Articles from January 2013

A cut above the rest

Although wishing at times for a more personal touch, Hayley Foster da Silva is impressed by the breadth of She Bop, the recently revised and updated third edition of Lucy O'Brien's history of women and the music industry, and is pleased to come away from the book with lots of new information

Hayley Foster da Silva // 31 January 2013

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

New Review: A cut above the rest

In December 2012 Holly wrote about Bristol synth pop act Gaptooth and her explicitly feminist single ‘Ladykillers’, a song that was so strongly worded that some radio stations wouldn’t play...

Cazz Blase //

Categories: Blog

Let’s feed the trolls

Ellie Hutchinson of Scottish Women's Aid discusses the kind of online and offline trolling the organisation faces, and the importance of challenging it

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Top 5 most read reviews written in 2012

In continuation of the series of the best of 2012, today we will post the top 5 most read reviews written in 2012. 1. The Sex Myth: Why Everything We’re...

Josephine Tsui //

Categories: Blog

Women of the Revolution: A vox pop project

Holly shares the details from a press release by the Thomson Reuters Foundation about their launch of a Vox Pop project featuring interviews with 25 women in post-Arab Spring countries

Holly Combe // 30 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Top 5 most read features written in 2012

In continuation of the series of the best of 2012, today we will post the top 5 most read features written in 2012. 1. It’s not feminism that hurts men...

Josephine Tsui //

Categories: Blog

This minimally sane lunatic fights back

Philippa writes about how hurtful and insulting disablist language is, especially when used by feminists, in reaction to an article by Laurie Penny

Philippa Willitts // 29 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Top 9 most read posts written in 2012

In continuation of the series of the best of 2012, today we will post the top 9 most read posts written in 2012. 1. ‘Speed Her Up, Slow Him Down’...

Josephine Tsui //

Categories: Blog

Do we need warning?

Les Misérables is a much-praised musical likely to be viewed by millions. It also contains material that some individuals might find triggering. In this guest post, Jane Fae asks: do we, as the British Board of Film Censors seems to think, now need specific information warning us of this? Or are triggers so individual as to make such an exercise a waste of time?

Jane Fae // 28 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread, 27th January 2013

Philippa rounds up the links we've missed this last week.

Philippa Willitts //

Categories: Blog

Celebrating The F-word for 2012

Hi everyone! I hope your 2013 is getting off to a great start! While it is no longer 2012, the huge group of writers here at the F-word feel it...

Josephine Tsui //

Categories: Blog

Guest song of the day: Can’t Hold Us Down – Christina Aguilera

A guest post from Amy S. Rushton about Christina Aguilera's classic calling out of sexual double standards and slut shaming

Guest Blogger // 27 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Menstruation, 1946, Disney-style

Philippa unearths a video made by Disney in 1946 all about menstruation

Philippa Willitts //

Categories: Blog

Asylum seeker mother faces eviction after speaking out against G4S

Laura shares an urgent press release from South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group about an asylum seeker woman and her one-year-old who face eviction from their accommodation tomorrow

Laura // 22 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Where are all the girls in white coats?

Guest blogger V. S. Wells looks at sexism and the nature versus nurture debate in the context of women's under-representation in science

Guest Blogger // 21 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Lucy Anne-Holmes, heroine of the No More Page 3 campaign

Lucy Holmes has been spearheading the campaign to pressurise The Sun to drop the bare boobs from its Page 3. Sarah Edmonds speaks to Lucy about her inspiration and challenges

Sarah Edmonds //

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Interviews

Weekly round-up and open thread, 21 January 2012

Here's this week's open thread for discussion and our regular round-up of some of the articles and blogs we've noticed over the last week or so, but not had time to post about.

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Feminism is for everyone – including trans women

Helen considers the relationship between trans women and feminism

Helen G // 18 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Get an imaginary job with your imaginary wheelchair and your imaginary leg #esaSOS

Philippa describes how the latest changes to how disabled people are assessed will remove even more people who are unable to work from financial stability

Philippa Willitts // 17 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Beat the winter blues with London Comedy Film Festival 24-27 January (plus COMPETITION!)

While it remains contested exactly which week of the year is the most miserable one, a non-for-profit foundation LOCO will definitely brighten up the next week for Londoners. London Comedy...

Ania Ostrowska // 16 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Sarah Taylor makes “informal agreement” to play for Sussex

Reports suggest that England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor is in talks to play for the men’s second XI at Sussex. In an exclusive interview with Donald McRae, she’s said that she...

Carrie Dunn // 14 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's round-up of interesting and thought-provoking news and views

Laura //

Categories: Blog

Most of all mi love mi browning

I often see hip hop music and rap culture talked about in ways that makes me cringe, especially in feminist circles, where the conversation is often set up in ways...

The Tulloch //

Categories: Blog

The Observer publishes transphobic hate speech by Julie Burchill

UPDATE 14/01/13: This statement from John Mulholland, editor of The Observer, has just been published: We have decided to withdraw from publication the Julie Burchill comment piece ‘Transsexuals should cut...

Laura // 13 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Thoughts on sex education

Guest blogger Rachel reflects on what she should have learned in sex education, from female orgasms to LGBT relationships

Rachel Munford // 12 January 2013

Categories: Blog


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