Banknote Victory, But Why…?

Posted on July 25th, 2013 by - 0 comments

I am so pleased to hear the news that the Bank of England has agreed to put a woman, Jane Austen, on the new £10 bank note. Currently there is only one woman represented on Bank of England notes (Scotland have their own), and she is due to be removed, yet a large part of me is muttering what the hell is going on?  I supported the campaign wholeheartedly (I even donated twice!) but I just can’t believe that at

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A Woman of Enormous Courage

Posted on July 21st, 2013 by - 0 comments

I’d like to pay tribute here to a woman of enormous courage currently in the news. She is the Norwegian woman, Marte, who has spoken out after being sentenced to 16 months imprisonment in Dubai because she was raped and reported it to the police. As there were not 4 males present to verify her story, (apparently this is required under the law in the United Arab Emirates), she was not believed but instead accused of having unlawful sex outside

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Amanda Palmer, I Salute You!

Posted on July 18th, 2013 by - 1 comment

See below for a brilliant riposte to a British national newspaper which has a less than equal attitude towards women (actually, in truth that would be all British newspapers, even the broadsheets, just flick through them any day of the week and see who rules the world). The Daily Mail had gleefully reported the fact that Amanda’s bosom had ‘popped out’ on stage while making no reference to anything else about her; her naked breast was the most interesting thing

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Sexism at Work is Alive & Well!

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by - 1 comment

I recently met a young woman at a family event; she had no idea who I was and we were making general small talk as you do at social occasions. Someone asked her about her career and she replied that she had a new job but couldn’t believe how much sexism and misogyny she was facing in her new role. She had never experienced it before and was upset, shocked, but perhaps more importantly, didn’t know where to turn and

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Gender Equality is for Men & Women? How Novel!

Posted on June 16th, 2013 by - 0 comments

I have been rebuked several times recently by men who say that feminism and feminists want to ‘do down’ men, that we malign and denigrate men. Anyone who speaks out about their views can expect to have them challenged; that’s fine. Here’s my reply. At the risk of repeating myself, I do not wish to see a world where women perpetuate the patriarchy we currently exist under, where women are the dominant gender as men are now. I want true

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You Can Carry Pictures of Topless Women in UK Parliament But…

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by - 0 comments

Caroline Lucas of the UK Green party has been in the news recently for wearing an inappropriate T Shirt in Parliament during a debate on sexism in the media (for some background on that see here). You might think that meant a T shirt with offensive words or pictures on. No, not at all. It was  T shirt calling for a national family newspaper to remove the daily topless woman from its content. The newspaper’s riposte is that it is

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