Articles from June 2007

Gap selling suggestive clothing for toddlers

As the old adage goes, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, but where does this stop? Human decency should dictate that until you’ve reached physical maturity and adulthood that you...

Abby OReilly // 29 June 2007

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MoD apologises for persecuting gay service men and women

The Ministry of Defence has apologised for the suffering caused by its ban on gay and lesbian folk serving in the armed forced, reports The Guardian. Wing commander Phil Sagar...

Jess McCabe // 28 June 2007

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Brown appoints first female home secretary, but drastically cuts women in Cabinet

Jacqui Smith has been appointed as Britain’s first female Home Secretary, reports The BBC. She was formerly Chief Whip, but this seems to be a major promotion, as she has...

Jess McCabe //

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Australia launches Women-Only Political Party

Yesterday Brisbane saw the launch of the What Women Want Australia party which is an all-women political party. Spokeswoman and founder, Justine Caines said women needed better representation and were...

Louise Livesey //

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And whilst I’m spitting feathers….

Thanks to our eagle-eyed spotter of this new advertising campaign by Nila, catering industry company. Apparently other slogans include “corn star” (pun on “porn star”) and “just laid”. Any blog...

Louise Livesey // 26 June 2007

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Not sure how much I can say on this without spitting feathers….

Commentator Debbie Schlussel has interpreted the results of this study as follows: The conclusion they want you to get from this is that pro-life Congressmen are insensitive to women and...

Louise Livesey //

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Two good bits of news (because we can’t say that often enough!)

From Thailand is the new that the government has now criminalized marital rape. The new crime carries a fine of 40,000 baht, or approx £625 and up to 20 years...

Louise Livesey //

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US woman charged after drugs discovered in still-born’s system

An Oklahoma woman has been charged with first-degree murder, because her still-born baby had drugs in his system, reports KOTV. Tests on Theresa Lee Hernandez’s still-born baby found methamphetamines, but...

Jess McCabe // 25 June 2007

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Man who raped 10 year old given two years

The Attorney General is to look into a case in which a judge gave a man who raped a 10 year old girl a sentence of two years, reports The...

Jess McCabe //

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Harman wins race for deputy leader of Labour party

Harriet Harman has narrowly won the vote to become deputy leader of the Labour party, reports The Guardian. Beating Alan Johnson by only 1%, Harman has already pledged to put...

Jess McCabe // 24 June 2007

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Will Dangerous Book for Girls close gender-book-gap?

The publisher of the Dangerous Book for Boys is to produce a version of the popular childrens’ book aimed at girls, notes Mother Talk. The Dangerous Book for Boys is,...

Jess McCabe // 23 June 2007

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Kate speaks back to "critics"

Back in July, our guest blogger Kate Smurthwaite posted a review of a new site for women run by Gawker. Jezebel, as Kate pointed out, seeks to portray itself as...

Jess McCabe //

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Women in Computing – the debate continues

Prompted by this blog post by Tim Bray, Jeni Tennison has some interesting ideas about how we should encourage women into computer related industries. It’s worth quoting at length… First,...

Louise Livesey // 22 June 2007

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Make-up addicts absorb 5lbs a year

Women who wear make-up every day could be absorbing nearly 5lbs of the stuff into their skin every year, according to research reported in The Telegraph. According to the Weird...

Jess McCabe //

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News From Africa

Two interestingly different perspectives on women in Africa today. First up, women in Uganda are suffering health impacts after sexual violence above normal levels because of additional issues of poverty...

Louise Livesey //

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Israel uses women’s bodies for public image boost

Welcome to Israel’s new PR campaign… In an attempt to boost their PR profile the Israeli government approached Maxim magazine to run a feature on the “hot” Israeli national conscripts...

Louise Livesey // 21 June 2007

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One step closer to a cervical cancer vaccine

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that adolescent girls should receive a vaccination against HPV, the virus which causes cervical cancer. The recommendation is in principle...

Lynne Miles // 20 June 2007

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Vilma Espin, Cuba’s First Lady, Dies

Vilma Espin, wife of acting president Raul Castro, has died aged 77 after a long illness. Espin was considered Cuba’s unofficial first lady and was a key figure in advancing...

Louise Livesey //

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PlayStation plays misogynist again

Of all the big companies in all the world, none do so much to alienate their huge female customer base as Sony – at least where its PlayStation brand is...

Jess McCabe //

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One rule for rich fathers, one rule for poor fathers, the same rule for all mothers

While low-income fathers are admonished for not spending enough time with their kids, senior executives who shirk family duties to run big companies are rewarded with gigantic pay cheques and...

Jess McCabe //

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Video Games Controversy

Three video games have come under fire recently, Manhunt II (by the makers of Grand Theft Auto, Rock Star Games), Law and Order: Double or Nothing (Global Software) and Resistance:...

Louise Livesey //

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Katie Hopkins – TV villain or feminist icon?

It was once said that religion is the opium of the masses, although today in an essentially ecclesiastically apathetic country it’s more likely to be the voyeurism promoted by the...

Abby OReilly // 19 June 2007

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Why climate change will hit women hardest

If you’ve walked past a newsagent today, you have no doubt noticed The Independent’s headline: “The Earth today stands in imminent peril”. Of course, the headline refers to the threat...

Jess McCabe //

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Hostel II : Misogyny Sells

I was stopped in my tracks and turned into an expletive-spewing ball of anger earlier this week by the sight of this advert for the film Hostel II. Unpleasant to...

Laura //

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A degree in activism and social change

From The Big Issue In The North, 28/5/07 – 3/6/07: “Leeds University is to launch a new masters degree in activism and social change. The course will bring together the...

Barbara Felix //

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