Articles from July 2005

Men valued more highly in the caring professions

Researchers have found that men who pursue careers in the caring professions (nursing, teaching and other so-called ‘women’s jobs’) get more respect than women in the same professions. A study...

Lynne Miles // 28 July 2005

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Man to chair women’s studies department

Is it appropriate for a man to chair an women’s studies department? The University of Washingston thinks so, because they’ve just appointed David G Allen to exactly that role. As...

Jess McCabe // 26 July 2005

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Dove "Real Women" ads hit U.S.

The Dove “Campaign for Real Beauty” adverts, which have been over here since April 2004 and again more recently have started to incite debate in the U.S. Msmusings has a...

Catherine Redfern // 23 July 2005

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Iraqi women’s rights under threat

Iraqi women could see their rights stripped away from them by their newly democratically elected government, Ms reports. Plans to revise the Iraqi constitution would see the stipulation that women...

Jess McCabe // 21 July 2005

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‘Industrial revolution’ of marriage all for the best

So-called “family values” have come to be the byword of social conservatives concerned with pulling back free-ranging social change and returning us to a time when women were women and...

Jess McCabe //

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‘Wife fattening farm’ force feeds Mauritanian girls

Although in the West we are used to one standard of beauty – thin, mostly white – this has not yet spread world-wide. However, as this BBC reports reveals, that...

Jess McCabe // 20 July 2005

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Bush announces Supreme Court nomination \x96 and why you should care

George Bush has announced that John Roberts is his nomination for Supreme Court Justice, to replace Sandra Day O\x92Connor, who recently announced her retirement. There has been huge concern among...

Lynne Miles //

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It’s not feminism

Confusing article in the Guardian today entitled “Women getting rich faster than men“. It claims that “women are becoming increasingly more wealthy than men” and “it is estimated that by...

Catherine Redfern // 19 July 2005

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Islamic feminists key to anti-terrorism

Further to Louise’s post below about the London bombings, on Friday last week Johann Hari took an interesting perspective on this in The Independent, in a comment piece called “The...

Catherine Redfern //

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Spectre of Renewed Racism?

They are concerned about women bearing the brunt of a backlash in which Muslims are all branded as potential terrorists thus making Muslim women vulnerable to both branding "as part of extremist groups; at the same time, they will remain the target of fundamentalist forces within their own communities".

Louise Livesey //

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US women skip treatment because of cost

In the US, 27 per cent of women say they are have skipped doctors visits or delayed treatment, because they are afraid they cannot afford to pay, AJC reports (found...

Jess McCabe // 13 July 2005

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Careers advice failing Welsh girls

Girls in Wales are losing out on better-paid careers, because schools are channelling them into jobs traditionally dominated by women, the Equal Opportunities Commission said today. A BBC report today...

Jess McCabe //

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Woman to command first shuttle launch since Columbia

The first space shuttle to launch since the Columbia exploded in February 2003 will be commanded by a woman, Women’s E-News reports. Eileen Collins already has a number of firsts...

Jess McCabe // 12 July 2005

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Late abortion survey

Most women who have abortions between 19 and 24 weeks into pregnancy do so because they only realise they are pregnant late on, Marie Stropes International reveals today. In a...

Jess McCabe //

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Woman refused contraception

F Word reader Helen has alerted us to a shocking news item from early July. The BBC reports that in February, a Cardiff couple whose contraception failed went to buy...

Catherine Redfern // 11 July 2005

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Cambridge Shorts

Are you in Cambridge this weekend? If so, you may want to check out Birds Eye View’s series of shorts being screened on Saturday as part of the Cambridge Film...

Jess McCabe //

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Historical buzz

Did you know that the small electric motor was invented to power a vibrator? Or that it was the fifth electrical appliance to be sold for use in the home...

Jess McCabe // 10 July 2005

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Emergency contraception use remains steady

Surprise surprise – making the morning after pill available over the counter in chemists has not resulted in a surge in unsafe sex, the BBC reports. Researchers from Imperial College...

Jess McCabe //

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Women Have a Lower Pain Threshold Than Men

BBC News report on clinical testing which has shown women to have a lower pain threshold than men \x96 which leaves me wondering: "So What?" Physical differences between males and...

Lynne Miles // 5 July 2005

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US emergency update

Ms Magazine have come up with a list of five rights Americans could be set to lose, if Bush elects a hard line right winger to the supreme court. We...

Jess McCabe // 4 July 2005

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US women face "state of emergency"

Women’s rights are facing a “state of emergency” in the US, NOW president Kim Gandy said yesterday. She was referring to the retirement of supreme court justice Sandra Day O’Conner...

Jess McCabe // 2 July 2005

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Look, I\x92m sorry, but I feel *compelled* to talk about Big Brother

Another week, another eviction. Maxwell and Saskia are up, and you just know that Saskia\x92s going to be for the chop. But why is it that when a woman comes...

Lynne Miles // 1 July 2005

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Are there any female superheros? Yes!

As Batman Begins hits the screens, Tanya Gold (writing for the Guardian), asks where are all the femal superheros?. On the big screen, she’s right – they’re few and far...

Jess McCabe //

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