Articles from March 2007

Daily Express launches feminist blog

The Daily Express has launched a feminist blog, under the auspices of journalist Lauren Thompson. Yes, it was a surprise to me too. Of all the unlikely folks to enter...

Jess McCabe // 30 March 2007

Categories: Blog

German girls to be given cervical cancer vaccine

Germany is the latest country to recommend the use of the HPV vaccine to protect girls against cervical cancer, Speigel International reports. The German Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) officially recommended...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Amnesty International UK supports abortion rights

With the prospect of more stringent abortion laws being introduced in the UK looming over us like a black spectre, and reaffirming the archaic stigma attached to women who choose...

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Blog

Zines: for when mainstream media lets us down

Feminist blogs are blooming, but many women seeking a creative outlet still turn to hand-made zines. This May, the Women's Library in London will play host to Zine Fest!, showcasing women's zines past and present, as well as providing scissor-and-paper classes for aspiring zinesters. Red Chidgey, who is organising this first-of-a-kind event, explains to Cazz Blase why zines still flourish and picks some of her favourites

Cazz Blase // 29 March 2007

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Interviews

New features and reviews on The F Word!

This month, our update comes a bit early because of preparations to host the 35th Carnival of Feminists on 4 April. There’s still time to get your submissions in, either...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

The farmer wants a wife, the wife wants a wife

Women don't want to be lumbered with the housework, but men aren't willing to pick up the bucket and mop. Right? JC Sutcliffe asks why women perpetuate the myth that men are incapable of doing domestic chores

JC Sutcliffe //

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

97% of British women say Size 12 is too fat

An incredible 97% of British women think those who wear a Size 12 are “officially overweight”, according to a poll in New Woman Magazine. But before I get on to...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Jacky Fleming on drawing for feminism

Jacky Fleming is responsible for one of the most iconic images of the feminist movement - plus a stream of widely-distributed cartoons that poke fun at such unlikely subjects as sexual harassment and the male-dominated workplace, as well as men and relationships. Jess McCabe caught up with her by email

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Culture and Media, Interviews

Could Britney Spears be the feminist icon of our generation?

Britney Spears is a strong, confident, self-made woman - in short, she is a feminist success story. No wonder the tabloid's love affair with her finished so abruptly when she cut off her locks, argues Theadora Jean

Theadora Jean //

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

A worthwhile women’s day

Fed up with most of the events put on for International Women's Day, Angela Brant found herself at an illuminating talk on women living under religious and oppressive laws

Angela Brant //

Categories: Activism, Politics and Current Affairs, Violence

WAG do you want to be when you grow up?

In WAG Boutique, Josefin Skullbacka finds a group of women all-too-willing to define themselves as the wives and girlfriends of footballers

Josefin Skullbacka //

Categories: Television

Hair today, mad tomorrow

Even when baldness is caused by illness, it is taboo because it flouts conventions of femininity, argues Nichi Hodgson. Britney Spears is only the latest in a long line of reviled, bald women - and, worst of all, she chose to shave off her locks

Nichi Hodgson //

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

An equation for prostitution?

Economists have come up with a mathematical equation which they say explains prostitution, reports The Guardian. The other economists concentrate on gender, pay and the “nature of forgone earning opportunities...

Jess McCabe // 27 March 2007

Categories: Blog

Snoop Dogg denied opportunity to spread peace and love

Misogynistic rapper Snoop Dogg has been denied a visa to enter the UK on his European tour with Sean ‘Diddy’ Coombs, reports Yahoo! News. Snoop will be contesting the decision...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Nigerian students held to ransom for grades

Male lecturers and schoolteachers in Nigeria routinely pressure girls for sex in return for passing grades, reports the Washington Post. When Nigeria’s education minister faced an audience of 1,000 schoolchildren,...

Jess McCabe // 26 March 2007

Categories: Blog

Orange Prize judge says women writers not imaginative enough

Novelist Muriel Gray has said that the entrants for the Orange Prize for women’s fiction lack imagination and are too personal in their focus, The Independent reports. Can I just...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Polish woman denied abortion receives compensation

A Polish woman has been awarded 25,000 euros ($33,000; £16,000) in damages by the European Court of Human Rights after she was refused an abortion to the detriment of her...

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Blog

Feminism Makes You Sick…

Research from Sweden has shown that egalitarian societies also suffer from greater rates of poor health than non-egalitarian societies. The study, published in Social Science and Medicine, compared data from...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

They were talented, so do looks really matter?

Barbara Ellen, in an article in The Obsever today, denounces Hollywood for its “prettying up” of historical women, and their distorted portrayal in the adaptations of their life stories to...

Abby OReilly // 25 March 2007

Categories: Blog

Older mothers blamed for the rise in low birth-weight babies

A recent report by the Fabian Society, ‘Born Unequal,’ claims that career women who delay having children until they are older and better established professionally are responsible for the rise...

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Blog

Women in South Carolina forced to see their foetus in-utero

A pregnant woman wishing to terminate her pregnancy in South Carolina would be forced to view ultrasound images of her foetus before completing the abortion, if the recent bill proposed...

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Blog

Feminism? No, not today

Last Thursday, as part of Women’s History Month, students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh were encouraged to spend the day pretending that the feminist movement had not occurred, according...

Abby OReilly // 24 March 2007

Categories: Blog

Ladyfest Leeds 2007

If you’re looking for something exciting (that also complements your feminist sensibilities) to do this April, the solution is at hand in the form of Ladyfest Leeds. From Tuesday 10th...

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Blog

Today in body fascism… Kate Moss

Londoners who picked up The London Paper were confronted by this photo of Kate Moss on the front page: For readers who can’t see the caption, it says: Millions of...

Jess McCabe // 23 March 2007

Categories: Blog

The naming of spouses is a difficult thing

More and more men are chosing to take on their partner’s name when they get married, according to a report in USA Today. As Donna and Mike entered their wedding...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog


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