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Some female warriors represent the norm in their fantasy or science fictional societies and are expected to train and fight alongside their men. Others are “exceptions”, who need to battle the prejudice of their colleagues just as much as their enemies. Panelists will discuss female fighters of every kind, taking examples both from real life and fiction. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the characters under discussion? How has representation of female warriors changed over time? How does the author’s treatment of these characters vary by genre if at all?
Underage porn being used to sell American Apparel’s School Days miniskirts is disgusting at a time not long after the Jimmy Savile scandal – one of the most prolific paedophiles in the world – and the subsequent celebrity sex abuser investigations. AA are blatantly courting controversy by walking a thin legal line to make some extra money.
Ah, The Daily Mail. You can always count on them to be predictable.
What did I say on Tuesday?
Media influence in politics is highly critical of women, more so than back in Thatcher’s time. Privacy is anathema to the media. It’s not what they say or do but what they wear, who they marry, and where they shop that attracts criticism. Their actions and opinions are overshadowed by meaningless appearances.
And that other headline, ‘Now win election, PM tells new girls’ – they’re not girls, they’re women and have been women for decades.
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.
Laura Bates brings issues of harassment, assault and abuse of both men and women to light, after being deluged with submissions to her website and Twitter accounts. Seemingly small incidents of off-hand remarks can feel like the death of a thousand cuts when they happen everyday in every facet of your life.
These sexist ouccrences happen so often and are so insidious and pervasive in Western society that they’ve become normalised to the point we feel silly for being upset about instances others brush off and disheartened when our complaints are ignored. All of this undermines confidence and erodes self-esteem. Even if we don’t realise it, we’ve all witnessed sexism – on the street, in the media, at school and work, and now online with social media and comment forums. As Bates says, ‘Enough is enough‘.
Yesterday I wrote about feminism’s ultimate goal: equality. But after reading J.W. Orderson’s novella Creoleana and short play The Fair Barbadian and Faithful Black (review to come), I’m questioning whether equality in all things is actually achievable.
‘no society can exist without subordination’ – Judge Errington, The Fair Barbadian and Faithful Black
Is America a dystopian society when it comes to its neglectful and abusive nature towards its women?
I ask this question honestly, not to shock or offend, but because I genuinely want to know. I’m not saying America is the worst country in the world for a woman to live, just that the ‘virginity movement’ comprising of powerful conservative, Republican and Christian groups, have a worrying number of ideals in common with Al-Qaeda.