Articles from March 2011

Breaking the cis filter

When I was younger, I thought I was the 'opposite' binary gender to my assigned one and expressed myself accordingly. I was asked if I wanted to transition (in their words "have a sex change" when I was older. I replied no. Scornfully. Why would I do that? How would that even work? Such was the cis filter on my life that to me, at the age of thirteen with a lot of gender-related Feelings, trans people were the crossdresser in the charity shop in town and the 'tranny' comments people made when they saw me. I had no idea that these genitals did not make me my assigned gender, that there was a possibility of not being my assigned gender, that there was a whole world outside the binary.

JKBC // 31 March 2011

Categories: Blog

Unfortunately not an April Fools’ joke: cuts hit shelters for domestic violence victims

60% of refuge services will receive no council funding from tomorrow, according to Women’s Aid. As reported by The Guardian yesterday, 72% of floating support services will also be defunded...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Free Iman al-Obeidi

Only a few weeks ago my co-blogger Philippa wrote a post quoting Freda Adler: “Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.” In the case of...

Jolene Tan // 30 March 2011

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up post. It’s one day late, but just as full of links we saw, found of interest, but didn’t get around to blogging about....

Jess McCabe // 29 March 2011

Categories: Blog

England player takes a break from international football because of family pressures

Bad news for England’s women’s football team, three months prior to the World Cup, as key midfielder Katie Chapman opts to take a break from international football because of the...

Carrie Dunn //

Categories: Blog

Miss Representation

Miss Representation is a documentary about the way the US media portrays women. It just premiered at Sundance, no word on when it might be released here. Looks interesting from...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Female boxers wanted for documentary

A documentary film-maker is looking for female boxers. She asks: Are you a professional or amateur female boxer? Do you coach female boxers? Do you want to have your say...

Jess McCabe // 28 March 2011

Categories: Blog

The tyranny of silencing

If I asked everyone here who had been called "humourless" or "too angry" when they stood up for their beliefs in equality to raise their hands, I imagine we would see a forest of hands. It's such a familiar situation - stressful, distressing, frustrating, alienating, but so common. Call out a sexist joke? Humourless. Call out racist taunts? Oversensitive. Call out cissexism? Angry over nothing.

JKBC //

Categories: Blog

New review – Wigs, lipstick and alcohol: review of the BBC’s Silk

Although it may be a gripping courtroom drama, Abby O’Reilly argues that Silk fails to reflect the true status of women in the legal profession Be it a voyeuristic insight...

Jess McCabe // 27 March 2011

Categories: Blog

Wigs, lipstick and alcohol: review of the BBC’s Silk

Although it may be a gripping courtroom drama, Abby O'Reilly argues that Silk fails to reflect the true status of women in the legal profession

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Television

Domestic worker abuse in Cambodia

Via United for Foreign Domestic Workers’ Rights, there are reports of the abuse of Cambodian domestic workers training for work in Malaysia. This includes allegations that women have been forcibly...

Jolene Tan // 25 March 2011

Categories: Blog

If clean technology is to power the economy, what does it mean that the industry is so male-dominated?

By night, I am the editor of The F-Word. By day, I am a journalist covering finance, tech and policy stories about environment issues – not least, the efforts to...

Jess McCabe // 24 March 2011

Categories: Blog

It’s never too soon to start!

[Edited to add: Trigger warning: this post involves abusive behaviour towards a child and possible body dysphoria issues] On the Botox injections and pubic waxing, that is. Here is a...

Jolene Tan //

Categories: Blog

Mike Tyson, forgive and forget?

In 1992, US boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served three. It has been nearly two decades. But is that long...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

“Asylum Dialogues: On a Clear Day you can see Dover”

Iceandfire Theatre in collaboration with UCL’s Migration Research Unit are performing extracts from two of their plays examining asylum and migration in Europe today. The performance is followed by a...

Helen G // 23 March 2011

Categories: Blog

Trans Murder Monitoring project update reveals more than 500 reported murders of trans people in the last 3 years

The Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project has published its latest update regarding the numbers of recorded murders of trans people worldwide – and it makes depressing reading. From the Trans...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

26 March 2011: March for the Alternative – Women’s bloc

Women Against the Cuts – “A group of women from diverse backgrounds who have come together to fight the government cuts from a feminist perspective” – are organising a women’s...

Helen G // 22 March 2011

Categories: Blog

Girls Gone Wild comes to the UK

Porn franchise Girls Gone Wild is bringing its baseball caps and tourbus to the UK, we learn via our friends at Lesbilicious. The UK tour will see the Girls Gone...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

UK welcomes UN statement on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website: Foreign Office and Equalities Ministers have welcomed the statement on “Ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread 15 – 21 March 2011

Here are some articles and blog pieces we didn’t get around to covering in detail on the blog this week but would like to let you know about. Disclaimer: The...

Holly Combe // 21 March 2011

Categories: Blog

New feature: A day-by-day struggle

From the struggle to keep domestic violence shelters open to the machinations of which mullah to align with, a discussion with four Afghan politicians reveals the challenges women face. Helen...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Dalia Ziada on Women in the New Egypt

By way of a postscript to my recent post about the exclusion of women in Egypt from the democratisation process, I’ve just come across this interview with blogger and activist...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

No mind untouched

The kyriarchy leaves no mind untainted. If we examine our minds, our attitudes, we will all find biases, prejudices, stereotypes, stigmas, even self-hatred that is all coming from the oppression that we have been surrounded by from the moment our lives dawned on this world. So what does that mean for us? On the one hand, it means that everyone interested in the cause of abolishing oppression can do a massive thing; challenge their own bias and oppressive ideas. That's hard, but it's also wonderful. It doesn't require grand gestures, or publicity - just introspection, humility and a willingness to apologise for and learn from our mistakes. On the other hand, it complicates everything massively. Most people we interact with day-to-day don't try to challenge their oppressive attitudes, and the old proverb about leading a horse to water holds firm.

JKBC //

Categories: Blog

A day-by-day struggle

From the struggle to keep domestic violence shelters open to the machinations of which mullah to align with, a discussion with four Afghan politicians reveals the challenges women face. Helen G reports

Helen G //

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Religion, Violence

27 March: Seizing the Screen – all female hip-hop film screening

Seizing the Screen is an all female hip-hop film screening to take place in London especially for Women’s History Month in March. We welcome an audience of all ages, genders,...

Helen G // 20 March 2011

Categories: Blog

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