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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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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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Holidays (part one)

I’ve been on holiday over the summer. And despite the fact that this isn’t really a personal blog, I’m going to share a couple of things. These aren’t thoughts about how other people treated me (the French were charming, thank … 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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Being strident…or not?

One of the words which bothers me is “strident”. Feminists are often called strident, whether they are or not. To be strident is to promote a particular point of view in a forceful manner. The word has underlying tones of aggression, … Continue reading

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