Articles from February 2012

Do H&M deserve a boycott?

A guest post by Elin Weiss & Hennie Weiss about the misrepresentation of women in the fashion industry.

Guest Blogger // 27 February 2012

Categories: Blog

Sylvia’s Lovers – Elizabeth Gaskell’s anti-romantic novel

LucindaE rereads Elizabeth Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers not as a sentimental love story, but rather, a merciless tale of flawed love and thwarted ambition

LucindaE //

Categories: Books, Reviews

New review: Sylvia’s Lovers

LucindaE rereads Elizabeth Gaskell’s Sylvia’s Lovers not as a sentimental love story, but rather, a merciless tale of flawed love and thwarted ambition Elizabeth Gaskell’s Sylvia’s Lovers begins in a...

Iman Qureshi //

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up – Monday 27th February 2012

Greetings! Here’s this week’s batch of links we noticed or had brought to our attention but didn’t blog about. As always, don’t shoot the messenger – linking here doesn’t necessarily...

Carrie Dunn //

Categories: Blog

New feature: Hot pants or hot air?

Are we being manipulated into a faux moral panic over the ‘sexualisation’ of young girls? That’s the question that Ruth Whippman poses today. She talks about her experiences as a...

Jess McCabe // 26 February 2012

Categories: Blog

Hot pants or hot air?

Is the 'sexualisation of young girls' really getting worse - or has it been exaggerated for the sake of shocking tabloid headlines? Ruth Whippman reports

Ruth Whippman //

Categories: Culture and Media, Family

Since when are associations to slavery sexy and fun?

A guest post by Elin Weiss & Hennie Weiss about a recent advertising campaign in Denmark.

Guest Blogger // 25 February 2012

Categories: Blog

Are you a neighbour from hell? You might be surprised.

Philippa writes about a speech in which Prime Minister David Cameron bemoans poverty as a cause of societal problems. She suspects it may be the other way round.

Philippa Willitts //

Categories: Blog

The Twilighting of Near Dark

If you are a vampire movie fan you’ve probably watched Near Dark. The film was Kathryn Bigelow’s first as a director. Because the studio didn’t trust her, “the film’s producer,...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

In praise of tampons

I’m just going to put this out there: I reckon tampons are almost as essential to female freedom and equality as birth control. It’s not something that we like to...

Harriet S H // 24 February 2012

Categories: Blog

The UK asylum system still isn’t gender sensitive

Christel Querton, Legal Policy Officer for the Women's Project at charity Asylum Aid, highlights the experiences of women in the UK asylum system and calls on the government to do more.

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

New review: Wild Flag at The Electric Ballroom

Wild Flag had a busy start to this year, continuing their UK tour, then heading to Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Berlin. They’re currently taking a break from the tour...

Holly Combe // 23 February 2012

Categories: Blog

Flying the flag for women who rock

Wild Flag are a highly credible all-woman line-up with roots in some of the coolest bands in the last 20 years, but can they cut it live? Lydia Harris checks them out at Camden's Electric Ballroom and discovers that, yes, they absolutely do!

Lydia Harris //

Categories: Music, Reviews

Update: Paddy Power transphobic ad no longer to be screened

A transphobic advert is no longer to be broadcast, but are there further implications for trans* and cis women attending the event?

Helen G //

Categories: Blog


Laura Sneddon extols this provocative graphic autobiography as an unmissable read for feminists

Laura Sneddon //

Categories: Comics, Reviews

Sex-selective abortion and the right to choose

In light of an investigation by the Daily Telegraph, Laura considers the pro-choice position on sex-selective abortion.

Laura //

Categories: Blog

New review: Persepolis, by Laura Sneddon

Laura Sneddon't brilliant review of Marjane Satrapi's provocative graphic novel hits the right balance between perspective and empathy

Marina Strinkovsky //

Categories: Blog

Workfare: yet more contempt from the government of the wealthy

Public anger over the government's workfare schemes has kicked off this week following the widespread online circulation of adverts for "jobs" in Tesco paying only travel expenses and JSA. Laura argues that feminists need to join the fight.

Laura //

Categories: Blog

What? You don’t wet wipe?

Ciara O'Connor takes on the latest hygiene product marketed at women: Washlets.

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Those who think VAW is a joke will never take it seriously – unless they are made to pay

A guest post from Jane Fae picking up on the Paddy Power story that Helen G blogged about on Sunday

Jane Fae // 22 February 2012

Categories: Blog

Ask A Feminist #6: A question of nuance

This week's Ask A Feminist tries to reconcile two potentially conflicting feminist beliefs relating to women's dress and speech.

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Is it any surprise?

Philippa ties together three stories about rape culture that she was made aware of today.

Philippa Willitts // 21 February 2012

Categories: Blog

New review: ¿Which Side Are You On?

If you like folk or indie music but don’t happen to know the work of feminist icon Ani DiFranco yet, you’re in for a journey of discovery. The singer has...

Holly Combe // 20 February 2012

Categories: Blog

¿Which Side Are You On?: Ani DiFranco keeps things political

Feminist icon Ani DiFranco has released 17 studio albums over the last three decades and, with Righteous Babe Records in 1990, became one of the first independent artists to launch her own label. Ruth Rosselson listens to her first album to be released in over three years and finds that DiFranco is still not afraid of tackling thought-provoking issues while making us smile and sing along

Ruth Rosselson //

Categories: Music, Reviews

February’s playlist… a post-Valentines Day affair…

The theme of this months playlist is love, romance, relationships… and the good, the bad, and the ugly of them. (For the sharemyplaylists link, click here…) Think of this months...

Cazz Blase //

Categories: Blog


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