Can Conservatives be feminists? According to Harriet Harman, that’s not only a valid question, but a valid question to which the answer is a very decisive no.
Amber Rudd and Andrea Leadsome bristled understandably at Harman’s apparent claim to have ownership of feminism, but unfortunately they then proceeded to pen an article in the Guardian entitled “Conservatives [...]
Ah, Katie Price. Every feminist’s nightmare. Is she a feminist? Isn’t she? Should we like her or loathe her? Yet she’s still influential to young women and teenage girls.
Laurie Penny and Martin Robbins are both writers, both feminists and both happened to be sitting alone at their computers on a Friday night when the question of ‘how to talk to men about sexism without scaring them off?’ came up on Twitter. Reasoning that the best way to encourage conversation is to start one, they did.
In Saturday’s Guardian, Katie Puckrik mused somewhat cynically on the “latest celebrity ruse”: not wearing makeup. She writes about her terribly trying adventure of not wearing makeup for a whole day, and reports how “self-consciously unglamorous” she feels.
Recession, debts, budget cuts, tax – it’s all about saving money these days, and identifying the sectors of society with highest and lowest return per invested penny. One UK sector that is renowned for its ability to deliver excellence on very limited budget is science and technology: over 10% of global scientific output is produced in the UK, despite the fact that our country only holds 1% of the global population, and spend less on science per capita than most other countries.
Both its success and appeal are apparent, but discussions over what the subtext of the book has to say about modern feminism has come to fruition. Is the sadomasochism seen in 50 Shades of Grey degrading to women? Or is purely fantasy, with whichever form of sexual exploration a personal choice to pursue in the bedroom?
There’s a saying that there are two kinds of women; those who make life easier for other women, and those who make life harder. Like any good saying, there are times when it feels true. But there’s an alienating premise to it. It assumes that it’s the responsibility of women to navigate – not challenge, but navigate – patriarchal pressures. It assumes that misogyny, with all its evils, is our fault.
Having noticed that at least a couple of times a week, a topic would trend with an anti-female message, I’ve been keeping a list of sexist Twitter trends over the last few weeks.
The gaming industry’s legendarily deft touch has hit the news again this afternoon, with the news that Lara Croft is to gain a bit more of a personality in her upcoming game.
DJ Nikki Beatnik: Sometimes I get abuse for being a female DJ, then they listen to my music and shut up
DJ Nikki Beatnik has partied with Will Smith and Jay-Z and counts Kelis among her best friends. She’s won awards for her club nights and is currently the official tour DJ for both Kelis and Nicola Roberts. She talks shoes, make-up and how being trained as a classical musician has helped her rise to the top of the club scene.
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