Tag Archives: sexist comments

We don’t have to choose between shoes and sense

(This post was first published at Platform 10 on 2 February 2012.) On Wednesday, 1 February, the APPG for Women in Parliament held a panel discussion on the way that female politicians were portrayed in the media.  The Guardian reported this … 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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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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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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Another strawman definition of feminism

In the Telegraph today, Bryony Gordon has managed to simultaneously portray feminism as a man-hating, uncompromising ideological stance, and to suggest some rather dull self-evident truths are the answer to all relationship issues.  Ms Gordon is ostensibly supporting Kirstie Allsopp’s … 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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