Category Archives: Women in Parliament

Women in Parliament

The Guardian has a write-up on the All Party Parliamentary Group last night on women in the media.  It’s about 33% accurate — because the journalist has faithfully reported what two of the six panellists said, and completely ignored the other four. The last … Continue reading

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The problems Tory feminists face?

Suzanne Moore has taken issue* with Louise Mensch’s article (see yesterday’s blog post).  I don’t agree with all of Ms Moore’s arguments. Firstly, Ms Mensch is not “rebranding feminism in her own image”, but writing about how she approaches feminism.  … Continue reading

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Louise Mensch

Louise Mensch’s article yesterday hammered home a couple of vital points: that Tory feminism is holistic, and that Tory feminism is about equality of opportunity. Tory feminism looks at women as people, not as a homogeneous sisterhood.  We’re not all the … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between left- and right-wing feminism?

I’m a left-leaning Tory – a One Nation type with much in common with our Liberal Democrat friends. But what makes me a Tory feminist? (Besides the fact that I’m not a socialist and I’m more cautious than radical in … Continue reading

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Diversity in Parliament

 As I’ve pointed out before on this blog, I believe that the differences between individuals vastly outstrip the differences between men and women.  Because I don’t think that women have some innate qualities which make them different to me, you … Continue reading

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New girl on the block? Not me.

The recent blog posts about “Tory feminism” have been interesting.  I tend not to agree with Christina Odone, but I find myself nodding at her assertion that Tory feminism is not a new and startling development.  No, right-wing feminism not … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: feminist?

The Guardian has an article on whether Margaret Thatcher should be considered a feminist icon. Personally, I’m not a Thatcherite – while I can embrace the free market, I have little in common with social Conservatism. Margaret Thatcher would have … Continue reading

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That leaked memo…

There’s recently been something of a backlash against the Conservative’s thoughts about how to help women. The leaked document sets out the issue – that many policies have had a disproportionate effect on women – and some ideas around possible … 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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Right-wing feminism

Naomi Wolf has an interesting article about right-wing feminism on the Project Syndicate blog, in which she discusses the popularity of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.  Ms Wolf argues that right-wing women crave equality just as strongly as left-wing women, … Continue reading

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