Articles by Holly Combe

High heels and employers’ ‘freedom’ to impose

Holly Combe considers the possibility of employers being forced not to force women to wear high heels

Holly Combe // 11 August 2017

Categories: Blog

And our new editor is… Joanna Whitehead!

The rotating editorship passes from Holly Combe to Joanna Whitehead

Holly Combe // 27 July 2017

Categories: Blog

Building a diverse picture resource

We have created a Flickr group for F-Word readers and contributors to share their own photos or illustrations featuring under-represented groups, with a particular focus on images that are both of and by disabled people

Holly Combe // 20 May 2017

Categories: Blog

Social media and features editors wanted

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Holly Combe // 12 February 2017

Categories: Blog

New review: The Fall

Agata Ostrowska watches crime drama The Fall and is impressed by the staunchly feminist approach of the show’s protagonist and her portrayal by Gillian Anderson. At first glance, The Fall...

Holly Combe // 5 April 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Iona Sharma revels in the feminist joy of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a lush confection: an Australian detective drama set in 1920s Melbourne, with meticulously...

Holly Combe // 24 March 2015

Categories: Blog

New interview: Hanna Hanra of BEAT magazine

Stephanie Phillips talks to Hanna Hanra about her vision for the independent publication BEAT and her experiences as a DJ and music enthusiast. Note from Holly: Stephanie‘s interview is my...

Holly Combe // 14 March 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: India’s Daughters

Asiya Islam finds India’s Daughter, The BBC documentary on the 2012 gang rape in Delhi, neither educational nor challenging and suggests we question its purpose. Content note: Several references to...

Holly Combe // 12 March 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: Spiral

Dawn Kofie appreciates Laure Berthaud, Spiral‘s “feminist anti-hero” who isn’t afraid to bend the rules, but is disappointed by the predictability of some of the character’s personal choices. WARNING: Spoilers...

Holly Combe // 11 March 2015

Categories: Blog

New interview: Ste McCabe

Holly Combe has a listen to Brains of Britain and talks to Ste McCabe about DIY touring, fab feminist girls in the 1990s and coping with the divisive tactics of...

Holly Combe // 7 March 2015

Categories: Blog

“I couldn’t care less if miserable people who work in offices laugh at me”

Holly Combe has a listen to Brains of Britain and talks to Ste McCabe about DIY touring, fab feminist girls in the 1990s and coping with the divisive tactics of biscuit-hogging bullies in 2015 Britain

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Categories: Interviews, Music

New Black Mirror review

What role does gender inequality play in how we approach issues of privacy and autonomy? D H Kelly follows Gemma Varnom’s Black Mirror review with an examination of the blocking...

Holly Combe // 26 February 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: Catastrophe

Dawn Kofie finds a refreshing lack of game playing between the characters at the centre of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s Catastrophe Irish primary school teacher and aspiring writer Sharon...

Holly Combe // 24 February 2015

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

A round-up of the articles and blog pieces we've been reading over the past week

Holly Combe // 9 February 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: Black Mirror’s ’15 Million Merits’ and ‘White Bear’

Gemma Varnom takes a second glance at Black Mirror‘s ’15 Million Merits’ and ‘White Bear’ episodes and wonders if we are inching ever closer to the horrifying and oppressive society...

Holly Combe // 7 February 2015

Categories: Blog

Page 3 debates: no room for nuances?

There seems to be a tendency for the mainstream media to assume feminists oppose Page 3 and then set us up against glamour models, regardless of what we say

Holly Combe // 26 January 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry’s fourth studio release Blank Project continues to have resonance in today’s political climate. David Wilkinson listens again. We did not have to wait long in 2014 before being...

Holly Combe // 21 January 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: Hanne Kolstø

Joanna Tocher checks out Hanne Kolstø’s forthcoming album (released 19 January) and discovers a poppier sound than in her previous work, despite the sometimes gloomy themes. Forever Maybe is Norwegian...

Holly Combe // 16 January 2015

Categories: Blog

New TV feature: women on panel shows

Emily Hoyle reports on the slow progress made regarding women’s representation on TV panel shows generally, nearly a year after the BBC acted on recommendations to boost women’s presence on...

Holly Combe // 10 January 2015

Categories: Blog

New review: BornRisky

Channel 4 describes Viktoria Modesta as “inspiring, unique and very hot” with “a difference that sets her apart from the idealised form of a pop artist”. Gemma Varnom asks, can...

Holly Combe // 20 December 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Some Girls

Kate Bonynge looks at the third series of BBC3’s Some Girls, a comedy about three 18 year olds that marks a change from the male dominated programmes we’ve come to...

Holly Combe // 17 December 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Some important feminist-related and intersectional news/commentary this week, including Disabled People Against the Cuts' open Letter after the 8 December High Court ruling against their challenge to the closure of the Independent Living Fund

Holly Combe // 15 December 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Masters of Sex

Ailsa Bristow looks at the second season of Masters of Sex and finds an approach to sexual awareness that is unashamedly political and unafraid of challenging viewers. This review contains...

Holly Combe // 13 November 2014

Categories: Blog

DIY art band Homosexual Death Drive release ‘Sunshine’ EP

Queer punks Charlotte Cooper and Kay Isgay are inviting one lucky person to accompany them on an adventure to coincide with their official EP release date (22 November)...

Holly Combe // 5 November 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Eighteen years after their split, Siouxsie and the Banshees have re-released a quartet of their studio albums, spanning 1987 to 1995, in a remastered package. Cazz Blase listens and reflects....

Holly Combe // 4 November 2014

Categories: Blog

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