Articles from May 2005

“Women Who Have Abortions Again and Again”

If I may, I’d like to take a moment to refer you to a fascinating blog entry (and ensuing discussion) over at Volsunga. It centres around a “shock, horror” article...

Lynne Miles // 31 May 2005

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Fiction gender gap persists

A new report has revealed that men know that women are writing important books, but don’t want to read them, the Observer reports. The report, which marks the 10th anniversary...

Jess McCabe //

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Never Get On A Bus in Calcutta

A new move by the Indian state of West Bengal to employ women as bus conductors (only the second state to have done so) has been a resounding success (scroll...

Lynne Miles //

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Comments from June 2005

Comments, views, and random thoughts from readers. Let's start with the most laughable first, shall we?

Catherine Redfern // 30 May 2005

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Actually, I prefer mine warm

There are some new Fosters billboard ads out at the moment showing people trying to keep their lager (sorry guys, but it’s not beer) cold by holding their pint underneath...

Catherine Redfern // 29 May 2005

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Part-time Work and the Wage Gap

On 17 May, we reported on a Guardian article that highlighted the pay gap between weekly earnings (i.e the fact that women’s median income is 53% of the median income...

Holly Combe //

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Sordid Japanese men make sex-ed comic a best-seller

Grown men have made a best-seller out of a realistic sex-education manga comic book aimed at elementary school girls in Japan, Mainichi Daily News reports. Men, generally in their 30s,...

Jess McCabe // 27 May 2005

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The Pill may permanantly damage sex drive

The contraceptive pill may permanantly damage women’s sex drives, new research has revealed. It has long been known that taking the Pill led to a loss of libido, but it...

Jess McCabe //

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Mexico murders finally to be investigated

The Mexican government has finally taken action to investigate the notorious Juarez murders. The murders were first discovered in 1993, when bodies were found in the desert and by the...

Jess McCabe //

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Buffy academics descend on Yorkshire

Buffy experts are set to flock to Huddersfield University in Yorkshire, to attend a three-day conference on how the show could be used as a teaching aid, Yorkshire Today reports....

Jess McCabe // 26 May 2005

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Parents must talk to their kids about sex, says minister

Teenage pregnancy is in the news again. Just as the furore started to die down over these sisters, aged 12, 14 and 16, who all gave birth within a couple...

Jess McCabe //

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PhDiva not one for female solidarity

Dorothy King, self-titled PhDiva ("we wear Manolo Blahniks but we also have doctorates") is angry about academic women who "whinge about life\x92s challenges rather than getting up and doing something...

Lynne Miles // 25 May 2005

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Pitcairn men’s sex abuse appeal rejected

Six men found guilty of a series of sex attacks over a 40 year period, from the Pacific island of Pitcairn, today had their appeal rejected. The tiny island only...

Jess McCabe // 24 May 2005

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Women quoted less in the media

Women are cited far less frequently than men in news stories, a report out today reveals. The study, by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, surveyed nearly 17,000 news reports...

Jess McCabe // 23 May 2005

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100 most beautiful women not sexy enough?!

The Times today published a truely unpleasant column, ripe with sexism, by Richard Morrison. (Thanks to Londonist for pointing this one out). Morrison comes across as a randy old man,...

Jess McCabe //

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Suffrage, equal pay and feminist celebrities

Women in Kuwait have finally won the vote – although not in time for the upcoming election, unfortunately. The Guardian has some very interesting excerpts from the world’s media on...

Jess McCabe // 22 May 2005

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Metro Petty Criticism Corner

(With apologies to Bitch Magazine‘s “Jane Petty Criticism Corner”). Ooh, the Metro. Given away free every weekday to stressed out commuters, owned by the Daily Mail / Evening Standard –...

Catherine Redfern //

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Fighter pilots and bus drivers break new ground

In Pakistan, the first cohort of women fighter pilots are on course to take to the skies, according to the BBC. This is the first time women have been able...

Jess McCabe // 19 May 2005

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Men’s income nearly twice that of women’s

The gender pay gap is alive and kicking. The Guardian reports today that men enjoy an income of almost doubt that of their female counterparts, although their incomes are growing...

Jess McCabe // 17 May 2005

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Correction

It has been brought to my attention that I misquoted some statistics in this piece on millionaire females back in April. I stated that a piece of cebr research (reported...

Lynne Miles //

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New parliamentary bills propose progressive policies on parenting

Nifty bit of alliteration there, eh? The Queen\x92s Speech made at the state opening of parliament includes a number of bills aimed at families and finance. The Parental Rights Bill...

Lynne Miles //

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Swimwear that flatters your face

Bible-belt America is crying out for products such as these. WholesomeWear are a new clothing company, specialising in \x91a modest line of clothing for "whenever"\x92. Fortunately for all those water...

Lynne Miles //

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School system is failing our young men …

… and the rest of the system is failing our young women. This is my pet peeve. Some of you may have heard me talk about this at great length...

Lynne Miles //

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Police hold event to highlight hate crime in London

Londoners: the Southwark Police Hate Crime Unit is hosting an event in Elephant & Castle meant to improve relations between lesbian and gay locals and the police. It is taking...

Jess McCabe // 16 May 2005

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Index on gender puts UK near the top

The World Economic Forum today launched a new gender gap index, measuring how countries perform on pay equality, economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment and access to reproductive healthcare. The...

Jess McCabe //

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