Articles from January 2016

Revenge porn law puts perpetrators first

Rikke Amundsen argues that the law supposedly created to protect victims is weighted in favour of perpetrators

Guest Blogger // 31 January 2016

Categories: Blog

Beautiful dead women

Ailsa Bristow looks at Making a Murderer as part of a broader cultural trend in which women’s deaths are fetishised and made into a spectacle, while the women themselves are erased

Ailsa Bristow // 26 January 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Weekly Round-up and Open Thread

This week's round-up includes everything from David Cameron's mansplaining to bad TV romance. All links chosen by the F-Word team

Lusana Taylor // 25 January 2016

Categories: Blog, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

Sex, all six parts

What was your first sexual experience? Kat Sadler shares her uncomfortable experiences and dishes out some sound advice

Kat Sadler //

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships

Fighting back against the government’s silencing of Muslim women

Following David Cameron's comments last week about Muslim women, Latifa Akay describes Maslaha's Muslim Girls Fence project which aims to raise the aspirations of Muslim girls against the prevalence of damaging stereotypes

Latifa Akay //

Categories: Features, Religion

Grrrl, Interrupted

Cazz Blase speaks to DIY icon Karren Ablaze! about her illustrious career as riot grrrl extraordinaire and fanzine pioneer

Cazz Blase // 23 January 2016

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Opening up and shutting down

While happy to talk about non-monogamy, there are a few things Megan Stodel is tired of hearing

Megan Stodel //

Categories: Blog

On sexism and immigration

Responding to David Cameron's concerns about the isolation of migrant Muslim women, D H Kelly highlights the ways in which our immigration system is indirectly sexist and can put women at risk

D H Kelly // 22 January 2016

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

Dickensian fails to meet great expectations on female characterisation

D H Kelly watches a BBC drama set within Charles Dickens' novels, finding a selection of uncomplicatedly likeable young women, whose journeys to old age lack the development allowed for the men of the stories

D H Kelly // 19 January 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Weekly Round-up and Open Thread

This week's round-up includes everything from Carol's "Oscars snub" to the many differing and complex opinions on David Bowie's legacy. All links chosen by the F-Word team

Lusana Taylor //

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

Gender is performance!

What Bowie meant to me

Melanie // 18 January 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

YSL: Fetishism is Eternal

Following the first UK exhibition of the work of Yves Saint Laurent, Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer examines the language used to describe the fashion designer and his work, and wonders whether this is all about making sales

Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer // 12 January 2016

Categories: Fashion and Image, Features, Uncategorized

The heinous vengeance of women

Nick Beard finds the latest Sherlock special attempting to lampoon the boys-club nature of Sherlock Holmes stories, with mixed success

Nick Beard //

Categories: Reviews, Television

Weekly Round-up and Open Thread

This week's (bumper!) round-up of interesting articles and links from around the web, covering everything from Star Wars to feminist porn

Lusana Taylor // 11 January 2016

Categories: Blog, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

January 2016 playlist

January 2016 playlist, for your listening pleasure

Joanna Whitehead // 10 January 2016

Categories: Blog

Hill farming, no sugar coating: an interview with the makers of Addicted to Sheep

Director Magali Pettier and co-producer Jan Cawood talk to Ania about their maverick documentary about farmers who breed sheep in the North Pennines

Ania Ostrowska //

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Sisters Uncut: direct action changes conversations very quickly

Emma Snaith interviews Sisters Uncut, a campaign group who take direct action to oppose cuts to domestic violence services. They discuss the successes of activism in 2015 and look towards the next stage in their fight to save the lives of women in and escaping abusive relationships

Emma Snaith // 6 January 2016

Categories: Activism, Features

Breaking up is hard to do

In the week of the year which sees a boost in business for divorce lawyers, D H Kelly discusses our cultural reluctance to accept that some relationships must come to an end

D H Kelly //

Categories: Blog

Star Wars has always been a girls’ thing too

As a life-long Star Wars fan, Nick Beard hails the latest instalment of the saga for scoring diversity and feminist points

Guest Blogger // 2 January 2016

Categories: Blog

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