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Friday Hoyden: Melissa McEwan

Our first blogospheric Friday Hoyden. Liss provides an extraordinary service to the readers of Shakesville, having created and maintained a safe space for progressive discussion as well as ensuring lots of fun. Yet she’s doing it tough, because she earns… Read More ›

Obstreperation round-up

Just the most recent posts from my feed-reader that have made me stroppy: Yarl’s Wood staff steal legal guide from asylum seeker from The F-Word Blog by Jess McCabe Anti-choice website: Being a teen mom is cool! from Feministing by… Read More ›

The most potent weapon in the PC arsenal

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Disgust Disgust, originally uploaded by Spencer Batchelder. Yep, that’s the nastiest munition we have here at… Read More ›

Election Watch: Open thread

As well as the US elections in November, we have elections coming up in New Zealand (also in November) and Canada (in October). Hoydenizen Deborah is guest-blogging at Larvatus Prodeo with NZ election coverage, onya Deborah! An election ad for… Read More ›

Feminism Friday linkage:

Impossibly Beautiful
from Shakesville by Melissa McEwan (read the whole series, linked at the foot of the post)

Olympic medal-winning women called “gold-diggers”
from Feministing by Ann

aussie gold diggers

Why feminism should be taught in schools
From The Times by Joan Smith

Looking back, I’m amazed at how much we achieved – many feminist ideas, such as the right to maternity leave, have become mainstream – but I’m also horrified by the casual misogyny of 21st-century life. Since my book, Misogynies, was first published in 1989, it has got much worse.

But 21st-century politicians don’t use the vocabulary of their 20th-century forebears, and feminism needs to reinvent itself as much as any other political movement.

Also from The Times: