#todayin: sexism: A woman’s place? (Not) the British House of Commons – @5050oD

feminism - (sexism) stop sexism

Che Ramsden in openDemocracy unpicks the sustained gender inequality in the British Government. See also: Strengthening democracy: tackling the over-representation of men. This piece: opendemocracy (emphasis added): Last year, having failed to label himself a ‘feminist’ in the run-up to the General Election, David Cameron finally qualified, when challenged by Rupa Huq MP, he said that “if feminism means we should treat […]

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feminism - feminism me graffiti

We reached the stage where this discussion about Hillary and the women vote has become “this old chestnut” already. That’s how much it’s done the rounds. There’s an assumption that women (and particularly young women, for reasons unexplained) should vote for Clinton in the November elections, unquestioningly, and, if they don’t, there’s something wrong with her, them, or both (but probably them). Commentators […]

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#todayin: politics: younger women not voting for Hillary because she killed feminism – @nickgillespie

politics - clinton (US politics)

Why aren’t women en masse—or at least in Democratic primaries and polls—flocking in support of the first female president in U.S. history? Is it that “intersectionality” (the idea that race, class, and gender are so intertwined that even self-identified feminists no longer care first and foremost about gender) now reigns supreme in terms of cultural and political identity? Is it […]

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#todayin: dear gods! How the other 1% lives: wealth gap not the only way in which global elite is taking advantage

Oxfam’s latest report, focused on an increasingly obscene wealth inequality and the stranglehold exerted by a global elite, had one central message: The era of tax havens that have made this possible must be brought to an end. The report – An Economy for the 1% – was timed as a call to action for influential delegates to the annual meeting […]

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#womensstories: What a year of leading Britain’s first feminist political party has taught me – @sophierunning

feminism - equality, women, power and politics

“[H]ow it feels to be totally, blissfully liberated from Britain’s male, white, traditional political agenda and to feel the power of feminism as a political force again.” – Sophie Walker (@WEP_uk) Sophie Walker in the telegraph today. At the start of 2015 I made a different New Year’s resolution: not to set myself any huge and impossible goals, but instead […]

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#HERstory: Irish suffragettes at war

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Piece on the Irish Times: In the autumn of 1915 the workrooms and shop on Dublin’s Eden Quay where Rosie Hackett and her workmates had sewn and sold shirts and badges for over a year was reorganised. Their union official, Delia Larkin, founding secretary of the Irish Women Workers’ Union and manager of the Irish Women Workers’ Co-operative Society had […]

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#saturdaysatire: Female Trump Supporters Just Feel More Comfortable With GOP Candidate Who’s Openly Horrible To Them

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Some honest-to-god, does exactly what it says on the tin, misogyny. What’s not to love? MANCHESTER, NH—Describing the current Republican frontrunner’s frankness on the topic as a welcome change of pace in the crowded race, female supporters of Donald Trump told reporters Monday they simply felt more comfortable backing a candidate who is openly hostile and belittling toward them. “It’s […]

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#todayin: who would have thunk it: UKIP supporters more right-wing than everyone else

Today in NO WAY! You’re joking! Just STOPPIT! A report has revealed that UKIP voters are very right-wing indeed. NatCen, the country’s largest independent social research agency, interviewed 2,878 people in England, Scotland and Wales between August and October last year. Among many other things, the research provides the first detailed picture of the views held by Ukip supporters, with […]

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#todayin: misogyny: the Creepy Misogynist Movement That’s Making Conservatives Even More Sexist

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This can warm the cockles of your hard on a cold Winter day. (Or, rather, terrify you to within an inch of your life.) American conservatives, fretting that they’re not quite sexist enough, up the ante every so often. At the moment, it’s all about Men’s Rights Activists. In short, they’re the folks who believe that “women [are] a subversive […]

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#todayin: sexism: women underrepresented at all levels in British politics

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Also: today in… who would have thunk it! According to the annual study by The Counting Women In coalition, Cameron’s government has worsened women’s representation in British politics. From the Independent: Britain is lagging behind Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Kyrgyzstan in its efforts to increase the number of women in politics, a damning report reveals today. Women are dramatically under-represented […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “That a secret fraternity is a breeding ground for rape culture is worrisome…

women - how we dress (rape culture)

That a secret fraternity is a breeding ground for rape culture is worrisome, but that it’s happening right in our nation’s capital makes that even harder to stomach. According to Erin Gloria Ryan’s research, one of the men in this email chain now works for a “prominent congressman.” Judging by how much rape culture permeates the political scene in the […]

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feminism - revolution (border)

Over on the quickhits earlier, I posted this link. It was to a piece in the Indy today, entitled, “To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists”. Well ain’t that the truth. I did my usual quickhitting and tweeting on Saturday – International Women’s Day – but I didn’t bother […]

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sociology - capitalism rocks

In case any of you, like me, couldn’t believe their eyes when they first read this, it is actually all true. Affluenza (the notion that the rich can be forgiven for being feckless and irresponsible because they’re so, well, rich) is A Thing now. I don’t know if that’s the correct definition of the term, by the way, but it might as well […]

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#todayin: misogyny: “… providing the girls with a job and Sun readers with some light and harmless entertainment…

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Fantastic. Pay these people more (say, 11% more) because they sure do deserve it. They have an uncanny understanding of social issues. Thank you for your email of today regarding Page 3 girls in the Sun. While I understand that some people are offended at seeing naked breasts, this particular page is something of a national institution, providing the girls […]

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