Articles from January 2008

Breaking out of the mould

Claire Daly interviews the first editor of pioneering feminist magazine Spare Rib

Claire Daly // 31 January 2008

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Feminism, Interviews

Strictly for fans of Buffy and Veronica Mars

This one will probably fly right over the head of anyone who is not a fan of two feminist-pleasing American TV series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars. Some...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Liverpool pro-choice protest, February 12

There will be a picket of Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion meeting in Liverpool: To join the picket, assemble outside the Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street (next to Lime Street Station) Liverpool....

Laura //

Categories: Blog

First Anti-Abortion Amendment Defeated

Abortion Rights reports that the first anti-abortion amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill has been defeated in the House of Lords. The amendment, which would have banned abortion...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Afghani Student Sentenced to Death for Reading About Women’s Rights

Todays headlines show both how the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating but also how women’s rights are still seen as a threat. Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, a 23 year old journalism...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

How the word ‘slut’ oppresses women

Ever been called a 'slag'? How about 'frigid'? Jennifer Drew explains how such derogatory language is used to keep women in their place

Jennifer Drew //

Categories: Language, Sex and Relationships, Violence

Excellent news.

The rapist who won £7million on the Lottery can finally be sued by one of his victims, The Times reports: One woman’s quest for justice against the so-called Lotto rapist...

Laura // 30 January 2008

Categories: Blog

The Feminist Case for Gossip Mags?

I’m sure we’ve all done it. We groan when we see yet another front-cover revelling in the cellulite, spots and general physical imperfections of the nation’s “favourite” celebrities. We righteously...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

Am I the only one who didn’t know they make moisturiser from sharks?

My vegetarian heckles have been raised. According to the Guardian firms such as L’Oreal and Unilever have only just recently stopped using shark oil in their moisturisers and cosmetics. And...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Front Page Murder

This news story is on the BBC news front page today. It’s nasty: a man was left partially deaf, blind and with brain damage, in need of 24 hour care,...

Laura // 29 January 2008

Categories: Blog

Carnival

The first Carnival Against Pornography and Prostitution is here!

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Iranian feminist magazine gets license revoked

Zanan – a feminist monthly magazine – has had its license revoked by the Iranian press supervision board, “on the grounds that it endangered spiritual, mental and intellectual health of...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

End Violence Against Women – UniFem Campaign

Launched back in November but not sure we covered it then. For every signature for the first 100,000 there is a £1 donation promised to Unifem so please, sign it...

Louise Livesey // 28 January 2008

Categories: Blog

Super-sexist ad by Dutch optician…

This series of ads for Dutch optician Oogmerk starts out kinda funny, and quickly progresses to teeth-grittingly sexist. Under the slogan “get the respect you deserve”, we start off here:...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

More on those pink toy irons…

Remember the pink toy irons that Marks & Sparks is hawking to girls? Well, I was moved to write a letter of complaint as well as just blog about it,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

India: where class, caste and sexism collide…

India faces many problems as a nation but internal differences reinforce the position of some of the most oppressed. In face of the discrimination faced by some members of society...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Women of color have brains!

Remember that whole business of black women having to choose between their race or their gender? CNN readers have been up in arms about it too: An e-mailer named Tiffany...

Samara Ginsberg //

Categories: Blog

Manchester Reclaim the Night

Northern readers might be interested to hear there will be a Reclaim the Night march in Manchester on 1 March. Charliegrrl has more info.

Jess McCabe // 27 January 2008

Categories: Blog

Rapist gets Military Honours

This case from America has to raise questions for us all…. James Allen Selby entered the flat of Jenny Bush, gagged and bound her with duct tape and rapes her...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

New Scientists reveals sexism in research publishing

According to a story in the Jan 18th edition female scientists are less likely to be published if the peer reviewers know they are female. Gender, nationality and nepotism have...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Pro-choice protest, February 6, London

Abortion Rights has called a peaceful pro-choice protest against anti-abortion MP Ann Widdecome’s road show ‘Not on your life . .. or anyone else’s’ which is promoting anti-abortion goals around...

Laura // 26 January 2008

Categories: Blog

Gross

A feature headlined “why companies need female managers” might, you imagine, presage an interesting dissection of the effects of discriminating against half the population on the workforce. But, no, the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Police call for register of domestic abusers – and other stories

The Association of Chief Police Officers has called for domestic abusers to be put on a register, along the lines of the sex offenders’ register, reports the BBC. I say...

Jess McCabe // 25 January 2008

Categories: Blog

Walking into kitchen cabinets

(Via Dollymix)

Jess McCabe // 24 January 2008

Categories: Blog

Carnival(s) time!

The 52nd Carnival of Feminists is up at Figure: Demystifying the Feminist Mystique. Meanwhile, the latest Carnival of Radical Feminists has gone up over at femtique. Happy reading!

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

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