Articles by Joanna Whitehead

Team updates

The editor rotates and some new members join the team

Joanna Whitehead // 23 July 2018

Categories: Blog

Mansfield 66/67: a punchline too far?

Jayne Mansfield’s memory is mud in this tacky and tasteless documentary about her life and early demise, laments Joanna Whitehead

Joanna Whitehead // 1 May 2018

Categories: Films, Reviews

“I will never, ever stop asking for trans people to be treated with basic dignity”

Joanna Whitehead speaks to the inimitable activist Paris Lees about feminism, class and how trans rights are human rights

Joanna Whitehead // 12 April 2018

Categories: Activism, Class, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes, Violence

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Joanna Whitehead // 22 March 2018

Categories: Blog

Listen without prejudice?

Joanna Whitehead reviews Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women And The Women Who Love Them, a collection of essays exploring misogyny in music

Joanna Whitehead // 22 January 2018

Categories: Books, Reviews

Welcome to our new fiction editor

We welcome our new fiction editor

Joanna Whitehead // 8 January 2018

Categories: Blog

Language matters, Virgin

Joanna Whitehead despairs at Virgin Trains' double hit of sexism in response to a customer's grievance

Joanna Whitehead // 3 January 2018

Categories: Blog

Stop sneering at Black Friday shoppers

Joanna Whitehead is critical of sensationalist media coverage that portrays the victims of austerity as 'vulgar' or 'lesser' for participating in Black Friday spending

Joanna Whitehead // 23 November 2017

Categories: Class, Culture and Media, Features, Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

Thoughts on #metoo

Thoughts on the #metoo campaign

Joanna Whitehead // 16 October 2017

Categories: Blog

The F-Word team update

We warmly welcome three new editors to the team

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Categories: Blog

Black History Month playlist

A playlist to celebrate Black History Month

Joanna Whitehead // 2 October 2017

Categories: Blog

Welcome Emily!

A warm welcome to Emily Zinkin, our new comics editor

Joanna Whitehead // 1 October 2017

Categories: Blog

Annie, you’re an icon, but quotas don’t have to mean compromising on quality

Joanna Whitehead questions Annie Nightgale's recent assertion that gender quotas for women DJs are unnecessary

Joanna Whitehead // 26 September 2017

Categories: Blog

“Everybody that comes here is here for a reason, whether you know it or not”

Jo Whitehead talks to the inspirational Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani, director of Oxford’s Young Women’s Music Project, about getting involved in music, sexism in the music industry and maintaining a safe and creative space for the young women of Oxfordshire

Joanna Whitehead // 11 August 2017

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Education, Features, Feminism, Interviews

The F-Word is recruiting!

The F-Word is looking for UK-based volunteers to join our team of editors. We have two roles available: features (co-editing with Sophie and guest blog content (co-editing with Monica)

Joanna Whitehead // 28 July 2017

Categories: Blog

“We would die for our activism”

Joanna Whitehead grills “London’s most badass scream queens”, Skinny Girl Diet

Joanna Whitehead // 9 July 2017

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Grenfell Tower is about race and class

Grenfell Tower has become a symbol of systemic, institutional and structural inequality argues Joanna Whitehead

Joanna Whitehead // 22 June 2017

Categories: Blog

An upbeat, upward trajectory

The recent release of Octo Octa’s latest album 'Where Are We Going?' leaves Joanna Whitehead in no confusion that the only way is up for Maya Morrison-Bouldry

Joanna Whitehead // 14 June 2017

Categories: Features, Interviews

The problem with ‘manning up’

Jo Whitehead enjoys the YA novel Girl Mans Up, but is somewhat disappointed at the lack of critical examination of sexist language and internalised misogyny

Joanna Whitehead // 4 May 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Spring 2017 playlist

Spring 2017 playlist, for your listening pleasure

Joanna Whitehead // 2 April 2017

Categories: Blog

“I’m not a TERF, but…”

Jo Whitehead despairs at Jenni Murray’s recent assertion that trans women cannot be ‘real’ women

Joanna Whitehead // 6 March 2017

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Features, Language, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes, Violence

Punk’s pioneer

Jo Whitehead is struck by the brutal honesty in Laura Jane Grace’s moving account of being raised as a boy, navigating adulthood as an angry radical and then transitioning while fronting international anarchist punk band, Against Me!

Joanna Whitehead // 11 February 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Winter 2017 playlist

Some tunes, new and old, to brighten your day

Joanna Whitehead // 6 January 2017

Categories: Blog

Forever friends?

Jo Whitehead identifies with the pain and pleasure that female relationships can offer in Kerry Cohen’s Girl Trouble: An Illustrated Memoir and wonders if we all have a Mean Girl lurking within

Joanna Whitehead // 7 November 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Autumn 2016 playlist

Autumn 2016 playlist, for your listening pleasure

Joanna Whitehead // 26 September 2016

Categories: Blog


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