Articles from May 2006

Purity balls

Purity Balls. No, not some sort of newfangled spherical chastity device to be inserted using vacuum tubes and pulleys, but rather fancy creepy dress-up rituals taking place in towns like...

Jess McCabe // 30 May 2006

Categories: Blog

Playboy thinks Lolita is porn

Playboy has published a list of the supposed 25 “sexiest novels ever written”. Supposed, because the list is mostly a bit crap (note the presence of Forever by Judy Blume,...

Jess McCabe // 29 May 2006

Categories: Blog

New Features and Reviews

Features Real Female Heroines As FHM publishes its ‘100 sexiest women’ list, Maxine Frances goes for an antidote and pays tribute to her own female idols, whilst pondering the effect...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

The Spice Girls’ Legacy

Sarah Parry defends the legacy of the oft-ridiculed Spice Girls. She argues that 1996 should be seen as a feminist renaissance, and explains how the band promoted ideas of individuality and female friendship that were hugely influential to girls at the time.

Sarah Parry //

Categories: Music

Real Female Heroines

As FHM publishes its '100 sexiest women' list, Maxine Frances goes for an antidote and pays tribute to her own female idols, whilst pondering the effect female heroines can have in inspiring young women and girls.

Maxine Frances //

Categories: Culture and Media

How Opal Mehta Got Kissed Got Wild And Got A Life

Clare Burgess reviews Kaavya Viswanathan's 'coming of age' story. Purporting to be about a teenage character finding herself, it is in fact is a rather predictable tale where the happy ending involves - guess what? - finding a boyfriend.

Clare Burgess //

Categories: Books

Ladyfest Newcastle – competition

Ladyfest Newcastle, the music and arts festival taking place in September, is looking for imaginative, creative designs to use on official festival t shirts. Anyone can enter, regardless of age...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

New Rights, Old Wrongs

Civil Partnerships being restricted to same-sex couples is more than a strange and irritating political decision - it's an indefensible refusal to create real legal equality for all citizens. Susan Hunter explains how the Equal Partnership Campaign is fighting to end 400 years of sexual segregation - and how you can help.

Susan Hunter //

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships


Maria Seijo-Richart examines how Steven Spielberg's Munich repeats trends first identified by feminists in the 1970s; that sexually active female characters who deviate from traditional female roles must be punished.

Maria Seijo-Richart //

Categories: Films

The ‘Right’ Time for Motherhood?

Some women are attacked for being 'too old' to have children (selfish!), some for being 'too young' (irresponsible!), and yet others for choosing to remain childfree (even more selfish!). Lorraine Smith discusses recent press coverage of pregnancy and women's choices.

Lorraine Smith //

Categories: Body and Health

Oh, Mr Darcy!

Why do so many heterosexual women still find the Darcy figure attractive? Sheryl Plant ponders the influence of romantic fiction on women's expectations of love and relationships. She discusses how lusting after the dominant male archetype can be interpreted both as resistance to patricarchy and compliance with it.

Sheryl Plant //

Categories: Sex and Relationships

Carnival Time

Actually we’re a bit late with this one, but the latest Carnival of Feminists is a corker. As usual, this is an excellent way to add to your list of...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Be Heard

I’m sure you’ll all have heard about the dirty moral water that Google and Yahoo! have been paddling in in China – helping the authorities to restrict access to certain...

Jess McCabe // 28 May 2006

Categories: Blog

Teenage mums knuckle down

Teenage mums: scurge of Daily Mail readers, they are generally characterised as feckless, working class and irresponsible, the encapsulation of social disintegration. But according to a new study, getting pregnant...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Helen Gets a Fair Hearing

If anyone is going to the Guardian Hay festival (incidentally – jealous here!), they might want to check out an interesting talk on Helen of Troy tomorrow. A historian named...

Jess McCabe // 27 May 2006

Categories: Blog

A Feminist Cruise?

You know those cruises that Ms Magazine runs? Well, P.M.S. Media has put together a stinging critique of the whole concept. Watch it here. The main arguments seem to be:...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

South Dakota activists fight abortion ban

Pro-choice campaigners in South Dakota are set to file a petition next week, in a bid to force a referendum on the state’s ban on abortion, the New York Times...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Vatican blames "feminism" for ministers voicing opinions

Based on this slightly odd story on LifeSiteNews, the Vatican’s newspaper has hit out at newly elected Italian ministers for expressing their opinions on “sensitive” issues such as abortion and...

Jess McCabe // 26 May 2006

Categories: Blog

Scandal hits immigration service again

An immigration official has been caught on video propositioning a teenage rape victim from Zimbabwe, and offering to grease the wheels to help her claim asylum, just two months after...

Jess McCabe // 21 May 2006

Categories: Blog

News Update

Women will be one of the first beneficiaries of pension reform in the UK, the Government claims. Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton has called the measures a “new deal...

Jess McCabe // 18 May 2006

Categories: Blog

Comic art uncovered

Superhero/ine comics are notorious for cover artwork which objectifies women. Annoyed by this latest example, one blogger has turned the tables, drawing mock superhero covers which objectify their male characters...

Jess McCabe // 11 May 2006

Categories: Blog

Trafficked women freed in the UK – but what about the World Cup?

Good news comes this morning that 19 trafficked women have been rescued by police from brothels across London and the West Midlands. Under the banner of the UK-wide Operation Pentameter,...

Lynne Miles // 10 May 2006

Categories: Blog

Does Equality Minister believe homosexuality is a sin?

Well, she has refused to answer the question. But given that Ruth Kelly is both a Catholic and a member of the dodgy religious group Opus Dei, and given her...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Women auctioned at British airports

Women are being openly auctioned by sex traffickers at airports at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, according to research by the Crown Prosecution Service. The Independent reports: The head of operations...

Jess McCabe // 7 May 2006

Categories: Blog

Andrea Dworkin Conference

Recordings from the Andrea Dworkin Conference held at The Centre for the Study of Social Justice on Friday, 7 April 2006 have been placed online in .mp3 format. Blogger V...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog


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