Articles from December 2016

Fear does not need to be translated: Mattie Do in conversation

“Final Girls” Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe chat to Mattie Do, first film director to ever direct a horror film in Laos, about ghosts, spirit houses and being a woman director

Various Authors // 27 December 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Talking to aliens

The female professor in Denis Villeneuve’s film about the arrival of aliens makes Alexandra Orlando hopeful for the future

Alexandra Orlando // 24 December 2016

Categories: Films, Reviews

The comic strip: commercial feminism

Ahead of Christmas, our resident cartoonist, Silvia Carrus, takes on the commercialisation of feminism

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Can tech empower female sexuality?Can tech empower female sexuality?

Sex tech may threaten to enforce damaging cultures of male entitlement but is also paving way for the women’s movement, writes Monica Karpinski

Monica Karpinski // 23 December 2016

Categories: Blog

Rogue One: Jyn Erso’s Star Wars herstory

Ngaire Ruth is thrilled about the latest Star Wars instalment, and especially about Jyn Erso, the woman at its heart

Ngaire Ruth // 21 December 2016

Categories: Films, Reviews

An open letter to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Gemma Croffie disagrees with the Nigerian writer's assumption that balancing childcare and work is the only way to self-fulfilment

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 // 20 December 2016

Categories: Blog, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

Forgive and forget?

Tillie Boyce reviews Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed and wonders whether too much is forgiven in this tender-hearted and thoughtful rewriting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Tillie Boyce // 19 December 2016

Categories: Books

In praise of funny women

Catherine King discusses the challenges of being a funny woman on the dating scene

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Bechdel Testing Theatre

Beth Watson of Bechdel Theatre wants to hear your conversations for a new project

Guest Blogger // 16 December 2016

Categories: Blog

Sharing selves: reclaiming online spaces

Lucy Holt discusses selfies, online spaces and empowerment

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Categories: Features

Horses and headlocks

Emily Moore, our guest blogger for December, highlights how gendering sports that require similar skills can lead to them being differently valued

Emily Moore // 15 December 2016

Categories: Blog

Robbing the galaxy

Anastasia Wiltshire finds that the future universes of Dark Matter and Killjoys are made up of women who are strong, but often only exceptional

Anastasia Wiltshire // 14 December 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Woman lost in thoughtBullying Melania Trump is not my feminism

Trump’s victory exposed the gendered skew in what’s considered acceptable behaviour but turning against Melania Trump will only set women back, writes Alice Spencer

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Review: Loud Women – The Nyx, The Baby Seals, IV, Guttfull

Ngaire Ruth reviews bands The Nyx, The Baby Seals, IV and Guttfull, as part of a Loud Women music event

Guest Blogger //

Categories: Blog

Lessons from Period School

Sarah Hewett teaches us all a few things about menstruation and calls for more openness and education around periods

Guest Blogger // 13 December 2016

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

A bumper edition of the round-up this week, with interesting and important articles from the past fortnight

Lusana Taylor // 12 December 2016

Categories: Blog, Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread

Redefining the immigrant experience

Martha Salhotra reads The Good Immigrant compiled by Nikesh Shukla, and finds the experience to be like slipping on a new pair of shoes that fit perfectly the first time round

Martha Salhotra // 10 December 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Single womanSingle women don’t need your modern pity

Being a single woman in a swipe-left, swipe-right culture too often reduces us to damaging stereotypes, writes Rachel St Clair

Guest Blogger // 7 December 2016

Categories: Blog

Conviction: a Shondaland-esque legal procedural

The excellent casting makes the show but the women are not complex enough, says J. T. Rattray

J. T. Rattray // 5 December 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Introducing December’s guest blogger

December's new guest blogger is Emily Moore; she introduces herself here

Megan Stodel // 1 December 2016

Categories: Blog


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