Articles from August 2007

New Features! New Reviews!

This month’s update isn’t finished yet, but there’s already plenty of interesting stuff to read. First up, Irina Lester reviews One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, by Melissa...

Jess McCabe // 31 August 2007

Categories: Blog

Angela Merkel named most powerful woman in the world; Margaret Beckett falls off list

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, is the most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Wu Yi, vice premier of China, came in second, while, interestingly US Secretary...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Skinny porn

The size-zero debate is just another excuse for judging women's bodies, argues Abi M

Abi Millar // 30 August 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Maid of the manor

Despite all our advances, men still dominate public life. But if they are so smart, asks Amity Reed, why can't they fathom how to do the housework?

Amity Reed //

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

What does the politics of hair say about modern Britain?

Racism and sexism are intertwined - so feminism must tackle them both head-on, says Veronica Wood-Querales

Veronica Wood-Querales //

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Racism, Stereotypes

Can burlesque be feminist?

Burlesque may set feminist alarm-bells ringing, but it can help cultivate a love of your own body, argues Chloe Emmott

Chloe Emmott //

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Stereotypes

Discrimination hits corporations in their wallets; surgically replace your eyelashes!

US firms lose out on $64 billion, or about £32 million, a year from professionals who quit their job when they are discriminated against on the grounds of gender, race...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Amnesty reports on Hungary

I think the problem with sexual violence in Hungary can be summed up by this quote from the report: “At least 85% of them are whores: but they do not...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

7th September in Salford: Volunteers Needed

From The Big Issue In The North: “Organisations that want to know more about the benefits of volunteers from groups not normally attracted to volunteering – such as young people,...

Barbara Felix // 29 August 2007

Categories: Blog

One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed

Melissa Panarello's teenage sex diary shocked the adult world for all the wrong reasons, argues Irina Lester

Irina Lester //

Categories: Books

Playboy launches social networking site; has a confused boss

Playboy has already expanded its empire from porn to pencil cases, so it should be no surprise that it is responding to the Web 2.0 craze with a social networking...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Married men do less housework than co-habitees

Married men report doing less housework than live-in boyfriends, regardless of whether or not the couple holds egalitarian values, according to research by George Mason University in the US. The...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Ladyfest Bristol is Here!

Ladyfest Bristol had a great launch at The Cube on Monday night. I must confess this has been my first time attending a Ladyfest, as I tend to get rather...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

Mind the gap!

The Guardian presents some sobering statistics on the pay gap between men and women, finding that it is as wide in the boardroom as lower down. The only two women...

Samara Ginsberg //

Categories: Blog

Cardinal quits human rights champion because it does not support forced pregnancy for rape victims!

We’ve not mentioned it on the blog, I don’t think, but I’m sure readers will be aware that Amnesty International recently changed its policy, to support the right to abortion...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Feminism declared dead, again

Feminism has more lives than an average herd of very lucky cats, it’s seems. It’s been declared dead again by Magnus Linklater (see picture to right which I’ve captioned “Would...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Cosmo renames rape – as not rape

If anyone needed further proof that women’s glossy magazines are part of the problem see Cosmo’s renaming of “date rape” (a problematic enough term because people presume meanings not meant...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Witch burnings in Papua New Guinea

The Independent reports on the ignorance of HIV in Papua New Guinea, which has led to victims being buried alive for fear of them passing on the virus. In the...

Samara Ginsberg // 28 August 2007

Categories: Blog

Is it better to pee like a man?

AdsoftheWorld.com highlights another interesting ad campaign, this time for a biodegradable thingymagig that allows women to pee standing up. Here’s a description of how the campaign worked in practice, seemingly...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Lingerie firm shuns photoshop in favour of real women

OK, it’s hideously expensive, but kudos to Lille Boutique for using non-photoshopped models to advertise their lingerie. The Portland, Oregan boutique sells ‘bralettes’ for $225 each. On sale. But at...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

More on "Girl Power"

Following on from this discussion of the Spice Girls, the Halifax News (in Canada, not UK) has an interesting article on the “Perversion of Girl Power”. Including this: “The Spice...

Louise Livesey // 27 August 2007

Categories: Blog

Love your hair as it is – buy our stuff!

Remember the video Dove put out last year, showing the transformation of a real-life model, with blemishes, etc, into the kind of perfect image you see in advertising? Well, they’ve...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

A social network for professional women?

Most websites designed “for women” tend to be dire, falling into the trap of assuming that it’s possible to meaningfully target something at half the population, and assuming the way...

Jess McCabe // 26 August 2007

Categories: Blog

Trafficked women auctioned in pubs

Trafficked women are being auctioned in Cambridgeshire pubs, before being locked away in brothels, reports the Observer. The discovery was made after police carried out a series of raids on...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

News Flash – Kate Moss has lost weight!

From that bastion of journalistic integrity the Daily Mail comes a shock report about the latest developments in Kate Moss’ figure. Kate’s “friends” have informed the Mail that she “has...

Samara Ginsberg //

Categories: Blog

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