Articles from April 2007

Girls shackled by ultra-feminine names?

Girls with “feminine” names like Elizabeth or Emma are less likely to study maths and physics after the age of 16, The Guardian reports. Both subjects, which are traditionally seen...

Jess McCabe // 30 April 2007

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A mixed bag at Times Online

Scanning the Times Online over lunch I found myself groaning and cheering in turns. It’s a mixed old bag today. Firstly a report on nursery school uptake which simply cannot...

Lynne Miles //

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Rape in Second Life

Belgian police are “patrolling” the virtual world of Second Life, after a user reported being raped in the game. Local newspapers, as WTFsrsly has it, are reporting that the “Brussels...

Jess McCabe //

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Prostitution scandal in Washington

Suited men in Washington are waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the pending trial of the so-called ‘DC Madam,’ according to a report by the Turkish Press. Deborah...

Abby OReilly // 29 April 2007

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Single in your thirties? What’s wrong with you?

Anyone who’s single, be that aged 18 or 88, will find themselves subject to the scrutiny of the mass media at some point during their solitary existence. Being an industry...

Abby OReilly //

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Iranian women subject to fierce crackdown on dress

Thousands of Iranian women have been cautioned and arrested over their Islamic dress in the capital Tehran this week, according to a report by the BBC. This crackdown on poor...

Abby OReilly // 28 April 2007

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The Truth Isn’t Sexy campaign needs volunteers

The Truth Isn’t Sexy campaign is an initiative aiming to highlight the inhumane and brutal treatment of women who have no other option than to become prostitutes to survive. Sex...

Abby OReilly //

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Sri Lankan ban on women migrant workers

The Sri Lankan government has recently been criticised by the MFA (Migrant Forum in Asia) for the recent implementation of a law prohibiting some mothers from migrating to find work,...

Abby OReilly // 27 April 2007

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China’s "matriarchal" tourist town sounds anything but

In an attempt to attract tourists to the little-visited city of Chongqing, the city is building a tourist town where “men had better watch their step”, reports The Independent. I’m...

Jess McCabe //

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Beth Ditto gets regular Guardian advice gig

Beth Ditto of The Gossip and general celebrity status, is to write a fortnightly advice column for The Guardian’s women’s pages. You can see her first column here, where she...

Jess McCabe //

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Sexologist a hit in Middle East

A TV show about sex has become an unlikely hit across the Arab world, CNN reports. Dr Heba Kotb’s weekly advice show is broadcast by satellite from Egypt, and confronts...

Jess McCabe // 26 April 2007

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Saudi government cracks down on "runaway maids"

Saudis who hire “runaway maids” will be fined, although many of these women were forced to flee torture, rape, abuse or had their wages withheld, reports Arab News. Saudi Arabia’s...

Jess McCabe //

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Abortion ship to set sail

With right-wing activists eager to make the regulations outlining abortion more stringent, the subject continues to remain high on the feminist agenda. With concerns about how this move would impinge...

Abby OReilly // 25 April 2007

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Israel’s segregated buses

In Israel, women are segregated from men on 30 public bus routes, reports the BBC. The service has been requested by segments of Israel’s population of Orthodox Jews. Although the...

Jess McCabe // 24 April 2007

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An unlikely home for feminist blogging

“I am probably the only feminist in the building,” says Lauren Thompson. She is the Daily Express’ first feminist blogger – indeed, she says, hers is the first feminist blog...

Jess McCabe //

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F**k off, I’m a hairy woman

There was a period of time when I was quite confident a Brazilian was a type of coffee you could buy at Starbucks, and a Hollywood nothing more than a...

Abby OReilly //

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Native American women falling through the net

The US police are failing to protect Native American women from sexual assault and rape, according to an Amnesty report. American Indian and Alaskan Native women are 2.5 times more...

Jess McCabe //

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Norway to make buying sex illegal

The ruling Labour party in Norway voted to make the buying of sex illegal, according to a report by The Guardian. Prostitution is currently legal in Norway, although pimping or...

Abby OReilly //

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US discovers pay-gap….

The US is having to face up to continuing pay differentials between men and women. A new survey shows that women working full-time earn dramatically less than men within a...

Louise Livesey //

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Iranian Women Imprisoned for asking for end to discrimination

Human Rights activists are experiencing a new crackdown on their activities, despite Iran’s laws protecting Freedom of Assembly. When arrested protesters can spend almost the entire period in solitary confinement....

Louise Livesey //

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Iranian Police begin crackdown on women’s dress

In preparation for the summer Iranian Police have so far stopped 1,300 women and warned them about breaching the Sharia imposed dress code with 59 being referred to Court. Under...

Louise Livesey // 23 April 2007

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World Bank backpeddling on family planning?

A high-up official at the World Bank ordered all references to family planning to be deleted from a report about Madagascar, according to The Guardian. According to a leaked email,...

Jess McCabe // 22 April 2007

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Game developer advertises for "right hand man"

More evidence if needed of sexism in the games industry comes from this ad, dug out by Wonderland, for a senior producer, which stipulates that applicants must be male. The...

Jess McCabe //

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John Lewis to use average-sized models

John Lewis is to use a more diverse range of models and mannequins, in an attempt to counter the ‘size-zero’ culture, The Observer. John Lewis is now going much further...

Jess McCabe //

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Finland leads the way….

It was the first country to extend the franchise to women with complete parity with men (some states in America had extended then rescinded the franchise and Tasmania (1903) and...

Louise Livesey //

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