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Nimco Ali calls for frank discussion on violence against women in UK

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 05:54

Campaigner gives first major interview after being appointed as government adviser on issue

The UK needs a frank conversation about the fear of male violence that women live with every day, according to the government’s new adviser on violence against women and girls.

In her first major interview since her role was announced on Friday, the feminist campaigner Nimco Ali – who has been a key figure in the global fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM) – said she wanted to work across political, ethnic and gender lines.

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The trope of ‘her indoors’ is alive and well. Rather that than be silenced | Coco Khan

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 03:00

What being called a nag really means is to be self-possessed and strong

My friend Pete is very into “cable management”. He spends his evenings artfully hiding the wires of his gaming machines and “soundscaping” devices, before communing with other Sonos bros on Reddit.

“If Pete had his way, there would be no room to move for all the speakers,” his girlfriend will say with a loving eye-roll. I playfully prod him, too. “Pete, why are you making a home cinema when all you watch is Homes Under The Hammer? Is it worth all this effort to hear a gavel in 3D?” (“Only someone who has never heard a gavel in 3D would say that,” he’ll reply.)

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Women bear brunt of Covid-related work stress, UK study finds

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 02:43

Report comes a day before World Mental Health Day and calls for four-day working week

Women are being disproportionately affected by a rise in mental health problems caused by increasing workloads as people do their jobs from home amid the pandemic.

The length of the working day has increased steadily, resulting in a 49% rise in mental distress reported by employees when compared with 2017-19. Women are bearing the brunt of problems as they juggle work and childcare, according to a report by the 4 Day Week campaign and thinktanks Compass and Autonomy.

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Italian women take legal action over foetus graves marked with mothers' names

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 23:36

More than 100 women launch action as activists say practice is serious violation of human rights and privacy

A group of more than 100 Italian women have asked prosecutors to investigate who is behind the burial for nearly a decade of foetuses in graves marked with the names of their mothers in a cemetery in Rome.

The practice only came to light last week after one of the women, whose curiosity was sparked after reading about the so-called “fields of angels” in local newspapers, discovered a plot with a wooden cross bearing her name and the date on which the foetus was buried at Prima Porta cemetery. She subsequently posted about her experience on Facebook.

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Kamala Harris walked a tightrope, but still wiped the floor with Mike Pence | Jill Filipovic

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 18:06

As a black woman on the national stage, she knew she had to walk a thread-thin line. She did so perfectly

There was no real contest in the vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence. Harris wiped the floor with him. Pence ignored, patronized and talked over the two women in the room. Her strategy was cool competence. His was sexist entitlement.

This debate was less high-pitch without Donald Trump ranting and raving on stage. But it was frustrating in its own way – especially for any woman who has ever been in a room with an interjecting, condescending man. Pence repeatedly interrupted Harris, something she rarely did to him; he repeatedly talked over moderator Susan Page of USA Today when she told him his time was up; he repeatedly flouted the rules he had previously agreed to. The disrespect of women was tangible, and it happened over and over.

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Lloyds Pharmacy apologises again for emergency contraception refusal

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 01:55

Firm says sorry after pharmacist would not dispense product ‘for religious reasons’

A pharmacy chain has been forced to apologise for a second time after a woman was refused emergency contraception because of the pharmacist’s personal beliefs, a year after a similar incident at a different branch.

Charlotte, 41, who preferred not to give her surname, said she felt “upset and humiliated” when the pharmacist at her local Lloyds Pharmacy branch in south London, told her she was unable to distribute the contraception “for religious reasons”.

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Netflix indicted by Texas grand jury over 'lewd visual material' in Cuties

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 00:16

French film about pre-teen girls who form a dance group is called ‘prurient’ in Tyler County prosecution. Netflix defends story as social commentary against sexualisation

Netflix has defended the controversial film Cuties after it emerged the streaming giant is facing a criminal charge in Texas over the movie’s allegedly “lewd” depiction of children.

Cuties follows an 11-year-old Senegalese girl living in Paris who rebels against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a “free-spirited dance crew”.

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The history of art is full of female masters. It's time they were taken seriously | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 23:00

The very fact that baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi has a major exhibition shouldn’t be remarkable – but it is

There’s something about the feeling of finally standing in front of a painting that you have only known through the pages of books. It is not just the psychological shifting of dimensions (they are usually bigger, or smaller, than you imagined), but a sort of stirring recognition: “There you are.”

The surge of emotion I felt standing in front of Susannah and the Elders – painted by a 17-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi in the same year she was raped by the artist who was hired by her father Orazio to teach her – was as powerful as any I have felt in my life. In it, a nude Susannah twists away from the two old letches with horror and disgust; unlike many of the nudes painted by male artists, her body is not an exercise in containment, static and mannered as though it could have been carved from marble: it is living, moving flesh.

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Women's health organisation president resigns following bullying and racism investigation

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 20:15

Françoise Girard and two others cleared of racial discrimination but report finds culture of fear and intimidation at IWHC

The president of a women’s health charity has resigned following an investigation into allegations of racism and bullying within the organisation.

The findings of the independent investigation cleared Françoise Girard and two other senior managers at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) of unlawful racial discrimination or retaliation against employees.

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Most girls and young women have experienced abuse online, report finds

Sun, 10/04/2020 - 20:15

Cyberstalking, body shaming and being sent explicit content among issues highlighted by Plan International

Most girls and young women using social media have experienced abuse that has driven them offline and left them traumatised, according to a new global survey.

More than half of the 14,000 15- to 25-year-olds interviewed by Plan International said they had been cyberstalked, sent explicit messages and images, or abused online.

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If Chrissy Teigen wants to share the agony of losing her baby, let her | Barbara Ellen

Sat, 10/03/2020 - 07:00

No one has the right to tell the model how she should deal with her tragedy

If somebody howls out their pain on social media, do they automatically lose their right to be perceived as a human being?

Model Chrissy Teigen went on Instagram to tell her millions of followers about the loss of her baby, Jack, halfway through pregnancy. Teigen, who’s known as an open social media figure, wrote: “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.” Later, Teigen tweeted: “Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real?”

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The most unhinged Trump conspiracy theory comes from – who else? – QAnon followers | Arwa Mahdawi

Sat, 10/03/2020 - 03:00

The president, their reasoning goes, is pretending to have Covid-19 as part of a grand plan to arrest Hillary Clinton

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'Something has to be done': tackling the UK's Black maternal health problem

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 03:58

As the issue is raised in parliament, two women are campaigning for change within the medical community

Tinuke Awe hadn’t been long at her midwife’s appointment when her pregnancy started spinning out of her control. Despite her body swelling uncomfortably as her baby grew, it was only at that 38-week checkup that pre-eclampsia was diagnosed. The midwife’s message was stark: go straight to the hospital, your life could be in danger.

Once there she was given a vaginal pessary to induce labour, and told to expect nothing to happen for at least 24 hours. But a few hours later she was in agony. “I kept saying ‘I’m in pain, I’m in pain’, but I was completely dismissed and fobbed off – no one looked at me,” says Awe.

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DRC protesters demand justice over unprosecuted rapes and murders

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 01:19

Women lead protests against conflict violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo, amid calls for action on hundreds of civil war crimes

Women led thousands of people in demonstrations in four cities across the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday, demanding justice for historic murders and rapes committed in the east of the country.

Organisers said police beat protesters in Kisangani, one of the cities, as they marked a decade since the UN documented hundreds of crimes in DRC between 1993 and 2003 that have not been prosecuted.

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Potty training: ISS crew to give Nasa’s first new space toilet in decades a go

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 11:25

The new $23m loo better accommodates women with a tilted seat, new shape and redesigned funnels for urination

Nasa’s first new space potty in decades – a $23m titanium toilet better suited for women – is getting a not-so-dry run at the International Space Station before eventually flying to the moon.

It’s packed inside a cargo ship set to blast off late Thursday from Wallops Island, Virginia.

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HPV vaccine helps prevent invasive cervical cancer, landmark study shows

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 06:58

Research is first to show vaccination helps protect against more than just pre-cancerous changes

Vaccinating populations against the human papillomavirus, which causes most cases of cervical cancer, is effective and saves lives, according to a milestone Swedish study.

The results were welcomed as a significant moment in the fight to eradicate cervical cancer, which kills more than 250,000 women a year.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend speak of 'deep pain' of losing baby

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 00:54

US model and TV presenter was pregnant with third child when taken to hospital with complications

Chrissy Teigen has said she and husband John Legend are “shocked” and in “deep pain” after losing their baby during pregnancy.

The US model and TV presenter had been taken to hospital because of excessive bleeding.

Teigen, 34, later wrote in a statement on social media: “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.

“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,” she wrote on Wednesday night.

Teigen shared the news with a black-and-white picture showing her crying while sitting in a hospital bed.


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Feminists like me aren't anti-trans – we just can't discard the idea of 'sex' | Susanna Rustin

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 06:12

If we replace ‘sex’ with ‘gender’ as a way of thinking about ourselves, it will be harder to tackle sex-based oppression

Name a female thinker with an eponymous adjective. The man-derived words are commonplace: Aristotelian, Confucian, Trotskyist, Churchillian. Two queens, Elizabeth I and Victoria, have great chunks of British history and culture named after them. But this is not the same thing.

In fact, with the exception of Thatcherism, it’s hard to find a noun describing a woman’s ideas that is in anything approaching general usage in the UK. Even the novelists Jane Austen and George Eliot don’t have a style named after them in the way that Charles Dickens (Dickensian) and Henry James (Jamesian) do.

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Forget notions of coronavirus as a great equaliser – women are yet again the hardest hit | Helen Pankhurst

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:15

Just like every emergency, Covid-19 is racist, ageist, classist and sexist. The world response to the pandemic must reflect this

In the early days of coronavirus, there was a view that a global pandemic would act as a great equaliser. “A virus doesn’t discriminate,” they said. “We’re all in this together.” It didn’t take long for such a credulous perspective to vanish.

Just like every emergency, every disaster, Covid-19 absolutely does discriminate. It’s ageist, it’s racist, it’s classist and it’s worst of all for those with pre-existing health conditions or disabilities.

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Report calls for universal care service to transform UK economy

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:00

Women’s Budget Group says plan for free full-time childcare and elderly care would create 2m jobs

The UK economy needs radical transformation equal to the post-second world war era, including the creation of a universal care service providing free full-time childcare and elderly care, according to a seminal report published by the Women’s Budget Group.

The service, which would be free at the point of delivery, would create more jobs than equivalent investment in transport and construction and help provide secure work for the thousands of people losing livelihoods in retail and hospitality, according to an 18-monthcommission on a gender equal economy.

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