Articles from April 2014

New review: Women of Twilight

A play about single mothers was apparently quite the shocker in the 1950s. When Women of Twilight was made into a film, it became the first to be X-rated in...

Megan Stodel // 30 April 2014

Categories: Blog

Play about unmarried mothers fails to engage

Megan Stodel is pleased to encounter a play from the 1950s with such a large cast of women, but Women of Twilight is too sensational to ever hit home

Megan Stodel //

Categories: Theatre

April 2014 playlist

April 2014 playlist, for your listening pleasure

Joanna Whitehead // 29 April 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread, 28 April 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 // 28 April 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Handbagged

If I search for the phrase “Was Margaret”, Google’s first suggestion to complete the sentence is “…Thatcher a feminist”. It surprises me that there remains much debate about this, considering...

Megan Stodel // 24 April 2014

Categories: Blog

Maggie and the monarch

New play Handbagged, about the two of the most prominent British women of the 1980s, was written and directed by women and boasts a majority woman cast. Lissy Lovett finds it to be a breath of fresh air

Lissy Lovett //

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

New review: Looking for Light

Looking for Light: Jane Bown, a documentary celebrating life and career of Jane Bown, the Observer‘s veteran photographer, opens on Friday 25 April, released by Soda Pictures. Bown, who turned...

Ania Ostrowska // 23 April 2014

Categories: Blog

Inconspicuous presence behind the camera

Hayley Ellis Jones is charmed by a film portrait of Jane Bown, great photographer of even greater modesty

Hayley Ellis Jones //

Categories: Films, Reviews

Weekly round-up and open thread

Happy long weekend! Here is a list of links we found interesting over the past week. Linking does not necessarily mean endorsement. If you’re sensitive to triggers please tread carefully....

Josephine Tsui // 21 April 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round up and open thread

New week, new links! As ever, linking isn’t endorsement, and some links may contain disturbing content. If we’ve left anything out, pop it in the comments! Peaches Geldof: Writer and...

Jolene Tan // 15 April 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Half of a Yellow Sun

The Baileys Women’s Fiction Prize shortlist got unveiled earlier this week and Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel Americanah is one of the candidates for the prize. If you...

Ania Ostrowska // 9 April 2014

Categories: Blog

Under half of a yellow sun

Katherine Wootton admires superb performances in the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize winning novel but feels the film doesn't quite convey the story's emotional impact and nuances

Katherine Wootton //

Categories: Films, Reviews

Legal abortions – a case of women’s human rights

This is a guest post by Sophie Turtonon behalf of Doctors of the World about empowering women to have control over their own sexual and reproductive health.

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

From public services to public women: a morality tale for the age of austerity

The tabloids' moral stand against the use of NHS funds for cosmetic surgery is only part of their constant attack on the 'undeserving' and public services, argues Alexandra M. Kokoli

Alexandra M Kokoli // 7 April 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Class, Culture and Media, Features

‘Health tourism’ or discrimination against pregnant migrants?

This is a guest post by Sarah Rose LaPham of Maternity Action and it looks at some of the potential impacts of the UK government's Immigration Bill on women's human rights to maternity care.

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Weekly round up and open thread

All the news fit to eat

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Blog

Birds Eye View Festival opens on Tuesday

Birds Eye View Festival is back! The 10th Festival edition will run from 8 to 13 April 2014 at venues including BFI Southbank, Barbican, ICA, Curzon Soho and Electric Cinema....

Ania Ostrowska // 5 April 2014

Categories: Blog

Birds Eye View documentaries: from Algeria to Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer reports from press screenings of two BEV documentaries - Narimane Mari's Bloody Beans and Anna Eborn's Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer //

Categories: Films, Reviews

Feminism and the expectation of martyrdom

Jan Dark on the challenge of overcoming female social conditioning and standing up to abuse from not just men, but other women

Guest Blogger // 3 April 2014

Categories: Blog

The author and her work: Isak Dinesen

Claire Hazelton gives an insight into the work of Karen Blixen, the Danish author best known by her variety of pen names, but with a cloak of mystery over the rest of her life

Claire Hazelton // 2 April 2014

Categories: Features

New feature: Isak Dinesen – the author and her work, by Claire Hazelton

Known most commonly by her pen name Isak Dinesen, but also as Tania Blixen, Pierre Andrézel and Osceola, the Norwegian author and Baroness Karen Blixen was regarded as quite the...

Carrie Dunn //

Categories: Blog

I’m not scarred

The women I admired growing up were air-brushed dolls with not a hair out of place, smooth as powdered babies with creamy complexions - not a blemish or scar in sight. Scanning the plethora of magazines sitting glossy in their stands, my thirteen-year old self scoured for someone to relate to and recognise. I never did.

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

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