Articles from February 2006

Abortion Stories

A chance to help influence the abortion debate for the better, from Abortion Rights: “Marie Claire magazine is running a big feature on women\x92s experience of abortion and need women...

Catherine Redfern // 28 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Libyan rape victims imprisoned and brainwashed

Rape victims in Libya are being confined in jail-like conditions and subjected to brainwashing attempts, according to Human Rights Watch. These so-called “social rehabilitation” centres sound horrific in their own...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Pay gap report calls for action

Government should take urgent action to close the gender pay gap, a report published tomorrow will say. The Sunday papers are already mulling over advanced copies of the Women and...

Jess McCabe // 26 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Europe reports 15% gender pay gap

European women earn an average of 15% less than men, although we are now winning more jobs EUobserver reports. “More than four in ten employed women work in public administration,...

Jess McCabe // 24 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Torygraph moralises on pregancy

Oh, middle England, when is the right time to get pregnant? Certainly not too late, when you’ve obviously and callously delayed going forth to multiply in order to do something...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Another step towards abortion ban for US

South Dakota’s state senate has passed a bill banning abortion in all cases, except where the mother will die unless the procedure takes place. There is no exception for cases...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

A quarter of a million feminist bloggers! (and the new carnival is up)

There are a quarter of a million feminist bloggers on the internet. Or so says the person who set up the Carnival of Feminists (which we have been honoured to...

Jess McCabe // 23 February 2006

Categories: Blog

US edges closer to abotion ban

The US Supreme Court is set to rule on whether a ban on partial-birth abortion in South Dakota is unconstitutional or not. As the New York Times reports, pro-lifers say...

Jess McCabe // 22 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Sexual Apartheid in Saudi Arabia

Are women in Saudi Arabia slowly edging out of “sexual apartheid”, the Guardian asks today in a fascinating feature. A male reporter, Brian Whitaker, reports on the women who are...

Jess McCabe // 21 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Women Warned: Procreate!

Nary a month goes by without a new study berating or warning or generally telling off women for not having enough babies. First we had fertility tests so working women...

Jess McCabe // 19 February 2006

Categories: Blog

When Women Pursue Justice

London is one of the world’s most vibrant cultural hubs. But for all its theatres, art galleries, concert halls, gig venues, underground cultural centres and other forms of artistic life,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Film fans pay attention

It’s nearly time to celebrate International Women’s Day once again, and as usual the Bird’s Eye Film Festivalare marking the occasion by showcasing films directed by talented women. THE FILMS:...

Jess McCabe // 18 February 2006

Categories: Blog

"Feminism’s unfinished revolution"

“How is resurrecting every stereotype of female sexuality that feminism endeavoured to banish good for women? Why is labouring to look like Paris Hilton empowering? And how is imitating a...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Cameron takes paternity leave despite voting against it

Ah, the hypocrisy. David Cameron, the Tory party’s still new-ish leader, is taking his full two weeks in paternity leave after the birth of his third child. Which would be...

Jess McCabe // 17 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Challenging The ‘Sex Sells’ Cliche

Everywhere you turn these days there are sexualised images of women's bodies as porn becomes more and more mainsteam. Rachel Bell investigates the growing protest movement against the normalisation of porn in everyday life.

Rachel Bell // 12 February 2006

Categories: Culture and Media

Pretending That Men Aren’t Grown-Ups

Ellery takes issue with a Times article entitled "Pretending That Women Aren't Grown-Ups", which said that women should change their behaviour to prevent being raped. Ellery argues that that expecting women to take responsibility for rapists' actions is a double standard which sees men as irrational brutes and rape as a fact of life.

Ellery //

Categories: Men, Violence

Angry Wimmin

Turn on your TVs this Wednesday, because BBC4 is screening a documentary on the women’s movement in London in the 1970s. Angry Wimmin is part of a series called Lefties,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Make Me Perfect

Helen Reeves is shocked at Make Me Perfect: a programme that encourages women with low self esteem to comply with mainstream sexist views on beauty rather than question them.

Helen Reeves // 11 February 2006

Categories: Television

Deconstructing Masculinity

Sheryl Plant argues that masculinity needs to be questioned and critiqued just as much as the concept of femininity; only then can male violence be fully addressed.

Sheryl Plant //

Categories: Men

Prison pageant wows Bogota

Beauty pageants have been a feminist bete noir for so long now, I was literally amazed that anyone could call one “liberating”. But this is no ordinary pageant: it takes...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

A gel to stop HIV infection, but does it come at too costly a price?

A gel which could protect women against HIV is in the advanced stages of human trials. That’s the good news. But a drug company is using thousands of poor African...

Jess McCabe // 9 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Capitalwoman 2006

Ken Livingstone is holding his third annual conference for women on Saturday 4th March. Capitalwoman is a forum for discussing the issues that matter to, and affect, women in London....

Lynne Miles //

Categories: Blog

Betty Friedan 1921-2006

Betty Friedan, credited with kick-starting second wave feminism, died last weekend on her 85th birthday. She was best know for her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, which challenged the ‘Stepford...

Lynne Miles // 7 February 2006

Categories: Blog

Pink: The new Sheila Jeffreys?

Pink‘s new song, “Stupid Girls”, takes on the celebrity, porn-influenced current culture of pop and some of the women who perpetuate it, branding them “stupid” and encouraging girls to aspire...

Catherine Redfern // 6 February 2006

Categories: Blog

UK defies US over abortion funding

Britain is to step in and replace funding for abortion services and family planning services withdrawn by the the United States, the Guardian reports today. The Bush administration instituted the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog


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