Round-up: the UN, Jade Goody, Sleater-Kinney, iron collars, WoW and Repo Chick

Next week the UN will vote on a declaration decriminalising homosexuality.

Jade Goody’s at it again:

The reality TV star is talking on her latest show Jade on Living TV, which follows the star as she battles cervical cancer and is broadcast for the first time tonight.

Talking to the camera as she drives in her car, Jade jokes that she’s not being homophobic as her mum Jackiey Budden thought the same and she was a lesbian herself.

Jade says: “I think I’m going to look alright with a bald head. If you’ve got really short har, if you’re not an absolutely stunning bird, it’s really hard to pull it off, which is why I struggle.

“And you can take the risk of looking like a lesbian. Mum even told me that and she’s a lesbian.”

She then compounds the lesbian stereotype by saying: “I don’t want to be wearing Timberlands, baggy jeans, and a big shirt with short hair or a bald head, ‘cos people will be like…(pulls disgusted face)”


Five of the top all-female bands from the last five decades, over at Dollymix. Includes a Sleater-Kinney video, should you need an incentive :-) – it’s also my friend Laura’s last post Dollymix. She has this to say:

If a girl gets on stage to play a rock instrument, you can guarantee at least some of the boys in the audience will stand right in front of her, head cocked to one side and arms crossed, staring right at the fretboard to see what she’s playing. It’s happened to me loads of times – sometimes I wonder if people are staring to check if I’m playing at all!

Abortion should be a human right under EU law, according to the Feminist Initiative party in Sweden – see womensphere for more.

Some things have improved since 1961 – women are not expected to wear magnetic iron collars to “dissipate wrinkles” – see Boing Boing for the disturbing photo.

Ampersand demolishes a ridiculous survey on obesity and Chinese restaurants.

Rhetorically Speaking revives a story from the press coverage of the passage of the Human Rights Act, back in 2000:

Under article 10 of the act – freedom of expression – it said pupils could challenge the rules on school uniform and even insist on cross-dressing.

92% of women masturbate, according to a study posted about over by Tracie, over at Jezebel. I love her break-down of the percentage of her week she spends masturbating!!

bfp on decolonizing creativity.

World of Warcraft now offers players a function which allows players to re-customise their avatars, changing their face, hair, skin colour and, prompting lots of attention and silly headlines, sex.

Make a pact with a woman you know to always be honest and open about your salary, urges Courtney at Feministing.

Fans of the ’80s movie Repo Man – director Alex Cox is planning a sequel, set in the credit crunch, with a female lead! Question 1) will the soundtrack be as good? Question 2) Is it a bad sign it’s going to be called ‘Repo Chick’? (My guess: no, and yes).

Cripchick posts about a homophobic incident that occured at a screening of black./womyn.:conversations

Suzie wants some perks.

And, finally, quench zine is posting some great stuff which hasn’t made it into the printed zine. Like this.

Photo by gaelx, shared under a Creative Commons license

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