Articles from April 2008

Announcements….

Readers of The F Word over in (East?) Yorkshire might be pleased to hear there is a new feminist group. Unfortunately they met on 28th (and I didn’t know until...

Louise Livesey // 30 April 2008

Categories: Blog

Some feminist reflections

Not mine for a change…. Jessica Valenti, over at Feministing, has been reflecting on the recent racism issues in the blogosphere and publishing worlds. It includes this admission. But I...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

FEM 08

This is my own personal write up and, as ever, views expressed should not be taken as representative of those of The F Word as a whole or of other...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Three suggestions re feminism and white privilege (1)

1. Try not to patronize/fetish women of colour*: Black** feminists aren’t right about racism because they’re black, but because they make a strong case (when we do). Otherwise, it’s like...

zohra //

Categories: Blog

Fergie’s daughter inherits her “imperfect figure”

The Daily Mail is running a truly revolting article today. I mean, seriously. They have actually surpassed themselves on the We-Hate-Women’s-Bodies front. Sarah “Duchess of Pork” Ferguson’s daughter Beatrice has...

Samara Ginsberg //

Categories: Blog

Documentary by Nubian of Blac(k)ademic

I briefly posted about still black: a portrait of black transmen last week. But I feel compelled to post again, because I somehow missed that the film is directed by...

Jess McCabe // 29 April 2008

Categories: Blog

OK this is scary wierd, perverse and wrong

(With a hat-tip to Jezebel) A US chat show (Tyra) had a segment really on an 18 year old adult film actress called Summer. Nothing new in that. Except her...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

I just have to share

This is an article by Rebecca Solnit called Men Explain Things to Me and it is in equal measure hilarious and frightening accurate. I advise reading it and enjoying it,...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Home Office trying to send gay teenager back to Syria with £46

The system is broken. Via Shakesville, and the the Scotsman comes the story of Jojo Jako Yakob, a 19 year-old Syrian whose application for asylum the Home Office has refused....

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Hooters update: Round one to the yapping virgins!*

I am delighted to announce that the No to Hooters in Sheffield campaign have successfully persuaded the developers not to take on Hooters in Sheffield’s Leopold Square. Of course, the...

Laura // 28 April 2008

Categories: Blog

Sweden not going to ban sexist ads after all

The Swedish government has abandoned plans to ban sexist advertising, reports the BBC. “This law would be against freedom of speech, which is protected by the constitution,” said Malin Engstedt,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Disability Blog Carnival #36

While I’m on the subject of listening to those who don’t share my privilege, here’s the latest Disability Blog Carnival. Having spent many school holidays working with wonderful, happy children...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Feminism and race

I have recently come to realise that I am woefully uninformed on issues of race, particularly as they intersect with feminism and women’s lives. I grew up in what was...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Berlusconi shifts Italy to the hard right

Since coming back into power in Italy, Silvio Berlusconi’s most high-profile move has been to indulge in some sexist comments about Spain’s majority-women government. I’ve seen some speculation about the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Kyriarchy not patriarchy?

Is the concept of patriarchy too limited? Sudy at A Womyn’s Ecdysis explains why she talks about “kyriarchy”, not patriarchy. So, what does kyriarchy mean? (Any how do you pronounce...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Elizabeth Fritzl case

Reports are emerging from Austria of a woman held captive for 24 years by her father and repeatedly raped and forced to bear him seven children. One child died. A...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Bin the Bunny Tshirts now on sale

According to Beyond Feminism you can buy your very own Bin the Bunny tshirt for just £12. £7 from each sale goes to supporting the Radical Feminist Summer Gathering in...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Profiles for the Women’s Movement

The Guardian has profiled Carmen Callil who founded the Virago Press. Carmen Callil set up Virago to publish books that celebrated women – and dreamt of shelves of green paperbacks...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

And now blackamazon has quit blogging

Her final post is up at Problem Chylde. And when you’ve read that, you might want to go and re-read blackfemipower’s final post. Having Read The Fine Print is now...

Helen G // 27 April 2008

Categories: Blog

FEM 08

Zohra*, Me, Catherine and Laura all spent our Saturday at the FEM 08 conference in Sheffield, organised by the amazing Kat Banyard – seen here with Germaine Greer! No doubt...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

The sun has got hir hat on, hip hip hip hooray!

I’d like to start a new thread, based on a couple of comments in response to my post below, in which I said, jokingly, that I was putting on my...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Lancashire Police To Widen Scope Of Incidents It Will Record As Hate Crimes

According to The Big Issue In The North, Lancashire constabulary is to broaden the scope of incidents it will record as hate crimes to include offences against disabled and elderly...

Barbara Felix // 26 April 2008

Categories: Blog

Women Warriors, not in Woolworths…

There is an interesting short piece in The Economist concerning atlatlists, that is, spear throwing. Atlatl is an Aztec word, which refers not to the spear itself, but to the...

Barbara Felix //

Categories: Blog

Oxfam mothers campaign

From The Big Issue In The North, 14-20/4/08: “Oxfam wants people to knit nine inch squares for a giant baby blanket, with each square representing a mother who did not...

Barbara Felix //

Categories: Blog

58th Carnival of Feminists

I seem to have turned into the carnival queen this week but no matter – I’m more than happy to announce that the 58th Carnival of Feminists is now up...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

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