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New Humanist
Is modesty really a virtue?
17 November 2016
Modest fashion has become a big trend on the catwalks, in style blogs and on the high street. But in the latest issue of New Humanist magazine I explore what it means for women to have mainstream culture celebrating the choice to cover up. Society's expectation that women should be more demure, chaste and faithful than men has been around for so long that it's been throughly absorbed into pretty much every culture and religion around the world. I argue that modest clothing is one manifestation of this moral double standard, and a trend that we should think more carefully about before endorsing. The full story is available in print now, and will eventually be posted online, too.



Is biology feminism's final frontier?
15 August 2016
For many decades, feminist theory has been critical of scientific methods and practice, and for good reason. Modern science was male-dominated from its very inception and many theories about women have been sexist. Last week, The Guardian published an editorial claiming that what evolutionary biology tells us is irrelevant to feminist theory. Today I have a leader in the paper arguing that, despite science's historical problems with women, biology now offers a fresh and empowering way for women to think about themselves and their history.

(The picture on the left is of an orca, taken by Minette Layne from Seattle, Washington, USA. Orcas are one of very few species, including us, that experience the menopause)

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
1 August 2016
I'm delighted that I and my very talented producer at BBC Radio 4, Rami Tzabar, have won the gold prize in the radio category for a documentary we made last summer about birdsong and human language. The awards were held in Washington DC in February 2016. They've posted a video of me and Rami being interviewed about our thoughts on science journalism, and another interview with me about the story itself.

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