Sexist Stereotyping in the Workplace – we’ve still a long way to go…

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by - 0 comments

When I was a child the idea of a woman driving a bus was unthinkable.(My Mum was a ‘clippie‘ before she had me so I had a vested interest in buses) When I first heard about the possibility of a woman carrying out marriage services in a church I was shocked. I grew up when becoming a police woman meant wearing a skirt and not doing anything dangerous. I imbibed these stereotypes and, as a young child, accepted them. As

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Pink Toys & Housework – Really? Who Cares?

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by - 2 comments

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

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Inspirational Woman – Joan Smith

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by - 5 comments

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

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That Lily Allen Video

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by - 0 comments

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

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One Page Three Girl I Really Like – Yes, Honestly!

Posted on December 4th, 2013 by - 0 comments

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

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Girls and Boys and Gender Equality

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by - 0 comments

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

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