SPIN: MORE GETTING WOMEN ON TV VERY, VERY WRONG

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I mainlined Spin series 2 on Walter Presents. Do not read this if you haven’t watched it. It’s a cut and thrust, wheel and deal, dog eat dog, keep your friends close and your enemies closer, French, political drama. There are few things that I like more than that but I had to suspend all of my feminist sensibilities to […]

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THESE DISCUSSIONS HAVE FRAMED CLINTON AS JUST A WOMAN WHO DESERVES CERTAIN VOTES

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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GAME OF THRONES, RAPE, AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

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I’m THIS CLOSE to giving up on Frones completely because of its plot-point, titilation rape scenes (and I haven’t even got to all of that scene in the latest series). In the linked piece below, Sarah Ditum on the newstatesman talks rape, gender disparity, and misogyny. If I’m honest, I think that she’s watched some of the rape scenes closer […]

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ON THAT REPRODUCIBILITY IN PSYCHOLOGY STUDY

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The feministphilosophers take on the recent claim from a study published in Science (Reproducibility in Psychology – Nosek et al, 2015) that some research in psychology is not replicable (i.e. the same findings are not found over repeated, similar investigations) and, therefore, invalid. At least that’s the way it’s being reported in articles such as this on Slate which states […]

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YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE AND OFFENDING: A BROKEN SYSTEM

On the 23rd of June, 2015, the Prison Reform Trust launched a review to examine why children aged 10 to 17 who are in care are more likely to offend than children who are not in care. [1] The Trust acknowledges that the majority of young people in care do not offend or come into contact with the youth justice […]

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HARRIET: PINK OR MAGENTA, IT’S STILL PATRONISING AND SEXIST

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I was asked on a comment elsewhere today: “I wonder what Elizabeth Cady Stanton would think of it all?” Good question, I thought. Though the question related to another issue, it could easily be asked also about Labour’s Harriet Harman’s new initiative to engage women voters: a pink campaign bus. Harman claims: The message she wanted to get across to […]

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FEMINISTS DOING FEMINISM ALL WRONG (OR SO WE’RE TOLD)

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ETA: despite the several hateful and humiliating machinations by The Sun this week, this is all still very relevant. Small victories, right? There’s nothing so controversial as a small victory for feminism. They’re good, sort of, but then why did feminists bother doing this and not that? In fact, why didn’t the lazy fuckers do both? And why didn’t they […]

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LOVE/ HATE: MORE ON TV’S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (TW)

Ages ago, I wrote about the very problematic portrayal of women’s bodies, and violence against women, in True Detective and TV in general. This post is on the same theme. Love/ Hate is a crime/ gangland drama set in Dublin. It’s not often that an exportable (and/ or popular) drama is made in Ireland so I try to tune in […]

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: TV’S SHAME. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

I’ve just finished watching True Detective. I started watching it, twice, but left it both times because of the ways in which violence against women, and women characters, were being portrayed.* In terms of the violence, I could see (I think) that they were trying to offer a disturbing portrayal of the often extreme misogyny-based violence that women suffer. I […]

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YES, WE DO STILL NEED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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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"AFFLUENZA" AND THE CHILDREN OF THE OTHER 99%

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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RADIO 4, VICTIM-BLAMING AND RAPE MYTHS

I am determined to blog properly more often and here is as good a place to start as any. A report – It’s Wrong But You Get Used To It – on sexual violence and attitudes to sex has been compiled by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Sue Berelowitz, the deputy children’s commissioner, discussed the report with John Humphrys […]

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ON PRIVILEGE, INTERSECTIONALITY AND TWITTER

I haven’t commented upon the recent, several, controversies on twitter and the blogosphere that have been about privilege (the idea that some of us are better off than others because of our social, economic and cultural positioning), intersectionality (the idea that -isms and -obias intersect and that sexism – the principle concern of feminists – does not exist in isolation […]

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – MUCH DONE, AND SO MUCH LEFT TO DO

On this International Women’s Day, Polly Toynbee explains how we are going backwards instead of forwards in our quest for equality. You can thank Dave and his mates for that. Turn back the clocks and rewind history for International Women’s Day today. This marks the first era in living memory that British women’s freedoms have gone into reverse, as women […]

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IT’S NOT EASY BEING FEMINIST

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My best friend sent me this. It’s me; this is actually me. I cannot listen to a piece of music, read a newspaper article, hear a news story, or watch a DVD or television programme without deconstructing and analysing it all with a feminist lens. Is it demonstrating (or even promoting) equality, is it utilising sexist “humour”, was it written from […]

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BREIVIK’S FAR-RIGHT FRIENDS IN AMERICA

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If you give Breivik’s 1,500 manifesto a good read (though why would you, I suppose), you’ll see that his political influences (particularly with regard to his hatred of Islam) did not come from European sources but rather from the far-right in the US. Though he referred heavily to his fellow Norwegian, the blogger Fjordman, it was Robert Spencer, the American […]

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16% THINK IT’S OK FOR A MAN TO HIT HIS WIFE? [tw]

[Trigger warning for violence.] This piece from alternet.org really doesn’t require much additional comment. A report  (link to PDF) from a group called UN Women has revealed some frightening views on violence towards women,  and includes data on, for example, the massive gender pay gap (particularly between white men and women of colour) and sexual violence against women of colour. […]

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ABOLISH MATERNITY LEAVE IN THE UK?

Hat tip to redlightpolitics for this piece. From the article at The Telegraph: Mr Hilton, the Prime Minister’s strategy director, reportedly suggested the radical ideas during discussions on scrapping red tape and bureaucracy to boost economic growth. Mr Hilton also suggested to Mr Cameron that he simply ignore European labour regulations on temporary workers, to the alarm of the most […]

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NO SEX PLEASE; WE’RE BRITISH. AND WE’RE CALLED DAVE.

Research: Sexualisation of little girls linked with negative body image

Below is an excellent and interesting critique of the recent announcement by Dave (Cameron) et al that said that we need to halt the over-sexualisation of our young girls. Dave et al are backing several proposals (from a Christian organisation, it’s worth noting) that aim to protect children from sexual imagery (e.g., by selling top shelf magazines in brown sleeves). […]

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