Archive of press pieces written by Katie Edwards
Changes in Vatican Not Fast Enough
The i Paper (print), 18 July 2022
If the Pope wants gender equality in the Vatican he’s going to have to make radical changes – and fast
Small Structural Changes May Not Be Enough
The i Paper (online), 17 July 2022
My experience of Rotherham shows the real problem isn’t brown men, it’s how we treat working-class girls
The New Statesman, 27 June 2022
Stop dog-whistling about Pakistani men on the pretext of caring about poor schoolgirls.
The Bible is Being Weaponised in Abortion Struggle
The i Paper (print), 28 June 2022
It's Not Accurate To Say That God Is 'Pro-life' Or 'Anti-abortion'
Republicans Should Be Careful: The Bible Has Precious Little To Say About Abortion
The i Paper (online), 28 June 2022
As an academic specialising i the Bible in contemporary culture, I was puzzled - and troubled - to see the biblical text employed to support anti-abortion laws and rhetoric
Roe Overturned Isn’t a Victory For Life - It Spells Death For Women
Our lives and health are collateral damage. Unnecessary maternal mortality seems to be the order of the day in the US Supreme Court
The Independent, 24 June 2022
How Can Heard 'Move On' When the Hatred Continues?
The i Paper, 17 June 2022 (Print)
Is the Vilification of One Woman Striking a Blow for Male Victims?
Amber Heard has shown astonishing fortitude and she won’t be silenced
The i Paper, 15 June 2022
This week, NBC broadcast Heard’s first interview since the trial verdict
The Depp v Heard Ducking Stool
i Newspaper, 3 June 2022 (Print)
Verdicts Showed in Real Time What Happens When Women Speak Out
Johnny Depp’s victory in the Amber Heard trial is a loss for domestic violence victims everywhere
i, 2 June 2022
Who would want to report intimate partner violence knowing what we now know about the treatment of Heard before a verdict was even reached?
Why does the internet hate Amber Heard more than Putin?
The Independent, 27 May 2022
War criminals guilty of atrocities don’t get as much vitriol as she does
The i Newspaper, 18 May 2022
This trial illuminates our darkest attitudes towards women
Jordan Peterson’s tweet about ‘authoritarian tolerance’ was a huge self-own
The Independent, 17 May 2022
The notorious right-wing internet celeb and academic is now the arbiter of women’s beauty, apparently
Depp vs Heard is holding a mirror up to society – and the reflection isn't pretty
The i Newspaper, 17 May 2022
This trial illuminates our darkest attitudes to women, particularly those who allege domestic and sexual abuse against men
Will Everyone Please Stop Talking About Peter Andre’s Penis
The Independent, 11 May 2022
Why are we still perpetuating this noxious, sexist idea that the size of a man’s penis bears any relation to their perceived masculinity?
The ‘Wagatha Christie’ Trial Has Started and It’s Already Screamingly Sexist
The Independent, 10 May 2022
The ‘WAG’ label, referring to the wives and girlfriends of famous sportsmen, erases women’s identity beyond that of their male romantic partner
What Have We Learnt From #MeToo? Depp vs Heard Holds the Answer
The Independent, 8 May 2022
#MeToo was supposed to herald a new age with increased understanding of the dynamics of abusive relationships and the maltreatment of survivors of sexual violence
No Matter Who Wins the Depp vs Heard Trial, the Biggest Losers Are Victims of Domestic Violence
The i Newspaper, 5 May 2022
Regardless of what anyone thinks about the dynamics of the relationship, the rehearsal of problematic gendered tropes in such a public arena is deeply damaging
Stop with the #NotAllMen and ‘a few bad apples’ excuses – women are sick of hearing them
The Independent, 29 April 2022
From porn to harassment to sexist jokes, it's clear that Westminster has a very serious problem with women
'Mutual Abuse' is an Evasion of Responsibility
The i Newspaper, 26 April 2022
This problematic narrative can be used to airbrush domestic abuse
Trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard exposes the fallacy of 'mutual abuse'
The i Newspaper, 25 April 2022
Experts of intimate partner violence argue that mutual abuse is a myth because abuse is based on an unequal power dynamic
Why Is Johnny Depp Still the Face of Dior Sauvage?
The Independent, 25 April 2022
At a time when many celebrities scream ‘cancel culture!’ any time they’re criticised or called to account for their comments or behaviour, the team at Dior seem to recognise that controversy can drive sales
The Queen’s Barbie is Far Too Dolled Up
The i Newspaper (Print Copy), 22 April 2022
Mattel launches a Queen Elizabeth II Barbie to mark the Platinum Jubilee
A Queen Barbie Isn't the Feminist Symbol Mattel Thinks It Is
The Independent, 21 April 2022
A Queen Barbie isn’t a symbol of feminism – it reminds girls to know their place.
Suggesting that the Queen symbolises ‘the limitless potential of every girl’ is a poor taste joke at the expense of the vast majority of girls in this country
A Barbie Doll of the Queen Represents a New Low in the Objectification of Women
The i Newspaper, 21 April 2022
The British Monarch, who celebrates her 96th birthday today, has been refashioned so her Barbie version sports a smooth line-free face that would rival that of a Kardashian
If you’re using the Bible to condemn being gay, you’re reading it wrong
The Independent, 21 January 2022
Our current conceptions of sexual identity are modern constructions that simply didn’t exist when the biblical texts were written
People are ‘accent policing’ Angela Rayner – why does this only ever seem to happen to women?
The Independent, 13 January 2022
I’m from Mexborough, Doncaster — and have the accent to match. My South Yorkshire vowels were also the subject of listener complaints when I turned my hand to presenting
Words I wish we could see the back of in 2022
The Independent, 1 January 2022
There are plenty of things we would be happy to leave in 2021 – I wouldn’t mind these words being part of that
Let's Leave the Angry Male TV Presenters in 2021
The Independent, 27 December 2021
The prospect of more ranty blokes relentlessly machine-gunning their every opinion from the telly gives many of us the chills
Congratulations, Boris – now back to the mounting scandals
The Independent, 9 December 2021
The birth of the children of leaders is a traditional focus of sentimentality in British culture, so it’s characteristic to see people distracted from the politics
Rod Liddle For A Tenner? I’ve Seen Better Offers In Tesco
Medium, 7 December 2021
Discovering the notorious journalist was the surprise after dinner speaker must have been like finding a turd in a Kinder Egg
Like Angela Merkel, I’d back mandatory Covid vaccinations
The Independent, 3 December 2021
Personal choice cannot and must not be a sleight of hand for the abdication of responsibility for the lives and wellbeing of others
Norway's 'Gay Santa' Advert Is Achingly Beautiful and Something We Should Celebrate
The Independent, 27 November 2021
It’s not Harry kissing Santa that’s distasteful, but the echoes of the historic villainisation of gay male sexuality that reverberate through the objections to this ad
‘Self-cancelling’ is a great way to boost your profile – just ask John Cleese
The Independent, 10 November 2021
If you try and try but still can’t get cancelled, then just cancel yourself. Your career will thank you for it
This year is the last straw – the John Lewis Christmas adverts have to end
The Independent, 04 November 2021
I find the latest effort a disappointing affair. Uninspired schmaltz which replaces the formerly glorious Christmas creations
Aha! It’s time for Richard Madeley to be off our screens
The Independent, 25 October 2021
Madeley has become television’s equivalent to prodding a sore gum after losing a tooth: you know you shouldn’t but you just can’t leave it alone because the pain is somehow pleasurable
I have a message for men who call women like Tilly Ramsay ‘chubby’
The Independent, 21 October 2021
If we’re really going to name it for what it is, then, here: it’s a low shot at a cheap laugh, and it’s out-and-out misogyny. How’s that for acerbic?
It Cannot Always Be Up To Women To Protect Themselves
The i Paper, 21 October 2021
Wearing denim will not solve the problem of injection spiking in nightclubs
Women are still being told to amend their behaviour to ‘avoid’ and ‘prevent’ assaults. It’s time for a radical cultural overhaul
The Independent, 20 October 2021
Women’s fertility is a ‘forbidden subject’ – since when?
The Independent, 11 October 2021
The idea that a woman of any age could ‘forget’ about babies – with constant reminders about biological clocks from medical professionals and family members – would be laughable if it weren’t so infuriating
Katie Price: For Once, Let’s Be Kind *Before* The Tragedy Happens
Medium, 5 October 2021
The alarm’s been ringing for so long that we’ve become accustomed to the sound
Why are we so suspicious of non-drinkers in Britain?
The Independent, 3 October 2021
Sober for October is a great cause, but let’s not be hypocrites – we need to stop blaming addicts for their illness and using alcohol as a marker of a good time
No, You’re Shit: Grammar Pedantry and Knowing Your Place
Medium, 30 September 2021
Getting mixed up with ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ is tantamount to accidentally posting a positive result on a chlamydia test: socially unacceptable, humiliating and makes some people feel queasy about the prospect of a shag.
Calling Angela Rayner ‘Lauren Cooper’ Is Yet Another Joke At the Expense of All Working-Class Women
Medium, 29 September 2021
The comparison, however, exposes far more about widespread attitudes to working-class women than it says about scum-gate...
Why James Bond Being Called 'Basically a Rapist' Is More Important Than You Think
The Independent, 26 September 2021
We should pay close attention to the many incarnations of the British spy: the character is a mirror that reflects back our cultural mores
We need to stop describing women based on their maternal status
The Independent, 18 September 2021
Harmful terms like ‘childless’ reinforce the idea that motherhood is the norm, but also centre on a deficiency, a lack, an absence.
Judith Butler is right – feminism is about inclusivity
The Independent, 8 September 2021
The ‘sisterhood’ seems to have become something of an exclusive members’ club, deflecting attention away from its more insidious attitudes by targeting vulnerable groups for criticism
It is meat eaters – not vegans – who are the preachy ones
The Independent, 5 September 2021
Vegans are willing to live life according to their principles while so many more of us are cowed by social mores.
Daniel Craig’s ‘distaste’ for inheritance is galling for those who do have to worry about their kids’ future
The Independent, 28 August 2021
The Bond star’s views are deeply unpalatable for those who are not part of the rich elite, writes Katie Edwards
What’s wrong with taking leave after your dog dies? I’d do the same
The Independent, 26 August 2021
While grief for pets is trivialised, the loss of an animal that has loved and comforted you through the darkest of times can be a staggering blow
Former mining communities are worth less to Boris Johnson than a cheap laugh
The Independent, 7 August 2021
The Conservatives excel in trivialising poverty, it’s no surprise that our prime minister has made light of the cause of such widespread deprivation in the North of Britain
Putting the Accent on Prejudice
Medium, 2 August 2021
Rather than being yet another way to victimize oneself and bleat about discrimination, accentism is insidious, pernicious, and as old as the hills.
The trolling of Katie Price shows attitudes to working class women are still stuck in the 1980s
The Independent, 25 January 2021
Price has many accomplishments to her name, but none of them prevent her from being publicly derided and debased on a regular basis
Comparing Trump to Jesus? Get real
The Independent, 19 January 2021
The Trump to Jesus hashtag is trending once again on social media. What fresh hell is this?
How the Media Treatment of Katie Price Reflects Hatred of Working-class Women
Medium, 19 January 2021
Is There Room for the Virgin Mary in a 21st Century Christmas?
The Independent, 6 December 2020
There’s something very troubling about a culture that affirms, celebrates and perpetuates the idea that virginity is a girl’s most valuable attribute and a measure of her moral character
I don’t know if Adele is guilty of cultural appropriation. But as a white woman, it's not my place to judge
The Independent, 2 September 2020
After the debate surrounding the singer's Notting Hill Carnival post, I know I need to recognise that my place – our place – is to listen
Trump's brandishing of the Bible plays into a cultural legacy of racism and colonialism
The Independent, 20 June 2020
The weaponisation of the Christian sacred text against people of colour is so integral to our colonial history that the gasps of shock ringing out on social media seem disingenuous
That lockdown weight gain meme isn’t the hilarious joke you first thought
The Independent, 11 May 2020
Since Augustine wrote on the story of the Garden of Eden in the 5th century, his views about women and food have stayed with us. The woman who eats the forbidden fruit brings down the whole of humanity. Now it’s the same if we eat too many Bounties.
Gerraway with accentism – I’m proud to speak Yorkshire
The Guardian, 10 June 2019
Despite attempts to stamp it out at school and in the workplace, my dialect is alive, kicking and bloody gorgeous
Alexander Zverev is right: a Yorkshire accent is a splendid thing, no matter what the anti-Northern bigots say
The Telegraph, 31 May 2018
The tennis star Alexander Zverev said this week what the rest of the world has been thinking for years – the Yorkshire accent is bloody marvellous.
Celebrity Big Brother should take responsibility for dropping the ball on domestic violence, not Roxanne Pallett
The Independent, 3 September 2018
Yes, she made, and escalated, the allegations, but producers played the crucial role of enabling that to happen, therefore facilitating Ryan Thomas’s emotional breakdown
I was taught silence was strength. Then I witnessed sexual assaults
The Guardian, 21 March 2018
After Rotherham and Weinstein, it seems we’ve finally understood the power of speaking out. But there’s so far to go.
Last night's Love Island proves that nobody is safe from emotional manipulation
The Telegraph, 21 June 2018
Love Island continues its reign on our TV screens, delivering a ‘big loved-up summer’ one drama-filled episode at a time. And, as the show all but requires, one cast member is already nursing a broken heart: Rosie Williams, who we last night saw reeling from her treatment by resident lothario Adam Collard.
How Beyoncé’s Virgin Mary imagery challenges racist, religious and sexual stereotypes
The Washington Post, 17 July 2017
Early Friday morning, Beyoncé set Instagram on fire when she posted a new image of her twins Sir and Rumi who were born in June. Wearing a veil, the artist chose imagery similar to that of her pregnancy announcement, which drew comparisons to depictions of the Virgin Mary.
The Bible’s women are a lot more powerful and complex than we’ve been led to believe
The Independent, 05 April 2016
The most well-known female biblical characters feel familiar to us because they’re so embedded within our culture. These women are represented in film, music videos, couture collections and featured in everything from plays to strip clubs. And yet, despite our cultural constructions and received understandings of female biblical characters, the Bible often tells us something very, very different about them.
Shut yer face! I'm fed up being ridiculed for my regional accent in academia
The Telegraph, 9 December 2014
Accentism in Higher Education
What's missing from Euros 2022? Intimate details of the boyfriends and partners
The i Newspaper (online), 30 July 2022
We've had WAGs, so where are the BAPs?
Are William and Harry the Best of Friends Again? Don’t Overthink It
The Independent, 11 September 2022
Betting on who Kim Kardashian will date next? You might be underestimating her
Serial heterosexual monogamy, with the ultimate traditional institution of marriage, is part of the Kardashians’ arsenal to ensure that their threat is minimised while they continue to take over the world
The Independent, 22 August 2022
Quiet Quitting Isn’t New, Some Men Have Been Doing It For Decades
In academia, I noticed how many blokes got away with doing the career-boosting, profile raising bits of the job, while leaving the less glam, the less rewarded parts to others
The Independent, 31 August 2022
What Does Coverage of the Lionesses Lack? Classist Judgement of Their Partners
Where Are The Grainy Pap Snaps of Boyfriends Poolside in Budgie Smugglers?
The i Newspaper (Print), 30 July 2022
It’s only a matter of time before abortion rights are sacrificed in the UK
Our reproductive rights are set in sugar rather than stone: at first glance they appear solid, but really they’re very easily dissolved
The Independent, 18 August 2022