Articles from December 2005

Condom clothes spark debate

Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini makes elaborate dresses and trouser suits out of condoms to show they are everyday objects and promote their use to prevent HIV/Aids. The UN runs an...

Jess McCabe // 29 December 2005

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Comments from November and December 2005

Comments received on articles and reviews during November - December 2005

Catherine Redfern // 28 December 2005

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"Fathers" to be tagged for failing to pay child support

Parents who fail to pay child support could be tagged if plans under consideration by the Government go ahead, the Independent reports. In addition, existing penalties – such as confiscating...

Jess McCabe // 26 December 2005

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Struggling to find the Christmas spirit after Katrina

Merry Christmas/Yule/Winter Solstice, blog readers! Women’s eNews posts a Christmas story about Katrina-survivor Michelle Castillo and her family’s struggle to get settled into a new life in Florida. As her...

Jess McCabe // 25 December 2005

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Business lobby withdraws support for more maternity leave

The CBI, a powerful business lobby group, has written to the Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson to withdraw its support for Government plans to extend maternity leave and paid...

Jess McCabe // 23 December 2005

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Women Blamed for Tsunami

In the desire to make sense of last year’s tsunami Sharia clerics are blaming women and clamping down on perceived “sin”. The Times reported on the creation of a “Control...

Louise Livesey // 22 December 2005

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Met Police continue drive against Domestic Violence

I was pleased to see the new campaign against domestic violence on the tube this morning. The police have been proactive on this issue during 2005, and this new campaign...

Lynne Miles // 21 December 2005

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Fat is a Feminist Issue Redux

Following on nicely from yesterday’s post, today’s Guardian runs the revised forward to the latest addition of a mighty tome I must admit to never having read – Fat is...

Jess McCabe // 20 December 2005

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Retouching expose

Everyone knows that magazines retouch their models. But that knowledge does not necessarily translate into a blase attitude to body image. So projects like this – which reveals exactly how...

Jess McCabe // 19 December 2005

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Geisha Chic?

Next month sees the film adaptation of “Memoirs of a Geisha” open in the UK. You might of noticed, seeing as the tube is plastered with posters. Not to be...

Jess McCabe // 18 December 2005

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Women of the Year

The Guardian today publishes its list of women of the year \x96 The top award goes to the McCartney sisters, but the honorably mentioned takes in a wide range of...

Jess McCabe // 16 December 2005

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Game aims to teach girls sexual pleasure

At a time when it is still contraversial to run articles about the vagina in magazines aimed at teenage girls, Heather Kelley’s latest game idea is unlikely to hit the...

Jess McCabe // 8 December 2005

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KFC Bullying Case

Just another tragic and avoidable example, which illustrates why we need stronger anti-bullying and stronger complaints procedures in workplaces throughout this country. I actually saw a report on this case...

Barbara Felix // 7 December 2005

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Calamity Jane

The myth of Calamity Jane has been re-ignited of late by Deadwood, the US tv series based on the historical ‘Wild West’ town of the same name. And the closest...

Jess McCabe // 6 December 2005

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‘Chastity Belt’ to prevent rape??

First came the anti-rape condom, which – in case of rape – will trap the assailant’s penis on “sharp barbs”. Now comes the anti-rape chastity belt. It has been designed...

Jess McCabe //

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The REAL hot 100

This is a great idea: sick of all those lists of the ‘sexiest’ women? Well, someone got really sick of it and has set up an alternative. “The REAL hot...

Jess McCabe // 5 December 2005

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Gay Rights Milestone

Today gay and lesbian couples can register for civil partnerships for the first time in the UK \x96 although the ceremonies will only begin to take place in two weeks...

Jess McCabe //

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Sex-Ed should be compulsory, says report

Sex-ed classes should be compulsary from the age of five, according details of a leaked report published in today’s Observer. “A joint report from the Government’s independent advisors on sexual...

Jess McCabe // 4 December 2005

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Anti-choice radicals the "baby daddies of the spiritual world"

An unusually elequant summing up of the anti-choice movement in America as the ” baby daddies of the spiritual world: full of promised love for the abstraction, and nowhere to...

Jess McCabe // 2 December 2005

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3 Days of Activism in One: domestic violence, women in prison

A few days of activism in one, I’m afraid, as I’ve been a bit remiss in updating! Women in Prison (WIP) is a charitable organisation dedicated to making a difference...

Jess McCabe //

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One in ten men now pay for sex

The BBC reports that “twice as many men” now pay for sex than did ten years ago. “Surveys of 11,000 British adults in 1990 and 2000 found the rate increased...

Catherine Redfern // 1 December 2005

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Teen zines and the politics of clean

US teen magazine Seventeen has got in trouble for a frank article on the vagina. It’s author, Jennifer Howze, tells the Guardian about writing the article and the subsequent furore...

Jess McCabe //

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