“It’s an outdated (and establishment) way of thinking about gender politics” – @RanaForoohar

This election cycle’s chief theme has been the triumph of outsiders and outsider views over the establishment. High-profile Hillary Clinton supporters, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, have added more fuel to that fire by suggesting that young women should be voting for Clinton just because she’s a woman. Albright has said “there’s a […]

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“Greenham Common became a high-profile, long-lasting experiment in feminist co-operative living” – @tr0ublemayer

women - activism (greenham common)

Wonderful post about Greenham Common. Well worth a morning read. On openDemocracy by Sophie Mayer: But the legend of Greenham – an alternative world created by and for women activists – was something I absorbed during my feminist becoming. Beeban Kidron and Amanda Richardson’s documentary Carry Greenham Home (1983) was my first encounter with the rich, diffuse archive of Greenham stories. Here were women […]

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“My first basic thought was, what would we expect misogyny to be, understood as the most hostile and…”

My first basic thought was, what would we expect misogyny to be, understood as the most hostile and toxic manifestation of patriarchal ideology? Not a uniform hatred of women, surely. Patriarchal social structures, in conjunction with the ideology that governs them, work to make women into men’s deferential, attentive social subordinates, and to mask many of the forms of dominance […]

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Islamophobia is gender violence and a feminist issue (from @FemReligion)

women - muslim women (judge me by what's in my head)

This is an excellent and important essay exploring the particularly gendered violence of Islamophobia (that is, that anti-muslim violence is disproportionately directed at women) and how Islamophobia is a feminist issue. The case of Larycia Hawkins, an African-American Christian, Associate Professor of political science at Wheaton College in the United States, who published a photo on Christmas day on Facebook wearing a headscarf in […]

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Yes, there is one great contribution men can make to feminism: pick up a mop

women - women's work, capitalism, unpaid labour

Our association of domestic labour with women is so ingrained that it’s hard to see it’s a social construction rather than an immutable natural phenomenon. In her new film Joy, Jennifer Lawrence’s character has her big idea – a self-squeezing mop – while cleaning up someone else’s glass of spilled red wine. The responsibility doesn’t fall on her ex-husband, who […]

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Best of the NS in 2015: feminism and gender

suffrage (All photographs Christina Broom, Museum of London) Suffragette banner bearer, 1910

You probably saw most of these when they were doing the rounds. But if not, they’re worth a read. I have put two asterisks next to my favourties below. What did the suffragette movement in Britain really look like? By Anna Leszkiewicz The film Suffragette has been accused of “whitewashing” the movement to get women the vote. Do historians agree? Jeremy […]

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#aroundup: my most read posts, 2015

#aroundup (transp)

I went for a dozen. Seemed to work. From the top: The real women behind your favorite pin-ups looked a little less photoshopped (from @bust_magazine) Manslamming: What Happens When a Woman Walks Like a Man? Seven studies that prove mansplaining exists #womensstories: “I Stopped Delivering Babies So That I Can Provide Abortions.” Handy chart for deciding if you are, or […]

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Second-class republicans? Sinn Féin, feminism and the women’s hunger strike

Image: Mairéad Farrell, on “dirty protest” at Armagh jail in 1980. Armagh women’s prison protests promoted feminism within the republican movement and challenged sexist attitudes, but women’s issues were not a priority for Sinn Fein. From the Irish Times: Second-class republicans? Sinn Féin, feminism and the women’s hunger strike Hunger striking as a feminist issue Nell McCafferty, the Irish feminist […]

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Being a mother still slows down progress at work

Research from the Chartered Management Institute has revealed the negative long-term effect for women who take maternity leave, termed the “motherhood penalty”. Based on women in full-time management and professional positions, the problems include a pay gap that widens considerably as the woman gets older. The research also highlighted a softer type of discrimination, with mothers being placed into less […]

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#aroundup: Top 10 posts of 2015 on @genderfocusblog

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I really like the work of gender-focus so I thought I’d share their top 10 posts of 2015, as they have done. Some great stuff here. 10. “A Letter to My Rapist on Our 22nd Anniversary.” Lyndsay Kirkham writes a powerful open letter to her rapist, reflecting on the attack and subsequent 22 years. 9. “Does Bud Light’s #UpForWhatever Include Being #UpForRape?” Lyndsay […]

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#todayin: *smh*: It’s time to consign the word ‘feminism’ to dustbin of history

feminism - humanism (mansplaining)

As well as a heckuvalot of roundups over the next while (probably), there will also be a lot of “reflection” pieces on the state of feminism and women’s rights. Inevitably also, some of these will be about the redundancy of feminism. Let’s start with the piece below which veers much too close to the just “lean in” philosophy. Because anything is possible you know […]

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