Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter of the Vagenda Magazine


Here's what the perfect women's magazine would look like
By Rhiannon and Holly - 17 July 12:02

Let's have less Photoshopping, less of the "circle of shame" and less of the ridiculous sex tips, and more of what women might actually want to read about: practical life advice, clothes a human-shaped person can wear and - heaven forbid - <em>books</em>.

How to be a feminist in hot weather
By Rhiannon and Holly - 10 July 9:18

From street harassment to hot pants to barbecuing, Rhiannon and Holly will help you survive the sweaty season with your feminist ideals intact.

A woman and her dog dress up as unicorns for Halloween in New York.
Why is the happily childless woman seen as the unicorn of society?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 03 July 9:36

Non-mothers are often told they'll "change their mind when they meet the right person". Between that and being forced to worry who will visit you in your old age, it's no wonder society seems to believe the happily childless woman is more myth than realit

Why do girls get glitter, hair and fluff while boys can have money, cars and trees?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 26 June 9:45

The kind of cradle-to-grave gender-based marketing that suggests girls like princesses and boys like adventures has to stop. Language is the one of the most powerful tools we have, and using it to project such a sexist agenda is unacceptable.

Treachery and sisterhood: What does it mean to "betray" feminism?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 19 June 12:04

The whole notion that today's young women have somehow betrayed the "true" feminism is a bit of a muddle - who are these women who are letting the side down?

Modern feminists can learn a lot from Suffragette sitcom "Up the Women"
By Rhiannon and Holly - 12 June 11:15

Many of the questions faced by the women's movement today are played out in Jessica Hynes' new show. In a world where feminism still viewed by many women with distrust, wariness and even alarm, there's a lot we can learn from the ladies of the Banbury Int

A woman holds a placard aloft during a Slutwalk march in Melbourne in 2011
Maria Miller's "information packs" for the parents of daughters won't end inequality
By Rhiannon and Holly - 03 June 12:46

Sexism in society isn't the result of individual women failing to have ambition. And as benefit systems are slashed and women are disproportionately affected, the parenthood pamphlet and the boardroom dream seem small compensation.

Lads' mags like Nuts and Zoo are the target of this new campaign.
The Lose the Lads' Mags campaign demonstrates the power of modern feminism
By Rhiannon and Holly - 28 May 14:21

Having made so many progressive achievements in the past, women are now able to wield the power of legal and capitalist systems which we were previously excluded from to enact social equality.

The Five Main Issues Facing Modern Feminism
By Rhiannon and Holly - 20 May 10:11

Despite our collective achievements, sexism today can seem an insurmountable obstacle. These are the fronts we are fighting on.

Food: It's Not For Girls
By Rhiannon and Holly - 15 May 11:33

Pot Noodle joined the list of brands which seem determined to drive away women. They should realise that ironic hipster sexism is still sexism.

New Statesman
Women Behaving Badly: the allure of the Diva
By Rhiannon and Holly - 08 May 9:51

Female celebrity meltdowns are depicted very differently from male ones – but is it such a bad thing to be a diva?

Weddings: a feminist survival guide
By Rhiannon and Holly - 29 April 14:19

From "giving away" to gifts to nuptial fashions, Rhiannon and Holly have ten tips for getting through a wedding with your feminist ideals intact.

Model scouts outside anorexia clinics highlight fashion's own don't ask, don't tell policy
By Rhiannon and Holly - 24 April 13:16

Eating disorders are still not really regarded as diseases in the same way as cancer or malaria or measles - and in part, that's because of the work of the fashion industry to fetishise the ultra-skinny.

Cut female Tory politicians some slack - womanhood isn't weakness
By Rhiannon and Holly - 15 April 10:51

Equality means judging women by the same standards as men. Margaret Thatcher wasn't a bad women or mother - she was a bad human.

Teenagers already know about sex. Let's teach them what a relationship looks like
By Rhiannon and Holly - 08 April 9:57

Sex and relationship education for young people has to be more than writing the names of a few STDs on a blackboard and hoping for the best. Honest sex education should help young people navigate the sex-saturated culture they live in.

The top ten feminists on film
By Rhiannon and Holly - 25 March 8:49

From Maya in Zero Dark Thirty to Thelma and Louise to Amelie, there's reason to be hopeful about the way women are portrayed on screen.

The big question that the generation raised on porn must answer
By Rhiannon and Holly - 11 March 11:50

Porn often shows a submissive woman, stripped of all of her body hair, undergoing ritual humiliation in the name of sexuality, and twentysomethings must ask whether that has wider implications about how our peers view us socially, politically and professi

Girl Guides in their campfire hats in 1947
How do you get teenagers to think feminism is cool?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 March 11:09

Like it or not, feminism has got a PR problem.

“Reproductive freedom” is being defined as a person, not just a womb
By Rhiannon and Holly - 25 February 13:58

Motherhood can be life-changing, but women shouldn’t have to consider it some kind of “destiny”.

The Vagenda List of the Quietly Awesome
By Rhiannon and Holly - 18 February 14:40

From ITV's Agenda to the comedian Tiffany Stevenson, a run-down of the people and causes Rhiannon and Holly feel deserve broader recognition in 2013.

A man walks past a flower market decorated with hearts.
Despite capitalism's best efforts, you can still have a meaningful Valentine’s Day
By Rhiannon and Holly - 12 February 9:10

Amid the terrifying tat and horrible heartbreak, genuinely heartfelt gestures do still have a chance.

As the North of England's arts and culture is gutted, the London-centric press looks away
By Holly Baxter - 04 February 11:04

Newcastle is to cut 100% of its art funding, but the southern-dominated media can't report it.

Light through the trees in a forest near Essen, Germany
Why I don’t agree with trigger warnings
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 29 January 8:41

When I was suffering from PTSD, I didn't want to be wrapped in cotton wool.

An exhibit about male and female orgasm at the Amora Sex Academy in London
Sexual inequality: in search of the female orgasm
By Rhiannon and Holly - 21 January 9:04

Male sexual dysfunction is a multi-million pound business, while women are taught that scented candles and ylang-ylang should get them in the mood. There has to be another way.

Andrej Pejic in Elle: fashion's love affair with a boy who looks like a girl
By Rhiannon and Holly - 14 January 9:45

Does the success of a man as a womenswear model mean that the fashion industry is finally embracing difference?

Harriet Harperson, feminist dragon.
Coming soon to an angry dude near you - the "pro-men" party
By Rhiannon and Holly - 07 January 10:33

Mike Buchanan thinks "state-sponsored feminism" is ruining society and women are defying their "natural instincts" by going to work. Terrifyingly, some people are taking him seriously.

The Vagenda Christmas gift guide - for those tired of clichés and stereotypes
By Rhiannon and Holly - 17 December 10:30

Why not eschew the rhinestone-encrusted dusting pan or the "motoring boys' toy" in favour of something the recipient might actually like?

In praise of feckless, scrounging single mothers
By Rhiannon and Holly - 03 December 10:08

Anyone who has raised a child on their own knows it's a tough job. Why is there such a stigma attached to single parenthood?

Seriously, why does everything have to sparkle at this time of year?
Resistance is futile: the sparkles of Christmas fashion are coming to get you
By Rhiannon and Holly - 26 November 8:50

The only way to fight back against the yuletide bling epidemic is to include the male half of the population in it too.

The physical side of having a period sometimes doesn’t even bear thinking about
Unhappy periods and delivery room poos - let's tell the truth about women
By Rhiannon and Holly - 19 November 9:52

The assumption that women are too fragile to fart just upholds an expectation that women are mostly decorative.