Category Archives: Banning things and sexism

Fighting for equality

Australia has recently allowed women to serve on the frontline. While military life and customs hold no personal appeal, many men and women feel the call to defend our country. Traditional thought says that women shouldn’t engage in frontline combat … Continue reading

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A bad law for the burqa

Last spring, France banned full face veils in all public places.  Much as I oppose the burqa, I didn’t support a ban.  This ban was designed to protect the state, not women. This article in the Guardian this morning reports … Continue reading

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Should the Topman t-shirts be banned?

The Telegraph wonders why “feminists are getting their knickers in a twist” over the Topman t-shirts.  These are the t-shirts are the ones which say “Nice new girlfriend: what breed is she?” and “I’m sorry, but…” followed by a list … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage

Excellent news regarding same-sex marriage: the Government is planning on holding a consultation next year, with a view to allowing same-sex civil marriage. I’ll certainly be responding in support of marriage equality, and will also ask the Government to allow … Continue reading

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An open letter to Nadine Dorries

Dear Ms Dorries This morning I read a series of letters sent to you regarding uteruses. Some of these I agreed with, others I did not. I would like to add my voice. I’ve met you a couple of times. … Continue reading

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Independent advice on abortion? Really?

For some time, Nadine Dorries MP has been asking that women considering an abortion are given advice not by an organisation with vested interests in the abortion process (such as an abortion provider), but by an organisation offering independent counselling. … Continue reading

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Quotas

This week’s Economist has an interesting article on whether quotas work in promoting women to boards. The Economist suggests that it doesn’t. Quotas are a blunt tool, and have potential to backfire. They also, as the Economist points out, fail … Continue reading

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