Articles from September 2013

Guest bloggers for October

This month we are lucky to have two guest bloggers for the month of October. Joy lives in London and has a background in business management and HR. She is...

Josephine Tsui // 30 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Crime, punishment and the nuances of child rape: Only Connect

Sarah writes about Victoria Coren Mitchell's call for "nuance" in the light of Samantha Geimer's account of being drugged and raped by Roman Polanski

Sarah Thomasin //

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 will enjoy please add links in the comments section below. As usual, please note that a link here doesn't imply endorsement or agreement, and some links might be triggering.

Shiha Kaur //

Categories: Blog

New review: Mania Akbari’s One. Two. One

Following the July retrospective of Iranian director Mania Akbari at BFI Southbank, Second Run DVD released Akbari’s 2011 feature One. Two. One on DVD. Our new contributor L W Yates...

Ania Ostrowska // 29 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Plastic surgeons and fortune tellers

L W Yates hails a nuanced sketch of a young Iranian woman masterfully constructed in Mania Akbari's One. Two. One

L W Yates //

Categories: Films, Reviews

Watching women’s football in a hotel bar

This week I found myself away from home, and therefore not able to watch England v Turkey in the World Cup qualifier, screened live on BBC Three. Without wifi, I...

Carrie Dunn // 28 September 2013

Categories: Blog

New Review: Fairport Conventional

A recent reissue of Fairport Convention’s 1974 album Rising For The Moon makes for disappointing listening for long time Sandy Denny fan M. Lý-Eliot Sandy Denny is an iconic figure...

Cazz Blase // 27 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Fairport Conventional

A recent reissue of Fairport Convention's 1974 album Rising For The Moon makes for disappointing listening for long time Sandy Denny fan M. Lý-Eliot

M. Ly-Eliot //

Categories: Music, Reviews

Kim Longinotto’s Salma: new review and SCREENING TONIGHT

When Salma was 13, her parents took her out of school and locked her away in a room with a single window. After nine years she gave in to pressure...

Ania Ostrowska // 26 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Back in her own back yard

In her documentary about Tamil woman poet Salma, Kim Longinotto gives us a story of emancipation with an unexpected ending, says Sophie Mayer

Sophie Mayer //

Categories: Films, Reviews

On power, voice, and male feminists

“The best thing a man can do when a woman is speaking is shut up and listen,” says Dad Who Writes in a recent blog post explaining why, in his...

Linnea Dunne // 23 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread, Monday 23rd September 2013

Hello all! Welcome to our weekly round-up of interesting stories and features that we noticed but didn’t have time to blog about. As always, please exercise caution when clicking, as...

Carrie Dunn //

Categories: Blog

Silent T

Sarah challenges cis lesbian, gay and bisexual people to look at how they treat trans people, and to see the parallels that exist in LGB and T communities and the oppressions we face

Sarah Thomasin // 19 September 2013

Categories: Blog

The veil debate: why we must respect the autonomy of all women

Raisa Kabir reflects on the lack of Muslim women's voices in recent debates surrounding the full-face veil, arguing against any form of ban and for increased solidarity between Muslim and non-Muslim women

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival competition

The Bristol Women's Literature Festival is looking for a young person aged 16-25 who has a passion for Jane Austen to take part in their next event. Read on for details of the competition!

Guest Blogger // 18 September 2013

Categories: Blog

We need to talk about talking about Rihanna

The talking about Rihanna seems neverending. Everyone appears to have an opinion, and a need to vocalise it: she should put some clothes on; she should ignore people who tell...

Linnea Dunne // 17 September 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: A female Pope

Supposedly, almost one thousand years ago, a woman rose to the top of the Catholic church and became Pope. Of course, she was disguised as a man, which was only...

Megan Stodel //

Categories: Blog

A female Pope

Pope Joan tells a medieval story of rising through the Catholic Church's ranks by presenting as a man. Shoshana Devora struggles to find depth in this play and is confused by the characterisation

Shoshana Devora //

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

Weekly round-up and open thread

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

Laura // 16 September 2013

Categories: Blog

New Review: What Kate did next

Kate Nash first entered public consciousness in 2008 with her keyboard led tale of a relationship gone bad, ‘Foundations’. Since then she has taken up the bass guitar and is...

Cazz Blase //

Categories: Blog

What Kate did next

Kate Nash first entered public consciousness in 2008 with her keyboard led tale of a relationship gone bad, 'Foundations'. Since then she has taken up the bass guitar and is embracing her inner angry grrrl. Hayley Foster da Silva salutes the punk attitude evident in Girl Talk

Hayley Foster da Silva //

Categories: Music, Reviews

Boys will be boys – regardless of their toys

Boys will be boys, goes the well-known idiom. And boy was I reminded when giving birth to one: about how we’d quickly outgrow our one-bed flat, especially with a wild...

Linnea Dunne // 12 September 2013

Categories: Blog

“Not guilty” does not mean she lied

Laura speaks out against the inaccurate portrayal of the girl in the Le Vell rape case

Laura // 11 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Same-sex marriage, ciswash and a call to continued solidarity

Though the same-sex marriage bill is a major step forward for LGB equality, it marginalises trans people and their rights, argues Reubs Walsh

Reubs Walsh // 10 September 2013

Categories: Features

Victim blaming: the easy option?

Guest blogger Sarah writes about whether victim blaming is a handy way of avoiding taking real action, and whether it is used for others to feel safe

Sarah Thomasin // 9 September 2013

Categories: Blog


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