Articles from April 2006

Madame/Mademoiselle/?

The French government has been urged to change its official forms and documents so that women do not have to choose between being a mademoiselle or a madame, the Feminist...

Jess McCabe // 29 April 2006

Categories: Blog

Louisiana gives in to the general insanity

Louisiana has become the latest US state to approve a ban on abortion. The state senate rejected appeals to exclude cases of rape and incest from the blanket ban, following...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Government cuts EOC funding

The Equal Opportunities Commission is being forced to abandon plans for “spot checks” to detect unfair pay for women, because the Government has slashed its budget by £750,000. The Guardian...

Jess McCabe // 24 April 2006

Categories: Blog

Domestic drudgery or domestic bliss?

Nearly 60% of British women are happy to spend a good portion of their lives cleaning their homes, and say it helps them feel in control of their lives, according...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Nasal spray could be female viagra

A drug company is testing an aphrodisiac nasal spray that works on women as well as men. The Observer runs a long story on PT-141, which is says could revolutionise...

Jess McCabe // 23 April 2006

Categories: Blog

Wear Burqa, lose benefits

It has now been suggested in Holland that women wearing the Burqa who can’t find work should lose the right to unemployment benefits. So yet again women are placed in...

Louise Livesey // 19 April 2006

Categories: Blog

Catharine MacKinnon

Stuart Jeffries interviews Catharine MacKinnon in the Guardian today, about her new book, Are Women Human? It’s a fascinating and thought-provoking interview. On rape: “The assumption is that women can...

Catherine Redfern // 12 April 2006

Categories: Blog

New Articles

Keeping It Real Leonie Brooke examines how attitudes to menstruation still limit women’s choices and prevent us from discovering the different options available. She discusses how simply talking about the...

Catherine Redfern // 8 April 2006

Categories: Blog

Keeping It Real

Leonie Brooke examines how attitudes to menstruation still limit women's choices and prevent us from discovering the different options available. She discusses how simply talking about the issues can break down taboos and lead to more freedom of choice for everyone.

Leonie Brooke //

Categories: Body and Health

From pension warning to superheros

With all the talk about pensions in the news, it’s worth taking a look at what it all means for women. Gordon Brown has said he is 90-95% behind the...

Jess McCabe // 5 April 2006

Categories: Blog

Comments from vApril 2006

Comments, arguments and crazy rants. We haven't got time to respond to all of them individually, but you can form your own opinions.

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Comments

New Articles

Two new articles have been published on the site, with more to come over the next few weeks, including many more comments from readers. Reasons to be Cheerful It’s usually...

Catherine Redfern // 4 April 2006

Categories: Blog

Sex and The Married Girl

Mandi Norwood claims to have discovered a new type of woman: The Married Girl, an empowered, assertive specimen who is revolutionising marriage on her own terms and insisting on being treated as an equal parter. Sounds like a feminist dream come true; so why does Catherine Redfern find this book so annoying?

Catherine Redfern // 1 April 2006

Categories: Books

Reasons to be Cheerful

It's usually considered that when feminism engages with state institutions, it loses its radical edge and became compromised and weakened. But is that really the case? Jonathan Dean argues that mainstream women's organisations are actually a lot more radical than they are given credit for, and that we can be optimistic about the future of British feminism.

Jonathan Dean //

Categories: Activism, Feminism

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