Articles by Jolene Tan

Weekly round up and open thread

New week, new links! As ever, linking isn’t endorsement, and some links may contain disturbing content. If we’ve left anything out, pop it in the comments! Peaches Geldof: Writer and...

Jolene Tan // 15 April 2014

Categories: Blog

“The difference is obvious if you’re paying attention”

Disclaimer: I work full-time for the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE). However, this post is written entirely in my personal capacity and should not be taken to...

Jolene Tan // 4 January 2014

Categories: Blog

State brutality against Cambodian workers

Cambodia police have today opened fire on striking garment workers, who are demanding that their minimum wage be increased to about £97 a month. Three have been killed and more...

Jolene Tan // 3 January 2014

Categories: Blog

January’s guest blogger!

Please extend a hearty welcome to Suze, the first monthly guest blogger for 2014. In her own words: I routinely uproot my life for travelling experiences I would never get...

Jolene Tan // 2 January 2014

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Alternate histories and alien textures

Jolene Tan rounds up the best science fiction and fantasy she has read in 2013 - from novels to short stories

Jolene Tan // 15 December 2013

Categories: Books

Help relief efforts in the Philippines

Following Typhoon Haiyan, the people of the Philippines need a lot of help. Everybody is desperate for food and water but it is those who need it most who are...

Jolene Tan // 14 November 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Your weekly dose of news and views

Jolene Tan // 28 October 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Susan Choi’s My Education

Reviewer Katherine Wootton is thoroughly impressed by coming-of-age novel My Education by Susan Choi, in which narrator Regina Gottlieb recalls an intense love affair from her graduate student days: Regina...

Jolene Tan // 10 August 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: the novels of Xiaolu Guo

I’ve always looked sadly on the fact that there are more wonderful books in existence than I will ever be able to get through in my lifetime. (Though I suppose,...

Jolene Tan // 2 August 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Gabriel Weston’s Dirty Work

Gabriel Weston’s provocatively titled Dirty Work centres on the professional crisis faced by an abortion provider with a conflicted and complex relationship to her work. Katherine Williams reviews the audiobook...

Jolene Tan // 25 July 2013

Categories: Blog

New interview: novelist Ruth Ozeki

Writing is or ought to be an artful act, fiction in some sense literally artifice, but most of us are familiar with the feeling, coming away from novels, that we...

Jolene Tan // 24 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Another face of marriage inequality

Credit where it’s due: under this government, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has been making its way through Parliament, addressing a grotesque injustice that has been allowed to stand...

Jolene Tan // 10 June 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

Monday is here and with it is green tea mochi. That is, I mean, links. (Sometimes I get confused when I’m peckish.) As ever, linking does not equate endorsement (which...

Jolene Tan // 3 June 2013

Categories: Blog

June’s guest bloggers

A new month means new guest bloggers – with thanks for all of May’s contributions. In June we can look forward to perspectives from: Claire Askew – in her own...

Jolene Tan // 2 June 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: The Other Half of the Sky

Science fiction, for me, is a kind of background hum, a staple food. Asked to name my favourite novels I would gleefully list a dozen works of literary fiction, but...

Jolene Tan // 29 May 2013

Categories: Blog

Good stuff – The Other Half of the Sky

Jolene Tan finds much of interest in this science fiction collection focused on "heroes who happen to be women"

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Categories: Books

New review: Charlotte Roche’s Wrecked

“It’s easier to give a blowjob than to make coffee.” So opens the blurb of Wrecked, the second offering from Charlotte Roche. When I mentioned that we had a review...

Jolene Tan // 28 May 2013

Categories: Blog

Blaming the Victim: a radio documentary

In January I met Grace Chen, a Communications student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, who was working on a radio documentary exploring victim-blaming in cases of sexual assault. The...

Jolene Tan // 15 May 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Jean Rhys’ Quartet

There are many talented writers in the world, as well as many stories that need audiences. Which get heard? Tempting as it is to imagine that the publishing industry and...

Jolene Tan // 9 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

When is spring coming, exactly? While we’re waiting, here’re some links to keep you occupied. As always, linking does not imply endorsement, and some links may contain disturbing content. Let...

Jolene Tan // 18 March 2013

Categories: Blog

Double Bind

Double Bind asks important questions of the cross sections of certain Muslim networks and women's rights argues Jolene Tan

Jolene Tan // 15 March 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

Women’s rights are non-negotiable

Today marks the end of the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Last year we posted about the alarming failure of the 56th session...

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Categories: Blog

Fundamentalism without borders?

Several years ago, feminist activist Gita Sahgal left her role as head of Amnesty International’s gender unit following a dispute about AI’s partnership with Cageprisoners, an organisation founded by Guantanamo...

Jolene Tan // 7 February 2013

Categories: Blog

February’s guest bloggers (part 2)

As promised, there’s a second guest blogger for February and her name is Kendra Strauss. Kendra is an academic with research interests in feminist political economy, feminist theory, and the...

Jolene Tan // 4 February 2013

Categories: Blog

February’s guest bloggers

It looks like February is here – where does the time go?! That means it’s time to bid farewell to our January guest bloggers (with many thanks for their contributions!)...

Jolene Tan // 3 February 2013

Categories: Blog


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