Articles from January 2010

New feature: Feminism and fat

Susie Orbach’s classic Fat is a Feminist Issue became suddenly relevant to Helen Dring in the aftermath of a car accident which caused her to lose weight When I first...

Jess McCabe // 31 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Expectant mothers and street-lighting: making Haiti safe for women

As the recovery in Haiti continues – and the utterly misguided attempts to help begin (or at least you have to hope that’s what that was…) – the aftermath of...

Grace Fletcher-Hackwood //

Categories: Blog

Feminism and fat

Susie Orbach's classic Fat is a Feminist Issue became suddenly relevant to Helen Dring in the aftermath of a car accident which caused her to lose weight

Helen Dring //

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

It’s a Friday roundup!

Some diet and beauty ads will be banned on Spanish TV before a 10pm watershed, under proposals going through the country’s legislature. Via Mi blog es tu blog. French gynaecologists...

Jess McCabe // 29 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Want to help with revisions to Our Bodies, Ourselves?

The seminal women’s health and sexuality book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, is going to be updated and re-released next year. As part of the revisions, they’ve asked us to publish this...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

State of Isolation: abortion restrictions in Ireland

Human Rights Watch have released an in-depth report on access to abortion (or, rather, lack thereof) for women in Ireland, called State of Isolation. It highlights the Irish government’s wilful...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

New feature: The professional masquerade

Women working in corporate finance are expected to adhere to sexist and objectifying dress codes, says Amica Lane “Womanliness therefore could be assumed and worn as a mask, both to...

Jess McCabe // 28 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Women’s Support Project in funding crisis

The Women’s Support Project in Glasgow has had its funding slashed by Glasgow City Council, and is now searching for alternative funding. A reader sent in this statement: The Women’s...

Jess McCabe // 27 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Women of Steel honoured at last

Transcript below. Four Sheffield women travelled down to London last week to receive official thanks from Prime Minister Gordon Brown on behalf of the hundreds of South Yorkshire women who...

Laura // 26 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Quick hit: World’s Wife

An adaptation of Carol Ann Duffy’s collection of poems told from the perspective of the wives of famous men in mythology is currently on at Trafalgar Studios in London. From...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Baby taken from mother with learning difficulties

Kerry Robertson, a 17-year-old with learning difficulties who was prevented from marrying her boyfriend of one year back in September because social workers believed she was unable to understand the...

Laura // 25 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Feminist language in France

The use of Ms as an honorific free of implications about women’s marital status is pretty well established. But Francophone women don’t have an equivalent. Over at Comment is Free...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

New feature: In our satin tights, fighting for our rights! But are women really natural campaigners?

Stereotypes about women drawn to campaigning because they are natural nurturers do more harm than good, argues Mhairi Guild We’re a nurturing, caring bunch, aren’t we, ladies? Not like those...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Natasha Walter: ‘I believed sexism would wither away. I was entirely wrong’

Look this way for Kira Cochrane’s interview with Natasha Walter in the Guardian, whose new book is Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism. Its an intriguing interview that covers peer...

Syma Tariq //

Categories: Blog

The professional masquerade

Women working in corporate finance are expected to adhere to sexist and objectifying dress codes, says Amica Lane

Amica Lane // 24 January 2010

Categories: Work and Play

Hairy sister on the red carpet, whoop!

As a committed hairy feminist, I was delighted to see actress and comedian Mo’Nique happily baring her hairy legs at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this week. It wasn’t a...

Laura // 22 January 2010

Categories: Blog

F-worders: challenge the politicians!

Eaves are holding a pre-election Question Time for Women on the 16th March, where 2,000 people will have the chance to submit questions to the Ministers for Women about their...

Lynne Miles // 21 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Feminist action, Haiti

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development is collecting together information on the crisis in Haiti, where you can read about the historical context, the gendered impact of the current...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Media bias, courtroom misogyny and police incompetence: how rapists get away with it

Trigger warning We Mixed Our Drinks blogged yesterday on the tabloids’ fondness for reporting ‘cry rape’ stories, and observed: “when the media continues to publicise such cases yet ignore the...

Grace Fletcher-Hackwood // 20 January 2010

Categories: Blog

22 Jan: Blog for Choice Day 2010

In this guest post, Earwicga gives details on how you can get involved in the fifth annual Blog for Choice day on Friday. In 1973 the United States Supreme Court...

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Mobile call charges to benefit claim lines scrapped (…mostly)

Sorry, another post about welfare benefits. I seem to have become The F-Word’s DWP correspondent. Let me just explain why I’m excited about this… When I first moved to Manchester,...

Grace Fletcher-Hackwood // 19 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Is a feminist economics possible?

I have been reading a lot recently about feminist economics, which essentially comes up with a fascinating, radical idea: GDP – the basic measure of how an economy is doing...

Syma Tariq //

Categories: Blog

Lessons from Tinsley House

In this guest post, Debora Singer from Asylum Aid argues the Tinsley House report is just one example of a wider need for gender sensitivity in the UK Border Agency...

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Interviewing men who buy sex

Just over 100 London men who buy sex from prostitutes/sex workers have been interviewed, as part of an international study the Guardian reports. You can also read the full report...

Jess McCabe // 17 January 2010

Categories: Blog

Racism, reproductive (in)justice in Israel

Health clinics in Israel appear to be pushing a long-term and risky contraceptive on Ethiopian women in what feminist groups have called out as a fundamentally racist policy. The National...

Jess McCabe // 15 January 2010

Categories: Blog

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