Articles from June 2006

Pipped to the post

I had totally just finished writing an entry about the Guardian article when I saw that Jess had beaten me to it! One thing I would add, though\x85 I was...

Lynne Miles // 30 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Stop for a moment of shameless self promotion…

Check out this Guardian story on female political bloggers. Needless to say, I was half way through forming a puffy “yet another story about how female bloggers don’t exist” post...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Wife-beater let off jail so he doesn’t lose his job

A civil servant, working for the Department of Constitutional Affairs (responsible for upholding justice, rights, and democracy) has been convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery (reported in...

Lynne Miles // 29 June 2006

Categories: Blog

But… I still wanna be your Joey Ramone!

I regret to be the one to have to tell you this, but Sleater Kinney have announced that they are on “indefinite hiatus”. After 11 years making some of the...

Jess McCabe // 28 June 2006

Categories: Blog

World Cup Punters Fail to Materialise

The Washington Post reports – with perhaps a touch of diappointment – that the predicted spike in demand for prostitutes has failed to materialise due to the World Cup in...

Lynne Miles // 27 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Lost Girls

With all the debate about porn going on at the moment, it seems like a good time to talk about Lost Girls, a new, erotic graphic novel written by Alan...

Jess McCabe // 26 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Breast ironing the latest craze in oppression

Girls in Camaroon are routinely having their breasts beaten and “ironed” by their mothers, in a misguided attempt to prevent them from having sex and protect them from sexual attack,...

Jess McCabe // 23 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Rape law changes have failed

Rules meant to prevent prosecution lawyers from talking about rape victims’ sexual history are being “evaded, circumvented and resisted”, according to a report published by the Home Office. The Independent...

Jess McCabe // 21 June 2006

Categories: Blog

From Church to Cho

Have I ever said how much I love Margaret Cho before? Well, I do, and blog entries like this are why: Frontman Dan Lee says that his father lived across...

Jess McCabe // 20 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Equal Parenting – and a Big Yawn

Today is father’s day in the UK, making it as good a day as any to talk about father’s taking on an equal share in the responsibilities, travails and pleasures...

Jess McCabe // 18 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Why I Hate The World Cup

There is a kind of energy in the air when the World Cup is on, regardless of the weather, for six weeks, the nation grinds to a halt. Every twist...

Barbara Felix // 15 June 2006

Categories: Blog

No third wave?

Zoe Williams is usually one of my favourite columnists at the Guardian, so I was pretty disappointed by her offhand mention of third wave feminism in her latest column. She...

Jess McCabe // 14 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Not a feminist but…

Mind the Gap has come up with a great series of postcards to distribute at Ladyfest Cardiff.

Jess McCabe // 13 June 2006

Categories: Blog

"Let’s not just assume that that stable and orderly transition is from one group of men to another group of men"

Harriet Harman is gunning for the job of deputy prime minister, after going on BBC radio and saying that the Labour leadership should include both “women and men”. Maternity pay...

Jess McCabe // 12 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Sign this

The Liberal Democrats have launched a petition on homophobic bullying, which you can sign here. Just like Mind the Gap, I couldn’t say I’m a Lib Dem, and I’m not...

Jess McCabe // 11 June 2006

Categories: Blog

From Gluck to Gongs

Porn is still a hot topic for debate among feminists, as Lynne’s post on Gluck magazine indicates. Well, this week Canada hosted an awards ceremony for feminist porn, as the...

Jess McCabe // 10 June 2006

Categories: Blog

A feminist response to Gluck Magazine

The Guardian women’s section today carries a review of new indie-porn-for-girls magazine, Gluck, written by the editors of the feminist fashion zine Pamflet. Gluck, which I haven’t seen myself, features...

Lynne Miles // 9 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Women oppressed in British-occupied Basra

“Even wearing a pair of trousers is considered an act of defiance, punishable by death.” Iraqis may be able to vote, but women are if anything less rather than more...

Jess McCabe // 8 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Ladyfest Cardiff 29 June \x96 2 July 2006

Check out the Ladyfest Cardiff website for details of the upcoming festival. Whilst we’re at it, happy birthday to Mind the Gap, the inspirational Cardiff based feminist group, who are...

Catherine Redfern // 5 June 2006

Categories: Blog

Comments from June 2006

Comments and feedback on articles and reviews.

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New reviews

Strangeland Alexandra Kokoli reviews Tracey Emin’s Strangeland, which contains autobiographical writings touching on rape, abortion and marginalization. The Politics of the Tampon Case Jess McCabe talks to creators and manufacturers...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Elizabeth update

Some good news on the Elizabeth case, reported by Jess last week. Elizabeth wasn’t deported last week, and has been allowed a temporary reprieve until she has had her medical...

Lynne Miles //

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Alexandra Kokoli reviews Tracey Emin's Strangeland, which contains autobiographical writings touching on rape, abortion and marginalization.

Alexandra M Kokoli // 4 June 2006

Categories: Books

The Politics of the Tampon Case

Jess McCabe talks to creators and manufacturers about the politics of the tampon case and whether the cases should help hide women's periods or celebrate them unashamedly. A popular product in some hip feminist circles, this handy item is still little known in the mainstream.

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Products

More bad news from the US

George W Bush is to lend his support for an amendment to the US constitution which would ban individual states from allowing gay marriage, according to the Chicago Tribune. Luckily:...

Jess McCabe // 3 June 2006

Categories: Blog


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