Articles from July 2007

A reality check for anti-choicers

‘Pro-lifers’ call for abortion to be criminalised. They stand outside clinics where the procedure is performed and harass patients and staff. But if abortion was outlawed tomorrow, what would the...

Jess McCabe // 31 July 2007

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Civil Partnerships for all!

The papers are reporting today on new proposals from the Law Commission that unmarried couples living together should be given the right to make legal claims to property and pensions...

Lynne Miles //

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The truth behind the talk

Have you ever been told that you ‘sound gay?’ Or have you ever been in the company of a person who has been subject to the same observation? It’s likely...

Abby OReilly //

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Women still the target of sexual violence

Traditionally women have always been considered the ‘fairer sex,’ although unfortunately this, instead of allowing us some sort of protection from violence and sexual assault, has made us more vulnerable...

Abby OReilly //

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Iran and US unite against women’s rights treaty

Today the BBC runs a story noting that the only thing the US and Iran seem to agree on is not ratifying an international treaty calling for the elimination of...

Jess McCabe //

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We all want an alpha-male, apparently…

Good news female comrades. Ever wondered what heterosexual females look for in a partner? Well, think no further, as the answer has arrived from an unlikely source, a man named...

Abby OReilly // 30 July 2007

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Russian girls take on the world of computer gaming

When someone mentions computer gaming, what images does this traditionally evoke? Groups of sweaty teenage boys enthusiastically fighting over the hand control on a sunny Saturday afternoon, crowded together in...

Abby OReilly //

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Maternity – Britain’s Best Employers

The Guardian has published results of its survey of 250 of the country’s leading employers and their provision for parental leave. They believe that it is the first survey of...

Lynne Miles //

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Mail annoys on princesses, gender stereotypes

Reading the headline to this story in the Daily Mail, you’d be forgiven for conjuring up images of Paris Hilton-esque princesses having a tantrum on a 747: Arab princesses kicked...

Jess McCabe // 29 July 2007

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Global peace index ignores violence against women

An index ranking countries on their peacefulness fails to take into account violence against women, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Norway tops the index, which was compiled by a commercial...

Jess McCabe //

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The problem with Beowulf

Ordinarily, I would be quite pleased to hear about a new film version of the Old English poem Beowulf. And it would be easy to get excited about the latest...

Jess McCabe // 27 July 2007

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Well I never

Seems like I was wrong. Sometimes even the Daily Mail can pleasantly surprise you.

Lynne Miles // 26 July 2007

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Disney’s war on boys’ self esteem?

Disney may be responsible for giving many millions of girls a series of weak, tiny waisted, overwhelmingly-white princess role models, but what effect do the films have on boys? This...

Jess McCabe // 25 July 2007

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Introducing our new guest blogger… zohra moosa

Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that we have a new blogger. zohra moosa is to join us for a guest blogging spot here at The F Word over the next...

Jess McCabe //

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Guides set out new priorities

To make sure they stay relevant in today’s modern world, the Guides have polled their members to find out what it is that kids today really want to learn about....

Lynne Miles //

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The Gender Agenda

The Equal Opportunities Commission has today published a report saying that equality between the sexes is ‘generations away’. ‘The Gender Agenda’ highlights a series of key gaps in equality, and...

Lynne Miles // 24 July 2007

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… more things not to do with breasts

#3 – breastfeed Following my last post about the woman berated by the bus driver for putting her breasts in his eyeline, Anj Green has emailed to point out that...

Lynne Miles //

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Let’s toast a more diverse Guardian Women

I read with pleasure last Tuesday’s G2 headline celebrating 50 inspirational years of Guardian women. Published on the centenary of Mary Stott’s birthday, it was a welcome toast to women...

zohra // 21 July 2007

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Latest feminist carnival out now

The 41st Carnival of Feminists is up at Kate Smurthwaite’s Cruella-Blog. As usual, it’s packed full of great reading material, and indeed listening material, as it includes a link to...

Jess McCabe // 18 July 2007

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Commission tells European males to shape up

The European Commission has warned that men must take on more housework and childrearing duties, in order to help close the pay gap, EUObserver reports. Europe-wide, women earn 15% less...

Jess McCabe //

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Ghana girls lured back to school with better loos

A project in Ghana is seeking to increase girls’ school attendance by installing better loos, notes A. from A Changing Life. Plan International is behind the project, and has more...

Jess McCabe //

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Anthology to raise awareness on violence against women

Remember Khalil Aswad? She was the 17 year old Kurdish girl stoned to death in Iraq for her relationship with a Sunni Muslim boy. Her death was videoed and circulated...

Jess McCabe //

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Harman sets out priorities for women

Harriet Harman speaking in the House of Commons yesterday set out the priorities that she and Barbara Follet (they are the Ministers for Women) have agreed (you can read the...

Lynne Miles //

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50 years of the Guardian’s women’s pages

The Guardian’s women’s page celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The women’s section takes over the G2 supplement for a special edition, packed with articles dug out of the archive and...

Jess McCabe //

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Stop giving them the oxygen of publicity!

At the height of the IRA troubles you weren’t allowed to interview a suspected IRA member – they had to use actors reading transcripts. It was known as refusing to...

Louise Livesey //

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