Articles from May 2008

Pretty vacant in pink

Goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of loveIn my pink cadillac Carrie recently made a technology-related post (link here) which captured my geeky attention. She was looking to buy a new...

Helen G // 31 May 2008

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Right wing in panic as former Republican congressman joins firm with standard diversity clause

A man named Dennis Hastert has joined a major law firm called Dickstein Shapiro. Why is this news? Because Hastert is the former speaker of the house for the Republicans...

Jess McCabe //

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Must read

Heather Corinna of the excellent Scarleteen has been writing for a while now over at her own blog about her experiences working at a clinic which offers abortions. This latest...

Jess McCabe //

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Deodorant firm worries about future men

Following on from Clare’s post about men revelling in a nostalgic brand of misogyny and homophobia, check out this report on how men will live in a world of “women...

Jess McCabe // 30 May 2008

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Retrosexual this…

Remember this quiz providing men with a helpful guide to satisfying the gender police? Now the Daily Mail has dug up a modern version – and some people clearly wish...

Guest Blogger //

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PETA strikes again… this time in Birmingham

A PETA protester has been “threatened with arrest” in Birmingham, reports the local newspaper. Although the Post’s report is all about the arrest, they’ve inadvertantly highlighted yet another gaspingly offensive...

Jess McCabe //

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Misunderstanding the problem of child abuse

On BBC Breakfast news some parents are complaining about a booklet produced by the NSPCC designed to inform children about how to report abuse. The booklet, which adopts a youth...

Louise Livesey //

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Not for Sale

[Edited to link to a better version on the European Women’s Lobby site. Thanks Anji – Catherine] At Ladyfest London I watched a very powerful and moving anti-prostitution documentary called...

Catherine Redfern // 29 May 2008

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Fundraiser for FAF and Girls Rock UK – 7 June

Music, poetry and a general good time over at the Lambeth Young Women’s Project, London, on Saturday 7 June, 8-12pm. All genders welcome.

Jess McCabe //

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(Don’t) show us yer tits

Renegade Evolution has an interesting post (link here) about that very gendered thing, the bra. Or, to be specific, one particular aspect of it: the lining. It seems that Playtex...

Helen G //

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How to choose your PC peripherals

I need a new flash drive to store my research on. So I go to Play.com, and see this utter piece of genius. Yes, it’s a PINK flash drive. So...

Carrie Dunn //

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Rounding up – from mechanics to Twin Peaks

Why don’t more young women take up “trades”, asks Kate at Salon, noting the example of high-earning women mechanics, plumbers, etc. I love hearing this, both because I hate snobbery...

Jess McCabe // 28 May 2008

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Hands up if you’ve experienced street harassment.

Cath Elliott has written an excellent piece on street harassment over at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, and once again the comments section has filled up with comments from arrogant...

Laura //

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Belated Thanks to Hoyden About Town

You may recall that, just before the New Year, Hoyden About Town were taking nominations for their selection of memorable posts from 07. Well, last week, the results were announced...

Holly Combe //

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Having your cake and eating it

EDIT: Believe it or not, I was a fully-fledged anorexic by the age of 12, so it’s not as if I’m a stranger to eating disorders! I had an utterly...

Samara Ginsberg //

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When is a safe space a safe space?

I was reading over the comments on the Jeremy Clarkson post by Kate Smurthwaite, and it got me thinking – particularly Rhona’s* comment. She said of female commenters (which I...

Anne Onne // 27 May 2008

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Telegraph gives the BNP blogs

The Telegraph newspaper is hosting a blog by Richard Barnbrook, councillor for the fascist BNP, we learn from Sunny at Liberal Conspiracy. I wish this was a joke. Check out...

Jess McCabe //

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South Asian book covers ‘coded female’?

Is the cover art on some fiction, specifically that written by Desi authors, “coded female”, Ultrabrown asks? It’s not clear how much of this is that South Asian culture is...

Jess McCabe //

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Message in a bottle

The other morning, I got off the Tube near where I work, as usual, walked round the corner from the platform and just stopped in my tracks in front of...

Helen G //

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Women in Black – Egypt

The BBC is running a series on Muslim women called ‘Women in Black’. My Private Casbah has some excerpts that made it onto YouTube, but readers in the UK can...

Jess McCabe // 26 May 2008

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Sexism sells

(Via WIMN’s Voices)

Jess McCabe //

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I HATE Jeremy Clarkson

There are some things that just need saying. I HATE Jeremy Clarkson. Phew, now I’ve said it. Maybe it seems harsh of me to single him out from a number...

Kate Smurthwaite //

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Early Monday morning round up…

18-year-old Mildred Beaubrun was shot after rebuffing “banter” – Essential Presence has more. Manjula Sood has become lord mayor of Leicester; the first time a south Asian woman has held...

Jess McCabe //

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‘Is she on a jihad mission?’

The above question was asked by a Newsarama reporter interviewing Paul Cornell – a writer for Marvel comic books – about a new British Asian character in the superhero title...

Jess McCabe // 25 May 2008

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An open letter to the Rt Rev Kieran Conry

Dear Rev Conry, You were quoted in the Daily Mail today, on the subject of the adoption agencies from which the Catholic Church is withdrawing funding. I understand that the...

Lynne Miles //

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