Articles from March 2009

The whole Jacqui Smith thing…….

So, I’m uber excited to be guest blogging here and I’ve spent the past few days panicking about what on earth my first post should be about. Then the whole...

Lola Adesioye // 31 March 2009

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Henry VIII “subjugated” by female historians paying attention to wives

Historian David Starkey is upset that Henry VIII isn’t getting enough attention. Because I clearly didn’t concentrate all that much in history classes, and haven’t been watching the Tudors, I...

Jess McCabe //

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Review: The Sex Education Show Vs Pornography

Last night’s first installment of Channel 4’s The Sex Education Show Vs Pornography focused on the way in which pornography affects young people’s attitudes towards and expectations of the female...

Laura //

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Cartoon in today’s Independent

The Independent ran this cartoon about the scandal over Jacqui Smith’s expenses. Politics.co.uk, meanwhile, runs a story quoting Vivianne Westwood’s son saying that Smith’s policies on lap-dancing, prostitution and extreme...

Jess McCabe // 30 March 2009

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Meeting on Kellie Telesford inquiry

As Helen G reported back in August last year, the acquittal of Shanniel Hyatt, who was accused of murdering trans woman Kellie Telesford, caused considerable shock and anger. At 7pm...

Laura //

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The Sex Education Show Vs Pornography

I missed the first series of Channel 4’s Sex Education Show, but will definitely be tuning in for the first installment of series 2 tonight at 9pm. This second series...

Laura //

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Firefighters roll out new uniform

The Fire & Rescue Services are launching newly designed uniforms, including fire-fighting gear to better fit women, hijab and turban options, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts and maternity wear. From the...

Jess McCabe //

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Rounding up on Sunday

A US congressman is pushing legislation to restrict the role of first lady. Millenium Development Goal 5, to improve maternal healthcare and meet some specific targets: making access to reproductive...

Jess McCabe // 29 March 2009

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Rebecca Hooper kicks ass!

It’s not often an article in the Daily Mail makes you smile, but I quickly wanted to share this one with you. This is too cute. Rebecca Hooper, who is...

Lynne Miles // 28 March 2009

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EHRC plans to axe Manchester helpline and cut jobs.

As if failing to support mandatory pay audits wasn’t enough to suggest that the Equality and Human Rights Commission isn’t working as it should, its plans to axe the Manchester...

Laura // 27 March 2009

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The rape myth in action

In what to me seems like a clear example of how rape myths contribute to the appallingly low rape conviction rate, a man has been acquitted of raping a woman...

Laura //

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‘Hot or not’ for female politicians

The reality is that the appearance of women in politics is under constant scrutiny. But it’s rarely so explicitly spelled out as by Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos, which carried out...

Jess McCabe // 26 March 2009

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Trans and queer fun in Manchester this weekend!

UPDATE: See comments for full tour details. There’s a couple of really interesting events going on in Manchester this weekend. Saturday sees Lynn Breedlove bringing his “queer, punkrock standup comedy...

Laura //

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Changes to condom and pregnancy advice advertising?

A review of advertising codes could lead to an end to the ban on condom adverts being shown before the 9pm watershed and enable pregnancy advice services to advertise on...

Laura //

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Comments from February 2009

All the comments from February

Jess McCabe // 24 March 2009

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Ada Lovelace Day

Today is the “international day for drawing attention to women excelling in technology”. Ada Lovelace Day was started by Suw Charman-Anderson, who has been in tech for years, but only...

Jess McCabe //

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Tuesday round-up

Feminist Peace Network posts about some of the unbelievably vile t-shirts which Israeli soldiers are adopting: The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry...

Jess McCabe //

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Call yourself a feminist? Listen now!

zohra is currently taking part in Radio 4’s Call yourself a feminist?, focusing today on young and online feminism. Listen here.

Laura //

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Lesbilicious watches Lesbian Vampire Killers so we don’t have to.

Lesbilicious Editor and former F Word blogger Milly Shaw has taken the plunge and reviewed the latest schlock from Horne and Corden, Lesbian Vampire Killers: I admit I was already...

Laura // 23 March 2009

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Class, childcare & housework in the recession

The New York Times ran an op-ed last week, which makes a couple of obvious but important points about how the gendered impact of the recession is covered in the...

Jess McCabe //

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Emergency contraception now available to buy online?

UPDATE: You can buy Levonelle, and regular oral contraception, here. The Daily Mail is claiming that, from today, it will be possible to buy up to three doses of the...

Laura //

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Portia De Rossi: I’m sorry my gay marriage hurts your head.

In which Portia De Rossi apologises for the calamitous effects of her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres on the pro-Prop 8 homophobes of the US. Hilarious! H/t Jezebel. Transcript: Hi, I’m...

Laura //

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New review: ‘The Trouble with Islam Today’

Sabre reviews Irshad Manji’s controversial book which challenges some of the ways Islam is practiced As soon as I saw The Trouble with Islam Today: A Wake-up Call for Honesty...

Jess McCabe // 22 March 2009

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England team in World Cup final

The women’s cricket team take on New Zealand on Saturday night/Sunday morning (live on Sky Sports, mark you), and have been immense not just in this tournament but over recent...

Carrie Dunn // 20 March 2009

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Pope to visit the UK?

The Guardian reported earlier this week that the Pope is considering visiting the UK next year: A spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, a permanent assembly...

Laura //

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