Articles by Jess McCabe


Want to cut through the commercial crap of Valentine’s Day, but still do something a bit romantic? Rather than getting your loved one a card, flowers or a stuffed toy,...

Jess McCabe // 7 February 2012

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New feature: No access to the women’s room

“My clothes-shopping nightmares epitomise the way that, as a disabled woman, I am often treated as though I have no gender,” writes DH Kelly, whose new feature for The F-Word...

Jess McCabe // 5 February 2012

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Go Feminist

Conway Hall was once again crammed with feminists yesterday. People came from all over the country for Go Feminist. When the organisers wrote for The F-Word about this conference, a...

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New feature: Challenging rape myths in the mainstream

About 4.8 million people watched the last episode of Law and Order: UK for which there are stats. It’s on ITV, it has a broad, mainstream audience. This Friday’s episode...

Jess McCabe // 29 January 2012

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New feature: Who are the outlaw mothers?

Jane Chelliah’s list of the “characteristics of patriarchal motherhood” is provocative. What she’s talking about are the expectations that our patriarchal culture holds mothers to. Those who don’t adhere to...

Jess McCabe // 15 January 2012

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New feature: She gives me fever

Porn: one of the most controversial subjects of feminist debate. To be honest, many feminists I know are so bored of retreading the same arguments that they shy away from...

Jess McCabe // 13 January 2012

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New feature: Take back the tech

In Cairo and New Dehli, smart phone apps are being used to map sexual harassment and report sexual assault. Farah Jassat reports My friend was once walking down a street...

Jess McCabe // 5 January 2012

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New review: Her Naked Skin

Hazel Tsoi-Wiles reviews a production of Her Naked Skin, a suffragette romance which whisks the audience back to a time of protest on the street, activists smashing windows and police...

Jess McCabe // 23 December 2011

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New feature: In defence of fake beauty

‘Natural’ beauty demands hard labour to appear effortlessly beautiful and blemish-free. Brash, flamboyant, over-the-top makeup and clothes can let us reclaim our image, argues Shona McCombes Recently I had the...

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Weekly round-up and open thread

Here’s a collection of interesting links we didn’t have time to blog about this weeks – feel free to add your own in comments! Disclaimer: Some content may be triggering....

Jess McCabe // 12 December 2011

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From Tiny Furniture to Girls

Tiny Furniture has the funniest, most cringe-inducing sex scene set in a metal pipe you will see on the big screen. Lena Dunham wrote the film, directed it and plays...

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New feature: Are you writing in permanent marker?

What happens when a brilliant feminist blog gets deleted, or an online magazine disappears? The Women’s Library is ensuring that as many resources as possible leave a more permanent mark...

Jess McCabe // 21 November 2011

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New feature: A degree in sexism

Going to university has made me a feminist, says Cherry Morris “Do you swallow?” Three tiny little words, so completely unexpected that it took me a while to register what...

Jess McCabe // 15 November 2011

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This is what a feminist looks like, redux

This is what a feminist looks like: you probably already have the t-shirt, and now you can subscribe to the Tumblr. The Feminist Photo Blog Project was set up under...

Jess McCabe // 13 November 2011

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New feature: How the coalition cuts are impacting the women of Bristol

As a report finds Bristol’s women are being hit hard by coalition cuts, Sian Norris interviews domestic violence advisor Sian Taylor from Wish, one of the organisations forced to slash...

Jess McCabe // 3 November 2011

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Birds Eye View 2012 – cancelled because of cuts

A festival that screens films by women film-makers, Birds Eye View, has been cancelled because of funding cuts. Birds Eye View has been going for 10 years. Festival director Rachel...

Jess McCabe // 27 October 2011

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New feature: Abortion and sexuality, under attack

Anti-choice campaigners are trying to turn back the clock on abortion – and attitudes to women’s sexual identity, argues Adriana Pérez For better or worse, women’s lives have historically been...

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SlutWalk 2012

A plan is in the works for SlutWalk London 2012; this is interesting because one of the questions – implicit criticisms – we heard as SlutWalks were taking off was,...

Jess McCabe // 23 October 2011

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Ageism in Hollywood: Actor sues as IMDB reveals her age

An actor is suing Amazon because its Internet Movie Database posted her date of birth, which the suit claims has led to her struggling to win roles: The lawsuit alleges...

Jess McCabe // 19 October 2011

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You are invited to a tea party

Why let the US right wing have all the tea parties?

Jess McCabe // 14 October 2011

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New feature: ‘Who is interested in old women?’

Rina Rosselson describes the journey that took her from getting an MA in film and television in 1998 to blogging about old women and films at 74 It is through...

Jess McCabe // 12 October 2011

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New feature: The politics of office dress

Melanie Davis usually wears grey trousers suits to work. Switching to a smart, clingy dress prompted a disconcerting change in her colleagues The spate of SlutWalks around the world have...

Jess McCabe // 11 October 2011

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New feature: What is a family friendly government?

When David Cameron promised to form a family-friendly government, you may have got the impression he was talking about a particular and narrow type of domestic arrangement. But Milena Popova...

Jess McCabe // 3 October 2011

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Feminist (and storytelling) lessons for comic book artists via costume redesign

If you could redesign the costumes of the major superheroines, what would you change? Complaints about how female superheros are represented in comics are hackneyed. But the issue has been...

Jess McCabe // 1 October 2011

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New feature – Young women: unemployed and on the shelf?

As the economy fails to bounce back, young women are struggling to enter the workplace. Joanne Fradley calls for women in the workplace to reach out and help I’m writing...

Jess McCabe // 28 September 2011

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