Articles from May 2007

Strong women return to small screen

Prepare for square eyes. For once, those TV producers in the US are really spoiling us. The powers that be might have cancelled the Gilmore Girls and axed Veronica Mars,...

Jess McCabe // 24 May 2007

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Take a pill, never have a period again

A birth-control pill that completely gets rid of your period has been approved by the US authorities, reports CNN. While many women might be keen to throw out their tampons/pads/keepers,...

Jess McCabe //

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What women (don’t) want

Imagine taking the very worst of those magazine’s supposedly aimed at women and distilling it in a big vat of misogynist nonsense and then unloading it onto the web. Welcome...

Kate Smurthwaite //

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Climbing the corporate ladder is easier if someone went before

Women do better in their careers if they work for a firm where at least 30% of senior executives are female, The Guardian reports. The researchers at the London Business...

Jess McCabe //

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EU calls for action on gender and disability

Full text of the new resolution is here.

Louise Livesey //

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Anonymity in Rape Case Early Day Motion

MP Harry Cohen has introduced an Early Day Motion (1082) pressing the government to protect anonymity in rape cases. So far there are only 16 signatures from other MPs (see...

Louise Livesey // 22 May 2007

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Fashion Industry Told to Grow Up

The Model Health Inquiry has told the fashion industry that it needs to: just grow up and accept that it is a real industry and to look after the health...

Louise Livesey //

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Latest Carnival of Feminists out now

The latest Feminist Carnival is up over at Team Rainbow. As well as being impressively varicoloured, this festival is packed full of interesting stuff as usual. Check it out.

Jess McCabe //

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A strange combination – Joss Whedon on Dua Khalil

It’s a strange thing to write about a comic-book writer turned TV phenomenon writing about women’s rights. Particularly when that writer is as controversial as Joss Whedon, feted by some...

Louise Livesey //

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Invisible Women

Despite the many gains in recent years in the film industry – women directors are still absent at the Cannes Film Festival. So much so that Jane Campion this year...

Louise Livesey // 21 May 2007

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Feminist opera to hit London

A feminist opera composed by a suffragette is to get its first West End run in over 50 years. According to the production company, The Boatswaine’s Mate, by Ethel Smyth,...

Jess McCabe // 19 May 2007

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Hotel opens women only floor

The Marriott chain are testing the idea of a women only floor in their Michigan hotel. The segregated space has improved security (yah-hay), fresh flowers (erm OK) and upgraded toiletries...

Louise Livesey //

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A few wider news stories

Whilst not entirely gender focussed there are a couple of headlines of note: The Prime Minister has refused to rewrite the guidance on blood donations to stop discrimination against gay...

Louise Livesey //

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Rape Victim should have been "grateful for the attention"

A defence barrister is today under pressure after comments made in court. Shellagh Davies said of the 16 year old gang rape victim (where the rape was videoed on the...

Louise Livesey //

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Midwife Crisis: Awareness Event in Leeds on 22 May

The Independent Midwives Association (IMA) has reported that the Government is intending to pass legislation to make professional indemnity insurance (PII) a prerequisite for registration. However, there is actually no...

Holly Combe // 18 May 2007

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Persepolis – the animation

Someone has made Persepolis, the graphic novel about cartoonist Marjane Satrapi’s early life in Iran, into an animation. It’s in French, but this trailer still gives a flavour of how...

Jess McCabe //

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Newspaper Pulp

Those F Word readers living in London will not have missed yesterday’s copy of The London Paper which ran with the headline “‘RAPE’ GIRL GRATEFUL FOR SEX, SAYS LAWYER”. Yes...

Kate Smurthwaite //

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You Tube Round Up

Some Feminism related clips from You Tube Which continues into this one And this one: Another Def Poetry entry here: And one on asian identity and take over (I have...

Louise Livesey // 17 May 2007

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It rather speaks for itself but…

I felt this was worth reproducing over here, if only for the chuckles. With thanks to this site

Louise Livesey //

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Women on the web, but absent from computing industry

Just to complete a hat-trick of geeky entries, the BBC are reporting that women outnumber men in internet use. Apparently young women (18-34 years) are now the most populous British...

Louise Livesey //

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Is your G-spot big enough?

A California doctor is offering to inject collagen into your G-spot to increase sexual pleasure, for only $1,800 a pop. That’s £600. Reports NBC: According to thegshot.com, the G-SHOT is...

Jess McCabe // 16 May 2007

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Johnson goes ahead with books for boys plan

Remember Alan Johnson’s plan to establish a special shelf for “boy’s books” in all school libraries? Back in March I pointed out that it would risk reinforcing all those tired...

Jess McCabe //

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And as if Marvel hadn’t been offensive enough…

Meet Marvel’s new villain, Lady Ultron. Apparently she’s a robot. And she doesn’t feel the need for clothing (or at least the artist doesn’t – perhaps he missed that lesson...

Louise Livesey //

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How Do We Deal With FGM?

As Louise blogged, there is a rather shocking video out which you can download from IRIN News, the video is linked on the right hand sidebar. It shows how widespread...

Kate Smurthwaite //

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Comic Fans, Spiderman 3 and feminist ire

To celebrate the launch of Spiderman 3 Marvel released a series of statuettes for collectors. Including this one of Mary Jane (Peter Parker’s wife for the uninitiated). Here’s a piccie...

Louise Livesey // 15 May 2007

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