Articles from February 2008

Sack Kay Burley!

I’ve been a bit slow on the uptake here, but catching up on my blogs I stumbled across this by MatGB on Liberal Conspiracy. Pamela Wright, the partner of Steve...

Lynne Miles // 29 February 2008

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Propose another day?

For those of you who daily keep abreast of the date (unlike me!) you will have noticed that today is February 29th. Yes, it comes but once every four years,...

Abby OReilly //

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Alison’s Cycle

There is a moving and interesting film over at Menstrual Poetry – a poetry cycle reflecting on one woman’s experience of abuse and life-experience. “Alison’s Cycle” is a reading of...

Louise Livesey //

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Bit of a news round-up

Disparate stories but all worth a mention…. First, and rather worryingly, a Nigerian State Assembly member beat a female opposition politician into a coma for behaving “like a prostitute” because...

Louise Livesey //

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And whilst I am on a roll….

There’s an really interesting piece over at Mama(e) in Transition about the way society and feminism talks (or ignores) motherhood and, in particular, birth mothers in adoption issues.

Louise Livesey //

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Map of Gaps in Violence Against Women Services

EVAW (End Violence Against Women) has produced a lovely set of pictoral representations of where services for women experiencing violence against women are lacking (and good). Here are some of...

Louise Livesey //

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Not one of those feminists….

I’ll never forget one birthday party I had a few years ago where an old schoolfriend of mine had brought her new boyfriend. We’d chatted for a while, he’d been...

Louise Livesey //

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Southall Black Sisters (the saga continued)

It’s not often we recommend an article by a bloke, but Sunny Hundal has written a great piece on why Southall Black Sisters is a. important and b. meeting government...

Louise Livesey //

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Single? Female? Suicide?

Yes, it’s a valid, topical piece of news, reporting on new ONS figures about suicide rates in the UK. The numbers from the ONS indicate that in 2005, 30.8 single...

Carrie Dunn // 28 February 2008

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Taking forced marriage seriously….?

Yes but only as a way to curb immigration apparently. Rahila Gupta has written on just this topic: how the proposed Forced Marriage legislation is actually a way of limiting...

Louise Livesey //

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Photos of the picket to support SBS

Photos of the protest against an Ealing Council decision that puts Southall Black Sisters’ funding in jeopardy are up now at Pickled Politics. Sunny says around 100 people, mostly women,...

Jess McCabe //

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Guide to Islam puts women’s rights front and centre

Turkish scholars are putting together a modern guide to Islam, which will “make it much more difficult to justify extreme, misogynistic and violent interpretations of Islam”, the Times reports. Although...

Jess McCabe //

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More on male violence against women

Joan Smith has written an opinion piece for The Independent about the recent spate of high-profile sexually-motivated murder cases perpetrated by men against women. For the benefit of anyone who’s...

Samara Ginsberg //

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BBC Moral Maze

In a week where Levi Bellfield, Stephen Wright and Mark Dixie were sentences for the rapes and murders of women – an extreme version of the rampant misogyny in society...

Louise Livesey //

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Carnival

The second Carnival Against Pornography and Prostitution is here.

Laura // 27 February 2008

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Wanky sexist product of the day

“No means no. Well maybe if I’m drunk!” From David and Goliath, who apparently ‘make stupid stuff so you don’t have to’. How incredibly thoughtful of them. As it happens,...

Laura //

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“In a misogynist world, women just can’t win.”

Kira Cochrane has written an interesting article in the light of Levi Bellfield’s conviction for the murder and attempted murder of three women. But she starts with, what appears to...

Louise Livesey //

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Feminism causes the death of the English language

One of the unexpected pleasures of reading right-wing tracts is the excuse to indulge in a heady few minutes of utopian fantasy. According to folk like David Gelernter of the...

Jess McCabe // 26 February 2008

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This is what a feminist looks like….

Photographer Patricia Nuss has been compiling pictures of feminists and short written statements about their feminism. It’s an interesting snapshot. Well worth a look but this is my favourite: I...

Louise Livesey //

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Sexism and the Oscars

Sarah Churchwell has written a thought-provoking article over at Comment is Free about how women lose out at the Oscars unless it’s ring-fenced as a woman’s award. In 1928, at...

Louise Livesey //

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Points with a Purpose

Not the latest Nectar card offer but an initiative in the US to create a pointillist work of art in which each dot in the main picture represents a survivor...

Louise Livesey //

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Cameron attacks women’s right to choose

David Cameron showed his true colours today when he voiced his desire to see the abortion time limit cut from 24 to 20 weeks, citing – like Ann Widdecombe –...

Laura // 25 February 2008

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Hands Project – call for participants (women only)

‘I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.’...

Louise Livesey //

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Women’s Lives in Afghanistan worse now than under Taliban

According to a new report women’s lives have become significantly worse since the Allied Forces invasion of Afghanistan than they were before. The ongoing war and consequent rise in poverty...

Louise Livesey //

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Mixed feelings over HIV prevention gel…

On the one hand I am ecstatic that researchers seem to have got a step closer to finding a new way to prevent the spread of HIV. On the other...

Louise Livesey //

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