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Everyday sexism: how do we fight back?

Gemma Short reviews Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates Everyday Sexism is based on a project which collected hundreds of thousands of stories, anecdotes and testimonials from women, contributed via Twitter and the everyday sexism blog. These make for uncomfortable reading.

Everyday sexism: how do we fight back?

Gemma Short reviews Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates Everyday Sexism is based on a project which collected hundreds of thousands of stories, anecdotes and testimonials from women, contributed via Twitter and the everyday sexism blog. These make for uncomfortable reading.

Bringing sex out of the closet: Gemma Short reviews Masters of Sex

Gemma Short reviews Masters of Sex – TV drama that combines social commentary about a divided and changing America with fraught relationships, plenty of sex, and 50s outfits, Masters of Sex is a gripping watch. Now in its second series, Masters of

Bringing sex out of the closet: Gemma Short reviews Masters of Sex

Gemma Short reviews Masters of Sex – TV drama that combines social commentary about a divided and changing America with fraught relationships, plenty of sex, and 50s outfits, Masters of Sex is a gripping watch. Now in its second series, Masters of

We all belong to Glasgow

Charlotte Seleus reviews an adaptation of the story of the Glasgow Girls

We all belong to Glasgow

Charlotte Seleus reviews an adaptation of the story of the Glasgow Girls

Edward Carpenter: the sexual revolutionary

Cathy Nugent reviews Edward Carpenter: A life of liberty and love by Sheila Rowbotham. Originally published in Workers’ Liberty’s Solidarity. Sheila Rowbotham’s biography of the gay socialist writer, pioneering “homosexual activist” and poet Edward Carpenter, is (by her own description)

Edward Carpenter: the sexual revolutionary

Cathy Nugent reviews Edward Carpenter: A life of liberty and love by Sheila Rowbotham. Originally published in Workers’ Liberty’s Solidarity. Sheila Rowbotham’s biography of the gay socialist writer, pioneering “homosexual activist” and poet Edward Carpenter, is (by her own description)

Feminism, love and Twilight

By Kat Wall What does it mean to be a feminist heroine in the 21st century? What does it mean to be a feminist? What does it mean to be a woman? These were the rather big questions that were

Feminism, love and Twilight

By Kat Wall What does it mean to be a feminist heroine in the 21st century? What does it mean to be a feminist? What does it mean to be a woman? These were the rather big questions that were

Labours of love

Janet Burstall reviews Love and Capital by Mary Gabriel. (New York, Little, Brown, 2011) “Most people would come away shocked at what a moderate [Marx] was … if they read what Marx actually wrote.” So says Mary Gabriel, of people

Labours of love

Janet Burstall reviews Love and Capital by Mary Gabriel. (New York, Little, Brown, 2011) “Most people would come away shocked at what a moderate [Marx] was … if they read what Marx actually wrote.” So says Mary Gabriel, of people

Shades of confusion

Becky Crocker reviews Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James For depicting a dominant/submissive relationship and BDSM sex, some critics say the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy is anti-feminist. Clare Phillipson of domestic violence charity Wearside Women In Need

Shades of confusion

Becky Crocker reviews Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James For depicting a dominant/submissive relationship and BDSM sex, some critics say the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy is anti-feminist. Clare Phillipson of domestic violence charity Wearside Women In Need

Political Theatre: Pussy Riot readings at the Royal Court

By Saraid Dodd Nadya Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, three members of Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’, have been sentenced to a 2 year jail term for ‘hooliganism’  as a result of a performance of their ‘Punk Prayer’ in

Political Theatre: Pussy Riot readings at the Royal Court

By Saraid Dodd Nadya Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, three members of Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’, have been sentenced to a 2 year jail term for ‘hooliganism’  as a result of a performance of their ‘Punk Prayer’ in

Attention: babies at work!

By Julie B I accidentally stumbled upon the BBC 2 mini-series Babies at Work last week. I was shocked by what I beheld: the possible future dystopian lives of working class women. The mini-series tracks a UK workplace experiment spearheaded

Attention: babies at work!

By Julie B I accidentally stumbled upon the BBC 2 mini-series Babies at Work last week. I was shocked by what I beheld: the possible future dystopian lives of working class women. The mini-series tracks a UK workplace experiment spearheaded

“Would this happen to girls with blue eyes and blonde hair”?

By Rosalind R. Great report by Sue Lloyd Roberts on BBC2’s Newsnight this week about female genital mutilation. Roberts reports that every year around 20,000 young women in the UK and France are “at risk” from female genital mutilation (FGM).

“Would this happen to girls with blue eyes and blonde hair”?

By Rosalind R. Great report by Sue Lloyd Roberts on BBC2’s Newsnight this week about female genital mutilation. Roberts reports that every year around 20,000 young women in the UK and France are “at risk” from female genital mutilation (FGM).