Articles from April 2009

Time to call out another privilege……

And of course the privilege I am speaking of, is Thin Privilege. Edited to add: Anji from Shut up, Sit down, has also blogged about Thin Privilege, and you can...

Lola Adesioye // 30 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Sure, you can have a cookie…

One of those phrases that floats around the femosphere is talk about people “wanting a cookie”, in recognition of their great contribution to the fight against kyriarchy, through, for example,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Female journalists expected to humiliate themselves for column inches

UPDATE: As Steph points out, Jill Parkin has been responsible for articles like this one about schools being ‘feminised’. I also found this, erm, interesting Mail column headlined “Why does...

Jess McCabe // 29 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Feminists in Israel arrested for ‘encouraging’ draft-dodging

Seven members of Israeli feminist group New Profile have been arrested, reports Haaretz, “for allegedly encouraging Israeli teens to refuse entry into the Israel Defense Forces”. A coalition of 20...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

“Now even Top Gear could fall foul of Harman sexism law”

…whinges the Daily Fail in just one example of the kind of pathetic complaints emanating from the more privileged corners of our green and pleasant land since the release of...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Equality Bill

The government has finally come out with its Equality Bill, bringing together (and hopefully improving on) nine seperate pieces of legislation and 100 other measures. Harriet Harman’s proposals on how...

Jess McCabe // 28 April 2009

Categories: Blog

New feature: Stink bombing the beauty pagaent

Protesters from Smash Miss Contest sneaked into the Miss London University beauty contest, releasing stinkbombs and distributing letters to the audience. Sarah Levack reports The final of the Miss University...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

A round-up

Italy’s Senate has passed legislation which toughens the sentencing for rape, and makes stalking a criminal offense. Unfortunately, it’s far from all good. The legislation was only passed by including...

Jess McCabe // 27 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Stink bombing the beauty pagaent

Protesters from Smash Miss Contest sneaked into the Miss London University beauty contest, releasing stinkbombs and distributing letters to the audience. Sarah Levack reports

Sarah Levack //

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism

Mary Wollstonecraft’s 250th birthday

Mary Wollstonecraft was born 250 years ago today. Celebrate by reading her famous tract, The Vindication of the Rights of Women. Or maybe one of her two novels, both, confusingly,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Sex-ed to be made compulsory(ish)

Under a somewhat misleading headline, the Guardian informs us that 5-year olds will be getting compulsory sex ed. Halfway down the article it’s finally clear that PSHE (Personal, Social and...

Lynne Miles //

Categories: Blog

New feature: A woman… and a geek?

Geeky women have a lot to put up with, from sexist portrays of women in their favourite media to friends, family and coworkers doubting their competence, says Wisrutta Atthakor. But...

Jess McCabe // 25 April 2009

Categories: Blog

A woman… and a geek?

Geeky women have a lot to put up with, from sexist portrayals of women in their favourite media to friends, family and coworkers doubting their competence, says Wisrutta Atthakor. But why should female geeks give up on what they're interested in?

Wisrutta Atthakor //

Categories: Culture and Media

Lilith’s Brood

I couldn’t resist doing a bit of a mini-review of Octavia Butler’s trilogy Lilith’s Brood (formerly published as Xenogenesis). I just finished it, and it’s surely one of the most...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Guest post: The Femagazinist Initiative

Charlotte Cooper, from Subtext Magazine, talks us through a project to support feminist magazines over ‘women’s’ mags The Femagazinist Initiative gleefully caught my eye this week when I noticed it’s...

Guest Blogger // 23 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Earth Day and feminism

Yesterday was Earth Day across the pond, a day established in 1970 to foster awareness of the Earth’s environment. (Global Earth Day was on the March equinox). No, this isn’t...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Angie Zapata’s killer found guilty.

Allen Andrade was last night found guilty of both first degree murder and bias motivation (hate crime) in his killing of the 18 year old Angie Zapata last summer. He...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

It’s official, Boris will not fund the promised rape crisis centres for London

London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday confirmed that he will not fund three new rape crisis centres for London, almost the only part of his election platform that had any merit....

Jess McCabe // 22 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Live Through This – Edinburgh

Live Through This is a collection of essays and stories which explore the link between creativity and self destruction, between being a survivor and creating art. It’s a fantastic, but...

Jess McCabe // 21 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Mothers For Women’s Lib

I just wanted to highlight an excellent UK blog on feminist motherhood and childcare, Mothers For Women’s Lib: Feminism changes a mother, and motherhood changes a feminist – here is...

Laura // 20 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Times cartoon on Jacqui Smith

Via Cath Elliot and Caroline at Uncool As Cath says: Can someone please tell the nation’s esteemed political cartoonists/satirists to change the record and start coming up with something a...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

New review: Feminism and Peter Pan

JM Barrie’s creation Peter Pan has an enduring popularity. Allison McCarthy digs into the sexist and racist history of the play and novel, and how this has been addressed in...

Jess McCabe // 19 April 2009

Categories: Blog

Feminism and Peter Pan

JM Barrie's creation Peter Pan has an enduring popularity. Allison McCarthy digs into the sexist and racist history of the play and novel, and how this has been addressed in modern adaptations

Allison McCarthy //

Categories: Books, Films, Theatre

Angie Zapata

Angie Zapata was brutally murdered in Colorado last summer: Allen Andrade is currently on trial in the US, accused of her murder. It is the first time that anyone has...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Sarah Haskins on euphemisms…

Jess McCabe // 18 April 2009

Categories: Blog

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