Women and childcare first: where Osborne’s axe has fallen

Way back in deepest darkest 2010 when austerity was a mere twinkle in George Osborne’s eye, something was already abundantly clear: women, including those working in the public sector, would be disproportionately and devastatingly affected. Whether they are low-paid single parents, carers, public sector employees or all of the above, women were, and continue to be, throttled by a combination […]

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sociology - Weekly Wipe (class)

“Class distinctions do not die; they merely learn new ways of expressing themselves.” This is as true now as it was 25 years ago, and 25 years before that. “Each decade,” he continued, “we shiftily declare we have buried class; each decade the coffin stays empty.” Compare this with “We’re all middle class now” except we’re not; or “Playing by […]

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Britain is going backwards on violence against women

On the Guardian: […] Women who have been abused, who have lived in a refuge, often have to leave with nothing,” says the charity’s chief executive Naomi Ridley. They are already demoralised and lack self-esteem; their abusive partner may tell them they will have no financial security if they leave. Women who have children particularly fear walking out and ending […]

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No wonder women MPs are leaving the Tory benches

Ed Miliband certainly won prime minister’s questions today by focusing on the Tories’ ‘women problem’. It is the political equivalent of kicking the Tories in the crotch – much worse for men than for women. David Cameron tried his old trick of reeling off statistics to refute the accusation, but he couldn’t escape the reality that was before him. As […]

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Dpt. Business, Innovation and Skills blew its budget, and now the entire higher education sector will have to pay

Wonderful to wake up to this on a Saturday morning when you have a full weekend of higher-education related work ahead of you. If this wasn’t so potentially catastrophic, it would be hilarious, right? No? Anyone? Of course, no one saw this coming (the deficit that could accrue from student loans). No, everyone in the business that thought that idea was […]

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Households with lone breadwinner are biggest group living in poverty in UK

Oh, the tories. What have you done. Households with a lone breadwinner, traditionally consisting of a working man and a stay-at-home mother, are the biggest group living in poverty in Britain – according to new research. The work, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, shows that a third of the 1.3 million families with children living in poverty are “single breadwinner couple […]

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Today in stating the bleeding obvious: the government risks making university education the preserve of a rich elite

Yes, absolutely no one saw this coming. At no point did anyone ever say that it was clearly the intention of the tories to make higher education the preserve of the elite again. No one. The former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins recently told Cherwell, the Oxford university newspaper, that if she were an admissions tutor for the university she wouldn’t […]

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On Cameron’s plans to ban rape porn

Below is some worthwhile commentary on Cameron’s proposal on banning rape porn (excerpts are posted and there is more on all of the links). Headlines: the proposals are naive, potentially very cynical, and largely unworkable. Don’t ban ‘rape porn’ – introduce more porn with negotiation and boundary-setting (independent). As a feminist, I am against rape, against abuse of children, and […]

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What does the Spending Review mean for women?

Chancellor George Osborne this week announced government spending plans for 2015-16. Plans included: – A 10 per cent cut to the Department for Communities and Local Government budget; this means councils – already struggling with reduced budgets – will likely cut more of their services. Those that are not ‘ring fenced’ will be worse affected – this includes Sure Start […]

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Half a million Britons using food banks

Never here, they said. On commentisfree: Let no one say we didn’t see it coming. Half a million people are now accustomed to using food banks, and according to a report by Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty, the UK is now facing “destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale”. Whether this news will achieve the impact it deserves […]

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UK: Cameron’s reshuffle will be a reshuffle for women. Pensions minister attacks Labour plans for women’s pension plan.

Good links, as always, from the UK Women and Politics Specialist Group. Related: Criminalise possession of ‘rape porn’, campaigners urge David Cameron (guardian.co.uk) Rape porn: a ban is not the answer (stavvers.wordpress.com) Call to close ‘rape porn loophole’ (bbc.co.uk) UK ISPs Enforcing “Opt-in” Porn Filtering From the End of the Year (gizmodo.co.uk) Dangerous Dolls: ‘Object’ and Lose the Lads’ Mags […]

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