Articles from May 2012

How to run an accessible feminist event

Philippa writes about how feminist meetings and events can be made truly accessible to disabled women.

Philippa Willitts // 31 May 2012

Categories: Blog

Ukuleles for the ladies

Cabaret singer and four-string-strummer Tricity Vogue, who will be playing at The Albany in London on 10 June, talks about the ukulele's appeal to women

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Assange, the European Arrest Warrant, and the Supreme Court

Guest blogger Julian Norman uses her fancy legal skills to look at Assange's extradition back to Sweden.

Julian Norman // 30 May 2012

Categories: Blog

Women’s magazines

Guest blogger Julian Norman criticizes women's magazines.

Julian Norman //

Categories: Blog

Music paste up: Savages, Red Vinyl Fur, Tamara Schlesinger and how everything’s gone a bit post punk.

Hello, and welcome to today’s music paste up. First off, a brand spanking new band: Savages. Methinks the spirit of post-punk is strong in this one (

Cazz Blase //

Categories: Blog

New Review: The Boys, by Francesca Lewis

Cartoonish violence. Sexual exploitation. Homphobic language. Semi naked women. Big guns. Can any of these things be justified as “satire” any more? In her controversial review of (controversial) comic writer...

Marina Strinkovsky //

Categories: Blog

The Boys

Feminists get Garth Ennis' The Boys all wrong, argues Francesca Lewis. The sexual violence and objectification of women are satirical tools highlighting the emptiness of the superhero genre, rather than misogynist wish fulfilment

Francesca Lewis //

Categories: Comics, Reviews

Why Radio 5 Live’s programme broadcast from a Marie Stopes clinic was a great step forward

A guest post by Georgina Lewis.

Guest Blogger // 29 May 2012

Categories: Blog

New review: Santigold’s second album

It’s been four years since songwriter, record producer and performer Santigold released her debut self-titled solo album (or, rather, Santogold, as she was known at the time). As Cazz Blase...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

Master of her music: Santigold adds a second album to her portfolio

Cazz Blase listens to Master of My Make Believe and finds a range of musical influences and engaging mix of moods, from the crunchy and energetic to the quietly anthemic

Cazz Blase //

Categories: Music, Reviews

Weekly round-up and open thread, 22-28 May 2012

In case you’ve missed some feminist-related news and great posts in the past week, here’s a selection of the finest. As usual, add links in the comments section and feel...

Alicia // 28 May 2012

Categories: Blog

More than four in ten young women in London sexually harassed over the last year

A YouGov survey for the End Violence Against Women Coalition published today reveals the extent of sexual harassment experienced by women in public spaces over the last year.

Helen G // 25 May 2012

Categories: Blog

New review: Joanna Hogg, a very British outsider

The work of Joanna Hogg was selected to feature in the recent BFI season Made in Britain, focusing on British women filmmakers. Her cinematic (as distinguished from television and promotional)...

Ania Ostrowska // 24 May 2012

Categories: Blog

Joanna Hogg: a very British outsider

Paying close attention to director Joanna Hogg's creative process, Selina Robertson praises the filmmaker's two feature films as both truly independent and of great import for the British cinematic landscape

Selina Robertson //

Categories: Films, Reviews

New feature – The poly-feminist manifesto: towards a feminist non-monogamy

How do you ensure a community is anti-sexist? It’s difficult work whatever the community, no less, it turns out, in the polyamorous community. A group of workshop participants, writing anonymously,...

Jess McCabe // 23 May 2012

Categories: Blog

Sex work, trafficking and the Olympics: the case for a moratorium

Stop the Arrests Campaign, a coalition of sex worker rights activists and supporters, is calling for a moratorium on arrests, detention and deportation of sex workers in London with immediate effect until the end of the Olympic Games

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

The poly-feminist manifesto: towards a feminist non-monogamy

Some argue that non-monogamous relationships are inherently patriarchy-busting. But in practice that's not the case. A group of workshop participants pieced together this manifesto to change all that

Various Authors //

Categories: Sex and Relationships

“What if I take my problem to the United Nations?” UK Government’s record on human rights up for review

Charlotte Gage is a Policy Officer at the Women’s Resource Centre. She is working with a coalition of women’s and human rights organisations to raise the issues affecting women in...

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Legalities of excluding trans women from women only spaces

Julian Norman looks into the legalities of excluding trans women from women only spaces

Julian Norman // 22 May 2012

Categories: Blog

New feature: Women born women?

How is it possible for feminists to reconcile these two statements. The first, of course, is Simone de Beauvoir’s most famous quote: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a...

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

My pregnant body: sexualisation and sanitisation

Yasmin reflects on how her pregnant body is viewed and portrayed by others.

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

New feature: It’s not feminism that hurts men

I expect many of you will be familiar with the recent Observer article by Elizabeth Day about philosopher David Benatar’s claims that “sexism against men is a widespread yet unspoken...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

It’s not feminism that hurts men

Jo T examines a recent article supporting claims that men are "the new second sex" and finds it to be a highly misleading piece that fails to consider the role of patriarchal structures in men's suffering and instead opts to blame feminism

Jo T // 21 May 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men

Women born women?

As a controversial conference restricts entry to 'women born women', Helen G analyses this phrase

Helen G //

Categories: Feminism, Language

Weekly round-up and open thread, 15-21 May 2012

Here’s this week’s round-up of some of the bits around the internet we haven’t had a chance to blog about. Please add links in the comments section if there’s anything...

Lynne Miles //

Categories: Blog

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