Articles from August 2013

New interview: Campbell X on Stud Life

Selina Robertson, film writer and festival programmer, as well as our regular contributor, caught up recently with her friend and former London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival co-programmer Campbell X....

Ania Ostrowska // 30 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Campbell X on Stud Life

Selina Robertson talks to British queer filmmaker Campbell X about her first feature, gay-lesbian friendships and how buying flowers for a lover is a feminist thing

Selina Robertson //

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

International cricket: England regain the Ashes from Australia

While the headlines have been taken up by the England men's series victory over Australia (and the rather unconventional celebration of urinating on the pitch at the Oval), the England women have been quietly working away and have secured an Ashes win of their own.

Carrie Dunn //

Categories: Blog

Guest post: The power of protest

With a memorial planned for the 200th anniversary in August 2019, The Peterloo Massacre is an atrocity that should never be forgotten. This guest post from J. T. Rattray reflects on an edition of The Culture Show about Maxine Peake's performance of Shelley's landmark poem on Peterloo at Manchester's International Festival last month

Holly Combe // 29 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Ace of Clubs: Is there room in the feminist movement for asexual women?

Laura Buttrick considers how asexuality, sex positive feminism and feminist opposition to rape culture and patriarchy intersect

Guest Blogger // 28 August 2013

Categories: Blog

India needs comprehensive reform, not death penalty, to deal with violence against women

This is a guest post by Dr Aisha K. Gill, Reader in Criminology at the University of Roehampton. Her main areas of interest and research are health and criminal justice...

Guest Blogger // 26 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Round up and open thread

Our round-up of interesting and thought-provoking news and views from the past week

Josephine Tsui //

Categories: Blog

When online feminist activism meets the surveillance state

Helen G looks at some of the recent revelations about the extent to which our everyday internet usage is monitored by various government agencies and suggests a few ways in which feminist activists may be able to mitigate some of the online intrusions of the surveillance state.

Helen G // 25 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Theatre at EdFringe

Over the past few weeks, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been in full flow and The F-Word has reviewed some of the theatre on offer. Alyson Macdonald, Cathy Hornby, Hazel...

Megan Stodel // 24 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Fatherhood is a feminist issue

Imagine a situation where a woman defies her husband to smuggle political dissidents out of the country, putting her own and his life at risk, but it doesn't even occur to her to ask him to share the household chores by doing a bit of washing up.

gailem // 23 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Men must stand against this misogyny

Stephen Burrell on why men need to stand up against sexism and create new forms of masculinity that oppress neither women nor men

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

“the CPU is not made for this motherboard”

For anyone who has been following the lead-up to the recent military trial and conviction of the former United States Army soldier Private Manning in Texas, her announcement today will, in all likelihood, come as nothing of a surprise.

Helen G // 22 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Mini reviews and F-Word comedy announcement!

Chella Quint launches the F-Word comedy section with a rundown on the shows at the Edinburgh Fringe that she chose to spend her time seeing. This is the official opening,...

Holly Combe // 20 August 2013

Categories: Blog

F-Word comedy section: official opening!

Hello! Welcome (properly) to The F Word comedy section. We now have a Twitter account: @fwordcomedy and are building up a pool of reviewers. If you'd like to be a reviewer, get in touch! Details are at the bottom of this post

Chella Quint //

Categories: Comedy, Reviews

Why crimes against sex workers should be treated as hate crimes

Most sex workers find it difficult to report rape or violence because of the stigma associated with prostitution. Ruth Jacobs argues for a model that treats crimes against sex workers as hate crimes, a model that has been successful in increasing reporting of crimes and convictions in Merseyside

Ruth Jacobs // 19 August 2013

Categories: Activism, Features, Violence

Weekly round up and open thread, 19th August 2013

Philippa links to the stories and happenings that we've been unable to cover this week

Philippa Willitts //

Categories: Blog

Would Scottish independence be bad for women’s health?

Ana Hine compares women's healthcare in England and Scotland

Guest Blogger // 18 August 2013

Categories: Blog

More of The F-Word at EdFringe

In our second round-up of reviews, we discuss productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that deal with subjects including sex work, trans* issues and religion

Various Authors //

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

The good type of insult

Philippa shares a video of an officer of the Division of Political Correctness, who explains that choosing non-offensive language is not a matter of free speech

Philippa Willitts // 16 August 2013

Categories: Blog

The circle of shame

Gemma Louisa Morrison decries the promotion of dieting and negative body image in women's magazines

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

New feature: Kate Whitley interview

With three operas already written, 23 year old composer Kate Whitley is part of a “bold new breed” bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into new contexts....

Holly Combe // 15 August 2013

Categories: Blog

A room of her own

With three operas already written, 23 year old composer Kate Whitley is part of a "bold new breed" bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into new contexts. Claire Hazelton talks to Kate about her work and her hope to use her status as an outsider in a male dominated field to help create change

Claire Hazelton //

Categories: Interviews, Music

Warsi: Women can and must play a crucial role in building the Afghanistan of the future

Our April guest bloggers, the No women, no peace. campaign, report back on their petition hand-in last month

No Women No Peace //

Categories: Blog

Fighting anti-immigrant racism in the UK

Chitra Nagarajan reflects on the UK's history of racism towards immigrants - as well as the positive benefits of immigration - in light of recent Home Office targeting of immigrants and black people, and explains what we can do to fight back

Guest Blogger // 14 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Rethinking the discourse of sexual harassment

After following Everyday Sexism on Twitter and reading its website for nearly a year, there are times when reading their continuous flow of sexual harassment stories becomes too painful an...

Alicia // 13 August 2013

Categories: Blog


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