Articles from July 2006

Lesbian Couple Denied Right to Have Their Marriage Recognised in UK

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger have been denied the right to have their marriage in Canada recognised in the UK. . Whilst this ending to the High Court case was...

Louise Livesey // 31 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Iranian teenager hanged for ‘adultery’

A teenage girl of 16 has been executed for supposed ‘adultery’ in Iran, after telling a court she was raped. A documentary, will tell how Atefah Sahaaleh was hanged in...

Jess McCabe // 28 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Stand up and be counted

We’ve blogged many times in the last few months about the war that is being waged on American women’s right to have an abortion if she so chooses. In fact,...

Jess McCabe // 26 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Couple more new articles

World Cup WAGs Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams argues that the irrational focus on the “Wives and Girlfriends” of footballers during the World Cup demonstrates a wider dismissal of women’s sporting prowess...

Catherine Redfern // 24 July 2006

Categories: Blog

World Cup WAGs

Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams argues that the irrational focus on the 'Wives and Girlfriends' of footballers during the World Cup demonstrates a wider dismissal of women's sporting prowess and of women's role in society in general.

Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams //

Categories: Culture and Media

Sexual Harassment is Not Trivial

Helen Clarke is disappointed with Germaine Greer, whose comments about events on Australian Big Brother seemed to dismiss sexual harassment as "trivial".

Helen Clarke //

Categories: Culture and Media, Violence

New articles / reviews

I published these a couple of weeks ago but haven’t had chance to post about them here: Don’t cha wish pop was more empowering? As more and more female music...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

NOW conference makes the news

NOW’s annual conference has kicked off in New York, and it’s already garnering international press coverage. Newspapers from as far afield as the United Arab Emirates covered the event. Meanwhile,...

Jess McCabe // 22 July 2006

Categories: Blog

How to write comics: decent female character

Over on Girls Read Comics (And They’re Pissed), Karen has knocked out an excellent post on how to write a real female lead character. The post is a response to...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Bush favours kooky whackos… again

The Medical Institute for Sexual Health is a “scientific” organisation that promotes abstinance-only education. Its founder, Dr Joe McIlheney, pooh-poohs condom use and is described in this illuminating AlterNet article...

Jess McCabe // 21 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Reading matter

The latest Carnival of Feminists is up at Figure, and they just seem to be getting better and better. I still haven’t had time to read through all the entries,...

Jess McCabe // 20 July 2006

Categories: Blog

From PE to Pride

How can teenage girls be persuaded to embrace PE, asks this Guardian article. It turns out that the answer is a combination of a fun-based approach and less tiny sports...

Jess McCabe // 18 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Keep an Eye out for …

… Genderpranks (“for those who like to play with gender”). The website is currently under construction, but was born out of an experiment using stickers on the tube – Genderpranksters...

Lynne Miles // 17 July 2006

Categories: Blog

"We need equality… kinda now!"

Joss Whedon’s speech at an Equality Now awards ceremony:

Jess McCabe // 14 July 2006

Categories: Blog


Do you remember Larry Summers, the ex-president of Harvard who said that the reason that women don’t get to the top of the career ladder in science is that they’re...

Jess McCabe // 13 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Comments from July 2006

Comments, feedback and rants in response to articles and reviews.

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Comments

Second feminist zine hits streets

After literally years of relying on (albiet) excellent imports from the US, UK readers now have a second feminist magazine to call their own. Subtext magazine, launched today, joins Vagina...

Jess McCabe // 11 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Women and climate change

Climate change policy should be changed to reflect the greater impact it will have on women, argues Bojana Stoparic over on AlterNet. The argument goes like this: in a natural...

Jess McCabe // 10 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Portugal enforces anti-abortion law

A Portuguese court has convicted a doctor and his assistant of carrying out abortions, and three women have been found gilty of having their pregnancies terminated. Portugal has strict anti...

Jess McCabe // 8 July 2006

Categories: Blog

So what’s wrong with Nuts, then? (Or ‘real men don’t share umbrellas’)

Over on London3rdWave, we’ve been heatedly debating – among other things – exactly what is wrong with ‘lads mags’ and what we should be doing about it. Recent debate over...

Jess McCabe // 5 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Hollaback, ladies

The Guardian today talks about the increasing fightback by women against harassment in public places. We\x92ve all been there (well I have \x96 just outside Earlsfield station, about 5pm on...

Lynne Miles // 3 July 2006

Categories: Blog

MTV Exit

I really wish I’d seen this earlier, and been able to forward it more widely, but I think this is a really excellent contribution to the problem of trafficking around...

Lynne Miles //

Categories: Blog

Housework clause added to Spanish marriages

How did I miss this? Spain has added housework clauses to civil marriage ceremonies which oblige men to do an equal share. No doubt there will be plenty of people...

Jess McCabe // 2 July 2006

Categories: Blog

Break the silence on abortion

“Speak out” event in support of abortion rights. Join Abortion Rights, the national pro-choice campaign, at a ‘Speak Out’ on 6 July 2006. Who: All pro-choice supporters welcome (places limited...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Verge Magazine

A new glossy British feminist magazine? Could it possibly be true? Yes indeed! Catherine Redfern checks out the first issue.

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Magazines


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