Articles about Features

 High heels of clay: is it any wonder our modern gods wobble?

Helen Monks considers the continuing unreasonable pressure on female pop stars to be role models

Helen Monks // 21 October 2014

Categories: Features, Music

 Girls love gigs too - so let's make them safe

Festivals should mean fun but for women, they have become unsafe spaces. Some festival-goers shared their experiences with Laura Maw, who argues that both organisers and performers need to do more to ensure women's safety

Laura Maw // 9 September 2014

Categories: Features, Violence

 A pinch of SALT

M. Lý-Eliot interviews the editors of feminist art zine SALT, finding out their backgrounds, interests and aspirations for their project

M. Lý-Eliot // 21 August 2014

Categories: Features, Interviews

 "I am a victim of nothing but my own bad choices": Women Against Feminism and neoliberal individualism

The recent group Women Against Feminism is, Alison Phipps argues, yet another example of the neoliberal mantra of personal responsibility which promises achievement for women but has resulted in pushing them back into the kitchen

Alison Phipps // 5 August 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism

 Keep making the work

Sophie Mayer chats on Skype to Sini Anderson, American director of The Punk Singer, recent documentary about Kathleen Hanna

Sophie Mayer // 29 May 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

 Remembering our foremothers

Laura Wilkinson speaks to women who participated in the 1984 miners' strike to find out how the industrial dispute changed their lives

Laura Wilkinson // 27 May 2014

Categories: Activism, Class, Features, Herstory, Interviews

 The answer is to question

Marta Owczarek takes a look back at a performance from Genderqueer electronic musician Jam Rostron, AKA Planningtorock, in Hoxton earlier this year and shares a conversation they had about language, gender and the creative process

Marta Owczarek // 21 May 2014

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music

 The silent strong woman

Nayla Ziadeh argues that the fetishisation of exceptional female achievement encourages the systems of oppression which manifest the need for this super human resilience

Nayla Ziadeh // 12 May 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Stereotypes

 From public services to public women: a morality tale for the age of austerity

The tabloids' moral stand against the use of NHS funds for cosmetic surgery is only part of their constant attack on the 'undeserving' and public services, argues Alexandra M. Kokoli

Alexandra M Kokoli // 7 April 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Class, Culture and Media, Features

 The author and her work: Isak Dinesen

Claire Hazelton gives an insight into the work of Karen Blixen, the Danish author best known by her variety of pen names, but with a cloak of mystery over the rest of her life

Claire Hazelton // 2 April 2014

Categories: Features

 Sex after rape: sharing survivors' stories

Rape survivors looking for help to cope with their bodies and sex after rape face a vacuum in the information and services available. Pavan Amara speaks to survivors who all wish they had known they weren't the only ones

Pavan Amara // 27 February 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships, Violence

 Teenage feminism - coming to a blog near you

Chelsea Birkby welcomes the spread of the feminist movement online with open arms for changing young women's attitudes to feminism

Chelsea Birkby // 11 February 2014

Categories: Features, Feminism

 "I say it out loud and proudly... I'm a feminist!"

Jess McCabe interviews Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes and Bosnian Rainbows and wonders about the pressures of creating an explosive onstage persona

Jess McCabe // 7 February 2014

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music

 In pursuit of non-hormonal contraception

Lizzie Ferguson questions the popular dependence on the contraceptive pill and suggests exploring alternatives so that women can make more informed choices

Lizzie Ferguson // 3 February 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Features

 Failing to perform

Max Smiles applies the Bechdel Test to theatre in London and finds too few productions make the grade

Max Smiles // 18 January 2014

Categories: Features, Theatre

 Who us?

Feminist fans celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who in this group piece wrangled by Whovian and F-Word Comedy Section Editor Chella Quint

Chella Quint // 23 November 2013

Categories: Features, Television

 Why feminists need to talk about the pleasures of sexuality

The lack of education on healthy, pleasurable sexuality and the growing prevalence of pornography are distorting young people's attitudes to sex, relationships and women's bodies, argues Erin Lane

Erin Lane // 28 October 2013

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships

 Same-sex marriage, ciswash and a call to continued solidarity

Though the same-sex marriage bill is a major step forward for LGB equality, it marginalises trans people and their rights, argues Reubs Walsh

Reubs Walsh // 10 September 2013

Categories: Features

 Campbell X on Stud Life

Selina Robertson talks to British queer filmmaker Campbell X about her first feature, gay-lesbian friendships and how buying flowers for a lover is a feminist thing

Selina Robertson // 30 August 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

 Why crimes against sex workers should be treated as hate crimes

Most sex workers find it difficult to report rape or violence because of the stigma associated with prostitution. Ruth Jacobs argues for a model that treats crimes against sex workers as hate crimes, a model that has been successful in increasing reporting of crimes and convictions in Merseyside

Ruth Jacobs // 19 August 2013

Categories: Activism, Features, Violence

 Far from Eden

M. Lý-Eliot hails a film about trafficking that avoids the pitfalls of graphic depiction of sexual exploitation and digs deeper in her interview with director Megan Griffiths

M. Lý-Eliot // 12 August 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

 Breaking out of isolation: feminism and creativity

Being creative doesn't have to mean being alone - Jen Steiner argues for increasing the visibility of creative feminists and developing feminist friendly spaces for creative work

Jen Steiner // 4 August 2013

Categories: Activism, Features, Feminism, Work and Play

 Chancellor's spending review is bad news for women

Though the Chancellor tried to make good headlines with his recent spending review announcement, it is clear that once again the budget has not been gender-proofed. Polly Trenow discusses the implications for women

Polly Trenow // 29 July 2013

Categories: Features, Politics and Current Affairs

 Eerie electro: White Blush on extended play

Cazz Blase revisits White Blush's self-titled EP and talks to the creator, Carol Rhyu, about her work and what's next for White Blush

Cazz Blase // 3 July 2013

Categories: Features, Music

 Is women's struggle for education over?

Women appear to 'have it all' in higher education, but does numerical dominance necessarily imply that women have achieved equality? Charlotte Knight argues that the curtailment of women's voices in universities suggests not

Charlotte Knight // 26 June 2013

Categories: Education, Features

 Speaking out, without shame

Zarina shares her journey of overcoming history of being oppressed by her family and breaking away from a forced marriage, aided by solidarity and help she found online

Zarina // 4 June 2013

Categories: Family, Features, Feminism, Violence

 The long walk to equality

Musician and singer Sabrina Chap talks to Karren Ablaze! about putting the joy in the fight for LGBT rights and how same-sex marriage is by no means the end of the road

Karren Ablaze! // 31 May 2013

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships

 Asking for it: giving outspoken women in music a bad name

In the 1990s, Courtney Love's status as an opinionated musician led to bad press and public scorn. In the 2010s, Pussy Riot's feminist activities have resulted in them actually losing their liberty. Amica Lane considers these different consequences against a backdrop of Riot Grrrl politics and wonders how far we've really moved towards accepting women who rebel on their own terms

Amica Lane // 27 May 2013

Categories: Features, Music

 Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the Muslim mother as terrorist

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the 'Boston bombers', has become a figure of controversy. Yasmin Gunaratnam argues that blaming Zubeidat for her sons' actions is part of growing resentment against Muslim mothers

Yasmin Gunaratnam // 10 May 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Politics and Current Affairs, Racism, Stereotypes

 Women in the spotlight: the Turner Prize shortlist

This year, the Turner Prize promises to shake up the establishment with a shortlist of artists who are reinventing art as we know it. Lara Tutton discovers innovation and imagination as she investigates the artists behind the nominations

Lara Tutton // 1 May 2013

Categories: Features

 What have I done: escaping domestic violence

When Amanda Prowse set out to write a novel about an abusive marriage, she spoke to women who had experienced violent relationships. The number of women who came forward to talk to her confirms how widespread domestic violence is

Amanda Prowse // 22 April 2013

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships, Violence

 Who's to blame: sexism in universities

When Beth Saward complained of sexual harassment during freshers' week, she was held responsible for it. Here she discusses the deeply ingrained sexist culture in universities

Beth Saward // 10 April 2013

Categories: Education, Features

 Being a young mum: representation and reality

Teenage mums are seen as at best, a problem and, at worst, a burden. Izzy Koksal talks to a young mum about the reality of teenage motherhood

Izzy Koksal // 3 April 2013

Categories: Activism, Family, Features, Interviews, Stereotypes

 That's what she said: Lad culture in universities

Through their report on lad culture in higher education, the National Union of Students is calling for action on sexism in universities. Kelley Temple discusses the extent and impact of lad culture on women students

Kelley Temple // 18 March 2013

Categories: Education, Features

 50 years at Ovalhouse

Charlotte Rowland talks to director Deborah Bestwick and performers Rachel Mars and Nat Tarrab, exploring the 50 years of fringe theatre at Ovalhouse

Charlotte Rowland // 8 March 2013

Categories: Features, Interviews

 After the trial: seeking justice for rape

Annie Moran, whose rapist was tried and convicted recently, expresses her misgivings about the current justice system and urges discussion about rape

Annie Moran // 4 March 2013

Categories: Features, Violence

 Caring and living in poverty

Suzanna, a lesbian and single mother, currently on benefits, talks to Anastasia Richardson about the effects of poverty

Anastasia Richardson // 4 February 2013

Categories: Activism, Class, Features, Interviews, Politics and Current Affairs

 Lucy Anne-Holmes, heroine of the No More Page 3 campaign

Lucy Holmes has been spearheading the campaign to pressurise The Sun to drop the bare boobs from its Page 3. Sarah Edmonds speaks to Lucy about her inspiration and challenges

Sarah Edmonds // 21 January 2013

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Interviews

 Bisexual women are the new sexy in pop music

Is recent frankness about bisexuality among female pop stars indicative of liberation of women and LGBT people or merely an extension of sexualisation of the industry, asks Lawrence Allen

Lawrence Allen // 10 January 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

 As lesbian space alien as it gets

Selina Robertson reviews New Yorker Madeleine Olnek's debut feature and chats to the director about sci-fi B-movies from the 1950s and the advantages of video over film

Selina Robertson // 21 December 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

 Justice for rape in rape culture

Annie Moran, whose rapist is being tried in court, recounts the trauma of reporting the rape and expresses her dissatisfaction with the current judicial system

Annie Moran // 18 December 2012

Categories: Features

 Do women dream of electric sheep? Delia Derbyshire and the women of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Delia Derbyshire has enjoyed a resurgence of recognition in the past decade and has taken her well-deserved place as one of the founders of modern electronic music. But she was hardly the only woman to work at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. Michelle Drury takes us on a journey through the history of the Workshop and pays tribute to the women who passed through the Maida Vale studios

Michelle Drury // 28 October 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Herstory, Music, Stereotypes, Television, Work and Play, radio

 It's only rock'n'roll but I don't like it

Is it 'only rock'n'roll' when a well known male music star beats his wife or girlfriend? And why do men and women alike afford these stars second, third and fourth chances? Amanda McIndoe investigates

Amanda McIndoe // 1 June 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men, Music, Violence

 It's not feminism that hurts men

Jo T examines a recent article supporting claims that men are "the new second sex" and finds it to be a highly misleading piece that fails to consider the role of patriarchal structures in men's suffering and instead opts to blame feminism

Jo T // 21 May 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men

 She gives me fever

Porn is not for everyone: but it can be for feminists, Mia Engberg tells Sophie Mayer, as her programme of shorts screens in London

Sophie Mayer // 13 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

 A man's world? Darryn De La Soul on being a sound engineer

Ruth Rosselson interviews Darryn De La Soul, whose achievements include mixing the sound at the 50th anniversary of the Jodrell Bank observatory, work with Faster than Sound and teaching the live sound diploma for Alchemea

Ruth Rosselson // 9 November 2011

Categories: Features, Interviews, Work and Play

 Empowering just one person: An interview with Zoe Margolis

The outspoken feminist and author of Girl With a One Track Mind and Girl With a One Track Mind: Exposed spoke to Catherine Redfern about feminism, sex, activism and writing

Catherine Redfern // 16 September 2010

Categories: Activism, Features, Feminism, Interviews, Sex and Relationships

 How to organise a demonstration

In this case study, Carrie Supple explains how she and Louise Morris organised a protest to support Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein - and how you can use the same techniques to organise a demo for your campaign too

Carrie Supple // 15 September 2009

Categories: Activism, Features

The F Word Podcast - episode two!

This time we discuss Marie Claire's makeover of feminism

Jess McCabe // 20 October 2007

Categories: Features

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