- New York Magazine 03:00October 29, 2020Trump’s Base Isn’t Housewives, It’s TradwivesThe president has provoked an internal gender war.
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- Guardian 11:00October 27, 2020Glampons, Miss World flareups and loo roll laureates – Unfinished Business reviewBritish Library, LondonThis intriguing history of the women’s movement – from leg-liberating bicycles to the poems Sylvia Pankhurst wrote on prison toilet paper – doesn’t neglect the struggle’s contradictions and blind spots“We are not beautiful,” say the words on the leaflet, alongside a picture of a raging, cigar-smoking vixen with hairy legs. “We are not ugly,” they continue. “WE ARE ANGRY.” This leaflet was part of the protests against Miss World contests in the 1970s. It features in Unfinished Business, an exhibition that traces the history of the women’s movement through its signature, headline-grabbing flareups, but also through its imagery, philosophy and artefacts, with one eye always on the work left to do.You can’t help but be struck by the vastness of the terrain: this movement needed its engineers as much as its crusaders, its poets and comedians as much as its scientists. It took a village, in other words, and then a load of other villages. It would be glossing the reality to say that it took all women, but it took enough of us that to tell its history means running headlong into an inconvenient truth: the trouble with women is we don’t all agree. Continue reading...
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- New York Magazine 14:00October 23, 2020Honoring Her WishIn conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s granddaughter, ACLU fellow Clara Spera.
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- Huffington Post UK 12:50October 21, 2020Feminism & masculinity viewed through the Black experience
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- Breitbart News 02:45October 18, 2020Women's March Has 501(c)(4) IRS Status as It Campaigns Against TrumpThe Women's March enjoys nonprofit status with the IRS as a 501(c)4 "social welfare organization" while it campaigns against Donald Trump.
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- Breitbart News 22:57October 17, 2020Watch: Amy Coney Barrett Supporters Block Feminist Protesters Outside the Supreme CourtSupporters of Judge Amy Coney Barrett blocked feminist protesters at the Supreme Court on Saturday as the anti-Trump activists gathered in the nation's capital for the Women's March.
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- Breitbart News 21:54October 17, 2020Watch Live: Women’s March Activists Clash with Amy Coney Barrett Supporters Outside Supreme CourtDueling demonstrations are taking place in the nation's capital Saturday as Women's March activists clash with supporters of both President Trump and his Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
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- Breitbart News 21:21October 17, 2020Women's March Underway in D.C.: ‘Trump Is an Unstable Penis’The anti-Trump Women's March is underway in D.C. and in cities across the nation Saturday, as self-described feminists gather to protest both President Trump and his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
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- Flashbak 08:19October 13, 2020Imogen Cunningham’s Sublime Close-Up Botanical Photos from the 1920s and 30s Imogen Cunningham’s close-up botanical photographs, taken during the 1920s and 30s, have been compared to Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstract flower paintings made around the same time, but the resemblance may have little to do with influence. Cunningham co-founded Group f/64 in San Francisco with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston as a West Coast answer to … Continue reading "Imogen Cunningham’s Sublime Close-Up Botanical Photos from the 1920s and 30s"
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- Guardian 13:04October 2, 2020How I learned to love being an Essex girl | Sarah PerryNovelist Sarah Perry carried Essex with her ‘like a white patent leather bag’ -until she discovered the county’s history of remarkable and outspoken womenIn the kingdom of the East Saxons, towards the end of the seventh century, the noblewoman Ethelburga founded an abbey in a place they called Berecingum, which means “the people who live among the birch trees”. Here she “preserved the glory of perpetual virginity”, says Bede, “in a life of great self-denial”; and when one morning, mindful of the plague, she took her women out to choose the piece of land where they’d be buried, she witnessed light descending from heaven in the form of a shining white sheet. In this way the abbey became holy land, and there the 12th-century nun Clemence translated from Latin into French a life of Edward the Confessor, imploring her readers not to “despise it, nor to disregard the good in it”, merely because she was a woman. The community lasted until the dissolution of the monasteries: the work of women undone by the devices and desires of men. In the soil where the abbey stood, pegs from stringed instruments were found, and tools for weaving, together with gold thread, hair combs and manicure kits: this is the evidence of their accomplishment and beauty. What remains now of the abbey in the birches is only a pale tower on a pavement, and this tower may be reached by taking the Hammersmith & City line out of London to the east: Berecingum has become Barking, and the women of the abbey were Essex girls.If you might not have suspected Essex of having been the site of that sacred ground and those holy women, I can’t hold you entirely to blame. A landscape is constructed not only from its hills and the species of its common trees, but from the cultural and historical associations attached to it. Heathcliff will always possess the Yorkshire moors; Tess of the D’Urbervilles will sit forever weeping on her Dorset milking stool. So it is impossible now to think of Essex without thinking also of vapid women in leopard print and heels; of the jokes which begin, say: “How does an Essex girl hold her liquor?” and end with a schoolboy smirk. Ethelburga is no match for Gemma Collins; the Essex oaks and sloping fields of flax are no match for the appetite of London’s borders. The cultural phenomenon of the Essex girl has changed the Essex landscape, as if her arrival altered the geology that underpins the towns. This is a reciprocal arrangement; the landscape alters those who are born there. In the language of the Saxons – whose weapon, the seax, its curved blade notched to inflict greater damage to the neck, appears on the Essex coat of arms – stede means “place”, and so every girl born in Essex is steadfast: held to the place of her birth. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:00September 26, 2020Janelle Monáe: ‘What is a revolution without a song?’From starring roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures, to a genre-busting musical career, the actor and singer has always gone her own wayA downside, perhaps, to the sheer imaginative power of Janelle Monáe is that it’s hard not to bring unreasonable expectations to any conversation one has with her. The musician and actor is on the phone from her home in Los Angeles, where for the last six months she has been sitting out lockdown. Monáe’s music career is dominated by sci-fi imagery, thrilling story arcs and inventiveness of a kind that has earned her comparisons to Prince, with whom she worked and could go toe-to-toe, not only on talent but also outlandish wardrobe decisions. The voice on the line, by contrast, is quiet, serious and devoid of all whimsy. She’s also terrifically earnest. To give an idea: Monáe is 34 but, asked to confirm her age, she says with what sounds like complete sincerity: “I’m timeless.”She isn’t wrong, in a way; there is something about Monáe’s work that defies time and space, from her iconic first EP in 2007, Metropolis – in which she introduced her robotic alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, a character she used over the course of three albums to explore what happens when you break from convention – to the iconic 2018 feminist anthem Pynk, to her collaborations with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Grimes. Her music ranges wildly across the spectrum, taking in influences as various as cabaret, electronica, rap, orchestral, plastic pop and English folk, while falling within a cultural movement combining black history with sci-fi known as Afrofuturism. And this is before you even get to her acting career. Continue reading...
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- New York Magazine 19:54September 24, 2020American Women Need a Revolution. It Has to Be Bigger Than RBG.Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t the feminist hero I wanted her to be. If we’re to survive the coming battles, we must be honest about her legacy.
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- The Guardian(UK) 03:31September 19, 2020Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed America long before she joined the supreme court | Moira DoneganShe spent her extraordinary career fighting for women’s rights and ensuring the promise of the constitution applied to allThe most important feminist lawyer in the history of the American republic has died. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a supreme court justice and singularly influential legal mind, was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, the court’s second-ever female justice, and served for nearly 30 years. She passed away due to complications from cancer on Friday. She was 87.Strategic, contemplative and disciplined, but with a passion for the feminist cause that is rarely admitted into the halls of power, Ginsburg established an impressive legal legacy long before she became a judge. Over the course of a two-decade career as a lawyer before her appointment to the DC circuit court of appeals, she successfully argued cases that expanded civil rights law and 14th amendment protections to women, undoing a dense network of laws that had codified sex discrimination in all areas of American life. After she was elevated to the nation’s highest court, she found her own views moving left as the institution was pushed to the right. Her career was defined by courageous dissents that stood up for the principle of equal justice and kept alive the promise of a more free and fair America. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 10:00September 12, 2020Margaret Atwood: ‘If you’re going to speak truth to power, make sure it’s the truth’A polarising US election, a global pandemic, the rise of cancel culture: what does the queen of dystopian fiction make of 2020 so far?Margaret Atwood is smiling, waving a green copy of her book The Testaments at me, while I wave a black one back at her. High-cheekboned, pale-skinned, her curly grey hair like a corona, she’s wearing a jewel-green blouse that makes her eyes glitter. Behind her stretches her large, comfy, slightly darkened sitting room in Toronto, with books and wall hangings and a whirring fan. Atwood gleams out of my screen, bright in all senses.She is talking about being a grouch. She tells me she turns down a lot of interview requests, “and then I get a reputation as being very grumpy and hard to deal with. But who cares?” Grumpy seems wrong to me. I had been warned that Atwood was scary – super-sharp and impatient – but she’s not like that either. She is unsentimental, clear, sure of her facts and opinions, but she also has a light, mischievous quality. She says my name as though constantly on the verge of teasing me. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 21:23September 10, 2020Diana Rigg: star with an independent streak to match her glamourFrom kick-ass screen roles to award-winning theatre and TV ones, with a curious sideline in nuns, the Yorkshire-born actor’s class and spirit earned her a magnificent careerDiana Rigg, Avengers and Game of Thrones star, dies aged 82When Diana Rigg made her Broadway debut in 1971, the theatre programme Playbill introduced her in terms that established the wide range of work and appeal that still marked her career at her death today, five decades later, at the age of 82.The then-31-year-old Yorkshirewoman, theatregoers were told, was “a highly established star of the theatre, motion pictures and films in England” who had recently “become popular in the United States as the glamorous Emma Peel in The Avengers television series and as the leading lady in the latest James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 19:10September 10, 20209 ways to empower young women to take control of their financial futuresEmpower young women to be financially savvy by involving them in family money matters and teaching them basic investment concepts early on.
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- Breitbart News 18:17September 7, 2020Delingpole: Everything Bad In History Was the Patriarchy's Fault, Claims United Nations"If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts", Camille Paglia once famously said. But the United Nations didn't get the memo
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- Guardian 09:30September 2, 2020Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates review – fierce and eye-openingFrom pick-up artists to incels … a journey through the ‘manosphere’ explores the radicalisation of misogynist menSome men have for years been trying to deny women the right to their own safe spaces. In the 1970s, the anti-feminist “men’s rights” movement was born, including one US group called the National Coalition for Men. As Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, explains, this body has “repeatedly entered lawsuits against women-only spaces – alleging discrimination on the part of sports teams, networking events, and groups seeking to increase women’s participation in business and technology … It has also filed court cases seeking to force the defunding of women’s domestic violence shelters, unless they admit men.” Related: Men going their own way: the rise of a toxic male separatist movement Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 22:42August 26, 2020Meghan Markle Says Prince Harry Is A ‘Beautiful’ Feminist Father To Archie
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- Flashbak 09:30August 26, 2020Mamie Van Doren Gives Advice on Love, Sex, and How to Have ‘Wild Experiences’In 1965, Mamie Van Doren wrote her second volume of memoirs My Wild Love Experiences. It was a follow-up to the best-selling first instalment I Swing – Mamie’s autobiography which “sold out 10 days after it hit the stands.” Now, response to those who read it and demanded more, as well as those who missed … Continue reading "Mamie Van Doren Gives Advice on Love, Sex, and How to Have ‘Wild Experiences’"
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- Business Insider 00:58August 22, 2020Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says loving yourself as a woman or other minority is a almost a 'mini-protest'Vogue Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said loving yourself as any kind of minority is a form of "mini-protest" against unequal systems.
The congresswoman gave an interview with Vogue where she broke down her makeup routine and explained how she finds confidence in red lipstick.
Though she said she struggles with getting taken seriously by Republicans for being a young woman and woman of color, loving herself and her appearance has helped her find confidence.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Following up on her powerful speech on the routine harassment that female congresswomen face, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had more words of wisdom to share with her young women and gender non-conforming followers.
In an interview with Vogue, the New York City congresswoman walked viewers through her best-known makeup routine: how to apply bold red lipstick. She said being Latina, women in her culture use red lipstick to portray confidence and strength. Ocasio-Cortez said appreciating beauty and makeup doesn't take away from her professionalism as a woman — rather, it's one of the most important decisions a person can make. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreakSee Also:Germany gets a new universal basic income experiment as more countries consider cash handouts amid the pandemicNYC nurses were understaffed and burned out before the pandemic, which contributed to overcrowding and worse patient careA vicious cycle fuels systemic racism in the fashion industry, where rich white people determine beauty standards and who gets access in the first placeSEE ALSO: Here are 5 psychological reasons Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bartender past gets brought up again and again
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- Guardian 01:00August 20, 2020The Vote – a real-life prequel to Mrs AmericaThis ambitious documentary is both a celebration of the 100 years since women first gained the right to vote in the US, and a look at the messy, complicated history behind the movement Those enamoured with BBC Two’s starry second-wave feminism drama Mrs America, which tells the story of the Equal Rights Amendment and its conservative nemesis Phyllis Schlafly, may also enjoy The Vote (PBS America), an in-depth, two-part documentary, which at times plays out like a black-and-white prequel. It kicks off with archive footage of “women’s liberationists” marching to mark 50 years since women won the right to vote in the US – and a male reporter deriding the marchers, raising the possibility of men losing their wives to the movement. Now, 100 years after the 19th amendment was ratified, we learn how women fought for suffrage, with all of the complex, unedifying twists and turns that the process took.It is well narrated, as you would expect from actors of the calibre of Patricia Clarkson, Audra McDonald and Mae Whitman, and the story is artfully pieced together by Michelle Ferrari, who writes and directs. One of the main threads follows the story of suffragist Alice Paul, who travelled to Britain, was the first woman to take an economics class at the University of Birmingham, fell in with the Pankhursts, became, she wrote, “a heart and soul convert to the cause of woman’s suffrage”, was later imprisoned in Holloway, was force-fed, and eventually returned to the US to hurry the cause along in her home nation. (Though this is American history, it does turn up many nuggets of British trivia, such as the term “suffragette” being a derogatory, diminishing term, coined as a play on “suffragist” by a sceptical newspaper.) Continue reading...
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- Guardian 14:13August 18, 2020'If you’re a dude, you may be tensing up': the woman making art out of mansplainersComedy writer Nicole Tersigni got fed up of men explaining her own jokes back to her. So she paired their patronising comments with classical art – and went viral It began with a tweet. Nicole Tersigni was scrolling through Twitter when she stumbled upon a man explaining one of her friend’s jokes back to her – something she’d experienced several times herself – and decided to make a joke of her own. “I got on Google Images and searched ‘woman surrounded by men’. Because that’s what it feels like when you’re online. That image popped up – the one where the woman has her boob out. I was like, that is hilarious and perfect.”With her caption – “maybe if I take my tit out they will stop explaining my own joke back to me” – that image, a 17th-century painting by the German artist Jobst Harrich, became the first tweet in a thread that quickly went viral. Tersigni kept at it, finding more paintings of men talking to women and women looking vacant, and coupling them with deadpan captions in which men share their insights on topics such as breastfeeding and period pain. Tersigni’s agent, Rachel Sussman, suggested that the thread could be a book. As Tersigni says: “People get it and they want to laugh about it with other people who understand and have been there.” Continue reading...
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- Guardian 13:20August 18, 2020Mieko Kawakami: 'Women are no longer content to shut up'Traditionalists in Japan hated her feminist novel, but Breasts and Eggs was a huge bestseller. The author talks about taking on male privilege, orientalist cliches … and Haruki MurakamiMieko Kawakami began writing partly to explore the “randomness and strangeness” of life – so it is oddly fitting that the release of her novel Breasts and Eggs (Chichi to Ran in Japanese) has suddenly been upended by a worldwide pandemic. After building up a loyal following in Japan over the decade, Kawakami was all set to go global, attending festivals in the US and Europe, before Covid-19 hit. Still, being stuck at home with her young son has provided plenty of grist for her feminist mill.“It’s just assumed that mothers will accept the burden,” she says, over tea at a cafe in the suburbs of west Tokyo. “We’ll look after the children, teach them, prepare the bento and do all that extra work – even though many of us have jobs too.” The rot starts from the top; she recalls a publicity photo of the government’s first, and all-male, coronavirus taskforce. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 10:04August 17, 2020Forgotten Plays: No 12 – Votes for Women (1907) by Elizabeth RobinsOur series ends with a passionate play about gender politics and women’s rights that still rings trueWhen Elizabeth Robins’s play was first produced in 1907, it was billed as “A Dramatic Tract”. But that sells it short. The play offers a passionate argument for female suffrage but is much more than propaganda. It is a richly invigorating piece about the interaction of sex and politics – a theme pursued the same year by Harley Granville-Barker in Waste. But where his play was refused a licence by the Lord Chamberlain, Votes for Women was successfully presented at the Court theatre in Sloane Square, London.Robins herself is a fascinating figure. Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1862, she moved to London in 1888 and became a pioneer on several fronts. She was a fierce champion of Ibsen, was the UK’s first Hedda Gabler and went on to appear in The Master Builder, Little Eyolf and John Gabriel Borkman, in which she played Ella Rentheim. Her friendships included George Bernard Shaw and Henry James – there’s a wonderful letter to her from the latter, written the night before he saw Borkman, saying “Go it, Ella!” As well as being an actor, playwright and novelist, Robins was a political activist and prominent member of the Women’s Social and Political Union, led by the Pankhursts. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:30August 15, 2020Vivian Gornick: ‘Thinking is the hardest thing in the world'The critic and memoirist talks about her fears for #MeToo, why she feels ‘shaky’ about being American – and being rediscovered in her 80s, as a collection of her acute, unflinching essays is reissuedVivian Gornick should be used to things happening later than expected. She was 51 when she published the book that finally made her name in 1987 (Fierce Attachments, a memoir about her relationship with her mother; it was described by the New York Times last year as the best memoir of the past half century), and only now does she find herself, for the first time in her life, financially solvent. “It’s true,” she says, astonishment just at the edge of her voice. “I lived from hand to mouth for 40 years, and I never cared that much about it. Except that now I do have some money, I realise it was a weight on me.” But the new wave of interest in her work has, nevertheless, come as a complete surprise: “I don’t really understand why it has happened. But I’m glad I lived long enough to see it.”In February she published, aged 84, a new collection of essays, Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader, in which she revisits the authors she loved as a younger woman, among them DH Lawrence and Colette. This was marked by an admiring profile in the New Yorker. Meanwhile, in the UK, where Gornick has always been less well known, two of her earlier books have been reissued this year: first, The Romance of American Communism (1977), a work of oral history inspired by her working-class Jewish, New York roots, and now Approaching Eye Level (1996), which gathers together a series of pieces whose broad theme might be said to encompass the ongoing struggle of living freely and independently as a woman. In one, she describes how, in 1970, she discovered feminism, having been dispatched by the Village Voice to investigate “these women’s libbers” (meeting Shulamith Firestone, Kate Millett and others galvanised her like nothing else: feminism finally brought her to take herself seriously). In another, she relates her fractious, complex friendship with an older writer called Rhoda Munk, a magnetic “repository of extremity” who first drew Gornick to her and then, painfully, turned her away. (“No one she knew could fill her up,” she writes. “If she swallowed all of us at once she’d still be hungry.”) Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:30August 15, 2020'Sloppy': Baileys under fire over Reclaim Her Name books for Women’s prizePrize sponsor apologises for putting Frederick Douglass on cover of Martin R Delany biography, while expert in Edith Maude Eaton says author may have never written story at allWomen’s prize sponsor Baileys has apologised for putting an illustration of the wrong black abolitionist on the cover of a book in a series republishing female authors who wrote under male pseudonyms – a project that has received mixed reactions since it launched earlier this week.The Reclaim Her Name campaign, announced on Wednesday, sees 25 titles being republished as free ebooks to celebrate 25 years of the Women’s prize for fiction, with print editions donated to selected libraries around the UK. More than 3,000 pseudonymous writers were considered by a team of researchers commissioned by Baileys. Selected authors included Mary Ann Evans, who wrote under the pen name George Eliot, and Fatemeh Farahani, who published poems in 19th-century Iran as Shahein Farahani. Continue reading...
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- New York Magazine 00:56August 15, 2020Donald Trump Leans InThe president will build a HUGE statue for LADIES.
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- Guardian 16:59August 13, 2020Benevolent sexism: a feminist comic explains how it holds women backThe French artist Emma, famous for her comic on the ‘mental load’, illustrates how certain ‘friendly’ remarks can belittle women in the workplaceInterview: meet the feminist author whose comic strips hit home The Emotional Load and Other Invisible Stuff by Emma, translated by Una Dimitrijević, is published by Seven Stories Press. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 11:00August 13, 2020Elif Shafak: ‘We need to tell different stories, to humanise the other’History has shown that hate doesn’t start with concentration camps or civil war. It always starts with words• Time to reset: more brilliant ideas to remake the worldThe year 2020 hasn’t solely been defined by the pandemic, rising unemployment, deepening economic inequalities and a critical time for the climate emergency. There has also been an alarming increase in hate crimes across the world.In Poland, LGBTQ communities have become enemy number one. In Hungary, neo-Nazi crowds organise demonstrations to expel the Roma communities. More than half of the hate crimes in New York last year targeted Jewish citizens. In Germany, there has been a dangerous increase in attacks against minorities and refugees. In the UK, Home Office figures indicate a surge in hate crimes, including those against sexual minorities and transgender citizens. In Turkey, Brazil and India, a dangerous form of dogmatism continues to brew. All these seemingly disparate events have one fundamental thing in common: a systematic hatred of and bias against people who are regarded as different; the dehumanisation of the “other”. Continue reading...
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- Observer 18:25August 10, 2020In HBO’s ‘Betty,’ NYC Skater Girls Find Freedom in Each OtherThese real-life skaters bring powerful resonance to a story about sisterhood.
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- Guardian 19:30August 3, 2020'We can enact the future we want now': a black feminist history of abolitionFrom Audre Lorde to George Floyd, Lola Olufemi writes of how abolition has evolved in the US and UK, ahead of the programme Revolution is not a one-time eventAt an event held in honour of Malcolm X in 1982, Audre Lorde delivered an address titled Learning from the 60s, during which she proclaimed, “Revolution is not a one-time event.” By this, Lorde meant that revolution belongs to everyone and no one simultaneously; if it is to proceed, it must cease to be the “sole and particular province of anyone particular race, or sex, or age, or religion, or sexuality, or class.” Revolutions reoccur: they follow each other, making circles of time and all the political demands that push them forward.Lorde’s statement makes clear the purview of the black feminist tradition; nothing must be allowed to remain. We must be prepared for the multi-purpose, multi-layered revolution, in which political ideologies and mantras will, and must, collide.The word abolition, most commonly understood to describe efforts that sought a legal end to chattel slavery, has a complex history. Many white advocates who deployed the term in the height of the abolitionist movements of the 18th and 19th century were not actually interested in the material emancipation of black life. Aphra Behn’s 1688 novel Oroonoko, for example, intended to awaken the English middle-class to the horrors of slavery, while employing a number of deeply racist and dehumanising tropes to do so. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 08:00August 2, 2020I'm A Trans Woman And This Is Why I Hate The Word TERF
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- The Guardian(UK) 17:23July 31, 2020Challenge accepted: Turkish feminists spell out real meaning of hashtagPopular with celebrities, the Instagram trend was intended to draw attention to violence against women in TurkeyFeminists in Turkey have called on the rest of the world not to forget the original context of Instagram’s #challengeaccepted trend, which was supposed to draw attention to skyrocketing rates of gender-based violence in the country before it was co-opted by western celebrities.Femicide, violence against women and so-called “honour” killings are deeply rooted issues in Turkey. Last week the country was rocked by the brutal murder of 27-year-old student Pınar Gültekin allegedly by an ex-boyfriend. Continue reading...
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- Breitbart News 01:01July 28, 2020Joe Biden: Women ‘Have Never Had a Fair Shot to Get Ahead,’ Especially MinoritiesJoe Biden claimed women "never had a fair shot" in America in a policy document titled "The Biden Agenda for Women."
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- The Guardian(UK) 02:01July 20, 2020Teenage boys' academic ambition may explain gender pay gap, study saysUCL research found boys tended to have higher-reaching plans for university applicationsThe gender pay gap may be partly explained by teenage boys having more ambitious aims to attend prestigious universities than girls, even if they have the same academic results, according to research.The study of school pupils in England conducted by academics at University College London’s institute of education found “clear evidence” boys already had more advanced plans for higher education than girls at the age of 15, with more boys aiming to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or other more selective universities, regardless of background or school attended. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:00July 19, 2020'Our sound engineer got a death threat': how lesbian label Olivia shook up musicThey survived attacks and boycotts to bring out beautiful, soulful and occasionally raucous music. We talk to the stars of the all-women record label who are finally being recognised as pop pioneersIt’s the kind of smooth soul groove you can imagine hearing on California FM radio in the late 70s. Bright strings dance over sparkling Fender Rhodes keyboards while an oily talking-bass accompanies a deep, sensuous female voice that would “Like to get to know you / In a special kind of womanly way.”The song is Linda Tillery’s Womanly Way. Originally released in 1977, it’s one of the standout tracks on the second volume of DJ Supermarket’s The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco, the female-pop-pioneers series that captures the mood of freedom and activism that existed in certain women’s music in the 70s and 80s. It also shines a light on the remarkable story of Olivia Records, a California-based, lesbian-feminist record label launched in 1973, that was owned and operated by women. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 10:45July 19, 2020Satin v cheesecloth: how 70s style defines the warring women of Mrs AmericaGloria Steinem wanted equality. Phyllis Schlafly wanted to make America bake again. We meet the costume designer who had to conjure up that divide between pussybow and jeansIn the fifth episode of Mrs America, the flashy nine-part series that follows the political struggle surrounding the ratification of theEqual Rights Amendment in 1970s America, arch-conservative Phyllis Schlafly, played imperiously by Cate Blanchett, is readying herself for a television debate about motherhood.Schlafly is wearing a knitted two-piece in bright tangerine, as she often did, and a small silver crucifix. Moments before walking on to the set, she switches the small cross for a large wooden one. Visually, it’s jarring – the skirt suit is hip, the crucifix is pious – but this is the point. “It’s a distraction – it says listen to me, I am a Catholic. But because of its size, it also says I am the best Catholic,” says Bina Daigeler, the show’s costume designer. Continue reading...
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- Observer 18:25July 8, 2020Meghan Markle Is Speaking at the Girl Up Leadership Summit Alongside Michelle ObamaThe Duchess of Sussex is joining female leaders like Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, Priyanka Chopra and many more at the gender equality and female empowerment event.
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- Guardian 18:21July 7, 2020'Chisholm made Obama possible': director Amma Asante on Mrs America's real starShe put her mark on The Handmaid’s Tale. Now the British director is working on Mrs America, which stars Cate Blanchett as an infamous anti-feminist. But that’s not who’s caught Asante’s eyeIt’s difficult for Amma Asante to assess how far she’s come, because she just doesn’t have the relevant role models. “I haven’t had the example,” says the director, “of someone who is both black, British and female to look to, in terms of the career I’d like to have. It’s thwarted my sense of expectation.”Still, in the decade between making her first film, 2004’s Bafta-winning A Way of Life, and her second, the 18th-century-set drama Belle, Asante became increasingly aware of male counterparts getting more chances, being more likely to be award-nominated, and consequently getting even more opportunities and even bigger budgets. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:23July 6, 2020'Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky' – do cities have to be so sexist?Toxic masculinity is built into the fabric of our urban spaces, writes Leslie Kern, author of new book Feminist City. And the results aren’t just divisive – they can be lethalGlass ceilings and phallic towers. Mean streets and dark alleys. Road names and statues of men. From the physical to the metaphorical, the city is filled with reminders of masculine power. And yet we rarely talk of the urban landscape as an active participant in gender inequality. A building, no matter how phallic, isn’t actually misogynist, is it? Surely a skyscraper isn’t responsible for sexual harassment, the wage gap, or even the glass ceiling, whether it has a literal one up top or not?That said, our built environments can still reflect patterns of gender-based discrimination. To imagine the city and its structures as neutral places where complicated human social relations are staged is to ignore the simple fact that people built these places. As the feminist geographer Jane Darke has said: “Our cities are patriarchy written in stone, brick, glass and concrete.” In other words, cities reflect the norms of the societies that build them. And sexism is a deep-rooted norm. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:00July 5, 2020'Theatre was my first love': Bernardine Evaristo on her NHS play, Twitter trolls and 'porny' postsThe Booker-winning writer has returned to the stage, penning a drama defending the NHS. She talks about ‘bittersweet’ success – and getting caught up in attacks on Nicola SturgeonBernardine Evaristo has had several firsts lately. But long before she became the first black female novelist to win the Booker prize, for Girl, Woman, Other in 2019, she set up a groundbreaking theatre company for black women, the first of its kind in Britain.“Theatre was my first love,” she says, as she returns to that passion with a 15-minute monologue for the Old Vic in London. It’s part of a series curated by Lolita Chakrabarti that began in 2018, aiming to celebrate the NHS, then having its 70th anniversary. “I was ecstatic. I love writing monologues. A lot of my books are in first-person.” Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:15July 1, 2020Jenni Murray: ‘I hate the diet industry. It’s caused me misery’The Woman’s Hour presenter has written a book about her lifelong struggle with her weight. She discusses fat-shaming, body positivity and what happened when she had bariatric surgeryA few years ago, Jenni Murray was out walking with her son and dogs when she saw a potential vision of her future. While she was strolling painfully around the park, stopping to rest at benches where she could, a woman not much larger than Murray passed them on a mobility scooter, her own dogs’ leads attached to the handlebars. If Murray – at 24 stone (152kg) – didn’t do something about her weight, her concerned son said, that might be her before long. How did she feel about herself at that point?“Extremely obese,” she says. “I was not the fit, active person that I wanted to be. I just lumbered everywhere. I’d had breast cancer and a double hip replacement in my 50s, but it was the obesity that was going to kill me.” It was the final push Murray needed, after a lifetime of dieting, and a warning from her doctor that she was on the way to developing type 2 diabetes. “I thought, I’ve got to do something about it, I’m 64 and I’m not going to make it to 70.” She adds, triumph in her voice, “And I did make it to 70!” She reached the milestone birthday in May. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 10:48June 21, 2020Reni Eddo-Lodge: 'The debate on racism is a game to some and I don't want to play'She has become the first black British author to top the UK book charts, partly prompted by the fallout from George Floyd’s death. Here she explains why her success with Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race has been bittersweet.Where were you when you heard that you had made history – and who did you tell first? Continue reading...
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- New York Magazine 14:01June 18, 2020Will the Pandemic Reshape Child Care for Good?Without action from lawmakers, the future of child care could be precarious.
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- Guardian 11:00June 14, 2020On my radar: Rutger Bregman's cultural highlightsThe Dutch historian on his favourite app, an eye-opening psychology podcast and the social realism of Love, ActuallyBorn in the Netherlands in 1988, Rutger Bregman is a historian and the author of two books in English including Utopia for Realists, which makes a case for universal basic income, shorter working weeks and open borders. Bregman, who studied in Utrecht and now lives just outside the city with his photographer wife, came to worldwide attention at Davos in 2019, when he excoriated the audience for ignoring the issue of tax avoidance. His new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, which seeks to overturn the idea that humans are inherently selfish, has just been published by Bloomsbury. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:09June 14, 2020JK Rowling: from magic to the heart of a Twitter stormThe author of the Harry Potter books now finds controversy raging around her that began with one tweet on gender rightsA simple story with a happy ending, with evil unmasked and defeated, has great appeal, especially if there are grim threats and obstacles to negotiate along the way.For two decades JK Rowling has not only delighted readers with this sort of tale, but also stood as living proof of triumph over adversity, having written her children’s books hopefully, inside that Edinburgh cafe, in an effort both to keep warm and to earn a new life for herself and her baby daughter. Continue reading...
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- Mashable 15:39June 10, 2020Why feminine design is the next frontier to more gender-inclusive video gamesFrom a programming perspective, binary is embedded into the way developers make video games. But beyond the 1s and 0s of coding itself, for a long time another kind of binary has been imposed onto game design, genre labels, and industry marketing: gender.
Generally speaking, masculinity has defined design in mainstream and "hardcore" games — while femininity has been sequestered to games labeled as more niche or "casual" (though there are obviously exceptions). More and more, creators are challenging the gendered assumptions of traditional design loops, to deliver experiences that defy gendered genres and ultimately invite more people to play. Read more...More about Feminism, Gender Equality, Video Games, Animal Crossing, and Summer Of Gaming
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- Breitbart News 21:12June 7, 2020Wikipedia Bosses Impose ‘Code of Conduct’ over ‘Diversity’ ConcernsThe Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, recently announced that it will impose a “universal code of conduct” on the site and others owned by the Foundation to make them “safe spaces” and improve the “diversity” of the community. The move comes a year after the Foundation took the unprecedented step of banning a veteran administrator, breaching the traditionally self-governing nature of Wikipedia’s community and sparking a revolt that ultimately saw the ban overturned.
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- Flashbak 13:36June 3, 2020The Power of the Feminine: Deborah Stevenson’s Beautiful and Compelling Collage ArtworksThere is no intention to create a specific image. Instead, American artist Deborah Stevenson surrounds her work table with dozens of images cut from magazines, newspapers, books and photographs. She shuffles these around like a clairvoyant divining meaning from tarot cards. It’s an adventure with her muse. When an image sticks, Stevenson juxtaposes others until … Continue reading "The Power of the Feminine: Deborah Stevenson’s Beautiful and Compelling Collage Artworks"
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