Important note for all readers

Dear Readers,

Did you use the email contact form to send a message, a comment, or to subscribe to the mailing list, between July and September?

If you did, your message did NOT GET THROUGH as the form was broken and we did not notice this until mid September.

As you can imagine, this is incredibly frustrating and disappointing for me and for the contributors during July, August and September as one of the things we love most is to read your thoughtful comments and opinions on the articles and reviews.

The form is now fixed. So I am asking all readers, if you can, to please, PLEASE re-send your message or comment!

The articles and reviews that we would particularly need your comments and thoughts on are listed below. If you had any view or opinion on any of them, please do take the time to send it in. Thank you for your help!

Thank you in advance for your help,

Catherine Redfern, Editor

  • Why It’s time for the ‘battle of the sexes’ to end – Lad culture has done nothing more than perpetuate petty hatred between the sexes. Enough is enough, says Laura Baldwin.
  • Growing up or giving in?

    – Ms Razorblade is sick and tired of being told that being a lesbian-feminist and a vegan is boring, prudish, and dull, dull, dull. Is refusing men, meat and porn a sign of immaturity – or is “growing up” really just giving in?

  • Not my Cup of T: slogans on women’s T-shirts – Why is it suddenly fashionable for women to brand themselves “eye candy”, “porn star” or “temptress “? Jo Knowles wanders the high-street for clues.
  • Just a Stripper – Can sex work ever be truly radical when money is involved? Exploring how feminists and feminist sex workers are often forced into opposing camps, Natasha Forrest argues that a simplistic ‘for or against’ divide does not reflect the true complexity of the issue.
  • Sports Illustrated – When Maria Sharapova won the women’s final at Wimbledon this summer, her success was covered extensively by the press. However, the majority of the coverage focussed excessively on her appearance, as Ealasaid Gilfillan explains.
  • Every Girl Wants a Stalker – Films, pop songs and mainstream popular culture all push the same message: that men must pursue women to ridiculous extremes, even if the attention is unwanted. Yet if women pursue men, they are seen as desperate, needy, and sad. Rachel E exposes the double standard.
  • Troy – How does this gung-ho Hollywood film tackle questions of war, feminity and masculinity? Cazz Blase reports. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson (2004).
  • The Stepford Wives – The re-make of The Stepford Wives is less feminist than the original, and misses an opportunity to make an interesting statement about contemporary gender relations, says Natasha Forrest. Directed by Frank Oz (2004).
  • The Ethics of Sex Toys – Part 1 – In the first part of her two-part guide, Ms Razorblade considers the philosphical and ethical issues of women’s sex toys. Is it possible to buy sex toys without supporting the mainstream sexist porn industry? Are they sexist? And much more!
  • 365 Days of Sensational Sex – Will Raine Stretford have 365 days of “sensational sex” by following sexpert Lou Paget’s suggestions? (It’s a tough job being a reviewer for The F-Word, ain’t it?)
  • The Sexual Life of Catherine M – The Guardian referred to ‘the double life of Catherine M’ in their interview on her controversial sexual memoir, but it seems more likely that Catherine Millet’s sexual memoir hoped to reconcile the duality between ‘normal life’ and sex. Tamlyn Monson tries to unwind some of the issues the book raises.