OH, I’M NOT A FEMINIST…

I must blog about this very same thing twice a year because I just don’t get it. From padaviya: Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions.. for safety on the streets… […]

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DAILY MAIL SAYS MOTHERS SHOULD STAY AT HOME

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Yesterday saw yet more “women should know their place” propaganda from the Daily Mail. The Mail reported from a recent meta-analysis that children suffer when mothers return to work in the year after giving birth: Youngsters are less likely to succeed at school if their mothers return to work within a year of their birth, according to a major study. […]

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ARE THERE ANY NO-GO, RESEARCH-NOT-ALLOWED AREAS?

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Attacking what academics choose to research and how they do it seems slightly odd to me. I have no romantic ideas about freedom of academic thought but I do suppose people end up researching general areas in general ways because they are drawn to them. I think of research as an endless stream of fairly random coloured bits that sometimes […]

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CALLING OUT DARFUR IS NOT RACIST

Violence, rape and little or no education is a fact of life for many women all over the globe. While the feminist movement took off in parts of the Western world, many women are still treated as second class citizens. Many endure violent daily events and manage to persevere and take care of their children in hopes of a better […]

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FEAR DICTATES IRELAND’S ABORTION POLICY

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I’m very much behind on my posts and have too many posts sitting in drafts waiting to be finished or, at the very least, cobbled together. This piece which was recently published in the Guardian resonates greatly with me. As a pro-choice and pro-abortion women who has spent most of her life so far living in Ireland, I know that […]

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WOMEN ARE HAPPY TO LET FEMINISTS GET BASHED

Well ain’t that the truth? Yes, it is. For it is a lamentable idiosyncrasy of feminism that, unlike other rights movements – the campaigns against prejudice based on race, class, or sexuality – its beneficiaries take their emancipation and run. Many women will not even countenance the F-word, being prepared to concede only: “I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist, but…” […]

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STILL VICTIM-BLAMING

I actually had an argument about this issue elsewhere on the web some weeks ago. It was all over the blogsosphere that the Church of Scientology (yeah, that’s not a terrifying crowd at all!) is forcing women to have abortions, sometimes late on in pregnancy. Now, my first thought about this was that Scientologists are anti-abortion. As it happens, they […]

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SWEETHEARTS MAKE BETTER MOMMAS

I always naively think that the British Times is above your common-level misogyny, but it seems I’m wrong again. A piece today on Sandra Bullock’s legal battle to secure her husband’s custody of his daughter is misogyny-laden from start to finish. You see, Bullock is ‘America’s Sweetheart’. The mother of said daughter is a porn star. Ergo, Bullock would be […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN RAPE SURVEY

I don’t think there is one word I could add to this story to make its message any plainer or any more disturbing. These are the cruel realities of life in South Africa. Some key statements: One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone and nearly half admitted having attacked more than one […]

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UNGRATEFUL WOMEN AND THEIR FEMINISM

I always listen to Radio 4 in the mornings on my way to work. I’m in that demographic now, don’t you know. I’m nearly always leaving as ‘Thought for the Day‘ begins. For those of you unfamiliar with Thought for the Day it is, as the link says, ‘reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news’. […]

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REPOST OF ANOTHER ENTITLED ‘SHALL WE TALK ABOUT PRIVILEGE’

I struggle with my privilege, mostly because I know that I’ve got bucketfuls of it. I’m western, white, straight, middle-class, able-bodied, and educated. The only area I don’t have privilege in is my gender (although I am cisgendered). But I’m not doing too badly, overall. I’m not ashamed of my privilege, but I am conscious of it. Most of my […]

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