Articles from January 2014

No, no, no: pick-up artists and rape manuals

Philippa responds to a pick-up artist's attempt to teach men how and why they should ignore a woman's lack of consent

Philippa Willitts // 31 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round up and open thread

Here's this weeks lists of links to interesting stuff across the internet this week. Consider the comments an open thread for chat or to signpost other interesting stuff. And, as always, please note that linking isn't necessarily an endorsement!

Lynne Miles // 27 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Beyond labels: facing up to mental illness

Eli Shafritz shares her experience of being diagnosed and learning to live with health anxiety, a journey that has revealed the importance of talking about mental illness

Guest Blogger // 24 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Skin lightening: looking deeper into the ugly face of the cosmetics industry

The ancient practice of skin whitening is globally accepted for women of all shades. In a contemporary twist, big brand cosmetic companies are cashing in with a racist message that reflects an enduring fascination with white skin

Suze // 22 January 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Small is beautiful, by Hayley Ellis Jones

“Paint it large!” I remember my high school art teacher encouraging my all-female class, while we toiled away on tiny pictures. “Women’s art is often so small. Don’t they feel...

Carrie Dunn // 20 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

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

Laura //

Categories: Blog

How to get pregnant: what they don’t tell you in schools (part two)

The stuff we learn in school is meant to prepare us for adult life so why aren't we given all the facts about fertility?

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Short is beautiful

In our series rounding up our reviewers' favourites of 2013, Hayley Ellis Jones focuses on the best short fiction she's read this year

Hayley Ellis Jones //

Categories: Books

How to get pregnant: what they don’t tell you in schools (part one)

"The thing about sex education at school is that I was left with the impression that if you don't use contraception, you are 99% likely to get knocked up..."

Guest Blogger // 19 January 2014

Categories: Blog

New feature: failing to perform

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a call for features for the theatre section. I’ve just posted the first of these, in which Max Smiles analyses the last 50...

Megan Stodel // 18 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Failing to perform

Max Smiles applies the Bechdel Test to theatre in London and finds too few productions make the grade

Max Smiles //

Categories: Features, Theatre

Revisiting the erotic

With the carousel of New Year’s resolutions beginning, I am reconsidering the place of the erotic in our lives, the kind that Lorde raises in Uses of the Erotic: The...

Suze // 14 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s the weekly round-up and open thread! As usual, we’ll post articles that we find interesting during the week. Please be careful if you’re prone to triggers. Linking here does...

Josephine Tsui // 13 January 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Fierce or formulaic? by Holly Millar

I first picked up this book on the basis of wanting to read a crime novel, but simultaneously wishing to avoid the male protagonist. This wasn’t a decision based on...

Carrie Dunn //

Categories: Blog

My fathers, my mother and me: thought-provoking documentary

This coming Thursday DocHouse is hosting London screening of My Fathers, My Mother and Me by Paul-Julien Robert, the winner of Best Documentary award at last year’s BFI London Film...

Ania Ostrowska //

Categories: Blog

Fierce or formulaic?

As part of our series previewing our reviewers' favourites of 2013, Holly Millar reviews The End Of The Wasp Season, by Denise Mina, and concludes that this is a very special type of 'lady copper'

Holly Millar // 12 January 2014

Categories: Books

New review: Gravity

The nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014 were announced on Wednesday and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is nominated in 11 categories, including for Sandra Bullock as Leading...

Ania Ostrowska // 10 January 2014

Categories: Blog

One small step for woman

Among excellent shots of the Earth from orbit, Katie Masters enjoys Sandra Bullock's grave first time in space

Katie Masters //

Categories: Films, Reviews

Dublin improv tonight!

In our first review of the year, Jessamyn Fairfield recommends Tumbleweed's longform improv. Luckily for you if you're in Dublin, Tumbleweed are putting a show on tonight, upstairs in the Wellington Pub, on Baggot Street in Dublin, with doors opening at 8:30 pm

Chella Quint // 9 January 2014

Categories: Blog

There’s a rich improv scene brewing in Dublin

There's a rich improv scene brewing in Dublin, with many excellent troupes putting on regular performances in theatres, pubs, and coffee shops around town. Jessamyn Fairfield recommends Tumbleweed

Jessamyn Fairfield //

Categories: Comedy, Reviews

Should journalists cover rape case failings?

Melanie Newman responds to the view that the media's focus on rape investigation failures and low conviction rates is unhelpful to victims, arguing that with fatalism setting in over rape conviction rates, more media scrutiny is essential to prove that improvements can still be made

Guest Blogger // 6 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread, 6 January 2014

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

“The difference is obvious if you’re paying attention”

Disclaimer: I work full-time for the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE). However, this post is written entirely in my personal capacity and should not be taken to...

Jolene Tan // 4 January 2014

Categories: Blog

State brutality against Cambodian workers

Cambodia police have today opened fire on striking garment workers, who are demanding that their minimum wage be increased to about £97 a month. Three have been killed and more...

Jolene Tan // 3 January 2014

Categories: Blog

January’s guest blogger!

Please extend a hearty welcome to Suze, the first monthly guest blogger for 2014. In her own words: I routinely uproot my life for travelling experiences I would never get...

Jolene Tan // 2 January 2014

Categories: Blog


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