Articles from September 2008

Climate change, suffragettes, direct action

Climate change is a big problem. Direct action aimed at encouraging the government, and society in general, to do more to cut our greenhouse gas emissions is crucial. So, a...

Jess McCabe // 30 September 2008

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Abortion Rights Public Meeting 7th October, House of Commons (please come!)

In case anyone has still missed the news – abortion rights in the UK remain under fire thanks to elements of the Human Embryology and whatnot bill. And at the...

Kate Smurthwaite //

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Glasgow’s Black History Month

The Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance has put out its programme for Black History Month, which is in October. Some of the notable bits: An Evening With Jackie Kay and Suzanne...

Jess McCabe //

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Bringing home the bacon

Shadow education secretary David Willetts is worried. He’s worried about the make-up of people attending university, specifically. Or, to get even more specific, he is worried that too many women...

Jess McCabe // 29 September 2008

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Study of trans people’s earnings confirms workplace discrimination against women.

A US study based on data collected from 64 transgendered workers found that* trans women’s pay fell by around a third following their transition, while trans men saw their pay...

Laura //

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GM boss – electric car will help score “no makeup” women

[EDIT: OK, that was the wrong video! Sorry folks – something’s wrong with the site, and it embedded the wrong clip, but if you go here you can watch it]...

Jess McCabe //

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Take Back The Night – Toronto

Shameless Mag has posted a report and photos of Toronto’s Take Back The Night march. Pike tells it like this: Just being a part of a group of women come...

Jess McCabe //

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Feminist Webs: Working With Young Women

A collective based in Manchester have set up the resource site Feminist Webs to facilitate women and girl positive youth work based on “possibility, creation not consumption and participation”, with...

Laura //

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Latest Carnival of Feminists out now…

Head on over to Green Garbo, for the 65th Carnival of Feminists. As well as the usual link-love, this one includes a call to participate in this survey on women’s...

Jess McCabe // 28 September 2008

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The F-Word blog seeks book nominations for the F-Word book club

As a sort of sub section of the F-Word blog, we’re seeking to start an F-Word bookclub. The idea is for this to be as reader-led as possible, with readers...

Barbara Felix //

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World Bank, OECD call for $13 billion a year to tackle gender inequality and expansion of Millenium Development Goal beyond education

The World Bank and OECD have added up the figures and found it will cost $13 billion a year to meet the gender equality and women’s empowerment part of the...

Jess McCabe // 26 September 2008

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Equal rights for Princesses?

The 300-year-old law that stops a Catholic from being King/Queen and ranks males higher than females in claims to the throne could be abolished. The law as it currently stands...

Mel J //

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Name and shame

A woman in the tech industry has set up a group to name and shame conference organisers that fill the stage of their events almost exclusively with men. Dori Smith...

Jess McCabe //

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Banning prostitutes from hotels doesn’t seem such a great idea…

Leftwing MEPs are calling on the European Parliament to bypass hotels that enable prostitution, reports EUObserver. Unfortunately, the story is a bit unspecific on what this means – if it...

Jess McCabe // 25 September 2008

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“Fucking hell, why can’t women in this hospital give birth naturally?”

Samantha Shepherd was being informed by a doctor that she needed the emergency procedure because her pregnancy had become problematic and her then-unborn son Luke’s life was in danger. However,...

Jess McCabe //

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Coming out for animals

Why do queer activists in Uganda but animal activists in the USA bear the brunt of police suppression in their respective countries? Are they similarly subversive of “cultural” practices that turn out to be critical to the maintenance of state power?

sokari //

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I’m a sexworker and I’m not a victim

In "I'm a sexworker dont take away my livelihood", Lara responds critically to the "Brothel Report" by the Poppy Project (research into the UK sex industry in London. which goes to great lengths to paint sexworkers as women who are forcibly trafficked, drug addicts, drunken victims of pimps. Lara's story which is one story but no doubt there are as many Lara's as there are sexworkers with vastly different experiences challenges this stereotype of sexworker as victim

sokari // 24 September 2008

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The Ms Fitz Project

A group of lovely, lovely people from Leeds queer/feminist collective Manifesta have launched a project aimed at bringing feminist and queer positive events and activities to young people. Ms Fitz...

Laura //

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Human Rights Watch and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision call for an end to the police harassment of Ugandan sexual rights activists

In violation of Ugandan law, two human rights activists working with LGBT groups and communities in Uganda were arrested on the 10th September and held for 8 days without charges...

Barbara Felix //

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Axewomen a go go… for a change: Venus Zine takes on Rolling Stone at its own game

This is a bit of an old story now, from March… Fed up with those glossy music mag cover stories hailing ‘The best guitarists of all time’, and specifically fed...

Barbara Felix //

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Happy Bisexual Pride Day (um, for yesterday) and more…

Better late than never I guess, but yesterday was Bisexual Pride Day! Feministing and Queers United have more. Meanwhile: PETA wrote to icecream makers Ben & Jerry, asking them to...

Jess McCabe //

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Greenham book launch tonight in London

(Note: the image of this badge, below, comes from this amazing photo stream on Flickr. Really recommend checking it out, I had such a hard time choosing an image to...

Jess McCabe //

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A Round Up

First off, lets start with South Africa because no-one else has mentioned it yet. Thabo Mbeki was forced to resign over the weekend by internal dissent in the party. It’s...

Louise Livesey //

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Ladyfest Manchester 2008 update

As Barbara mentioned last month, Ladyfest’s Manchester 2008 event draws ever nearer. There’s an event tomorrow evening, called Ladybois – Bois/Men Who Support Ladyfest Manchester; click on the link for...

Helen G //

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The ‘High End Girlfriend Index’ and ‘High End Stripper Index’

Here’s a very literal example of the way women are viewed as commodities: A US lawyer has been tracking the “High End Girlfriend Index”, and the “High End Stripper Index”...

Jess McCabe // 23 September 2008

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