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The forgotten emergency: How women are bearing the atrocities of war in Congo, Notebook

The forgotten emergency: How women are bearing the atrocities of war in Congo

“They came in the night. They encircled our homes. Anyone who ran was shot dead. They bound up my husband… then they raped me. Three men. I was eight months pregnant.” So began the brave tale of a resilient woman as she shared how the horror of war in the Congo has blighted her life, as it has done for thousands of women and girls like her.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 January 2013 at 5:55 pm

Rape is no less of a trauma for the victim just because you call it something else, Notebook

Rape is no less of a trauma for the victim just because you call it something else

According to the wise voice of Brendan O Neill, there’s a reasonable and rational view that ignorance is, or should be, a central factor in deciding how we not just punish, but how we actually define, serious crimes.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 30 August 2012 at 12:00 am

The day before the Paralympics – Galloway must apologise for his “window-licker” comment, Notebook

The day before the Paralympics – Galloway must apologise for his “window-licker” comment

Last night, George Galloway gave me, as a disabled woman, yet another unpleasant surprise.

By | Notebook, Olympics, Opinion | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 2:04 pm

Top of the posts: Dangerous dogs, everyday sexism and Georgy Porgie makes the girls cry, Notebook

Top of the posts: Dangerous dogs, everyday sexism and Georgy Porgie makes the girls cry

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By | Notebook | Friday, 24 August 2012 at 5:51 pm

There are those who are appalled by George Galloway now, and those who have always been appalled by George Galloway, Notebook

There are those who are appalled by George Galloway now, and those who have always been appalled by George Galloway

The most striking thing about George Galloway’s latest outburst was not what he said so much as the fact that there were still people willing to take him seriously.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 23 August 2012 at 12:40 pm

Don’t Touch Me: Is spiky fashion a sartorial defence mechanism?, Notebook

Don’t Touch Me: Is spiky fashion a sartorial defence mechanism?

The idea of a hard edge to feminine fashion is nothing new. But this is different.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 23 August 2012 at 11:42 am

Rapes might not all be the same, but they are all rapes, Notebook

Rapes might not all be the same, but they are all rapes

In these unsettling last few days, a question that one would have hoped had been laid to rest – specifically, whether sexual intercourse without consent necessarily constitutes rape – has reared up once again, and not only in strict relation to Julian Assange’s future.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 at 10:06 am

Anti-rape campaigns: “Hey women, stop getting so drunk”, Notebook

Anti-rape campaigns: “Hey women, stop getting so drunk”

Anti-rape campaigns which focus solely on women’s behaviour are nothing new: previous publicly-funded campaigns have told women ‘Don’t be a victim’ and ‘Let down your hair, not your guard’.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 26 July 2012 at 3:51 pm

Being offended by rape jokes doesn’t mean lacking a sense of humour, Notebook

Being offended by rape jokes doesn’t mean lacking a sense of humour

There has been a spate of celebrities defending rape jokes to the world and their fan base on Twitter recently.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 at 12:00 am

How should we talk to men about sexism?, Notebook

How should we talk to men about sexism?

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.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 23 July 2012 at 12:23 pm

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