Articles from June 2008

Turkey’s first women’s shelter

Muslimah Media Watch points us to a really interesting feature on Turkish Daily News, about the first women’s shelter in Turkey. When was it established? The late 17th century. The...

Jess McCabe // 30 June 2008

Categories: Blog

More on medical rape

Debi formerly of The Burning Times has set up a project to collect women’s stories of medical and obstetric rape. MORAG: When most women go into hospital to give birth...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Stephanie Toumi – an indictment of our immigration system

26-year-old Stephanie Toumi was on the first leg of a forced journey back to Cameroon. Her asylum claim had been rejected, and she’d already passed through the notorious Yarl’s Wood...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Tennis star’s disgustingly sexist attack on Anna Kournikova.

The Times reports that former mixed doubles Grand Slam title winner Justin Gimelstob verbally laid into Anna Kournikova and made sexist comments about other female tennis players during a US...

Laura // 29 June 2008

Categories: Blog

Round up

It looks like Warner Bros has effectively ditched The Women, a comedy with an all-female star-studded cast, Nikki Finke says. It’s not my kind of film, and may well be...

Jess McCabe // 27 June 2008

Categories: Blog

Race, gender identity, the justice system and the beating of Duanna Johnson

The slowness of Black civil rights organisations to denounce the police brutality towards Duanna Johnson in a Memphis Criminal Justice Center (link to my earlier post) has been given a...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Chavez enters EU immigration debate

In a fightback from the post colonial commons, Hugo Chavez of Venezula is threatening to withhold oil and prevent EU investments in Venezula should the EU go ahead with the...

sokari //

Categories: Blog

Ryanair calls business class service “beds and blow jobs”

Ryanair is courting publicity again, after announcing at a German press conference that the name for its business class service will be “beds and blow jobs” and the blow jobs...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

‘Mainstream’ lefty blogs and feminism

Earlier this week, me, zohra and Holly trundled down to the Guardian for Blog Nation, arranged by Sunny from Liberal Conspiracy. You can see Sunny’s photos here. The second panel...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Sexual Violence in the news

First off, Jill Saward, campaigner for victims rights and against sexual violence (also the woman who was raped in the Ealing Vicarage rape case but that’s not her sole identity,...

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Blog

Come on Boris, what you got?

Sandrine Levêque from Object reports on the next stage in the campaign to change the licensing laws for lap-dancing clubs

Sandrine Leveque // 26 June 2008

Categories: Activism

May’s comments up now

Comments on features and reviews for May are up. This time round, there was plenty of discussion about Kit’s piece on abortion, Jennifer’s piece on vulnerability and Anji’s report on...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Ask a feminist

Here’s the latest in our ‘Ask a feminist’ series. If you would like to submit a question for us to get our teeth in to please don’t hesitate to do...

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Blog

Oh noes! The poor white mens!

The Daily Express’ take on Harriet Harman’s announcement: I can’t believe they actually used the word “ethnics”… Hat tip to the ever lovely Alex C.

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Abortion, HFE Bill, Nadine Dorries amendment alert

A colleague has just informed me that Nadine Dorries MP has again used the HFE Bill to table another amendment to the Abortion Act to restrict access by lowering the...

zohra //

Categories: Blog

In Albania…

Freya alerts us to this story about the dying tradition in Albania of women taking an oath of chastity, then living as men. For centuries, in the closed-off society of...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Equalities Bill announced

The Government’s Equality Minister, Harriet Harman, has said she wants to tackle entrenched pay discrimination against women and to create a workforce more representative of society. Ms Harman defended plans...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Take Care of my Cat – quick hit review

Last night I saw an excellent film, Take Care of My Cat, the first feature-length production by Korean director Jae-eun Jeong. It’s a coming-of-age movie set in Inchon, Korea, following...

Jess McCabe // 25 June 2008

Categories: Blog

Retrosexism – Goodyear Tires

Via The Bilerico Project, this ad for Goodyear Tires from 1970 (according to YouTube) is actually kind of hilarious in how clearly it spells out the impression that women are...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Carnival of Feminists No 59

The Carnival of Feminists No 59 is up at Philobiblon. And as Natalie says, there’s "a veritable cornucopia of feminists posts". And she’s used an interesting way of organising the...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Ask a feminist – the blog edition!

Our ‘Ask a Feminist’ feature has become so popular that the volume of questions is getting a bit out of hand, I think it needs to move over to the...

Jess McCabe // 24 June 2008

Categories: Blog

Noisy heels + bright lipstick = “rape me”

Yup, once again the onus is being placed on women to prevent rape, with men entirely absent from the equation, this time in the Malaysian city of Kota Bharu: Authorities...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

What’s up at The Skinny?

Scotland’s freesheet The Skinny has dropped its LGBT section, and replaced it with a much-smaller, less gay section named “Deviance” – which has been put down to an editorial push...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Sending asylum seekers home with instructions to “be discreet”

In an outrageous statement against LGBTs and asylum seekers, UK’s Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith claims gay and lesbian asylum seekers can be deported to Iran (and other countries such as Nigeria, Uganda and Cameroon) safely as long as they are “discreet”.

sokari //

Categories: Blog

Heinz ad withdrawn showing two men kissing

Edit – Oops! It turns out the Heinz withdrew the ad, not leaving the ASA time to ban it. A Heinz ad showing two men kissing has been banned by...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

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