Articles by Charlene Moore

New review: The Personal is Political

What You Really Really Want and Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life are anti-self-help self-help guides. They challenge the clich├ęd, patronising and, often, offensive advice which is usually...

Charlene Moore // 4 October 2012

Categories: Blog

New review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Published 26 years later, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal reveals the painful truth behind the fabrications Jeanette Winterson used as protection in her highly acclaimed first novel,...

Charlene Moore // 30 July 2012

Categories: Blog

New Review: The Light Bulb Moment

Bristol based writer Sian Norris asked people to share the light bulb moment they realised they were a feminist: Abigail Rutherford reviews the stories told as a result, examining the...

Charlene Moore // 5 June 2012

Categories: Blog

New Review: The Sex Myth: Why Everything We’re Told is Wrong

Brooke Magnanti wants to expose the truths behind the sex myths which provoke outraged newspaper headlines and panicked public policy. Lindsey Sheehan considers Magnanti’s opinions on all things controversial, from...

Charlene Moore // 5 May 2012

Categories: Blog

New Review: Iron Butterflies

Carrie Spencer reviews Birute Regine’s guide to modern leadership by becoming an Iron Butterfly, which, Regine says, will help women “transform themselves and the world” Have you ever wondered what...

Charlene Moore // 29 April 2012

Categories: Blog

New review: The First Time

Kate Monro set out to ask as wide a selection of people as possible – men and women, old and young, gay, straight, Christian and Muslim – about their personal...

Charlene Moore // 9 March 2012

Categories: Blog

Hearing, Connecting, Building – a Feminist Day School

Scottish Women’s Aid – along with students and activists – will be hosting a feminist day school, Hearing, Connecting, Building, at Edinburgh University on the 17th of March. This event...

Charlene Moore // 16 February 2012

Categories: Blog

New review: Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

In her first book, Lisa Bloom urges women to disengage their minds from gossip and celebrity trivia and focus on more consequential topics instead. Leonie Taylor reviews this social-critique-cum-recipe-book, which...

Charlene Moore // 15 February 2012

Categories: Blog

New review: Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets

Girls for Gender Equity, a not-for-profit organisation based in New York City, work to empower youth, fight sexual harassment and address gender violence. Sara Clarke reviews their guide for young...

Charlene Moore // 27 December 2011

Categories: Blog

New Review: Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent

Laurie Penny’s new book brings together a diverse collection of her writing from online content to newspaper columns. Sarah Graham reviews the works of one of the most prominent voices...

Charlene Moore // 21 November 2011

Categories: Blog

New review: The 21st Century Motherhood Movement

Andrea O’Reilly argues that activist mothers are creating an autonomous and distinct social movement. Adele Jones reviews this first anthology of its kind, which profiles organisations who are all fighting...

Charlene Moore // 14 November 2011

Categories: Blog

New Review: Falling for Me

Anna David devoted a year of her life to following the advice set down in a classic book from the 1960s, but Diane Shipley questions the self-empowerment message in a...

Charlene Moore // 13 October 2011

Categories: Blog

New Review: The Future of Feminism

Sylvia Walby’s book provides a comprehensive rebuttal of the notion that feminism is dead. Rachel Benson reviews this definitive account of feminism’s present and future forms, and the progression of...

Charlene Moore // 7 October 2011

Categories: Blog

New review: Choices Women Make: Agency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work

Carisa R. Showden argues in her latest book that victim and agent are not mutually exclusive categories. Anna Edman considers her belief that survivors of domestic violence, women using assisted...

Charlene Moore // 6 September 2011

Categories: Blog

Exhibition: ‘Artistic Freedom: A Creative Journey of Recovery From Domestic Abuse’

Glasgow Women’s Aid was established in 1973 to provide support to women experiencing domestic abuse. Initially the focus was on women’s experiences, but as the organisation evolved the need to...

Charlene Moore // 25 August 2011

Categories: Blog

New Review: Unhitched

Richard Ganly reviews a book which challenges the notion that a monogamous, heterosexual marriage is truly superior to all others “A democratic state has no business favouring any particular brand...

Charlene Moore // 21 August 2011

Categories: Blog

New Review: Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere

Red Chidgey reviews a book focusing on the feminist periodicals which emerged from the campaign for women’s right to vote, highlighting the central role of grassroots publications to engage the...

Charlene Moore // 27 July 2011

Categories: Blog

New Review: How To Be a Woman

Ava Jackson reviews Caitlin Moran’s book of the moment; a laugh-out-loud, light-hearted look at the day-to-day obstacles which await women in a modern world, from plastic surgery to tiny knickers...

Charlene Moore // 13 July 2011

Categories: Blog

New Review: The Wilder Life

Wendy McClure immerses herself in the world of her beloved childhood hero Laura Ingalls Wilder. Diane Shipley follows this journey as McClure separates fact from fiction and is forced to...

Charlene Moore // 2 July 2011

Categories: Blog

Where Has My Little Girl Gone?

Alexandra Roumbas Goldstein questions a book which places the responsibility of counteracting the dangers of sexual imagery firmly on the shoulders of young girls and women “Padded bras for seven-year-olds,...

Charlene Moore // 9 June 2011

Categories: Blog

Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed my Life

Stephanie Staal re-examines some of the central texts of her undergraduate feminist classes, now critiquing them from her position as a wife and mother. LonerGrrrl argues that we should all...

Charlene Moore // 24 May 2011

Categories: Blog

Is Breast Best?

Alexandra Roumbas Goldstein reviews a book which challenges both the science behind the assertions and the value of breastfeeding campaigns in a “neoliberal risk culture” Of all the topics discussed...

Charlene Moore // 18 May 2011

Categories: Blog


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