Category Archives: Feminism

Introducing Adela Breton

Yesterday’s history conference was held in the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (yes, of course Bath has such a thing). On the ground floor of the building there was a remarkable exhibition celebrating the life and work of a … Continue reading

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Pauline Boty and Feminism’s Sex Problem

I spent yesterday in Bath at the annual conference of the The West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network. There were many interesting papers. I was rather sad that the one about women in the Mabinogion didn’t happen, … Continue reading

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Registration for PopSex 2016 Open

The blurb says: The second annual Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives symposium is returning to the Bristol Watershed in September 2016. Following an exciting inaugural symposium in 2015, this year’s event will continue our tradition of offering … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima: Carers, Harassment, Flash, Trans & Faith

Yesterday’s show on Ujima began with a celebration of Carer’s Week. Caring for relatives or friends who are unable to look after themselves is an activity that falls disproportionately on women. With the current fashion for austerity politics, social service … Continue reading

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New Book, Contains Me

So apparently I am now a Social Justice Warrior. Or at least a reduxed one. The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that this is the cover of volume #10 of the WisCon Chronicles, an annual anthology of writings arising … Continue reading

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A Few Words on Versailles

No, I am not watching the drama series. Enough of you have expressed utter horror on social media to warn me off that. However, I did take in the accompanying documentary about Louis IV and his court presented by Lucy … Continue reading

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Suspension Bridges – Invented by a Woman

Suspension bridges are one of the iconic features of Victorian England. Thomas Telford’s bridge over the Menai Straits to Anglesey, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s bridge over the Clifton Gorge in Bristol, are world famous. But neither of these great bridges … Continue reading

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Girls Can’t Code

Many thanks to the Girls Who Code movement for this hilarious video parodying the excuses given for not employing women as programmers. In my case it is even harder. I suffer from autogynephilia, so not only do my boobs get … Continue reading

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Sophie Walker in Bath

The other event in Bath this evening was a visit from Sophie Walker, the leader of the Women’s Equality Party (and recent candidate for Mayor of London). I may have more to say about this tomorrow when I have a … Continue reading

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Come Into My Parlour, Said the Mayor

This evening I was in Bath for two events. The first was in the Guildhall. There were no fairies, but there was a mayor. Will Sandry is the 788th Mayor of Bath, and as far as I know the first … Continue reading

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WEP’s e-Quality Campaign

I have email from the Women’s Equality Party. Tomorrow they are launching a new campaign called e-Quality. It is aimed at tackling the issue of harassment and bullying of women online which, unless you have been living in a cave … Continue reading

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Today On Ujima: Judy Darley, No More Taboo, Predatory Peacekeepers and Mike Carey

Well that’s a fair old mix of a show. I started off with local writer, Judy Darley, who is running a literary fundraiser for St. Mungo’s, a charity that works with homeless people. The event is going to be in … Continue reading

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The IDAHOBIT Post

Given that I post about LGBT rights rather a lot, it is probably a bit over the top to do a special post just because it is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. However, I did have something … Continue reading

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Marketing Evil

I’ve just been to Tesco for various things, including picking up my copy of The Force Awakens. They have this special offer going on where you can select a Dark Side or Light Side limited edition cover. From a style … Continue reading

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Fight Like A Girl On Film

The fabulous Roz Clarke has made a movie of the Fight Like A Girl launch event. You can watch it below. It does of course include the notorious pirate, Captain Morgan. I took the hat off for the panel so … Continue reading

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Bath Does Feminism

Last night saw the first in what will hopefully be a series of Lightning Talks on feminist issues, organized by the Bath Gender Equality Network. For those of you not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks are conference presentations that … Continue reading

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Diversity Trust Spring Newsletter

I have spent the past couple of days doing trans awareness training in Bristol and Plymouth. It’s a very rewarding experience for me, and I’m particularly struck with how many of the people in the classes say they volunteered for … Continue reading

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This Week on Ujima: Cavan Scott, Suffragettes & Art

My first guest on this week’s Women’s Outlook was Cavan Scott. Cav is a very busy boy. We first talked about his Star Wars tie-in novels, one of which was chosen for World Book Day and went on to become … Continue reading

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The 2015 VIDA Count

VIDA’s survey of gender bias in literary reviewing was published last week. You can find piles of infographics and some analysis here. The basic message is “more of the same”. A few magazines — notably Harper’s and The New Republic … Continue reading

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Tiptree Winners

The winners of this year’s James Tiptree, Jr. Award (“An award encouraging the exploration & expansion of gender”) have been announced. They are as follows: Eugene Fischer, “The New Mother” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2015) Pat Schmatz, Lizard Radio (Candlewick, … Continue reading

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