Articles from March 2008

The Pro-Life candidate…

An Idaho strawberry farmer has legally changed his name to Pro-Life, in the lead up to standing for election as senator. He previously ran for governor as Marvin Pro-Life Richardson,...

Jess McCabe // 31 March 2008

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Another trying website ‘for women’?

Yahoo! has launched into the internet another website purporting to be aimed at all women. As you can tell from the logo, Shine borrows generously in style and content (and...

Jess McCabe //

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Femail watch – clothes and shoes edition

Men wearing “women’s” clothes Men are increasingly reaching for “women’s” skinny jeans, the Daily Mail breathlessly reports this week. Aside from the small but important fact that this is hardly...

Jess McCabe //

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What the nipple piercing incident tells us about attitudes to women’s pain

When 39-year old Mandi Hamlin set off the metal detectors at Lubbock airport, she probably didn’t imagine she’d end up using pliers to remove her nipple piercings while airport security...

Jess McCabe //

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SBS picket called off – cancel your trip to Ealing!

Southall Black Sisters has cancelled a picket planned for tomorrow, to protest a council decision likely to see it lose out on funding. Rahila Gupta from SBS said in a...

Jess McCabe //

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Ladyfest London tickets on sale!

Thirty five quid for a weekend of music, art, workshops and movies is not bad. Buy your tickets for Ladyfest London (9-11 May) here. The Ladyfesters have also posted up...

Jess McCabe // 30 March 2008

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Cluesticks?

According to Live Science, a recent study by Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences suggests that "young men just find it difficult to tell the difference between women...

Helen G //

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RSPCA seeking foster homes for pets of victims of domestic violence

When people are forced to flee their homes because of domestic violence, what happens to their pets? Well, the RSPCA in Wales is recruiting foster ‘parents’ for pets so that...

Jess McCabe // 29 March 2008

Categories: Blog

Boys, boys, boys…

Nice to see WKD going down the Yorkie bar route with their recent ads. I wonder if they will cause a wave of young ladies to down their last cheeky...

Barbara Felix //

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Charlie’s Angles…

Jessica Hynes is not pleased that Charlie’s Angels director ‘McG’ has been entrusted with the task of making an American version of the comedy Spaced, which she helped create with...

Jess McCabe //

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Sexist game advertising now sponsored by UK government?

“God didn’t create the perfect woman – the UK’s gaming industry did” This advert is elevated from the ranks of standard sexist advertising on AdsoftheWorld.com, because it was payed for...

Jess McCabe //

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Massive carnival of feminists and other reading materials

The 56th Carnival of Feminists is up now, at Redemption Blues. RB takes an unusual but very effective approach – rather than just providing a list of links, she supplements...

Jess McCabe // 28 March 2008

Categories: Blog

What is transfeminism?

My gender dysphoria, transsexualism and consequent transitioning have informed many aspects of my opinions on Life, the Universe and Everything, including my still-developing views and beliefs about feminism. Yet there...

Helen G //

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How the press reported on a pregnant man

Thomas Beatie’s story has captured the collective imagination of the internet: and no wonder. “How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible. Despite the fact that my belly...

Jess McCabe //

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Here’s another one to get the blood boiling

Phil Taylor, local Conservative Councillor for Ealing, has been making some rather rash comments about Southall Black Sisters on his blog. Including these little gems: One of the basic chores...

Louise Livesey //

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The F Word Blog Team goes international…..!

Or at least Louise appears on Austrian Radio…. I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest interviewee for Austria’s FM4 radio station on matters feminist. We’ve got their permission to...

Louise Livesey //

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Burka blue…

Three Afghan women who perform anonymously in blue burkas have been signed by a German label, we learn from Shameless. What are they called? The Burka Band of course! Check...

Jess McCabe // 27 March 2008

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Feminism Today talk…

I’ve been helping to organise a talk on the state of feminism today at Housmans Bookshop near King’s Cross. All welcome and even better it’s free! What’s happening with feminism...

Jess McCabe //

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New project for ex-Le Tigrites, feminism on back burner?

JD and Johanna from Le Tigre have formed a new group, called MEN. Lesbilicious points out that they gave an unfortunate interview to Bust magazine, in which they said things...

Jess McCabe //

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Quote of the day

A while ago, after writing a column about feminism, I received an e-mail from a reader who said: “I think it’s great that you, as a man, write about these...

Samara Ginsberg //

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Feminism and Marriage

This article really made me smile. I’m a feminist who got married for all the unromantic reasons (next of kin rights, transferring my pension rights to him upon death). If...

Louise Livesey //

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Feminism is…

Jess McCabe // 25 March 2008

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Sleazy description of a charity auction makes green site look… well… sleazy

Britney Spears is doing the wholly unremarkable: auctioning off some of her clothes to raise money for a good cause. I guess this was a boring story, and the otherwise...

Jess McCabe //

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Miss Bimbo

It almost seems redundant to blog about Miss Bimbo. For once, a developer has produced a game so offensive that this story is everywhere. Miss Bimbo was the first thing...

Jess McCabe //

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French women don’t get fat

Zoe Williams has a hilarious and perceptive opinion piece in The Guardian today, exploring the publishing phenomenon based on cultural stereotypes that would have us think that French women are...

Samara Ginsberg //

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