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Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution, The Foreign Desk

Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution

Two disturbing videos have emerged in recent days that highlight two different battles being fought in Egypt’s on-going revolution.

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 3 February 2013 at 4:25 pm

Women in science: Physics is not done better by men, Notebook

Women in science: Physics is not done better by men

The Institute of Physics report last week on the lack of girls progressing on to study physics at A-level continues to cause concern but is not surprising. Of course we need more positive female role models in the sciences and physics in particular and of course the media need to give more exposure to those that do exist.

By | Notebook, Science & Technology | Friday, 19 October 2012 at 6:16 pm

Everyday Sexism: It isn’t restricted to adults – even young girls in school uniform share their experiences, Notebook

Everyday Sexism: It isn’t restricted to adults – even young girls in school uniform share their experiences

There is a common misconception that sexism is something that only affects young women, or pretty women, women with large breasts or blondes.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 10:40 am

Everyday Sexism: What’s the big deal?, Notebook

Everyday Sexism: What’s the big deal?

What does it matter if a guy makes a comment on your looks in the street? Is it really such a huge issue if somebody assumes your male colleague is your boss?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 at 11:38 am

Separating men and children is discrimination, plane and simple, Notebook

Separating men and children is discrimination, plane and simple

Airline policies which prevent men from sitting next to children are corrosive and unnecessary.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 16 August 2012 at 4:00 am

Women’s clothing: Don’t fight oppression with oppression, Notebook

Women’s clothing: Don’t fight oppression with oppression

France’s Union for Popular Movement (UMP) – which, when previously led by Nicolas Sarkozy banned the burqa in France – sparked controversy recently as female British MPs criticized the party over a sexism row.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 at 3:00 am

A toast to the women who taught me how to construct my own gender, Arts

A toast to the women who taught me how to construct my own gender

There is an old gag (I am a big fan of old gags) which goes something like, “I’m not a doctor, I just play one on TV.” I like it, and identify with it, because it resonates with my own performance practice. I do not think of myself as a drag queen, but I know many people do.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 2 August 2012 at 2:00 am

Twitter crime: The state should not have the power to punish people for being offensive, Notebook

Twitter crime: The state should not have the power to punish people for being offensive

Student: “Those blowing themselves up and committing atrocities are using religion as an excuse for what they are doing.”
Me: “But you can find justification for all sorts of atrocities against non-believers, apostates and others in the Holy texts.”
Student: “How dare you say that! That is deeply offensive. Lots of us have faith and don’t go around doing the things you say that religious people do.”

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 12:29 pm

London 2012: Here come the girls, Notebook

London 2012: Here come the girls

“You can say it’s like an Arab Spring for women,” says Yobes Ondieki, a Kenyan former World Champion runner, ahead of the London Olympics. After losing out to Ethiopia in the 2004 medal tables, Kenyan officials realised the winning formula was staring them in the face: the majority of Ethiopian medals at Athens were won by women.

By | Notebook, Olympics, Sport | Thursday, 26 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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