Articles from September 2006

French feminists fight stoning advocate

The French feminist group Regards de femmes is calling for the government to refuse permission for a scholar to enter the country, because he supports death by stoning as a...

Jess McCabe // 28 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Culture Club

Complaints about sexism in the world of comics are never hard to come by. But Alison Bechdel has been providing a counterpoint to the world of capes and silly costumes...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Chavez support for Iran ignores women

Hugo Chavez has charmed the left wing with bold social reforms in Venezuela and an exciting disregard for the feelings of the US president. But over at Women’s eNews, Jennifer...

Jess McCabe // 27 September 2006

Categories: Blog

US immigration law discriminates against lesbians

Reforms to US immigration law are bypassing lesbian couples, according to a story on Women’s eNews. Perhaps unsurprisingly in the current political climate states-side, efforts to legalise the status of...

Jess McCabe // 26 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Support women, go to the cinema

If we want to see more women film-makers, we should support their work through the boxoffice, argues Natasha Walter in Comment Is Free today. Walter takes her queue from the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Declaration of Independence

You're female, successful, single, and prefer your life that way. So why are you still seen as an object of pity? Abby O'Reilly argues that women are still put under immense pressure by friends, family, and the dominant culture to 'bag a man'.

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Sex and Relationships

Kerrang Magazine

Paper Dolls: Searching for Women within Kerrang Magazine Collette explains how Kerrang magazine lets down female rock fans. Analysing a recent issue, she looks at how rarely female artists are...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Paper Dolls: Searching for Women within Kerrang Magazine

Collette explains how Kerrang magazine lets down female rock fans. Analysing a recent issue, she looks at how rarely female artists are seriously covered, and finds that even when women are included the magazine chooses to represent them purely as sexual objects.

Collette //

Categories: Magazines

Women’s rights activist killed in Afghanistan

A women’s rights activist has been shot dead in Afghanistan, after the government refused to provide bodyguards or offical transportation. The Times reports that Safia Ama Jan was getting into...

Jess McCabe // 25 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Maxim shows its ugl(ier) side

Maxim has published a list of TV’s “least appealing ladies”, provoking a storm of criticism across the blogosphere. The lad’s mag is better known for its list of the top...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Shocking language in Daily Mail

Unlikely as it might seem, I read a piece in the Daily Mail this morning which contained the phrase "powerful gender stereotypes". In context, and with no trace of sarcasm....

Lynne Miles // 22 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Independent blacks up Moss

Yesterday the Independent devoted its entire front page to a “blacked up” photo of Kate Moss, supposedly to highlight the plight of African women. It’s unfathomable to me how the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Canadian conservatives may cut funding for women’s groups

Canada’s conservative government may be about to abolish an agency that provides funding for women’s groups. According to the Toronto Star, the minister in charge of the agency’s budget is...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Women’s health special

The 23rd Carnival of Feminists is up with a special looking at women’s health issues. Plenty of incredible feminist writing to keep you occupied for several days. In a similar...

Catherine Redfern // 20 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Sweden swings to the right

Sweden has elected a right-of-centre government, kicking out the Social Democrats that defined the country’s much envied social model. Why? Polly Toynbee says it’s all about the women. Sweden’s women...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

I am not an ifeminist

What, you might ask, is an ifeminist? Is it a feminist autobot, come to replace your humble human bloggers completely? Well, no. It’s an individualist feminist. According to ifeminists.com: As...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

New Article & Review

Women Are Not In Fashion This season’s must-have fashion choices include the pre-pubescent child or the porn star; both one-dimensional images of female passivity and compliance. Where is the space...

Catherine Redfern // 19 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Interesting stuff round up

Some interesting stuff I’ve been looking at lately…. “Lad mags would be moved to the top shelf if they featured men in similar poses” claim the creators of http://ladsmags.blogspot.com/, who...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Women Are Not In Fashion

This season's must-have fashion choices include the pre-pubescent child or the porn star; both one-dimensional images of female passivity and compliance. Where is the space for real, complex women in our culture and in fashion? Lucy Wilkins comments on the new re-packaging of the tired old virgin / whore dichotomy.

Lucy Wilkins //

Categories: Fashion and Image

Steinem starts radio station for knitters and cookers

Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and “other prominent women” have launched a new radio station in the US, catering specifically for women. Now, a whole radio station for women run at...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Michigan festival slaps down transwomen, betrays feminism

Before I start, I’d just like to say I hate stories like this. As if it wasn’t enough that we’ve had the breast wars last week, now the Michigan Womyn’s...

Jess McCabe // 18 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Male lapdancers?

Women in Birmingham will soon have the chance to visit the nation’s first male lapdancing club. In a report for the Guardian, Ellie Levenson remains unconvinced: Although Tricky Dicky’s is...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Palestinian feminist to speak in London

If you’re in London looking for something to do next Friday, you could do worse than to head over to Stoke Newington to listen to Palestinian activist Rauda Morcos speak....

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

The end of the macho

Masculinity has to go. Or at least that’s the conclusion of Robert Jensen, author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege, in this AlterNet opinion piece....

Jess McCabe // 17 September 2006

Categories: Blog

Pakistan caves in on rape law

Pakistan is to vote on whether to relax its tough rape laws, which require that a woman present four male witnesses to secure a conviction. Rape is currently tried under...

Jess McCabe // 13 September 2006

Categories: Blog

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