International Women's Day is a way of celebrating women and promoting equality in a world where women are still paid less than men. This isn't to say men should be alienated. If men and women can work together on the cause, there's a much higher chance of success.
With this in mind, it's great to see Daniel Craig lending his support to the campaign, in a short video directed by Sam-Taylor Wood and narrated by Dame Judi Dench. The video follows Daniel in his Bond persona as Dame Judi, taking the persona of Government Agent M, asks if he thinks they're equal. He then steps out of view, and steps back in dressed as a (surprisingly attractive) woman. M goes on to outline how women are still losing out in their careers, lives and the devastating effect of domestic violence.
What are you doing to celebrate International Women's Day?
The flagship event is the Equals Soul Train in London's Southbank Centre, which boasts a line up including Annie Lennox and Paloma Faith. Taking place tomorrow from 3pm-6pm, the event also boasts DJs, celeb MCs and dance troops. Attendees are encouraged to shake their thang to 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'.
So, how will you show your support for equality and International Women's Day tomorrow?
The news this week has been dominated with the inappropriate behaviour of Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys, who have been caught making sexist comments about women in the industry on several occasions.
But are women making the same mistake? And is it somehow more acceptable for women to make sexist jibes?
Watch Loose Women and you'll see a panel of women ripping into their ex-husbands, current boyfriends and men in general. Or what about that advert for an oven cleaner, featuring a clueless man and the tagline "So simple, even a man can do it." Surely that's as sexist as saying a woman shouldn't be a ref?
While reading the new issue of Cosmopolitan, I came across an interview with a group of anonymous men, who were asked about contraception. The answers given by the men were pretty shocking. The men, all in their late twenties, confessed that the majority of them only use condoms if the woman asks them too. This is despite the fact they admit condoms are the safest form of contraception.
They then went on to admit that they felt it was the woman's responsibility to deal with contraception, as "women get pregnant."
The most shocking part of the interview for me was when one of the lads confessed "If you're a lad, you get a high five if you don't wear a condom. I know that's shocking but it's the truth. That's how a lot of men are."
As the majority of us head back to work today, a new study suggests the drive for equality at work might be harming our chances in the workplace.
A study by The Centre for Policy Studies suggests that the drive for new equality laws may actually be harming women's prospects in the workplace rather than helping them.
The study claims that women are in an equal position now, with the pay gap reducing from 29% to 10%. The author behind the report, Dr Catherine Hakim, also went on to say women have more choices now when it comes to work, and that the drive for increased maternity pay, boardroom quotas and flexible working can actually be more unproductive.
The report argues that by creating more family-friendly policies, employers will be more wary of taking on women. It also argues that the pay gap is probably due to lifestyle choices.
What do you think? Is the current situation equal?
I'm a very nervous driver. Particularly when my boyfriend, someone who drives for a living, is in the car with me. It turns out, I'm not the only one. A new survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists suggests that 15% of women feel nervous when their partner is in their car. A further 8% never feel relaxed when their other half is in the car. Funnily enough, only 5% of passengers are actually nervous, so perhaps we're worrying for nothing.
The survey went on to reveal that men are generally more confident behind the wheel, but both sexes are equally likely to admit to speeding, poor parking or losing their temper.
Perhaps as a result, men are four times more likely to drive when out and about as a couple as women are. This only changes after a night out, when the woman is more likely to drive them home.
So why are women more nervous than men behind the wheel? Is it down to confidence rather than skill?
Women! Is your smoking technique a bit off? Are you forever lighting the wrong end, trying to inhale through your ears or your nethers and generally making a complete tit of yourself in public?
Or perhaps you don't smoke at all, despite the many benefits of looking cool, smelling bad, and spending the long nights before your early demise shivering outside pubs as a procession of street lotharios barrel into you with increasingly lame pick-up lines?
Well, fear not! This handy guide to smoking for laydeez is sure to up your smoky game and bag you a nice hunky advertising executive. Not sure where this photo is from, but it was brought to our attention by fabulous Twitterers @annajleach and @finsbury. Click on the image to enlarge it.
But king of the narcissistic snippet is one Arthur Kade, whose Tweets have the nerdy, self-aggrandising quality of someone touching-typing blindly as they stare helplessly into the mirror, captured by the awesomeness of their own reflection.
I spotted some stunningly unequivocal reportage of a Nottinghamshire county councillor and his calendar today. The "PC-gone-mad"-based (AGH!) explanation given by Cllr. David Taylor, when challenged over his soft porn pictorials for 2009 clearly struck a chord with the Daily Fail, who prefixed his description in the paper with 'MARRIED Tory Councillor..' in a bit to highlight his credibility, apparently?
A ridiculous story, but the fact that it found its way to the tabloids is probably a good thing, because at least someone somewhere has escalated it. Unfortunately this seemed to me more about political point scoring than any desire to address the issue itself, highlighting the fact that the people administering laws and supposedly holding court over their communities are so hopelessly out of touch with what is and isn't acceptable. The message here, as highlighted on the F word far more succinctly than here, is 'Don't mess with my male privilege.' Or, apparently in the case of Kay Cutts, the dubious female "privilege" to be completely blinkered: Yes, because his fellow councillor, apparently enjoys the pleasures of soft porn herself, issuing a statement that said she was like, totally cool with it, saying;