Rachel Roberts

Rachel is a freelance writer, based in London. Her main interests are politics and social affairs, particularly education, welfare, social mobility and women's issues.

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Charlize Theron may have gone off script, but she has every right to compare press intrusion to rape

If that is how she perceives things, does anyone have the right to demand an apology?

Tube Crush: men can be objectified too

Why is it pervy for men to take secret pictures of women, yet somehow more acceptable the other way around?

A screengrab from the video shows the comedian faking sex with unsuspecting women

How would you feel if Remi Gaillard performed his ‘Free Sex’ prank on you?

Like the typical porno, this gives us male power over several helpless females, dressed up as a Trigger Happy-style trick

Unisex toilets in schools should be avoided at all costs

As Esther Rantzen pointed out when criticising the proposals, teenagers are often extremely self-conscious over the changes their bodies are going through

As Cate Blanchett knows, sexism is alive and well in Hollywood

Male actors are celebrated for their talent while their female co-stars have far more column inches examining their bodies

Male and female flight attendants don't do different jobs, so why make women wear a sexy uniform?

It seems women are being sent two steps back in the constant battle to be treated as equals at work

‘Homewreckers’ website: why is it always the women who get the blame?

Women who have ‘stolen’ someone’s husband are being outed by betrayed wives. But we have to challenge the belief that if a married man strays, he’s not responsible

India's parody rape ‘it's your fault’ video sends a message to us all about the ways victims are blamed

The uncomfortable truth is that we still find similar attitudes towards rape in the West with disturbing regularity

Wentworth Prison and the real-life parallels for locked-up women

The question of why we continue to lock up some of the most vulnerable and damaged women in society for relatively petty offences has yet to be answered

Money, not marriage determines a child's future

According to the latest data from the ONS, by 2016 more children will be born out of wedlock than to married couples. Is this really such a harbinger of doom?

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