Articles from August 2005

Poll shows women more hostile to abortions than men

A survey conducted by well-respected online pollsters YouGov has found that only 27% of UK adults (and only 19% of women) believe that the current legal limit for abortion –...

Lynne Miles // 30 August 2005

Categories: Blog

US withdraws funding from abstinance programme

Common sense and common knowledge have finally won out over abstinance programmes in the United States – or at least one programme, the ‘Silver Ring Thing’, as the Feminist Majority...

Jess McCabe // 28 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Indian guerillas kidnapping rural women, forcing them into porn

Guerilla fighters in the north east of India have long been known to kidnap tribal women from remote areas. But in a new twist on this practice, the National Liberation...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Men smarter than women?!

It takes a certain type of person to dedicate their career to proving one gender is brainier than the other. And, following on from headlines claiming ‘It’s official, men are...

Jess McCabe // 27 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Women’s rights in China, India

China is revisiting its 13 year old legislation on gender equality, it emerged today. While this can only be a good thing in a country which still lacks legal protection...

Jess McCabe // 23 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Voyeurism and misuse of office

Four security workers employed by Sefton council have appeared in court on charges of voyeurism and misconduct of office, following allegations that they manipulated security cameras to spy on a...

Barbara Felix //

Categories: Blog

Still a Buerk

Michael Buerk was on the Today programme this morning, trying to set the record straight on what he actually said. He didn\x92t do much to convince me that he\x92s been...

Lynne Miles // 18 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Who’s Crying Now?

Yesterday\x92s T2 covers another story, terribly important and individually upsetting for those concerned, both alleged victim and alleged attacker but horribly familiar to those unconnected with them. The tale is...

Lynne Miles // 17 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Michael Buerk shows himself as a real….

Apparently Michael Buerk has filmed a programme for Channel 5 arguing women have taken over the world and the gender balance has shifted too far in their favour (see the...

Louise Livesey // 16 August 2005

Categories: Blog

The Editors of Bliss Magazine are hypocrites

Whilst doing some research on body image amongst girls and teenagers, I found this report on the BBC site from January which states that four in ten teenage girls have...

Catherine Redfern // 14 August 2005

Categories: Blog

The Machismo Advocates are at it Again

There’s an interesting article by Harry Mount, in Friday’s Telegraph, about a forthcoming book on the future of men in society. However, despite the synopsis of the book sounding promisingly...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

Feminist play re-tells Ramayana

Hema Ramakrishna has published a feminist re-telling of the Ramayana, the Times of India reports. The play, Sanctuary, is in English, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to track down...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Women stand for council election in Pakistan – but do they risk safety for a facade of democracy?

The president (and military ruler) of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, is not generally known for his commitment to human rights, let alone women’s rights. So it will be, perhaps, little surprise...

Jess McCabe // 13 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Fat Isn’t Phat

Sixties style pop band, The Magic Numbers, reputedly walked out of their debut appearance on ‘Top Of The Pops’ after a presenter referred to them as ‘Fat’ Guest presenter Richard...

Barbara Felix // 10 August 2005

Categories: Blog

More ‘Stupidity Myth’ news

Whilst I’m on the subject of prevailing theories about men, if you heard anything about the University of Sheffield study, which, as The Mirror puts it, proves that “men’s brains...

Catherine Redfern // 8 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

Gendergeek has an excellent post on recent research on the prevalence of date rape drugs, which found that there were fewer doing the rounds than were originally thought. The research...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Nick Ferrari Gets Precious About Marriage

Liberal views don’t seem to be very fashionable right now. The backlash against so-called “political correctness” continues to give self-righteous shock-jocks a much-needed window of credibility and yet it seems...

Holly Combe // 7 August 2005

Categories: Blog

"Women’s Brains Blown by Orgasms"

It has recently been reported that much of the female brain is deactivated by orgasm. Dr Gert Holstege from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studied 13 women and...

Holly Combe // 3 August 2005

Categories: Blog

Scarlet too Rude for Newsagents

I’m pissed off. The only newsagent in my area to ever stock the women’s sex magazine Scarlet has now permanently taken it off the shelves due to complaints from customers....

Holly Combe // 2 August 2005

Categories: Blog

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Janet Phillips reviews the book by Lionel Shriver which won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. As she explains, the book paints a picture of motherhood and parenting that is far from mainstream.

Michelle Wright //

Categories: Books

He’s Just Not That Into You

Remember ladies, it's all about You, You, YOU! says latest self-help guru Greg Behrendt, author of yet another book claiming men should always initiate relationships and women never should. Holly Combe rips this latest publishing phenomenon to shreds.

Holly Combe // 1 August 2005

Categories: Books

Who’s the man?

Is masculinity simply "natural" or - like femininity - is it essentially performance? Holly Combe addresses this question and more as she reports on her first time at a Drag King workshop, and shares the results with The F-Word

Holly Combe //

Categories: Fashion and Image, Men

The Appliance of Science

Earlier this year the President of Harvard made some controversial comments about innate differences between men and women. Ealasaid Gilfillan explains why we should care, and how feminists can contribute to the debate by learning to distinguish between science and politics.

Ealasaid Gilfillan //

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs

Attention Seeker

The Radio 1 broadcaster Sara Cox recently complained about not getting whistled at and "leched" after by men in the steet. Rosa wonders what affect her example is having on young women and takes issue with Cox's insistence that there is "no such thing as unwanted attention".

Rosa //

Categories: Culture and Media

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