Month: May 2006

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Purity balls

Purity Balls. No, not some sort of newfangled spherical chastity device to be inserted using vacuum tubes and pulleys, but rather fancy creepy dress-up rituals ...
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The Spice Girls’ Legacy

Sarah Parry defends the legacy of the oft-ridiculed Spice Girls. She argues that 1996 should be seen as a feminist renaissance, and explains how the band promoted ideas of individuality and female friendship that were hugely influential to girls at the time. ...
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Real Female Heroines

As FHM publishes its '100 sexiest women' list, Maxine Frances goes for an antidote and pays tribute to her own female idols, whilst pondering the effect female heroines can have in inspiring young women and girls. ...
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New Rights, Old Wrongs

Civil Partnerships being restricted to same-sex couples is more than a strange and irritating political decision - it's an indefensible refusal to create real legal equality for all citizens. Susan Hunter explains how the Equal Partnership Campaign is fighting to end 400 years of sexual segregation - and how you can help. ...
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Munich

Maria Seijo-Richart examines how Steven Spielberg's Munich repeats trends first identified by feminists in the 1970s; that sexually active female characters who deviate from traditional female roles must be punished. ...
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The ‘Right’ Time for Motherhood?

Some women are attacked for being 'too old' to have children (selfish!), some for being 'too young' (irresponsible!), and yet others for choosing to remain childfree (even more selfish!). Lorraine Smith discusses recent press coverage of pregnancy and women's choices. ...
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Oh, Mr Darcy!

Why do so many heterosexual women still find the Darcy figure attractive? Sheryl Plant ponders the influence of romantic fiction on women's expectations of love and relationships. She discusses how lusting after the dominant male archetype can be interpreted both as resistance to patricarchy and compliance with it. ...
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Carnival Time

Actually we're a bit late with this one, but the latest Carnival of Feminists is a corker. As usual, this is an excellent way to add to your list of required-bl...
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Be Heard

I'm sure you'll all have heard about the dirty moral water that Google and Yahoo! have been paddling in in China - helping the authorities to restrict access to...
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A Feminist Cruise?

You know those cruises that Ms Magazine runs? Well, P.M.S. Media has put together a stinging critique of the whole concept. Watch it here. The main arguments se...