Articles from October 2006

Judging a book by its cover

Jessica Valenti from Feministing is about to publish her first book. Although the only thing revealed so far is its cover, Full Frontal Feminism has already provoked a storm of...

Jess McCabe // 29 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Hurrah for musicians with something to say

There’s a good interview piece with The Gossip in todays Guardian which, amongst other things, discusses the dearth of musicians prepared to have a solid opinion on, well, anything really…

Barbara Felix // 28 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Happy Anniversary

The Guardian is running a G2 special on abortion rights today, to celebrate the 39th anniversary of its legalisation. Zoe Williams opens with a belting piece: So it boils down...

Lynne Miles // 27 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Killed for speaking out – women in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia

Women who speak out to defend their rights in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia are becoming the target of violent reprisals, according to a senior official from the UN Fund for...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Only Rapists Can Prevent Rape

In view of Julie Bindel’s admission that she would not go to the police if she was raped, it seems an appropriate time to reprint this meme: A lot has...

Jess McCabe // 26 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Tory advisors blame family breakdowns, crime on black women

Black women are responsible for the high numbers of young black men in jail, because their independence from men sends out the wrong message, according to advisors to David Cameron....

Jess McCabe // 25 October 2006

Categories: Blog

I promise you, feminists snuggle

AlterNet is one of my favourite sources of progressive commentary, as regular readers will know. So how disappointing that they chose to republish this article, which revisits the tired old...

Jess McCabe // 22 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Girls Like Us vs. Diva

Bailey compares a new lesbian magazine from Amsterdam to the UK's own version. She asks: what should a lesbian magazine look like? Should a lesbian magazine be feminist? How can lesbian magazines avoid being prescriptive about what it means to be queer or female?

Glencora Bailey // 21 October 2006

Categories: Magazines

Putin caught joking about Israeli rapes

Russian president Vladamir Putin has been caught out joking about how virile the Israeli president is, following accusations that Moshe Katsav raped female members of his staff. The BBC reports...

Jess McCabe // 20 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Venezuelan women’s rights activists to speak in London

Venezuela has been undergoing radical social changes since Hugo Chavez came to power, and women have been some of the prime beneficiaries. On October 28, leading representatives from women’s rights...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

The Veil Mark 2

I’ve had some interesting feedback emails on my round-up of opinion pieces concerning the Muslim veil. The first was concerned that I seemed to be coming down on the side...

Lynne Miles // 19 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Feminist Fightback Conference on 21 October

The Feminist Fightback conference will be taking place on 21 October at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, London. (Nearest tube stops are Russell Square, Euston and...

Holly Combe // 16 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Israeli president may face rape charges

Israeli president Moshe Katsav could be charged with multiple sexual assaults, including rape, the Independent reports. The police have issued a statement recommending that Katsav should be charged, but the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Ex-chief of HP details sexism in Silicon Valley

A former Hewlett-Packard CEO has described the obstacles she faced as a woman trying to climb the corporate ladder, after years of denying the existence of the glass ceiling. Maureen...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Dove film exposes model manipulations

Dove has put online a short film showing the process of turning a model, with blemishes, etc, into a flawless, but impossible billboard image. Part of Dove’s controversial Campaign for...

Jess McCabe // 15 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Government backtracks on gay rights law

A law which would ban anyone providing goods and services from discriminating on the grounds of sexuality is in danger of being watered down because of pressure from faith groups,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Feminist blogger sells out to porn industry

Ampersand, the male feminist behind the massively-popular site Alas, a blog has sold his domain name to a porn website. Although the blog continues on, with no change of content,...

Jess McCabe // 14 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Chinese recycling tycoon is world’s richest woman

If all the predictions are right, and China is going to be the superpower of the 21st century, it is probably a very good sign that its richest citizen is...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

CA abortion rights hamstrung by poor provision

Even in the solidly pro-choice state of California, women struggle to access abortions because of a dearth of providers and the cost of the procedure, according to a report in...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

MPs and Peers call for action on trafficking

A House of Lords/House of Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report calling for more to be done to tackle the problem of human trafficking for prostitution,...

Lynne Miles // 13 October 2006

Categories: Blog

The Veil Question

Public debate has become heated this week, following comments made by Jack Straw in his local newspaper column that he is made uncomfortable by his female Muslim constituents wearing the...

Lynne Miles // 12 October 2006

Categories: Blog

PRO-CHOICE WEEK OF ACTION: 23 \x96 29 October 2006

The following info was received from Abortion Rights. —- PRO-CHOICE WEEK OF ACTION: 23 \x96 29 October 2006 It\x92s time the pro-choice majority was heard! Abortion Rights is launching a...

Catherine Redfern // 10 October 2006

Categories: Blog

Why Not Feminism?

Why Not Feminism? Emma Cosh suggests some reasons why young women shy away from feminism, despite supporting and believing in equality. Feminism today, she argues, involves not just changing the...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

MEPs call for action on equal pay after maternity leave

Two socialist MEPs have called on the European Commission to intervene in the Cadman case in the European Court of Justice, which concluded that employers can pay women who take...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Why Not Feminism?

Emma Cosh suggests some reasons why young women shy away from feminism, despite supporting and believing in equality. Feminism today, she argues, involves not just changing the law, but changing the very way we think and behave towards others, and to constantly challenge others to do the same. Is it any wonder that this difficult prospect is unappealing to some?

Emma Cosh //

Categories: Feminism

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