Articles from November 2007

Hacking off your daughter’s clitoris is not ‘cultural heritage’

I generally consider myself in sympathy with ideas about not imposing Western ideas onto the rest of the world. But this blog post on the New York Times is a...

Jess McCabe // 30 November 2007

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What’s the deal about cleavage?

Women have a marginalised position in politics, and this is notable in the UK. The ascension of Harriet Harman to Deputy Leader this year invested me with hope. I thought...

Abby OReilly //

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Heat! Why would you do that?

If any of you have seen Heat magazine this week then you’ll already know what I’m talking about. For some reason Mark Frith et al thought it would be a...

Abby OReilly //

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What, no make-up?

I’ve never been one to wear make-up. More often than not when I do venture into a bag of cosmetics I end up looking like a Labrador that’s eaten a...

Abby OReilly // 29 November 2007

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Please, please just stop!

Every time I click on the “Femail” section of the Daily Mail I almost wish I hadn’t. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Sometimes it’s good to see just how wrong...

Abby OReilly //

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More on rape

Following on from Jess’ post about the Government’s proposed changes to rape trials, I wanted to flag a few additional points on the issue of rape. The first is the...

zohra // 28 November 2007

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Finally! Jurors to hear expert evidence on rape

After going backwards and forwards on this issue, the government finally seems to have decided to use expert witnesses to dispell the rape myths that may influence jurors to let...

Jess McCabe //

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The sexual politics of the supermarket

This week’s Cat and Girl strip confronts how snacks get ‘male’ names, while baking products get ‘female’ names. However, the first box is the best bit:

Jess McCabe //

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Should married women change their surnames?

I have a piece today over on Comment is Free on the subject of keeping surnames following marriage. I think it’s an interesting issue considering the controversy surrounding Chery Cole...

Abby OReilly //

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Wonder Woman gets first female writer

Sixty-six years into her reign, Wonder Woman is to get her first regular female writer in the person of Gail Simone, reports Wired. Wonder Woman has become a bit of...

Jess McCabe //

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Perfect post-Christmas present for any teenage girls you know…

It’s not coming out in time for Christmas, but that’s no reason not to pre-order Body Drama for your younger sister/cousin/daughter. As reported on Broadsheet, the book by Nancy Redd...

Jess McCabe // 27 November 2007

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Sign petition to stop cervical cancer

From smear tests to the new vaccine against the Human Papillomavirus, there’s plenty of options for reducing the number of women who get cervical cancer – yet 25,000 die every...

Jess McCabe //

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The pen holder that you can ‘rape’

Sharpening your pencil not misogynist enough for you? Would a rape toy just make your office complete? Why not buy a Lusty Linda pen holder, or stick your lead in...

Jess McCabe //

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New television channel to provide sports news for men

When I got this press release earlier, I couldn’t work out what annoyed me more – the poor punctuation, the selfishness of the survey respondents, or the equation of “the...

Carrie Dunn // 26 November 2007

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Sick of films that pair ugly men with beautiful women? Don’t watch Superbad

Superbad is a teen comedy – and therefore it will probably only make you laugh if you have a fairly high tolerance for pretty juvinile humour. Clearly I fall into...

Jess McCabe //

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Worst tattoo ever?

Generally speaking, I don’t like to criticise specific women for their specific choices. But Cheryl Cole has had “Mrs Cole” tattooed on the back of her neck. For those who...

Jess McCabe //

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More female MPs needed, says Labour

Female Labour MPs and officials will be meeting today to discuss plans to increase the representation of women in politics, according to a report by The Guardian. At this summit...

Abby OReilly //

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Our report on Reclaim the Night 2007

No word yet on how many women took part, [Edit: It was about 1,500 according to the police], but last night’s Reclaim the Night was quite an experience. We were...

Jess McCabe // 25 November 2007

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Reclaim the Night tomorrow!

Another reminder for London readers that tomorrow is Reclaim the Night! Meet at 6pm in Trafalgar Square. Many F Word regulars will be in attendence, including yours truely. So do...

Jess McCabe // 23 November 2007

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Why would women in Britain seek illegal abortions?

Abortion has been legal in the UK for 40 years. So why has the BBC discovered that illegal abortions are still taking place? BBC Radio 5 Live undertook an investigation,...

Jess McCabe //

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Literary ‘bad sex award’ longlist

Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan have made it onto this year’s long-list of the Bad Sex award – for most cringe-inducing erotic scene in fiction, reports the Guardian. Descriptions of...

Jess McCabe // 22 November 2007

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Attacking maternity leave and lesbians – ‘Femail’ roundup

The Daily Mail’s ‘femail’ section is so offensive, there’s only enough hours in the day to do a round up. Maternity pay, shmay First of all, we have a story...

Jess McCabe //

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The Page 3 ‘role model’

This is a bit of an old link, but a seemingly timeless subject: Jordan: why is she considered a role model?. This time it was the Scotsman asking, and I...

Jess McCabe //

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Coach to RTN07 from Brighton/Hove

Sussex Uni’s women’s group have organised a coach from the Brighton area to Reclaim The Night in London on Saturday. Tickets are just £3.50: contact rach.george[at]gmail.com if you’re interested (all...

Laura //

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New resource for FEMinist activists

Hopefully some of you had a chance to attend the fabulous FEM 07 Conference this year, which featured in February’s round-up by Jess. For those who didn’t make it, you...

zohra // 21 November 2007

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