Harriet Williamson

Harriet is a freelance journalist and an online content writer. She likes to cover fashion, feminism, mental health awareness and higher education.

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Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' advertisement is dangerous thinspiration

More people are unhappy or worried about their appearance, according to research

Beyonce performs in front of a Feminist sign at the MTV VMAs 2014

No wonder David Cameron wouldn't wear the 'feminist' t-shirt when the UK is such a terrible place for gender equality

The latest World Economic Forum report throws mud on the assertion that Britain no longer has a problem with sexism

Anna Wintour attends the Christopher Kane show during London Fashion Week

Advice from London Fashion Week: How to break into the industry according to people who've made it

From 12-16 of September, Somerset House in London becomes a new home to the fashpack, an array of glittering celebs, hopeful designers, models, outlandishly dressed bloggers, photographers, and hordes of fashion students and hard-working interns.

This is what 'generation rent' need to hear from Ed Miliband in order to vote Labour next year

Soaring student debt, a lack of affordable housing and draconian benefit sanctions: these are the things that matter to young voters

A smiley face sign is carried through the crowds as the sun sets on the first official day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset

How to handle summer if you're recovering from an eating disorder

It isn't easy. But bear these four points in mind...

Dov Charney, the founder, president and CEO of American Apparel

American Apparel's porntastic ads were just the icing on Dov Charney's sleaze cake

Goodbye and good riddance to the former CEO

If women are presented as sexualized objects ‘for the taking’, this strips them of complex personalities, desires, and the ability to live their lives free from harassment

Nuts magazine did women no favours - and its closure was long overdue

Women's sexualised bodies seemed to be everywhere in my adolescent days

This is an empty, cynical performance by two straight women

Not sexy: Rihanna and Shakira pose as lesbians for a music video - but where are they on LGBT rights?

This is an empty, cynical performance by two straight women

Lesbophobia is alive and well

Too often displays of affection in public attract male leering

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor