Category Archives: Women

Getting our gym knickers in a twist

As part of my ongoing attempt to be as nauseatingly middle class as possible, I ran a marathon last week. I say ‘ran’ – it was more of a flat-footed lurch, evidenced by the grotesque photographs the organisers kindly sent … Continue reading

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Hawking another cosmic myth

So Stephen Hawking doesn’t understand women, apparently. It’s a neat little PR hook, spun out ahead of the celebrations and mental machinations to be held in his honour to mark his 70th birthday, and the kind of thing press officers … Continue reading

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Rape is cheaper than bullets

Rape is cheaper than bullets. And in countries where war has been the constant backdrop to life for decades, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are brutally raped, every minute of every day. The Congo is one of … Continue reading

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On Saturday, along with roughly half a million others, I joined the March for the Alternative. I walked with the women’s bloc for the very simple reason that I believe the proposed cuts disproportionately impact on women, and that the … Continue reading

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Oh baby, baby

Earlier this week there was an article in the Times written by a woman called Emma who has spent the best part of her twenties being anorexic and has now decided that 2011, at the age of 33, will be … Continue reading

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What Woody Sez

I saw Woody Sez last night – a musical-cum-tribute to the late, great Woody Guthrie, the all-singing American folk hero. Truly, I was eyes-wide in rapture at the music and the stories unfolding in front of me. Throughout his life, … Continue reading

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The failings of the progressive online

I’ll tell you what pisses me off. One, having my gender render me invisible; and two, being told I need to enter the online political mainstream in order to make my opinions matter. Both of these things were lurking in … Continue reading

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