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Sarah Cheverton
Co-editor, Womens Views on News
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Following our coverage of the birth of Baby Cameron yesterday, Laurie Penny at the New Statesman (yes, I am her number one fan) asks if David Cameron will be moved to reconsider his party's budget in light of the devastating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Writing in today's Independent, Mark Steel posits that the opposition to an Islamic Centre (it's not a mosque, though it does contain space for prayer) being built 2 blocks from Ground Zero is based on anti-Islamic fears and prejudices, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Great article, Kate and good on Fawcett for leading on this. It's depressing that the govt has decided to take this evasive response, and I really hope that this challenge to the budget has an impact. Does anyone know what the implications are if the govt failed to carry out an impact assessment? Has it broken the law? And what happens if it has? Someone please tell me that David Cameron ends up in jail :)
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Thanks Emine. I must admit the story was so bizarre it didn't occur to me check out whether he was right or not about the constitution! It does seem to me very likely that a woman going topless in a public space would be treated differently from a man doing the same thing. Nonetheless, beyond raising the quirks of how women's (objectified) bodies have come to be seen as both in need of protection, and for others to be protected from, this story isn't high on my list of 'rights to equalised', either!
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Major cities in the US, including San Francisco, New York and LA, are gearing up for protests this Sunday fighting for the right for women to go topless in public spaces beyond just the beach, just as men do, reports... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
US pro-choice organisations are criticising President Obama for the implications of the new health reforms for abortion access, reports WomensEnews. The Obama administration's stringent ban on abortion coverage in the new high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions who have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Building on an earlier story about women in Tanzania being blamed for tempting men into having unprotected sex by wearing clothes considered to be inappropriate by men, the CS Monitor brings us similar examples of blaming women for their own... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
I thought the same thing, Alexa, I actually checked halfway through reading it because I thought I'd somehow wandered onto the Daily Mail site! Still, flexing my sarcasm muscles at deserving targets is something my friends and family are really grateful for... :)
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For those of consistently bemused at the strange persistence of inequality in wages for men and women, the answers have finally been supplied by Michael White of the Guardian, who you might remember for enlightening us all previously on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Ah, the madness continues. Sarah Palin has hit the news again offering her support to Dr Laura, the US radio show host who resigned recently following her use of racist remarks to a caller on her show, reports the Huffington... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
AllAfrica report on a growing number of Tanzanian women who are reported as being 'caught in the crossfire' of community attempts to reduce growing HIV rates. A number of women have been attacked and abused by groups of men claiming... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Thanks Tender, studies like this are a particular bugbear of mine. I'm a freelance researcher for a living and I work on a lot of different projects, but this kind of research for me constitutes a 'looking for differences to prove there are differences to look for' kind of mentality. It's really self perpetuating, because if you focus in on differences between men and women, that's all you're going to see. There's also precious little 'research' pointing out all the similarities between men and women: imagine it, 'Men and women discovered to both be susceptible to irrational bouts of irritation over nothing - shocker!' Ooh, and while I'm here, great blog, by the way!
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Fantastic stuff, all the way through and some great points. I love your realistic take on the impact of feminism and the relevance it still has. Excellent!
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Hundreds of mostly female protesters have invaded US firm Chevron's $800 million gas facility located in the Escravos channel at Madangho, reports AllAfrica. The women are protesting against the "criminal neglect of our community by Government and Chevron even in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Have you ever wondered why you and all your friends end up fighting desperately over the same man? Or why so many of your friendships dissolved when your friend stole the man of your dreams out from under your nose?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The BBC reports on the situation facing women and girls in the relief camps of Pakistan following the horrendous floods that have devastated parts of the country. Shmyalla Jawad, gender adviser for aid agency Plan International says, "Women are always... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The Guardian's Ed Pilkington interviews the Pulitzer Prize winning team, Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof, behind the American bestseller 'Half the Sky', which aims to expose the systematic oppression of women all over the world, referred to the authors as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Laurie Penney writes a very thought-provoking article over at the New Statesman today, highlighting the use of women's rights issues as a propaganda tool to justify UK and US foreign policy, including in Afghanistan and Iran. She highlights the contradiction... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Emily's list, the American political action committee (PAC) dedicated to electing pro-choice Democrat candidates to office has launched its own new online campaign to counter Sarah Palin's high profile lobbying of Republican activities, reports Bloomberg today. The campaign, called simply... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Following on from our previous coverage of this story, women's groups in the Philippines are calling on their government to end the ban on abortion, reports Channel NewsAsia. More than half a million Filipino women undergo illegal abortions every year.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The Channel 4 news blog highlights a heart-warming story set within the harsh regime of Afghanistan, the wedding of Faramarz and Samia. Faramarz is a security guard in a women’s refuge where Samia, his new bride, had sought solace and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The Guardian suggests that a woman's love for dark chocolate may one day save her life.Ok, they don't actually say that, but that's what I'm hearing. Recent research finds that a moderate amount of dark chocolate (I'm thinking that's three... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Striker Lianne Sanderson has left the England squad after repeated disagreements with national coach, Hope Powell, reports the BBC. Despite having reached the pinnacle of her career at just 22 years old following her placement in the England squad, Sanderson... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Fox News broke a story this week about the gang-rape of a young woman with a learning disability in a Chicago apartment building basement. The teenager was abducted by a group of men of various ages when she left the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Times Live gives an insight into the changing significance of the female brassiere this week, including an analysis of its role in the feminist movement. The bra already holds a notorious place in mainstream understandings of the feminist movement, due... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Women's Views on News