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The media and popular culture are practically inescapable, and all the time they sends us messages about women and men. What does mainstream culture say about men, women, and feminism?

CVF 2016 - DAY TWO-118Diversity of women’s voices at the Chinese Visual Festival

Orlagh Watson Hong chats to the festival’s curator Xie Jingjing and filmmaker Yang Lina who both offer insights into Chinese women in film and on screen

Orlagh Watson Hong // 5 July 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

OITNB Cast sqHow Netflix is leading the way with feminist TV

In an industry where women are chronically under-represented, Ella Griffiths argues that Netflix is commissioning shows which offer a range of interesting female characters

Ella Griffiths // 10 June 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

017photo“It was such a laugh!” Writer Nell Dunn in conversation

Selina Robertson interviews Nell Dunn, novelist and the screenwriter behind Ken Loach’s first feature film Poor Cow, as the 1967 classic is re-released in cinemas

Selina Robertson // 7 June 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Corinne Bailey Rae_FINAL APPROVED PRESS SHOT“I’m very much running my career” – an interview with Corinne Bailey Rae

Wedaeli Chibelushi talks to Corinne Bailey Rae about her new album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, black feminism and female solidarity

Wedaeli Chibelushi // 15 May 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Piers Morgan sqPiers Morgan: Our gatekeeper to freedom and feminism

Laura Elliott discusses Piers Morgan's recent proclamations about feminism and argues that his opinion counts for very little

Laura Elliott // 13 May 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Politics and Current Affairs

ironing square“I was brought up believing that I couldn’t do all sorts of things because I was female”: on escaping housework for artistic creation

Emily Turner speaks with artist Rosemary McLeish about the inspiration for her art, including her feminist piece ‘What I Do When I Don’t Do The Ironing’

Emily Turner // 13 April 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

wendy hoose squareAn interview with actor Amy Conachan: “I couldn’t be more excited to tour with Wendy Hoose again”

Lissy Lovett interviews the actor Amy Conachan about about disability, accessible theatre and Tinder

Lissy Lovett // 15 March 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

TangerineRespect not “accept”: interview with the maker of mould-breaking Tangerine and one of his fantastic leads

Corrina Antrobus of Bechdel Test Fest talks to director Sean Baker and Mya Taylor who plays Alexandra in his 2015 film Tangerine

Corrina Antrobus //

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Elizabeth_Robins_by_W&D_Downey,_c1890ssquareRebuilding society

Lissy Lovett is dismayed by the response of mainstream critics to the child abuse elements of the Old Vic’s production of The Master Builder

Lissy Lovett // 10 March 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Reviews, Theatre

ITCC-Cherry ifo weddingpicture“When we come out, our parents go into the closet themselves”: interview with Sophia Luvarà

Ania Ostrowska chats to Sophia Luvarà about her first documentary feature Inside the Chinese Closet and recommends you check out the Human Rights Watch Festival where it will soon be screening

Ania Ostrowska // 8 March 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Sophie Turner selfie2 sqLet me take a selfie

Sophie Turner uses the much-maligned selfie to document her life and explore her identity

Sophie Turner // 3 March 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Features, Uncategorized

Ablaze! coverGrrrl, Interrupted

Cazz Blase speaks to DIY icon Karren Ablaze! about her illustrious career as riot grrrl extraordinaire and fanzine pioneer

Cazz Blase // 23 January 2016

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

bowieGender is performance!

What Bowie meant to me

Melanie // 18 January 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Magali_PettierHill farming, no sugar coating: an interview with the makers of Addicted to Sheep

Director Magali Pettier and co-producer Jan Cawood talk to Ania about their maverick documentary about farmers who breed sheep in the North Pennines

Ania Ostrowska // 10 January 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Pretty Ugly RESIZEDWho Run The World? Girls!

Jojo Khor, videographer with Who Run The World, talks about the exciting new music company that wants to bring female musicians to the front

Jojo Khor // 25 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

IMG_5447 (1) v2The United Ladies of Comedy

Maria Shehata has found out a lot about attitudes to comedy and to women whilst travelling the world and researching her upcoming documentary

Maria Shehata // 23 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Romance novels and feminism genre snobsCan love conquer all – even the genre snobs?

If there are clichés and poorly-written books in every genre, Nick Beard asks, why is romance always singled out for derision?

Nick Beard // 19 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Sex and Relationships, Uncategorized

Sparx 1Not your mother’s beatboxing: the rise of women beatboxers

Victoria Bailey discusses her love of beatboxing and speaks to seminal female artists within the genre about the supportive community that exists for women beatboxers

Victoria Bailey // 14 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

FakeFruitFactory_01Experimental filmmaking: Chick Strand is coming to Tate Modern

Why is Tate Modern about to screen a retrospective of one of the most significant feminist film-makers from the LA scene of the 1960s and 1970s? Selina Robertson talks to curator George Clark to find out

Selina Robertson // 9 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

14474322754_30322bc06f_zUnderstanding motherhood in a time of austerity

Akile Ahmet examines three prominent celebrity mothers favoured by the gossip columns and how they have been stereotyped to reflect the ideas and rhetoric of the austerity age

Akile Ahmet // 3 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Family, Features

EvangelineJenningsPankhearst: pixels into knives

Andie Berryman talks to Evangeline Jennings of indie writing collective Pankhearst about the publishing process, America’s ‘war on women’ and the fury that drives her to write

Andie Berryman // 7 October 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Interviews, Politics and Current Affairs, Uncategorized

Louise O'Neill author“We need to be constantly fighting. We need to be raising our voices”

Asking For It author Louise O’Neill talks to Gemma Fraser about rape culture, society’s fear of female sexuality, and how it feels to be the rising star of feminist fiction

Gemma Fraser // 9 September 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Interviews, Religion, Violence

bloodyfunny2Bloody funny

Susan Harrison considers the longstanding comedy myth that female comedians make loads of jokes about periods

Susan Harrison // 12 August 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Gina_Prince_Bythewood“If you’ve written good characters, I think that their colour drops away”: interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood

Grace Barber-Plentie talks to Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of Beyond the Lights, about feminism, “black films” and the importance of a good soundtrack

Grace Barber-Plentie // 31 July 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

braids-r1-02-4-srgbMore than “just” a singer

In the wake of their new album Deep in the Iris, Braids’ Raphaelle Standell discusses feminism, music industry double standards and why you really need to hear her vocals

Stephanie Phillips // 19 July 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

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