Articles from May 2010

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Please scroll down for new posts – we’re still updating below! The F-Word’s long awaited redesign is finally upon us, and we need your help to make it happen! Since...

Laura // 31 May 2010

Categories: Blog

Reclaiming The F Word: our new book!

My book with Kristin Aune – Reclaiming The F Word – is published next week! It’s been a very long time coming and I can hardly believe it’s finally here....

Catherine Redfern // 30 May 2010

Categories: Blog

Fundraise with Feminist Finery

Details of a feminist t-shirt available to help fundraise for The F Word redesign

Philippa Willitts //

Categories: Blog

Malawi: Breaking news – Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga pardoned

Further to my recent post about the sentencing of a couple to 14 years hard labour merely for getting engaged, BBC News (and others) are reporting that Steven Monjeza and...

Helen G // 29 May 2010

Categories: Blog

Mexico’s Supreme Court upholds rape victims’ right to access morning after pill

Good news from Mexico this week – the Supreme Court has upheld the right of rape victims across the country to access the morning-after pill, according to the Latin American...

Jess McCabe // 28 May 2010

Categories: Blog

Comments from April 2010

A round-up of reader comments from April

Jess McCabe // 27 May 2010

Categories: Comments

New review: Macbeth

Yasmin Eshref reviews a version of Macbeth set in the 1970s with an all-female cast Get Over It Macbeth from Mohammad Homouda on Vimeo. I’m a big fan of Mr...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

UK: ID cards abolition update

By way of a follow-up to an earlier post I wrote on the Identity & Passport Service’s post-election announcement about cancelling Identity Cards and the National Identity Register, this post...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Help women in ‘rape capital of the world’

Guest post by Tenley Peterson The crisis in DR Congo has raged for over 15 years, with citizens victimized by armed groups and their own military. This conflict has particularly...

Guest Blogger // 26 May 2010

Categories: Blog

Macbeth

Yasmin Eshref reviews a version of Macbeth set in the 1970s with an all-female cast

Yasmin Eshref //

Categories: Theatre

Summer school for feminist activists

UK Feminista is holding a free two-day summer school in London on Saturday 31 July-Sunday 1 August. Here’s the schedule, I’ll be chairing a panel on women and the media...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Haitian women’s activists regrouping

Women’s e-News has profiled a recently formed coalition of Haitan women’s rights groups, lobbying for “a Haiti where women no longer suffer high levels of sexual violence and marginalization at...

Jess McCabe // 25 May 2010

Categories: Blog

New review: Honour and the Sword

A L Berridge’s swashbuckler is a challenge to this male-dominated branch of historical fiction, says Sian Norris There are two types of historical fiction. The type where women are the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Welcome to our new bloggers!

I’m delighted to announce that Jolene Tan, Josephine Tsui and Shiha Kaur will be joining The F-Word blogging collective as permanent bloggers following their guest blogging stints earlier this year....

Laura // 24 May 2010

Categories: Blog

New feature: Back to burlesque

Has the shine come off burlesque as it mainstreamed? Chloë Emmott revisits her views About two years ago, I wrote a piece for The F-Word, called ‘Can Burlesque be Feminist?’...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

New feature: Hit Girl

Hit Girl, the 11-year-old assassin from the film Kick-Ass, represents a subversion of passive ideas of girlhood, argues Tracey Plowman. But at the same time the character poses some uncomfortable...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Narcissus

This story by Madhvi Ramani considers the struggle of one person to measure up to the beauty standard

Madhvi Ramani // 23 May 2010

Categories: Fashion and Image

New feature: Narcissus

This story by Madhvi Ramani considers the struggle of one woman to measure up to the beauty standard The first thing I saw were her feet and right off I...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Hit Girl

Hit Girl, the 11-year-old assassin from the film Kick-Ass, represents a subversion of passive ideas of girlhood, argues Tracey Plowman. But at the same time the character poses some uncomfortable questions and contradictions

Tracey Plowman //

Categories: Culture and Media

Honour and the Sword

A L Berridge's swashbuckler is a challenge to this male-dominated branch of historical fiction, says Sian Norris

Sian Norris // 22 May 2010

Categories: Books

Bring back The Pansy Project’s Facebook page

Manchester-based artist Paul Harfleet started The Pansy Project when he began to revisit various city streets to plant pansies at the sites of homophobic abuse. A string of homophobic abuse...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Back to burlesque

Has the shine come off burlesque as it mainstreamed? Chloë Emmott revisits her views

Chloe Emmott //

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Work and Play

Zoe Margolis wins libel damages

Zoe Margolis, author of the Girl with the one-track mind blog and books under the pseudonym Abby Lee, yesterday won libel damages from the Independent on Sunday following publication of...

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Blog

Anonymity for rape defendants?!

The government plans to grant defendants in rape trial anonymity, according to their coalition programme for government. Details are slight, by which I mean one line saying: We will extend...

Jess McCabe // 21 May 2010

Categories: Blog

Malawi: Couple sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour for getting engaged

Today, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, whom the media calls “Malawi’s first openly gay couple” even though Tiwonge identifies as a woman and her partner as her husband, were given...

Helen G // 20 May 2010

Categories: Blog

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