Articles from October 2016

Transgender children exist and they need our help

We need to change the dangerous narrative that all children are cisgender and heterosexual and that the supportive parents of transgender kids are abusive or pushy, argues Mia Violet

Guest Blogger // 29 October 2016

Categories: Blog

That’s not an ally

Megan Stodel questions David Cameron's merit as Ally of the Year, awarded by Pink News

Megan Stodel // 27 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Sanitary napkins and tampons on white backgroundLook out, a teen “meninist” is here to teach us about periods

Some may have laughed when a 19-year-old “meninist” told women to hold in their periods, but this lack of basic knowledge sidelines real women's health issues and experiences, writes Hayley Smith

Guest Blogger // 25 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's collection of interesting links from around the web, chosen by the F-Word team

Lusana Taylor // 24 October 2016

Categories: Blog, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

Women on the wrong track?

Nicola McClements reads Sady Doyle's exploration of the ‘trainwreck’ women celebrities the world just loves to hate

Nicola McClements //

Categories: Books, Reviews, Uncategorized

Bright blue woman's eye staring at the cameraNot guilty does not mean innocent

The overturning of Ched Evans’ rape conviction isn’t just an exception, it’s a threat to the fabric of institutions that campaign to protect women, writes Rashida Islam

Guest Blogger // 22 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Making space for female friendship

Becky Lea reviews Becky Chambers’ A Closed and Common Orbit and praises its spirit of inclusivity and acceptance

Becky Lea // 21 October 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Stop sexual harassment in schools

The Women and Equalities Committee has reported alarming levels of sexual harassment in schools. Charlotte Davies calls for action

Charlotte Davies //

Categories: Blog

Two women looking at a computer screen with concentrated expressionsIt’s data, not ambition, that holds back female business owners

A new government report may infer that ambition works against women succeeding in business, but the real problem lies in a lack of data focused specifically on the gender gap, writes Emily Clark

Guest Blogger // 18 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Killer Women Crime Writing Festival

Harriet Kilikita brings together her highlights of the first Killer Women Crime Writing Festival

Harriet Kilikita //

Categories: Books, Reviews

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's collection of interesting links from around the web chosen by the F-Word team

Lusana Taylor // 17 October 2016

Categories: Blog, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

Growing Up Married: the stories of Turkish child brides

Miriam Kent reviews Eylem Atakav’s documentary and quotes some of the director’s insights from the September premiere of the film

Miriam Kent //

Categories: Films, Reviews

Why I’m angry about breastfeeding

Jill Wells is angry about the prevailing approaches to breastfeeding in public

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Noor TagouriA hijab in Playboy is still not progress

Featuring a hijab-wearing woman in Playboy might increase visibility for Muslim women, but it’s still not progress, writes Sarah Jung

Guest Blogger // 14 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Let’s talk about stats, baby

How many people in the UK are LGB? Megan Stodel says that statistics released this week won't tell you

Megan Stodel // 13 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Ssssh! The girls are working

This week saw the celebration of Ada Lovelace Day and, in honour of the occasion, Amy Grant has reviewed Saving Bletchley Park by Dr Sue Black and Stevyn Colgan, which recounts the stories of some of the often overlooked (but extremely important) 'women in tech' who worked at the famous site during the Second World War

Amy Grant // 12 October 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Five women with their arms around each other, smiling and wearing 'I am a #techmum'Changing the world, one mum at a time

Technology needs women as much as women need technology, says Sue Black, founder of #techmums

Guest Blogger // 11 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Women in science and on the stage

On Ada Lovelace Day, Molly Freeman writes about the inspiration behind her new play, physicist Lise Meitner

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's collection of interesting links from around the web chosen by the F-Word team

Lusana Taylor // 10 October 2016

Categories: Blog, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

Mum sex – lie back and think of casseroles?

Let's put an end to tired, retrograde and dangerous ideas about 'mum sex', argues Ellie Hutchinson

Guest Blogger // 7 October 2016

Categories: Blog

Lifting the veil on the violent woman

To move towards equality, the feminist movement needs to make space for the character of the violent woman, no matter how unlikeable she is, argues Charlotte Barnes

Charlotte Barnes // 6 October 2016

Categories: Books, Features, Films

In search of working class voices

Charlotte Davies, our guest blogger for October, asks what working class means in 2016 and considers whether mainstream feminism is inclusive enough

Charlotte Davies //

Categories: Blog

Shining a light on eating disorders

Mila Wood is moved by the poignant play Bit of Sunshine at Theatre503

Mila Wood // 5 October 2016

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

Why a Muslim woman’s refusal to shake a man’s hand is a feminist issue

A Muslim woman refusing to shake a man’s hand is a feminist, cultural, religious and political issue that exposes what it really means to be treated equally, writes Monica Karpinski

Monica Karpinski //

Categories: Blog

Tallulah: all about mothers

Caitlin Warren praises Tallulah as a poignant exploration of femininity and motherhood through complex characters

Caitlin Warren // 4 October 2016

Categories: Films, Reviews

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