There was a strong wind of discontent reported in the press recently when a company was criticised for its toy pink dustpan and brush set which was very squarely aimed at girls. Having missed the original story I went on line to look at the offending object (well, I’d done all my household chores for the day and was just darning the men’s socks, so I was allowed). I found my eye drawn to some of the comments under the
I have long admired the journalist Joan Smith for her brave and fearless writing: even when I don’t agree with what she says (it’s rare but it happens) I usually applaud her reasoning and style, and she’s always interesting. I have a confession to make though – until I did a little research for this interview (for ‘research’ read ‘Googling’) I didn’t realise that she was the author of *five detective novels as well as her non-fiction books. If the
I’ve had quite a few folk recently ask me if I’ve seen Lily Allen’s video. I have. But quite a few of the folk asking me haven’t. So here it is. Here are a couple of verses: You’re not a size six, and you’re not good looking Well, you better be rich, or be real good at cooking You should probably lose some weight ‘Cause we can’t see your bones You should probably fix your face or you’ll end up
Regular readers will know that I am no friend of The Sun ‘news’paper and it’s obscene daily publication of a topless young woman on page 3 (see this post). However, I have just come across a Page 3 girl and I think she deserves our full support. She is a great role model and feminist in a place where those two things can be dangerous past times. Read this and let me know what you think of her. Her name
A very simple statement was made by a contributor on BBC radio recently and in a simple way it said it all. She said: Girl babies should be as equal as boy babies. So simple when you think about it, isn’t it? How do we start making that happen…? Maybe we could look at gender stereotyping in toys shops? Maybe we could look at gender bias in education? Maybe we could give girls equally as good role models? Maybe we
Last night the BBC made me very angry. Just in case you don’t know, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, is the national broadcasting service for Great Britain. Great Britain has a population of over 63 million people. Let’s say that of that 63 million half are women. Let’s even round it down to suggest that 30 million are women and girls. You’d expect our national broadcaster to give a broad cross representation of all genders, ethnicity and so on.