Four Words You Need to Know?

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by

Some new words have crept into the feminist lexicon over the last few years. In the interests of keeping you up to date (:>)) I’m sharing a few below. Do let me know if you have others to share.

Mansplaining: A man explaining something to a woman in a condescending tone.

Manspreading: A man sitting with his legs wide open taking up more space than allotted. Frequently used in relation to public transport.

Maninterrupting:  Self explanatory.

Bropropriating: I’ve only just found this one, it means a man taking a woman’s idea on and taking credit for it.

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The (He)art of Selling

Posted on March 4th, 2015 by

We women are frequently told we undersell ourselves. If we didn’t use men as the yardstick for all human behavioural traits (*sighs heavily), we might hear instead that men frequently over sell themselves (which they do). But we are where we are. In order partly, I suspect, to escape from male dominated business, women are starting up lots of small businesses and striking out on their own. Which means a woman who is not good at selling, either herself or

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Stop! Don’t Hug a Tree, Bite a Lemon!

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by

You’ve heard it said often: your thoughts can become your reality. Which frankly can sound a bit ‘tree huggy’ if you’re not into that kind of thing. So try this exercise with me now: I am showing you a beautiful large and juicy lemon. It is perfect in shape. Imagine it in your mind’s eye. Hold it in your hand and feel the lemon skin with your fingers. Push a nail into the skin and smell the gorgeous citrussy scent. 

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Do We Really Need More Women in Research?

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by

My answer to that is, of course, an emphatic yes. Why? a) Because women make up 51% of the population so we should see a corresponding proportion in most areas of work and b) Because it’s good for everyone. Which shouldn’t be surprising; if you keep groups full of the same type of people they will come up with the same type of ideas. Here’s yet another research project which supports the argument that more women in the workplace is

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Bullying Macho Parliament, No Place for a Nice Girl?

Posted on February 28th, 2015 by

There was a really interesting interview with Green MP Caroline Lucas in Saturday’s Guardian. I genuinely admire Caroline because, irrespective of her politics, she stays true to herself and maintains a certain dignity in doing so. This is how she described some of the bullying that  goes on in the UK houses of Parliament in an extract from the Guardian interview: “I have seen whips literally pushing people through the aye lobby and the no lobby, even if they are

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Up the Women. More Please!

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by

I hope you saw at least one episode of Up the Women on BBC 2. If not, the DVD comes out in March and I whole heartedly recommend it. It’s a rare and precious thing to find a comedy written by a woman, starring mainly women (a couple of lovely chaps get supporting roles), and all about feminism! What’s not to like indeed? And like it I did. If you know something about the topic you will pick up on

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