Articles from December 2006

Swedish prostitution policy failing?

The Swedish police have reported a rise in the number of prostitutes on the streets, possible evidence that the criminalising the act of buying sex has not worked. Boy, I...

Jess McCabe // 30 December 2006

Categories: Blog

Misplaced rape reform?

We are in the middle of a rape crisis in this country. Only 5% of reported rapes end in conviction, and, as stormy illustrated so well recently, even that paltry...

Jess McCabe // 28 December 2006

Categories: Blog

"A partnership, not a merger"

If I ever get married, I won’t be changing my surname. Joanna Moorhead explains some of the long-term benefits on Comment is Free today. And she should know. She’s been...

Jess McCabe // 27 December 2006

Categories: Blog

S Korean men paid to stay away from prostitutes

South Korea’s ministry of equality is going to pay companies whose male employees promise not to visit a prostitute to see in the new year. The BBC reports that the...

Jess McCabe // 26 December 2006

Categories: Blog

An early Christmas present: the end of the smear test

Every 12-13 year old girl in the country could soon be vaccinated against cervical cancer, the Observer reports today. Human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer and kills 1,000...

Jess McCabe // 24 December 2006

Categories: Blog

Legalise brothels? There is a better way

News about the Ipswich murders is still coming in thick and fast. But meanwhile, the case has provoked a flurry of debate over legalising prostitution. In the Guardian today, Simon...

Jess McCabe // 20 December 2006

Categories: Blog

Baghdad Burning on Radio 4

Just a quick entry to point out that the book of the week on Radio 4 next week is Riverbend’s ‘Baghdad Burning’, at 10:45am and repeated at 7:45pm Mon-Fri. I’ve...

Barbara Felix // 17 December 2006

Categories: Blog

New Articles

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas As Christmas approaches, the children’s toy industry goes into overdrive. Rosalyn Ball looks at how girls and boys toys are still unbelievably segregated along strict...

Catherine Redfern // 16 December 2006

Categories: Blog

Feminists comment on Ipswich

Mind the Gap have collected a summary of feminist bloggers’ comment on the Ipswich murders. One of the best is by Literary Hoax, echoing what a lot of other people...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

As Christmas approaches, the children's toy industry goes into overdrive. Rosalyn Ball looks at how girls and boys toys are still unbelievably segregated along strict gender lines.

Rosalyn Ball //

Categories: Culture and Media

Gifts for Her

It's not only children's gifts that are a problem at Christmas. As Emma Hadfield explains, the options presented as 'gifts for him' and 'gifts for her' are laughably old-fashioned, enforcing traditional roles for women and men. Can't we have gift ideas aimed at individuals with different interests rather two-dimensional stereotypes?

Emma Hadfield //

Categories: Culture and Media

Reclaim The Night Ipswich – update

The organisers have circulated the following additional message (please email The F Word if there are any further updates and we will keep you posted): “We’ve had an amazing response...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Torture game banned and mock rape trial

The EU is attempting to ban the release of a game which involves a girl being humiliated and beaten as she attempts to escape from an orphanage. There are conflicting...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Rape Convictions petition

Petition to ask the Prime Minister to Support victims of rape and sexual violence by ensuring more rapists are convicted. The petition reads: ‘We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister...

Catherine Redfern // 14 December 2006

Categories: Blog

**IPSWICH RECLAIM THE NIGHT – 29TH DECEMBER**

We have received the following message – please forward widely and urgently. Message begins: Friends, After the bodies of 5 sex workers were found murdered within 10 days of each...

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Eaves asks for gift voucher donations

Eaves, an organisation that provides support and shelter to victims of domestic violence and trafficked women, is asking for people to send in 10 pound gift vouchers so the women...

Jess McCabe // 13 December 2006

Categories: Blog

Subliminal lipstick reduces preference for maths

Gender stereotypes are ingrained enough to influence our judgment in crazy ways. For example, this study shows that reminding female students of their gender made them more likely to say...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Shenzhen regresses to Middle Ages

Around 100 prostitutes have been “paraded in front of a jeering crowd, their names revealed, and then driven away to jail without trial” in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. The...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Murder of Prostitutes Prompts Fears for "Other" Women

There’s a particularly appalling article on the BBC news site about the recent murders of women in Ipswich. Here’s a prime quote: All five were working as prostitutes but the...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

The New Breastfeeding Taboo.

The New Breastfeeding Taboo Removing the stigma around breastfeeding has rightly been a worthwhile feminist cause. However, as Cathryn Dagger explains, a dogmatic inflexible view on this issue can lead...

Catherine Redfern // 12 December 2006

Categories: Blog

The New Breastfeeding Taboo

Removing the stigma around breastfeeding has rightly been a worthwhile feminist cause. However, as Cathryn Dagger explains, a dogmatic inflexible view on this issue can lead to a 'holier than thou' attitude in which women who find breastfeeding difficult or painful are made to feel incredibly guilty.

Cathryn Dagger //

Categories: Body and Health

Fairy Tales are Grimm

Fairy Tales are Grimm Ugly sisters? Evil step-mothers? Prince charming and happy ever after? Dina Jose argues that traditional fairy tales can cause more harm than good, and suggests we...

Catherine Redfern // 11 December 2006

Categories: Blog

Fairy Tales are Grimm

Ugly sisters? Evil step-mothers? Prince charming and happy ever after? Dina Jose argues that traditional fairy tales can cause more harm than good, and suggests we need to tell children fun, inspiring stories instead that teach them the right messages.

Dina Jose //

Categories: Culture and Media

November comments published

Feedback, comments and discussions about past articles and reviews received during November have now been published.

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Blog

Comments from November 2006

Comments and feedback on past articles and reviews.

Catherine Redfern //

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