Articles from July 2013

Welcome to our first August guest blogger – gailem

Please welcome our brand new guest blogger for August, Gail Emerson (AKA gailem), who Tweets as @gail_em. Gail has just survived the first year of motherhood. She didn’t start her...

Lynne Miles // 31 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Trolls are not the most depressing part of this week’s twitter storm

This week, MP Stella Creasy must feel she’s slipped down the rabbit warren into an alternative universe – though one with fewer despotic queens than Alice’s wonderland. Not because she’s...

gailem //

Categories: Blog

What non-monogamy taught me about the ‘sex-positive’ movement

Elisa argues that sexuality is not set in stone and not above scrutiny, including when it comes to porn

Elise Haf // 30 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Outdoor pursuits: not for women?

Connie Cramp wonders why a top UK outdoor equipment retailer provides so poorly for female customers when there are so many examples of passionate women excelling at outdoor pursuits

Guest Blogger // 29 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Chancellor’s spending review is bad news for women

Though the Chancellor tried to make good headlines with his recent spending review announcement, it is clear that once again the budget has not been gender-proofed. Polly Trenow discusses the implications for women

Polly Trenow //

Categories: Features, Politics and Current Affairs

New review: Broadchurch

Beth Startin reflects on the ITV drama Broadchurch and finds an important message on abuse that subtly thwarts the conventional assumption that women whose partners have committed terrible crimes should...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

A slug in her house

Beth Startin reflects on the ITV drama Broadchurch and finds an important message on abuse that subtly thwarts the conventional assumption that women whose partners have committed terrible crimes should have known what was going on

Beth Startin //

Categories: Reviews, Television

Weekly round-up and open thread, 29 July 2013

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

Why this class-conscious feminist probably won’t be calling herself a socialist much more

The male Left's tendency to focus on a unifying working class struggle ignores the differing experiences of men and women, argues Elisa, particularly when it comes to sex work

Elise Haf // 28 July 2013

Categories: Blog

A battle I cannot win

Tara writes about the impact of fat shaming and discusses the intersection between feminism, fatness, diabetes and eating disorders

Tara // 27 July 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Man v. Food

Amy Calvert finds plenty of macho propaganda and some unfortunate portrayals of women when she examines a reality television series following a man’s attempts to conquer super-sized food challenges. Man...

Holly Combe // 26 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Man v. Food: backlash or banter?

Amy Calvert finds plenty of macho propaganda and some unfortunate portrayals of women when she examines a reality television series following a man's attempts to conquer super-sized food challenges

Amy Calvert //

Categories: Reviews, Television

A compassionate brute

Dirty Work by Gabriel Weston investigates the difficult life of an abortion provider. Katherine Williams finds it complex and compelling

Katherine Williams // 25 July 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

New review: Gabriel Weston’s Dirty Work

Gabriel Weston’s provocatively titled Dirty Work centres on the professional crisis faced by an abortion provider with a conflicted and complex relationship to her work. Katherine Williams reviews the audiobook...

Jolene Tan //

Categories: Blog

“Books are magic”: an interview with Ruth Ozeki

Claire Hazelton speaks to novelist Ruth Ozeki about writing, family, religion and more

Claire Hazelton // 24 July 2013

Categories: Books

New interview: novelist Ruth Ozeki

Writing is or ought to be an artful act, fiction in some sense literally artifice, but most of us are familiar with the feeling, coming away from novels, that we...

Jolene Tan //

Categories: Blog

New Review: Mesmerising: Abida Parveen at the Bridgewater Hall

A rare performance for the Sufi singer, and a coup for Manchester International Festival, Ruth Rosselson finds herself transfixed by the power of Abida Parveen’s voice and music The biannual...

Cazz Blase //

Categories: Blog

Mesmerising: Abida Parveen at the Bridgewater Hall

A rare performance for the Sufi singer, and a coup for Manchester International Festival, Ruth Rosselson finds herself transfixed by the power of Abida Parveen's voice and music

Ruth Rosselson //

Categories: Music, Reviews

Reproductive freedom is a class issue

A guest post by Glosswitch about abortion rights, challenging an article by Mark Atilla Hoare who presented, "pro-choice campaigning as a middle-class indulgence which harms "fecund low-income women""

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

The online porn debate: a call for respect

As the debate on internet porn and the controls that should be applied gets underway, feminists need to acknowledge that there is no party line on this issue, argues Jane

Jane Fae //

Categories: Blog

Radical funding for radical change

We were recently contacted by Edge Fund, who are looking for people to join their Advisory Group to help them make funding decisions. Read on to find out more about their work and values...

Guest Blogger // 23 July 2013

Categories: Blog

What being a Welsh speaker taught me about feminism

Elisa draws parallels between Welsh speakers' rejection of English language hegemony and feminists' rejection of other forms of hegemony

Elise Haf //

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Welcome to this week’s round-up and open thread. The following are links that we have found that might interest you. If you have found anything that you think other readers...

Shiha Kaur // 22 July 2013

Categories: Blog

A biro and a tenner

Unless you have been on Mars, you’ll know that feminists have been putting immense pressure on the Bank of England to reverse its plans to redesign the five pound note....

Jess McCabe // 21 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Armpits4August: Body hair, beauty myth and PCOS

Philippa writes about underarm hair, the beauty myth, Armpits4August and polycystic ovarian syndrome

Philippa Willitts //

Categories: Blog

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