Gemma Worrall a “dumb bitch” doesn’t change the fact that young people feel ignored
By Rhiannon and Holly - 11 March 10:45

When it comes to voter turnout, the UK has one of the largest gaps between young and old. Is it a surprise young people don't get involved with politics when a simple faux-pas in a tweet can cause such hate?

A Burberry show at London Fashion Week in 2013. Photo: Getty
It's time to ban the phrase “real women” for good
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 March 11:03

It’s restrictive, it’s insulting and it’s downright weird.

Activists at UK Feminista's lobby of Parliament in October 2012. Photo: Getty
How to make yourself feel happier about feminism
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 February 15:46

If you're fed up with Twitter storms, there are a few more practical things you can do to further the feminist cause.

Pretty houses. Getty Images
What hope is there for Generation Rent when a third of MPs are buy-to-let landlords?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 19 February 11:04

It’s no secret that, as far as the housing market goes, the millennial generation have been (and this is the technical term) royally screwed over.

The Drunk Women’s Manifesto
By Rhiannon and Holly - 11 February 17:27

It’s time for a new conception of acceptable female drinking, one that doesn’t cut the drinking short at half a glass delicately-sipped Babycham.

What happened when Ron and Hermione went for relationship counselling?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 February 12:09

All Harry Potter fans everywhere know that clever, brave, audacious female protagonist Hermione should have ended up with the hero, not Ron Weasley. Here, we drop in on that unhappy marriage twenty years later. . .

The lack of British women in comedy: where is the UK's answer to Girls?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 28 January 9:01

In a televisual environment where female comedians are edited or drowned out on panel shows, we’re crying out for more voices.

Why, in 2014, are first ladies still expected to behave like 1950s housewives?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 16 January 8:54

Open your mouth and identify yourself as a human being while daring to be married to a high-powered politician, and the media is unlikely to look kindly upon you.

New Statesman
Why there can be no science for bitchiness
By Rhiannon and Holly - 29 November 16:33

Evolutionary psychology so often seems to underpin existing gender biases that until we see some solid, hard, biological evidence to contradict us, you'll have to forgive us for siding with the late, great Simone on this one in proclaiming that one is not

Miranda Hart.
And so another idol is lost - Miranda Hart has made an exercise video
By Rhiannon and Holly - 24 November 13:22

Miranda Hart has made a decent career out of pillorying the kind of standards women are expected to live up to - but her latest venture, an exercise video called "Maracattack" has put an end to all that.

New Statesman
Ten things Love Actually actually taught us about relationships
By Rhiannon and Holly - 07 November 11:32

Ten years on from the schmaltzy Richard Curtis-fest.

New Statesman
8 things it's never OK to ask a woman in public
By Rhiannon and Holly - 26 October 13:53

If you’re one of those gents who’s unsure how to deal with the presence of pesky females ‘in the community’, worry not. We’ve put together this short guide on how not to act when you encounter a woman-type creature.

New Statesman
Gordon Ramsay has officially pushed 'overprotective dad' too far
By Rhiannon and Holly - 18 October 16:03

The overprotective dad is, of course, a stalwart of the American television sitcom, wherein a hapless but ultimately loving demi-pervert will work himself into a frenzy over his daughter’s sexual shenanigans. Gordon, we're looking at you.

New Statesman
Starbucksdrakehands should be a warning to us all
By Rhiannon and Holly - 10 October 15:14

The meme is suitably hilarious - but is shaming the man who sent an embarrassing, narcissistic selfie video to a woman he fancied just the same as the 'revenge porn' phenomenon?

New Statesman
Miley Cyrus vs the world: why we (still) need to talk about sluts
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 October 15:52

What's the point of attending a 'slut night'? As it turns out, quite a lot. The world is still experiencing a massive slutsplosion.

New Statesman
Why it's hard to see yourself in the mirror
By Rhiannon and Holly - 26 September 15:31

The What I See project is highlighting women's false perceptions of themselves. But it needs to go further.

New Statesman
Why David Cameron really is worse than Voldemort
By Rhiannon and Holly - 19 September 15:34

We've seen a lot of so-called progress in the last few years - but when you really look at the facts where women are concerned, it looks like we may be going backwards.

New Statesman
Why a rape trial should never be called a 'witch-hunt'
By Rhiannon and Holly - 12 September 11:45

We probably shouldn’t be surprised that this term appeared in a trial about rape and sexual assault; it isn’t the first time.

Ten things more important than porn they need to teach in sex education
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 September 14:21

How can sex education tackle porn when it doesn't even tackle real sex?

Memo to Miley: twerking is not a feminist statement
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 August 15:25

Freedom of choice for women is central to the idea of gender equality, but that doesn’t make every choice a woman makes inherently feminist.

Agony aunts are relics from another time - it's time to kick them to the kerb
By Rhiannon and Holly - 21 August 10:10

Advice columnists are almost always female, but they really don’t seem all that feminist. It's time to consign this Victorian phenomenon permanently to the past.

A woman going Ssh.
Spreadsheets: No one needs an app to make them better in bed
By Rhiannon and Holly - 14 August 11:58

A new app says that the optimum decibel level for sex is somewhere between a snowmobile and a flute. We say it's time to get over this competitive attitude to getting it on.

Mary Macleod, Mark Carney, Stella Creasy and Caroline Criado-Perez
Why does it always come back to rape?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 31 July 10:28

As the threats on Twitter to the likes of Caroline Criado-Perez, Stella Creasy, Mary Beard and others has proved, rape is the popular choice when women become more visible than they apparently should be.

Ellie Cosgrave returned to the scene of the crime to dance in protest
What not to say to someone who has been groped in public
By Rhiannon and Holly - 24 July 12:20

As Ellie Cosgrave had proved, dancing is as good a way as any to deal with sexual assault.