When we’re young, we always want to be older. If we’re five, we say we’re nearly six. If there are adult clothes around, we will dress in them. Makeup, that goes all over the face. But when our friends start getting their periods, we want to start ours too. We want to be part of the club. We want to feel like adults.
Continue reading We Need to Talk About Periods #MenstruationMatters
Feminism. Humanism. Egalitarianism. All largely similar doctrines centering around a desire for equality. But you wouldn’t think so when you come across claims like, “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist.”
If you’re one, then surely you’re the other, right? So, why confuse things?
Continue reading "I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist." Synonymous -isms of equality
Panellists: Foz Meadows, L.M. Myles, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Sarah Shemilt, Christi Scarborough
At the end of last year, to mark ten years since the broadcast of the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the BBC, Naomi Alderman made a special edition of the Radio 4 programme Front Row, featuring interviews with cast, creator, and critics. Among other things, she asked what the show’s legacy had been, and whether the right lessons — female characters written as well as men, given as much narrative importance as men, and surrounded by other women — had been learned. Following on from her discussion, our panel will ask: who are Buffy’s heirs? (And you can listen to the original programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03m7zmq)
Continue reading LonCon3 #18: The Daughters of Buffy
Genital mutilation of both genders tends to be carried out without anaesthesia in unsanitary surroundings by a butcher with no medical training, and is therefore a dangerous procedure with horrific consequences. Death is not uncommon. Nor is penile amputation.
Continue reading Male Genital Mutilation is Just as Important an Issue as Female Genital Mutilation
The Church of England finally voted for women bishops. A victory for employment equality and sex discrimination, if nothing else. It remains to be seen how many women will be promoted or will be able to exact any influence as the previous synod vote controversially opposed change, opting for the status quo. Many believe the no-voters were put under pressure to change their controversial, patriarchal and antiquated views in 21st century Britain, but then you can say the same for the institution they represent.
Continue reading Victories for British Feminism?: Women Bishops and Parliamentary Promotions
I’d never encountered such an honest and open male perspective on feminism before I read this Ebony article on killing patriarchy by Joshua Adams. And although it refers to black feminism, it can be applied to feminism in general.
Continue reading Man Seeks to Understand Feminism