Articles from November 2005

16 days of activism – South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre

More awareness raising from Lilith: day five of the 16 days of activism against violence against women focuses on SERICC: “Since 1984 SERICC has provided a confidential, independent and specialist...

Jess McCabe // 29 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Sentencing guidelines seek fairer way

New guidelines have finally been issued on sentencing of women and men convicted of the manslaughter of their partners. The advice to judges published by the new lord chief justice,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

16 days of activism – Abortion Rights

The Reclaim the Night march on Friday was only the first event in a 16 day programme of activism on behalf of women’s rights. Today’s opportunity to make your mark...

Jess McCabe // 28 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Ordinary Ads, Everyday Images

Catherine Redfern takes her camera out and about in London to analyse the imagery shown in ordinary adverts. Do the representations of men and women differ? And if so, how?

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Culture and Media


Mary Ellen Flynn reviews Nell by Nell McCafferty, in which a Catholic lesbian feminist recounts her experiences growing up and living in Northern Ireland. Flynn finds inspiration in McCafferty's mantra: "When women rise up, giving authority to their children to do likewise, the revolution is unstoppable"

Mary Ellen Flynn //

Categories: Books

Jowell says men must do more

Men must spend more time looking after their children if women are to be able to spend more time at work and close the gender pay gap once and for...

Jess McCabe // 27 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Reclaim the Night and News Update

Just a quick reminder that tonight is the Reclaim the Night march in London. The women-only march kicks off at 6pm at Soho Square. It will end with a party...

Jess McCabe // 25 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Suffragette Profile

The Independent today runs an overview of the life of prominent suffragette Kate Harvey, after a medal given to her for the time she spent in Holloway Prison for refusing...

Jess McCabe // 24 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Man has sex with ‘unconscious’ woman and goes free

The case in question, as reported by the Evening Standard, involves a woman who alleges she was raped whilst lying unconscious, claiming “If I had wanted to sleep with him...

Lynne Miles //

Categories: Blog

Africa elects first woman as prime minister

Amongst all the debate of whether men are still necessary and whether christmas can be either ethical or feminist I think it wise to remember a few feminist moments. Ellen...

Louise Livesey // 23 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Toy stores segregate the sexes

Last week, I posted about how to have a gender-savvy Christmas. But Women’s E-News has picked up on one element of this that I didn’t touch on. Something at the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Do Iraq’s women MPs have any power?

One of the facts touted to defend the UK’s involvement in the military ‘adventure’ in Iraq is that 25% of the country’s newly formed national assembly is made up of...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Suicide Girls’ exodus

Around 40 of the women ‘modelling’ for the contraversial Suicide Girls website have left, citing a misogynist boss and dissapointment that the ‘community’ was not as concerned with empowerment as...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Carte Blanche to Rape

Well, hopefully this (covered by Jess earlier) will be the final kick up the arse some people need to make them realise that they are feminists and that feminism is...

Catherine Redfern // 21 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Japan to have an woman emperor?

Japan could have its first female emperor in 200 years, if proposals to overturn a 1947 ruling banning women from becoming heir to the throne are given the green light....

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

How many abortions are too many?

Is it worse to have two, or four abortions than it is to have one? That is the question Jennifer Baumgardner (co-author of Manifesta) tries to answer on AlterNet today....

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Public ‘blames’ women for rape

One third of Britons believe that women are totally or partially responsible for being raped if they are drunk or flirtatious, a poll of 1,000 adults commissioned by Amnesty International...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Christmas for Feminists

As Christmas is coming earlier and earlier these days, and the weather is finally getting cold and, well, wintry, it seems timely to consider how to make your Christmas a...

Jess McCabe // 19 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Zombie feminism?

Two books have re-ignited the old (tired?) debate over whether feminism is, at this moment, dead. ‘Are Men Necessary?’ by Maureen Dowd and ‘Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Yay Ken!

Ken Livingstone has asked TfL to withdraw the irritating Tube Tips for Women after loads of people have complained about it. A teeny tiny victory for those of us who...

Lynne Miles // 17 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Something Warm On These Dark Winter Nights…

Lingerie manufacturers in Japan have come up with a novel way to help reduce greenhouse gases: by launching the world’s first microwaveable bra. Japan is encouraging it’s residents not to...

Barbara Felix // 9 November 2005

Categories: Blog

Comments from November 2005

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Catherine Redfern // 5 November 2005

Categories: Comments

The Descent

An all female cast of adventurers take on the traditionally male role of explorer, with terrifying consequences. Jess McCabe weighs up the pros and cons of this unusual horror film.

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Films

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Why are some women hostile to feminism, depsite all the freedom the movement has given them? Lara McKinnnon looks back at an experience which may shed some light on the problem.

Lara McKinnon //

Categories: Feminism

Feminism and Popular Culture

Sarah New explains how anti-feminist ideas are utterly pervasive in modern culture today, and calls for a fresh wave of feminism to counter this backlash.

Sarah New //

Categories: Culture and Media


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