Articles from March 2010

The “Bad Mother” Gene.

Congrats! You’re gay! It’s because you have a genetic disposition to being gay. But if you ever not want to be gay, you can just change your environment to decrease your disposition of being gay.

Josephine Tsui // 31 March 2010

Categories: Blog

Council of Europe adopts recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity

Via the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers (link here): Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Mini feminist victory for Pink Stinks!

Well done to the Pink Stinks! campaigners for persuading Sainsbury’s to stop the gendered labelling of their kids dressing up clothes. Doctors’ outfits are currently labelled specifically for boys, while...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

How you can support Gail Sherwood

Women Against Rape have put together a number of actions you can take to support Gail Sherwood, the woman who was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this month...

Laura // 30 March 2010

Categories: Blog

Fertile Feminism

Amity Reed, founder of new website Fertile Feminism, explains why mothers should be central to feminism. Laura has written a reciprocal post at Fertile Feminism, which you can read here....

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Checked your human privilege lately?

My name is Amy Clare, and I am a vegan feminist. (Or should that be veg*n fem*nist?) For my last post as one of this month’s guest bloggers, I’d like...

Amy Clare // 29 March 2010

Categories: Blog

Calling het couples who want a civil partnership!

Katherine Doyle and Tom Freeman, the couple who are aiming to make civil partnerships available to heterosexual couples, are looking for co-appellants to bring their case before the European Court...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Angry women in rock?

I’m not totally convinced by the premise of this Guardian feature – that women in rock are less angry (implicitly about sexism) than they once were. Nonetheless, Jude Rogers has...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Some Friday afternoon reading

Laurie Penny’s produced one of the most reasonable, balanced pieces on feminism and sex work / prostitution I’ve read over at The Samosa. I thoroughly recommend reading it. I’m not...

Laura // 26 March 2010

Categories: Blog

The Oscar Curse

Mathilde Madden is an author and journalist who writes about sex, sexuality, feminism and popular culture. She was also co-editor of Erotica Cover Watch (NSFW). Women, know your limits! Fancy...

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

David Cameron on gay rights – oops!

Update: Here is the link to a transcript for the first video interview with David Cameron by the Gay Times. And here is the link to a transcript for the...

zohra // 25 March 2010

Categories: Blog

A ‘conscience clause’ to legitimise discrimination

Further to Laura’s earlier post about how the General Pharmaceutical Council’s so-called ‘conscience clause’ will allow dispensing pharmacists to “refuse to prescribe items that might clash with their personal religious...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Labour would give pregnant women legal right to home births, dads right to stay overnight in hospital after birth

I’m a bit late to this one, but the government has announced plans to give women the legal right to choose where they give birth, and wants to overhaul maternity...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Pharmacists can continue to refuse to provide medication based on their beliefs

Amy Clare mentioned the recent case of a Sheffield woman who was refused the contraceptive pill by a religious pharmacist and told to come back the next day when a...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Freedom of religion is not freedom to discriminate

A gay couple were turned away from a B&B in Berkshire by its Christian owner, who claimed it would be ‘against her convictions’ to allow them to stay, the Guardian...

Amy Clare // 24 March 2010

Categories: Blog

Tampon Talks. Mama Says Good Girls Marry Doctors

MAMA SAYS GOOD GIRLS MARRY DOCTORS Retaining Control, Negotiating Roles: Diasporic Women and their Parents Part 3 of 4. Tampon Talks By Shalini Gogia It was 5:30 am. I was...

Josephine Tsui //

Categories: Blog

February comments on features and reviews – up now!

Comments on features and reviews from February are up now and ready to read. Huge thanks as usual to Helen G for her assistance coding the features and review comment....

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Comments from February 2010

Comments sent in during February

Jess McCabe // 23 March 2010

Categories: Comments

Disabled people failed by harsh benefit test

Thousands of chronically ill and disabled people are being let down by the medical tests for the Government’s new disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, reports the BBC. Citizens Advice...

Amy Clare //

Categories: Blog

UK Feminista launch

UK Feminista is a new feminist campaigning organisation aimed at bringing UK feminists together to fight for an end to gender inequality. It was co-founded by Kat Banyard, author of...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Scotland’s new hate crime law

From a press release by the Equality Network about Scotland’s new hate crime law, which will come into effect tomorrow, 24 March 2010: […] The new law is called the...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Gender Studies and the objectification of transsexual people

thisismytruth girl explains why Gender Studies academia is not for her. As a transsexual woman I feel strongly that Gender Studies academics objectify transsexual people like lab rats. A year...

Guest Blogger // 22 March 2010

Categories: Blog

UK survey: 1 In 7 women students have been subjected to sexual assault or violence

A recent UK survey of 2000 women by the National Union of Students is summarised in a report titled Hidden Marks (direct link to PDF). 1 in 7 women students...

Helen G // 21 March 2010

Categories: Blog

Are you a Bad Girl? Mama Says Good Girls Marry Doctors

The clashing of these values is a regular occurrence in every young person’s life, only it can be emphasized within immigrant cultures. There is no right path or decision. The problem is that EVERYONE has an opinion about it.

Josephine Tsui // 20 March 2010

Categories: Blog

Women’s Liberation Movement @ 40 – Reflections

Catherine Redfern gives some personal reflections on the Women's Liberation Movement @ 40 conference

Catherine Redfern // 18 March 2010

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