Articles from October 2013

New review: Zola Jesus at the Tabernacle

Russian-American singer songwriter Nika Danilova – aka Zola Jesus – is known for her very physical stage energy. Marta Owczarek heads to the Tabernacle in London to check out a...

Holly Combe // 29 October 2013

Categories: Blog

As monumental as ever

Russian-American singer songwriter Nika Danilova - aka Zola Jesus - is known for her very physical stage energy. Marta Owczarek heads to the Tabernacle in London to check out a gig with J. G. Thirlwell and Mivos Quartet and finds a more low key but nonetheless powerful performance

Marta Owczarek //

Categories: Music, Reviews

Sexism and semantics

Lorna Neville shares the results of her analysis of gendered and sexist language in The Independent newspaper throughout September

Guest Blogger // 28 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Why feminists need to talk about the pleasures of sexuality

The lack of education on healthy, pleasurable sexuality and the growing prevalence of pornography are distorting young people's attitudes to sex, relationships and women's bodies, argues Erin Lane

Erin Lane //

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships

We’re looking for new Editors!

The F-Word is looking for three UK-based volunteers to take on the roles of Comics Editor, Games Editor and Music Editor to join our team of section editors. Helen has the details...

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Your weekly dose of news and views

Jolene Tan //

Categories: Blog

New review: Sister

“It is difficult to know where to begin to review Brenda Davis’ Sister and that is no criticism of the quality of the production,” writes our new contributor Holly Millar....

Ania Ostrowska // 25 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Learning from sisters

Holly Millar pays homage to Brenda Davis' film Sister, a penetrating examination of maternal mortality in Cambodia, Haiti and Ethiopia

Holly Millar //

Categories: Films, Reviews

New review: CocoRosie at The Sage

CocoRosie have been touring Europe this year. Joanna Allan follows up on Ania Ostrowska’s review of their fifth album, Tales of a GrassWidow, with a visit to a dramatic and...

Holly Combe // 23 October 2013

Categories: Blog

A feminist call for response

CocoRosie have been touring Europe this year. Joanna Allan follows up on Ania Ostrowska's review of their fifth album, Tales of a GrassWidow, with a visit to a dramatic and message-driven performance in Gateshead

Joanna Allan //

Categories: Music, Reviews

Why does disability make people more vulnerable to domestic abuse?

Before I came to terms with my own experience of domestic violence, I might have imagined that vulnerability to abuse would be about being attracted to a certain "type", being a little self-destructive,submissive or gullible. If I knew that disabled people were twice as vulnerable to abuse, I might have imagined that this was because disability throws up a load of stressful situations and - as I could testify - people like me were hard to live with. In fact, how vulnerable you are might be better understood as the number of excuses an abuser could find to mistreat and control you.

D H Kelly //

Categories: Blog

Weekly round up and open thread

A bit of everything from the week just gone

Jess McCabe // 22 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Outing, platforms, harassment and privilege

A guest post by Everyday Whorephobia about the dangers and injustice of sex workers and trans* people being outed against their will

Guest Blogger // 21 October 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman

The iconic Tori Amos and her devoted followers do not fit the stereotypical view of women’s place in music. But what about the women who just crave a good tune?...

Holly Combe //

Categories: Blog

Tori and the women who love her: feminism in action?

The iconic Tori Amos and her devoted followers do not fit the stereotypical view of women's place in music. But what about the women who just crave a good tune? Louise Allan takes a critical look at US scholar Adrienne Trier-Bienieck's recent book about Amos fans and argues that there are a variety of female music lovers out there doing their own thing who cannot all be categorised by "women's issues"

Louise Allan //

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

A Looker Wins The Booker

This week, Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize with her epic novel The Luminaries. At only 28, there was bound to be some comment about the age of the author, but the Times seemed to forget that this was a literary prize.

D H Kelly // 20 October 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Happily ever after?

In Charles Perrault’s original version of Cinderella, the stepsisters were described as “proud and haughty” and, similarly, in the Grimms’ story, the focus is on the pair’s character flaws. They...

Megan Stodel // 19 October 2013

Categories: Blog

New Fiction Editor

TFW has a new Fiction Editor! Say hello to Carrie!

Helen G //

Categories: Blog

New review: Orphan Black

Ailsa Bristow watches Canadian sci-fi cloning drama, Orphan Black and finds a striking affirmation of the feminist adage “biology isn’t destiny”. NB: This review contains spoilers for the first three...

Holly Combe // 18 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Me, myself and more

Ailsa Bristow watches Canadian sci-fi cloning drama, Orphan Black and finds a striking affirmation of the feminist adage "biology isn't destiny"

Ailsa Bristow //

Categories: Reviews, Television

Happily ever after?

As The Ugly Sisters considers the Cinderella story from a different perspective, Debbie Brannon muses on the messages fairytales send

Debbie Brannon // 17 October 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

Some remain invisible

Despite serious reservations about its lack of diversity, CN Lester finds a lot to love in 'Les Invisibles', Sébastien Lifshitz's documentary about the older generation of French lesbians and gay men

CN Lester //

Categories: Films, Reviews

New Review: Les Invisibles

Representing older people’s sexuality on-screen is not an easy task and is rarely done in a respectful manner (on representation of older women in cinema, I recommend an excellent essay...

Ania Ostrowska //

Categories: Blog

Zen and the art of rubbish bin maintenance

Is this a clever twist on daily chores or is it class pornography? Britain's first solo exhibition of Mierle Laderman Ukeles' earlier work makes an uncertain impression on Abbi Davey

Abbi Davey // 16 October 2013

Categories: Art, Reviews

The Second Ever Sex Worker Film Festival in London

Sex Worker Open University (SWOU) is proud to present The Second Ever Sex Worker Film Festival that will take place this Sunday in Rio Cinema in Hackney, London. I’ve chatted...

Ania Ostrowska // 15 October 2013

Categories: Blog

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