Book Review: A History of Women in Men’s Clothes – Norena Shopland

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Traditionally, historic women have been seen as bound by social conventions, unable to travel unless accompanied and limited in their ability to do what they want when they want. But thousands of women broke those rules, put on banned clothing and travelled, worked and even lived whole lives as men. As access to novels and…

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Book Review: Feminist City by Leslie Kern

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In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the…

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Book Review: The Problem with Men: When is it International Men’s Day? by Richard Herring

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For the past decade, Richard Herring has been answering sexist trolls on International Women’s Day when they ask ‘when is International Men’s Day?’ in the mistaken belief there isn’t one. If only the trolls had learned to use Google they would realise that there is an International Men’s Day – it’s on November 19th. In…

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Book Review: The Guilty Feminist

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Why do we find it so hard to say ‘No’? What does poker teach us about power structures? How can feminism be more inclusive? The Guilty Feminist will challenge you, reassure you and empower you to see the world differently.

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Book Review: Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez

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Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives. Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman.

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Book Review – Inferior

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Taking us on an eye-opening journey through science, Inferior challenges our preconceptions about men and women, investigating the ferocious gender wars that burn in biology, psychology and anthropology. Angela Saini revisits the landmark experiments that have informed our understanding, lays bare the problem of bias in research, and speaks to the scientists finally exploring the truth about the female sex.

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Perfect Christmas Gifts For Young Feminists

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Earlier this year, I went to the annual “Ada Lovelace Day” lectures at Imperial College. There, a succession of impressive ladies demonstrated that women are perfectly capable of participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths/Medicine) careers. We all nodded dutifully – and applauded the women who had pushed back the boundaries of science and science…

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Assessing My Personal Gender Bias on Twitter

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I am a feminist. I believe that men and women should be given equal opportunities and that – as far as possible – we should have a civic society composed of equal numbers of men and women. At least… I think that’s how I feel. Most people believe that they are rational and live up…

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Are Call Centre Workers Human?

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You may not have read the book Are Women Human?” Don’t worry – neither have I. But the book sits on my shelf staring maliciously at me. The précis is simple: “Human Rights” prevent slavery, promote equal treatment, etc. Women are sold into slavery, are discriminated against, etc. Therefore, women aren’t human. I’m a reformed…

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Feminism in London – 2009

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On Sunday, I attended the Feminism in London 2009 conference. The conference was inspiring, depressing, uplifting and infuriating in equal measures. That’s probably a good thing. I’ll briefly discuss some of the sessions I attended and also what I think the organisers could do better next year. The Conference Kate Smurthwaite expertly chaired proceedings and…

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