“The job of an artist is to tell the truth about life. The truth is men are sensitive – all men – even the most macho men are sometimes the most sensitive ones. I think that’s the truth about men, and it’s the truth about women too. They’re both very strong and very sensitive. That’s what human beings are. I’m really glad boys will have that role model and I’m happy girls will have this character of Vanellope.”
This week marks 100 years since the first woman was elected to parliament. On November 21 1918, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed which enabled women over the age of 21 to become MPs. Suffragette and nationalist Constance Markievicz was a trailblazing figure as she became the only woman to successfully stand as an MP that year. The Sinn Fein candidate however, refused to take her seat over Irish independence.
A recent poll reveals in the run-up to Christmas how attitudes are changing towards traditional presents for boys and girls. More than a quarter of parents will not give their children gender-specific toys this Christmas. Only one third of parents thought make-up, dressing-up sets and dolls should be given only to girls, while one fifth said toy diggers, trains, cars and guns were appropriate solely for boys.
Eleven students have been suspended from a leading UK university after rape jokes and racial slurs made in a group chat emerged. The University of Warwick has suspended the students, who are all male, pending a disciplinary investigation. Screenshots obtained by student newspapers the Tab and the Boar showed one chat member wrote: "Sometimes it's fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls."