Articles about Culture and Media

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?

Diet Grrrl: An Example

A reader of The F-Word has kindly allowed us to reproduce the complaint she wrote 'in a moment of anger against Marie Claire magazine'. Be inspired! Grab that pen or send an email and give them a piece of your mind.

Name Supplied // 16 August 2002

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media

Big Brother, Virgins, and Female Singleness

Kristin Aune looks at society's attitudes to virginity and celibacy

Kristin Aune // 16 June 2002

Categories: Culture and Media, Sex and Relationships

Grrl Activistas – an introduction

Aoife McBride of the campaigning group 'Grrl Activistas' explains the group's aims and how the group started

Aoife McBride // 16 May 2002

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Violence

The Spice Girls

The 'fab' five?

Catherine Redfern // 16 April 2002

Categories: Culture and Media, Soundbites

Show Girls: The State of

Marion Beach investigates why the best feminist theatre groups have rejected the 'f' word

Marion Beach // 16 February 2002

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

The UK Press – Time for a change

Lorraine Douglas scans the shelves of WH Smiths but fails to find anything of interest.

Lorraine Douglas // 16 January 2002

Categories: Culture and Media

Response to ‘The Signs of Ageing’

Lyn Cicada responds to the article The Signs of Ageing

Lyn Cicada // 16 October 2001

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

‘Just call me Bob.’

The 1975 Mandy Annual was about as subtle as a sledge hammer in its attempt to stop young girls becoming feminists. The resulting portrayal of a 'women's libber' has got to be seen to be believed

Catherine Redfern // 16 August 2001

Categories: Culture and Media


A simple example of what you can do with a pen, some paper, and envelope and a stamp. Catherine Redfern gets scribbling

Catherine Redfern //

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media

Why Irma Kurtz is wrong about rape

In the June 2001 issue of British Cosmopolitan, the agony aunt Irma Kurtz replied to a reader's letter about rape. I think Irma's advice was irresponsible, insensitive, and re-iterates all the old myths about rape that we have tried so hard to break down over 30 years of feminism

Catherine Redfern // 13 July 2001

Categories: Culture and Media, Sex and Relationships, Violence

‘The Eminem defence’?

Eminem's recent and highly publicised visit to the UK promoted a storm of debate and discussion. Were his homophobic, misogynist lyrics offensive, or not? Some claimed he was simply being ironic. So does irony mean we can't be offended?

Catherine Redfern // 16 April 2001

Categories: Culture and Media

Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery

Why are more and more young women opting for breast implants? Catherine Redfern offers an explanation.

Catherine Redfern //

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

How To Create a Woman’s Glossy Magazine in Five Minutes

I've been addicted to magazines since my teenage years, but they are just so, so frustratingly predictable! I reckon you could cobble one together very easily in five minutes, and here's how.

Catherine Redfern // 18 March 2001

Categories: Culture and Media

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