Articles from January 2006

Survey prompts calls for abortion restrictions

Deary me. Today is not a good day for statistics. After learning that nearly half of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals fear to tell their co-workers about their sexuality, and...

Jess McCabe // 29 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Men don’t fancy funny women, says study

What are you looking for in a potential girlfriend or boyfriend? One of the most cliched answers to that question must be “a sense of humour”. But the majority of...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

49% fear to come out at work

As the debate rages on about the manner in which Lib Dem leadership candidate and party chairman Simon Hughes came out (or was forced out), a new study reveals that...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Women Unite, Reclaim the night!

Rachel Bell reports on November's hugely successful Reclaim the Night March in London, and some of the marchers explain their reasons for taking part.

Rachel Bell // 28 January 2006

Categories: Activism

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, Affinity) has a new book out, set in London during the blitz. The bumph about The Night Watch: This is the story of four...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

One in five big employers pays women less

Nearly one in five of Britain’s biggest employers pay women less than men, the Equal Opportunities Commission has revealed. Of 870 employers who voluntarily carried out equal pay audits, 16...

Jess McCabe // 27 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Quote of the Day

from Mind The Gap via Volsunga: When the feminist revolution is done, when every girl is raised to have high self- esteem and empowered by society to say “No”, when...

Lynne Miles // 24 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Nominate a Woman for an Honour

The government are today launching a campaign to correct the imbalance between male and female honour nominations. The UK Honour System website says that just 37% of honours are bestowed...

Lynne Miles // 23 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Poor women suffer more because of lack of census data

Women around the world are being put at further risk from poverty, because developing countries are not collecting the basic census information that allows aid workers to galvinise to help...

Jess McCabe // 21 January 2006

Categories: Blog

US women celebrate 33 years of abortion rights

33 years after Roe v Wade legalised abortion in the United States, activists are rallying to defend a woman’s right to choose. Although it seems almost unthinkable, women in the...

Jess McCabe // 20 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Rape prosecution of prostitutes’ clients “long overdue”

The lead article of this week’s New Statesman picks up the debate on prostitution with an attack on the men who use prostitutes. Joan Smith applauds the stance of being...

Lynne Miles //

Categories: Blog

Mixed Responses to the Prostitution Strategy

Responses have been mixed to the prostitution strategy published yesterday by the government. Some are disappointed by the decision not to introduce \x91tolerance zones\x92 such as have been adopted in...

Lynne Miles // 18 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Eminem remarries….the same woman

Eminem has remarried his ex-wife, Kim Mathers. Why should we care? Because this is the same Kim Mather’s he represented so crudely in his songs. Why would a woman return...

Louise Livesey // 17 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Government Publish Prostitution Consultation Results

The Government have at last published the strategy in response to their recent “Paying the Price” consultation on prostitution. In they say they will not be establishing toleration zones for...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Interview with an Anti-Feminist

So if you took an anti-feminist pundit out for lunch who believes the gender pay gap and domestic violence epidemic have been exaggerated, and denies that feminism helped her own...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Blachet becomes Chile’s first female president

Chile elected its first female president yesterday. Michelle Bachelet, “a Socialist, a doctor and a former political prisoner and exile” triumphed at the polls at the expense of conservative businessman...

Jess McCabe // 16 January 2006

Categories: Blog

School expels girl for kissing girls

A private school in America has expelled a teenage girl for kissing two other female students during sleep overs. Jessica Bradley was in the ninth grade (by my reakoning that...

Jess McCabe // 15 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Observer Woman Disappoints

Like any other good middle class, left-wing Briton, I know there is only really one newspaper out there for me. The Guardian, of course. And on Sundays, the Observer. Refuge...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Sunday Magazine Watch

Extra: This Sunday the Observer is launching a new women’s magazine. Check out the first cover here. The lead feature looks to be about body hair – how will they...

Jess McCabe // 13 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Have you been raped without knowing it?

As The Happy Feminist points out, this seems like a stupid question at first. But she uses her experience as an attorney to put forward three case studies where women...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Tabloids reveal colours once again as Kelly totters

Is Ruth Kelly a good Education Secretary? Perhaps not. But the right wing press have chosen push the idea that the reason she’s failed is that she’s spending too much...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Gloria Steinem interview

Alternet runs an excellent interview with Gloria Steinem today. What is Gloria Steinem’s advice to young women these days? To do “whatever they fucking well please,” America’s foremost feminist said,...

Jess McCabe // 11 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Sexism influences country’s population

The BBC reports that sexism has caused the loss of “10m female births in India” in the past 20 years. “Researchers in India and Canada for the Lancet journal said...

Catherine Redfern // 9 January 2006

Categories: Blog

Feminism: A Very Short Introduction

Ealasaid Gilfillan recommends 'Feminism: A Very Short Introduction' by Margaret Walters as a clear, useful introduction to the history of English feminism.

Ealasaid Gilfillan //

Categories: Books

Women would rather lose weight than up intelligence

19 out of 20 British women would prefer to have a smaller waistline than a higher IQ, according to a survey published by tescodiets.com. From the Independent’s story: From a...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

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