Articles from May 2007

Any lawyers out there?

I’m sadly not qualified myself, but I still can’t help thinking that it’s probably against the law in the UK to threaten MPs. If, for instance, I started telling MPs...

Kate Smurthwaite // 31 May 2007

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Sexual Violence – resistance and reality

In 2000 the UN released it’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and promised to achieve them by 2015. Now almost half way through that time there is some reviewing of the...

Louise Livesey //

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Michelle Obama – damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t

Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Barrack Obama, is under scrutiny (as all potential presidential wives are) as the US works it’s way towards the next election. Here is a...

Louise Livesey //

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Big Brother is Now "Big Sister"

And we should apparently all rejoice at this. According to The Times: Big Brother returned in the form of a giant hen party last night when producers unveiled an all-female...

Louise Livesey //

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Livejournal Targets Sexual Violence

The freedom online to portray and promote illegal sexual activity has long been a contentious issue as has where we draw the line between promoting the illegal and allowing space...

Louise Livesey //

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Abortion around the world

There’s a very good report in the May 19th edition of the Economist about abortion in an international context. It mentions the recent Irish case, whilst also mentioning that Mexico...

Barbara Felix // 30 May 2007

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Family Policy, German Style

Germany’s family minister, Ursula von der Leyen, is aiming to increase nursery places in Germany to 750,000, to cover a third of Germany’s under threes. The aim is to make...

Barbara Felix //

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Skin lighteners promise better jobs in India

Hawkers of racist, skin-lightening creams in India are now telling women that lighter skin will help them get ahead in their careers, reports the New York Times. Fair and Lovely,...

Jess McCabe //

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Shock news : Miss Universe degrades women

Miss Sweden has been pulled from the Miss Universe contest by the Miss Sweden organisers, who believe the parent contest is degrading to women. Apparently the Swedish contest is all...

Laura // 29 May 2007

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Novel reveals plight of Afghan women

Just a quick book recommendation: go out and buy A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. Pick up his earlier book, The Kite Runner, at the same time. Hosseini is...

Jess McCabe //

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Conference in Canada concludes Feminism isn’t dead

Well I guess that’s a relief. More Here.

Louise Livesey //

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Benetton uses domestic violence to sell clothes?

[UPDATE: Broadsheet is reporting that Benetton is denying having anything to do with these ads.] I’m a bit speechless about this one. Benetton has apparently released a series of at...

Jess McCabe // 27 May 2007

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Education, Education, Education

The above image was found on Reddit, courtesy of bemmu, and although mildly amusing, there is a serious message here boys and girls (and yes, you can stop sniggering in...

Abby OReilly //

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Incarcerated? The last thing you want are tan lines

If you suddenly found yourself behind bars what would be your main priority? Would it be better food? Better living conditions? Ensuring you don’t get ensnared in a bitch fight...

Abby OReilly //

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From the pay gap to the Tardis

The American Association of University Women has posted a press release about a sex-discrimination case recently won by a geriatric physician at the University of California campus in Los Angeles....

Jess McCabe //

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How to Have a Baby Girl

A recent interview on LK Today with a mother claiming to have successfully conceived a girl through the Shettles Method has given a depressing reminder of just how entrenched gender...

Holly Combe // 26 May 2007

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Different Sized Women Can be Friends? Unthinkable!

Yes, it seems the Mirror found the sight of Beth Ditto and Kate Moss leaving a club in Los Angeles together shocking enough to be worthy of the scathing headline...

Holly Combe //

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An unlikely anti-depressant?

As I carelessly breezed through cyber space this afternoon I happened across a gem of a story, which made me gag on my drink and orange juice come out of...

Abby OReilly //

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Society founded to promote comics by black women

A new society has been formed to support black women comic creators. The Ormes Society is named after Jackie Ormes, who drew a comic strip for the Pittsburgh Courier called...

Jess McCabe //

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Big Brother bullying not racist, claims C4

Channel 4 is being forced to air three apologies for its handling of the racist bullying that took place on celebrity Big Brother, The Guardian reports. Aside from the appalling...

Jess McCabe // 25 May 2007

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Our Heros – the movie they didn’t make

A very interesting Alternet article looks at the recent Department of Justice study in the US which shows that ex-servicemen commit rape and sexual assault at much higher rates than...

Kate Smurthwaite //

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Amnesty Internation reports sexual violence is everyday…

Amnesty’s recently published report on human rights worldwide has highlighted that sexual violence is common and everyday. Africa In Africa conflicts in central and east Africa (including Burundi, Central African...

Louise Livesey //

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New Blog

Feminist Philosphers blog – not as daunting as it first sounds, promise.

Louise Livesey // 24 May 2007

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Immigration Services does it again…

Last year the parts of the Immigration Service which run immigrant detention centres were told to stop separating breast-feeding mothers from their babies. The previous cases were said to: “fly...

Louise Livesey //

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Scarleteen Sex Book

This book, written by the founder of US sex education website Scarleteen, looks to me like a must-read-and-pass-on-to-the-kids for any feminists worried about the state of sexual relations between young...

Laura //

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