Articles from April 2011

Guest bloggers for May

A big thank you to Melanie Jeffs and Tracey Plowman, our guest bloggers for April, as the month comes to an end. Please welcome our guest bloggers for May, Amity...

Jolene Tan // 30 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Slutwalk London

[Photo of people marching in Slutwalk Toronto, focusing on a placard reading “Believe it or not, my short skirt has NOTHING to do with you”.] Slutwalk London is an anti-rape...

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Gagging orders: women being muzzled by rich men

Gagging orders are back in the media again with one high profile male celebrity after another seeking to protect their anonymity amid accusations of illicit sexual behaviour. Imogen Thomas’ appearance...

Mel J // 28 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Paperchase: now catering for sex offenders?

Philippa writes about an offensive new greetings card from Paperchase.

Philippa Willitts // 27 April 2011

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David Cameron tells Angela Eagle to “calm down, dear”

David Cameron told Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Angela Eagle to “calm down, dear” during Prime Minister’s Questions: I suppose it should come as no surprise. Via Political Scrapbook...

Jess McCabe //

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Call for Papers: Transgendered Feminism

Via the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania: Transgendered Feminism full name / name of organization: MP an online feminist jourmal contact email: llhinkle@academinist.org MP: Transgendered (Fall issue)...

Helen G //

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Weekly Round-Up And Open Thread, 25th April 2011.

Philippa rounds up the links and issues we have missed in the last week.

Philippa Willitts // 25 April 2011

Categories: Blog

My gender journey: Sisterhood, femininity and craft.

I asked my mother and my sister what the word sisterhood meant to them today. The short answer: “Not a lot”. My sister said it reminded her of hippies and my mother said it conjured up images of nuns. 'Sisterhood' has always been one of those terms that I've regarded with suspicion. Even before I understood the concept of cis privilege (the benefits afforded those whose gender identity is the same as that which they were assigned at birth), it seemed like a special club from which I felt excluded. I don't identify as trans, but like many people who may on the surface appear cis (and access related privilege) my gender journey has been far from linear.

Tracey Plowman //

Categories: Blog

The extraordinary adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

Adèle Blanc-Sec has been the star of her own comic book series since the early 1970s and Luc Besson’s adaptation of one of her stories is in UK cinemas now....

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Drawing women: the evolution of Lois Lane

In 1941, the executives who ran comics juggernaut DC forced the artists behind Superman to change the look of Lois Lane, with the aim of turning her into more of...

Jess McCabe // 24 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Why the Poppy Project is just the tip of the iceberg

A week ago we heard the news that the Poppy Project, which supports victims of sex trafficking, had lost its funding to the Salvation Army and may be forced to...

Mel J // 23 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Woman brutally beaten for using women’s toilet in fast-food restaurant

Trigger warning: violence against trans women Restroom panic, sometimes also known as bathroom panic; the terms mean the same. They refer to the sense of moral outrage and indignation experienced...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Abortion amendments: write to your MP

Want to write to your MP about Nadine Dorries and Frank Field’s latest attempt to restrict abortion access? Abortion Rights have put together a model letter. Of course, it’s always...

Jess McCabe // 22 April 2011

Categories: Blog

How green is your tiara? Get Miss Earth finals out of the London Green Fair 2011!

Clare Cochrane is a founder of Oxfordshire Reclaim the Night, and a Green Party member, and lives in an ecological housing co-op in Oxford There is no copyright on ‘green...

Guest Blogger // 20 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Disabled women and sexual assault.

Philippa writes about Kier Starmer's intentions to encourage women to report sexual assault, and about how disabled women can be particularly at risk.

Philippa Willitts // 19 April 2011

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Ireland: woman wins workplace discrimination case

Via NewsTalk (also The Journal and RTE): In the first case of its kind, the Equality Tribunal has awarded €35,000 to a transexual worker who was discriminated against on gender...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Policing boys for masculinity in Malaysia

(Trigger warning for child abuse, transphobia, homophobia, enforced gender performance.) Via @huiminmagdala, here is an utterly horrifying article from Malaysia’s New Straits Times, about a camp in the state of...

Jolene Tan //

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Usual disclaimer: the links below do not represent the views of TFW collective members, and are included only because we thought they might be of interest to readers, not because...

Laura // 18 April 2011

Categories: Blog

New feature: Princess Kate’s reality TV wedding

Royal wedding fever has overtaken the nation – or at least, it has overtaken the nation’s tabloids. Ray Filar considers the implications “It would be extremely unwise of anyone to...

Jess McCabe // 17 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Princess Kate’s reality TV wedding

Royal wedding fever has overtaken the nation - or at least, it has overtaken the nation's tabloids. Ray Filar considers the implications

Ray Filar //

Categories: Culture and Media

Poppy Project to support sex trafficking victims loses funding, may not survive

The Poppy Project has lost a £4 million contract to support victims of sex trafficking – to the Salvation Army, and may be forced to close. A story in the...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

DSM-5: will everyday worries be medicalised into Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

–Over the past three years I’ve written at length about the likely impact on TS/TG people of the revisions proposed for the forthcoming fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical...

Helen G // 16 April 2011

Categories: Blog

So when will we stop pimping our kids?

For the last few years I’ve been a co-parent to my partner’s two children. Her daughter is 12 years old and being part of her world has given me a...

Mel J // 15 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Friday LOLz

This is funny because it isn’t so far off from the reality of how tech has been marketed to women…

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

‘Budget for growth’ leaves women out in the cold

The Impact on Women of the Budget 2011, a UK Women’s Budget Group report produced in partnership with the Fawcett Society warns that the 2011 Budget will do little to...

Helen G //

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