Articles from July 2014

Richard Dawkins and the logic of “date rape”

When Richard Dawkins used rape in an explanation of logical principles, he forgot to use accurate premises. D H Kelly warns against false assumptions about the nature of "date rape"

D H Kelly // 31 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Resolution or prosecution: why we are still getting domestic violence so wrong

This morning I heard a news item on Radio 4. It featured a studio discussion/debate around the increase in community resolution as a way of resolving domestic abuse situations rather than prosecution. In typical 'Today' programme fashion, it was set up as a head to head with Yvette Cooper speaking against and a police officer speaking for the resolution method.

Isadora Vibes // 29 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Welcome to this week's round up and open thread! Below are some links that we came across that we thought were interesting. As ever, this does not imply endorsement. Feel free to add links of articles that you've been reading and comment on the ones we've posted here.

Asiya Islam // 27 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Mothers Against the Odds: new documentary

This is a guest post by Anne Daly, who wrote and co-produced Mothers Against The Odds (directed and co-produced by Ronan Tynan), a documentary by Esperanza Productions that can be...

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

I love being a feminist because…

Being a feminist can feel like a burden. In fact, it has added more value to my life than any other principle I hold.

Amber Collins //

Categories: Blog

July 2014 playlist

July 2014 playlist, for your listening pleasure

Joanna Whitehead // 23 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Knickers: mandatory or meaningless?

At a recent party, I got talking to a friend about the relative benefits of going sans knickers, panties, undergarments - whatever you wish to call them. She was, in the main, all for it but did draw attention to certain biological factors that perhaps required the protection of a gusset.

Isadora Vibes // 22 July 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 (a secret thread of feminist elders)

Sophie Mayer reports back from this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, highlighting documentaries by women and about amazing women activists and filmmakers from all over the world. Read Sophie’s review and comment....

Ania Ostrowska //

Categories: Blog

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: a secret thread of feminist elders revealed

Sophie Mayer recommends documentaries to watch out for, hand-picked from this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up

Sophie Mayer //

Categories: Films, Reviews

An invasion of five

Most of the media seems to think that women have taken over the cabinet in the recent reshuffle. Megan Stodel demands a recount

Megan Stodel // 21 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Pragmatism 101 for activists

July's guest blogger Milena Popova considers the sometimes perplexing clash of idealism and pragmatism

Milena Popova //

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...

Shiha Kaur //

Categories: Blog

When your lover says you’re ugly, it’s a low down lie.

Responding to a story in which a middle-aged woman is told by her new boyfriend that her body is too wrinkled, D H Kelly argues that men who criticise their lover's looks are interested in power rather than appearance

D H Kelly // 20 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Assistance to live, not assistance to die

Laura highlights some of the arguments against Lord Falconer's assisted dying bill, from the perspective of disabled people

Laura // 18 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Singing and self recovery

Singing in a women's choir was the best remedy for stress that Stephanie Phillips could find

Stephanie Phillips // 17 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Not an open and shut case

Despite enjoying some of the plays that make up Shutters, Charly Rowland can't identify the commentary on women that is supposed to unite them

Charlotte Rowland //

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

Marriage: a cry for help?

This week we read that Cheryl Cole had got married. For the second time. To a French man. Nothing unusual in that and why not?

Isadora Vibes // 16 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Immigration is a feminist issue

July's guest blogger Milena Popova is appalled at the government's approach to immigration, believing that feminists should be vocal in opposing it

Milena Popova // 15 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Feminist porn: revolution or reinvention?

Yesterday, I read an article on feminist porn and, as a result, followed links to various websites to investigate further. What I found looked rather worthy and not much fun but is this because fundamentally feminism and porn are diametrically opposed? How can pornography be filmed and presented in a way that satisfies feminists?

Isadora Vibes // 14 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round up and open thread

The collection of the interesting links we've come across this week - have a look and discuss in the comments!

Megan Stodel // 13 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Follow-up: How I made sure I didn’t go home with a rapist

In light of comments on Facebook responding to my post yesterday, it seems there are some points I need to clarify...

Amber Collins // 10 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Writing Joan…

This week is PRIDE in Bristol - my new adopted city. To celebrate I submitted a monologue I wrote some time ago - inspired by staying at a boutique B&B in the Lancashire town of Chorley. I had chosen this place to stay at random and wasn't expecting it to be owned and run by a lesbian couple. And when I say lesbian - what I actually mean is two women in a relationship. One thing I am learning as I begin to my own and explore my 'queer' status, is that labels come with their own instructions. But I digress..

Isadora Vibes // 9 July 2014

Categories: Blog

It’s not all about you

There's a quote someone or other will decide to share every so often on Facebook - by pure coincidence about 30 seconds before I permanently block them - that goes: "Never ignore somebody with a disability. You don't realise how much they can inspire you!!"

Gemma Varnom //

Categories: Blog

How I made sure I didn’t go home with a rapist

Arranging to meet and sleep with strangers is not an activity with any guarantees of safety. I accepted the risk and did my best to minimise it. What little vetting I did (and I didn't always) was based around principles of respect. I had a one-strike policy for any sign of disrespect, which tended to fall into three red flag categories...

Amber Collins //

Categories: Blog

Sexual assault allegations and attention seeking

Since Vanessa Feltz spoke of Rolf Harris putting his hand up her dress during an interview, she has been subject to a torrent of abuse, including the idea that she is seeking attention. D H Kelly explores this common accusation towards victims of sexual assault

D H Kelly // 8 July 2014

Categories: Blog


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