Articles from February 2010

Baroness Warsi is no symbol of Tory progress

For the uninitiated, today is the last day of LGBT month; a time of the year for celebrating, highlighting and reflecting upon issues affecting the LGBT community. Ironically, this coincides...

Joanna Whitehead // 28 February 2010

Categories: Blog

Women in punk: ‘Too Good To Be Forgotten’

Women's involvement in British punk has been marginalised and written out of mainstream histories. In the next few months, The F-Word will run a series of features on women in punk by Cazz Blase. By way of introduction, here she sketches out her own first encounters with the genre, and carries out a vox pop in Manchester to gauge whether the person on the street can name any women in punk

Cazz Blase //

Categories: Culture and Media, Herstory

“A little place where I live safe”

Human Rights Watch have released a report on the use by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of Detained Fast Track (DFT), an accelerated procedure for asylum cases, for the cases...

Jolene Tan // 27 February 2010

Categories: Blog

New review: The Equality Illusion

Do you think feminism’s job is done? Kat Banyard’s book will remove your rose-tinted glasses, says Jess McCabe The Equality Illusion, subtitled The Truth About Women & Men Today, aims...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

The Equality Illusion

Do you think feminism's job is done? Kat Banyard's book will remove your rose-tinted glasses, says Jess McCabe

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Books

40 years of women’s liberation

It’s 40 years since the first women’s liberation conference at Ruskin College in Oxford, a significant event in the history of UK feminism. Next month the College is organising another...

Jess McCabe // 26 February 2010

Categories: Blog

Guest post: Help us prove the worth of the women’s sector

Sarah Brown is head of communications at the Women’s Resource Centre. UPDATE: The survey is now open until March 14, and can be accessed in three parts here, here and...

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

SFX magazine accused of sexism

Jenni Hill works as a junior editor at science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Solaris Books, where she very nearly has everyone using the Bechdel test. Very nearly. Author and...

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Female MCs and women in hip hop culture

Female MCs are ‘ruling UK clubs again’, according to an article published in The Guardian earlier this week. As with most proclamations that women are now ‘ruling’ a male-dominated arena...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Reminder: you are no more than your uterine potential

For me, the biggest problem with denying women access to safe, legal abortion is in the terrible risk to their health it presents. And the realisation (which sneaks up to...

Lynne Miles //

Categories: Blog

Diplomats and migrant domestic workers

There’ve been some stories in the news this week about the abuse of migrant domestic workers by diplomats. From The Times: Diplomats at several London embassies have been accused of...

Jolene Tan // 25 February 2010

Categories: Blog

Airbrushing for all?

In a world where women are systematically confronted with endless images of airbrushed female “perfection”, I heaved a large sigh whilst shopping in Boots yesterday. A simple trip to print...

Joanna Whitehead //

Categories: Blog

Misreading Lolita

I posted an earlier version of this as a Facebook note last September, when Polanski was arrested, but given the award he’s just won and a renewed spate of celebrity...

Jolene Tan // 24 February 2010

Categories: Blog

Bristol Reclaim The Night march

A guest post by Sian Norris of the Bristol Feminist Network: Friday 26th February is the second year that Bristol Feminist Network will be heading up a Reclaim the Night...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Spratz – a feminist kidzine

The CRAP! (Child Rearing Against Patriarchy) Collective’s kidzine is now available in readable and downloadable PDF format at the zinelibrary. It’s packed full of patriarchy-smashing stories, poetry, games and pictures...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Scotland Yard staff to be trained in psychological effects of rape

Det Chief Supt Caroline Bates, head of Scotland Yard’s first dedicated rape intelligence unit, has pledged that every woman reporting a rape will be interviewed by an officer trained in...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Guest post: Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice.

In this guest blog, Bethan Jenkins highlights the launch of Beat Cymru. Bethan is Assembly Member for South Wales West, and chairs the cross-party group on eating disorders at the...

Guest Blogger // 23 February 2010

Categories: Blog

New review: Lighting a fire

Christiane Inmann’s history of women’s reading and writing is a delicious read, says Jessica Gjergji As all forbidden fruit should be, Christiane Inmann’s cross-cultural history of women’s role as readers...

Jess McCabe // 22 February 2010

Categories: Blog

Lighting a fire

Christiane Inmann's history of women's reading and writing is a delicious read, says Jessica Gjergji

Jessica Gjergji //

Categories: Books

Hairy Legs

Philippa talks about others' expectations that she would be ashamed of hair on her legs.

Philippa Willitts // 21 February 2010

Categories: Blog

New review: Hello Kitty Must Die

The protagonist of Angela S. Choi’s comic debut novel channels the anger of every woman who has been belittled or demeaned, says Kaite Welsh “I hate Hello Kitty. “I hate...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Hello Kitty Must Die

The protagonist of Angela S. Choi's comic debut novel channels the anger of every woman who has been belittled or demeaned, says Kaite Welsh

Kaite Welsh //

Categories: Books

Faith schools could be given chance to opt out of providing effective sex education

The Catholic Education Service claim that their campaigning has led to Ed Balls tabling an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill regarding Sex and Relationships Education that could...

Laura // 19 February 2010

Categories: Blog

Kathleen Hanna interviewed

Former riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna is suddenly everywhere again (and very welcome she is too!) Her band Bikini Kill started an archive of stories about what their shows were like,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

A Place of Rage: coming out on DVD

A Place of Rage – Trailer from Kali Films on Vimeo. Pratibha Parmar’s documentary A Place of Rage is coming out on DVD: A Place of Rage is an exuberant...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

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