Posts under ‘Feminism’

I’d never been ashamed for how I look or being proud of who I am – until this month

by Frankie Leach.

I am a 19-year-old woman from Manchester, I’m a student at Manchester Metropolitan University and I’ve been active in Labour Party politics since I was 18, and I must admit while it’s been a bumpy ride, I’ve always managed to keep my head above the water and stick at it. Until this month, I could […]

Sexism is not merely “foolish” behaviour

by Seema Chandwani.

The debate on whether what Danczuk has been accused of (accurately or otherwise) is worthy of suspension (and investigation) is a worrying one for a party that proclaims to be progressive. There appears to be, in some quarters, no real understanding of what the concern is. Two examples of this can be found firstly in Danczuk’s apology where […]

Germaine Greer and the performance of womanhood

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Ah, Germaine Greer. When we last visited what she had become a couple of years ago, it was on the occasion of some ill-judged remarks about rape. That in mind, what are we to make of attempts to no platform her from giving a talk at Cardiff University because of her transphobic view of trans […]

Why Brand-ing Miliband was the right move

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A Frost/Nixon for our age? No, but the media reaction to Russell Brand’s encounter with Ed Miliband is out of all proportion to what was said. The actual content of the interview is pretty innocuous, at least from the standpoint of grizzled lefties and hardened politicos. Yet where Brand’s core audience are concerned, the teens to the […]

Change will come if we stand together

by Katy Clark.

We have come so far since the first International Women’s Day in 1911. At that time the Suffragettes were fighting – at times to the death – to ensure that women across the UK had the same democratic voting rights as men and in many working class communities women were taking on other industrial and class struggles. […]

No more Page 3… but don’t be fooled

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

At long last Page 3, The Sun’s long-running big-breasted totem is to be shelved … and replaced with scantily clad young women covering up that little bit more. A victory? I suppose it is one, of sorts. It’s clearly a pay off for the No More Page 3 campaign. I wonder if the rest of […]

To be or not to be a mother: a woman’s right to choose

by Cat Smith.

Recently, Jennifer Anniston spoke out in the media about how she was feeling about being constantly asked about not having children. She’s a highly successful actor who has not combined that with motherhood. So what? Are male actors harassed in this way if they don’t have children? Why is there an expectation from society that […]

The spectrum of misogyny

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Consider three separate, seemingly unconnected incidents that have risen to media prominence recently. The horrifying, systematic attacks on mainly white girls by gangs of Pakistani paedophiles in Rotherham. The abuse meted out to Zoe Quinn, a US video game developer and author of Depression Quest. The theft of naked photos from the social media accounts of prominent Hollywood stars, including A-listers […]

Fast Facts: Gender social inequality and austerity in Europe

by Tom Gill.

Europe’s austerity fetish and longer term neo-liberal reforms promoted by Big Business, Governments and the EU Commission hurt women disproportionately. Here’s a few facts to illustrate the point. Europe wide  The gender pay gap is around 16% It ranges from more than a quarter (27%) in Estonia to around a fiftieth (2%) in Slovenia. The latest figures […]

Intersectionality and Postmodern Feminism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

We left the last post having worked through the basic conceptualisation of intersectionality. If you can’t be bothered to trudge through its thousand or so words, simply put it is the appreciation of how different oppressions rooted in ostensibly discrete sets of violent (symbolically and physically) social relations can intersect and condition the lives of whole groups of people. […]

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