Are You in Charge of You?

Posted on October 21st, 2014 by

Caitlin Moran, pictured above, is never afraid to Speak Up.  I just love her. She inspires me to be bold when I might be tempted to take the more ‘safe’ route. Some people will find the word vagina in a blog post more shocking than the daily portrayal of women’s bare bosoms in a daily newspaper. Now that is truly shocking. Caitlin also inspired this post: Are You A Big Knicker Feminist? Who inspires you to be bold? Are you

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No More Page Three Video Triumph

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by

I’ve been a supporter of the No More Page Three campaign since it started (check out this early interview with one of the founders, Lucy Ann Holmes). No More Page Three is a campaign group committed to removing photos of bare breasted women and girls, (posing provocatively on page three each day) from a best selling daily U.K. newspaper. They believe, as do I, that this is disrespectful to women and is a contributing factor in the continuing inequality between

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Why Sometimes It Just Has To Be ‘Women Only’.

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by

Regular readers will know I am not anti men. Far from it. I am, however, pro changing the world so women get equal treatment, and I’m very pro raising awareness of just how unequal that treatment is, even in many enlightened organisations and businesses. Our workplaces and businesses have been designed by men, for men. Working practices are designed to meet male requirements. One classic example – working practices take little or no account of the need for the human

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A Message To Emma Watson: We Salute You

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by

It’s a sad fact that if you are prepared to stand up for what you believe in you will get attacked. Not just a debating of your views, which one must expect, but personal attacks. These are all the more vicious if you are female: women’s voices are not heard easily. (See Mary Beard on this – Do You Listen to Women?) The actor, Emma Watson, has been experiencing this lately. She has spoken up for gender equality in a

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Are You a Big Knicker Feminist? (with all due credit to Caitlin Moran & Bridgette Jones)

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by

If you haven’t yet had the good fortune to come across anything written by Caitlin Moran I urge you to remedy that right now. She is outrageously funny and speaks loud and often on the topic of feminism. It’s rare for me to read something on feminism that makes me think again, and laugh out loud but she has done it. She has a new novel out, How to Build a Girl. Buy it. I laughed until I cried. I

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Motherhood & Careers, Impossible?

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

I’m often asked for my thoughts on this topic. What I’d really like to do is to change the whole system of patriarchy that has made it a relevant question in the first place. Society needs babies. Women have babies. Babies need parents. There are ways of making this happen that work for everyone, just take a look at what some of the Scandinavian countries have done. It requires a fundamental change in attitude. Business needs women. It’s not sustainable,

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