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Start Your Blog Engines…

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 13, 2008

In the past couple of days that I’ve been blogging I’ve found a couple of articles that have given me some pointers on how to do this stuff properly! I thought I might post them on here, so that us novice bloggers can get some tips:

Happy blogging ūüėÄ

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Tibet

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 13, 2008

This year, it has been well publicised about the resistance faced over the Olympic torch relay. While stories like this are truly inspirational, there is the issue of Tibet. Free Tibet demonstrations have been carried out along the route of the torch with, in my opinion, good reason. Since their ocupation of Tibet in 1950, China has seriously violated the rights of the Tibetan people in what seems to be an attempt to completely destroy the race.

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Stripping the Illusion: The Re-License Lap Dancing Campaign

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 13, 2008

Check out this new campaign from OBJECT – pure genius!

STRIPPING THE ILLUSION: THE RE-LICENCE LAP DANCING CAMPAIGN

OBJECT’s new campaign launches on Tuesday April 22nd.

Our campaign calls for lap dancing clubs to be recognised as part of the commercial
sex industry and licensed as Sex Encounter Establishments, rather than in the

same way as pubs, cafes or karaoke nights as they currently are.
Current licensing is INADEQUATE and makes it easy for lap dancing clubs to obtain licences and
difficult for local authorities or residents to oppose them.

OBJECT is working with MPs, Peers and colleagues for a re-categorisation of lap dancing
clubs.

This will take the power out of the hands of club operators and put it back in to the hands
of local authorities.

Re-catergorisation would give local authorities the same licensing powers as apply to sex shops and sex cinemas.
Importantly, it will also give people a greater say in the licensing of lap dancing.

Changing licensing is a crucial step in challenging the increased sexual objectification of women.

Help us send out the message that the sex industry is not normal, not benign and
should not be licensed in the same way as cafes and karaoke nights.

Speakers at the launch will include:

  • Baroness Gould, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Gill Mitchell; Brighton and Hove City Councillor, Julie Bindel; researcher and journalist, Kat Banyard; Fawcett Society, Professor Marion Roberts; night time economy specialist, Westminster University.

Venue: 12 ‚Äď 1pm Campaign Launch, House of Commons. 1.30 ‚Äď 3pm Photo-stunt and protest, Parliament Square.

How to book: To register for either or both events please RSVP to sandrine@object.org.uk.

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Rape Crisis Petition

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 12, 2008

I heard about this petition through Charliegrrrl…..Whatcha waiting for?

Go sign http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RapeCrisis/¬†ūüôā

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to provide proper funding for Rape Crisis. We commend the invaluable work of Rape Crisis in bringing much needed support to people affected by sexual violence often years after the offences have taken place. We note with sadness that in 1984 there were 68 affiliated members of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) but now there are just 38 . We believe this is a failure of successive administrations and endorse the New Statesman’s campaign to secure proper funding from the government so existing Rape Crisis centres can continue their work and that new centres can open.

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“Hey Nice Jugs”

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 12, 2008

Hooters could be opening near you, according to the f-word. Laura Woodhouse (F-Word) was arguing (quite rightly – well done!)¬†on Tony Livesey’s BBC Radio 5 Live show on Friday¬†that Hooters is sexist and it¬†isn’t a good idea for¬†more branches (there’s one in Nottingham already) to open in the UK on Tony Livesey’s BBC Radio 5 Live show on Friday. American Vice President of Marketing, Mike McNeil was also on the show putting the case forward for Hooters saying that it was just¬†a bit of¬†fun.

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Feminist Music Time!

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 8, 2008

A slightly lighter topic that the one I discussed earlier. I’ve come up with a few (drop in the ocean type thing here) cool feminist musicians which I’m suggesting as an alternative to some of the mainstream music (and music videos) which most of us are exposed to on a daily basis. I saw¬†Nicole Scherzinger’s¬†video over at The Egalitarian Bookworm and I have to agree with poster, fellow-ette, that this video kinda glorifies rape. Also, I think I might have to scream for eternity if I hear Flo-Rida’s Low song AGAIN: “Work the pole, I got the bank roll/Imma say that I prefer them no clothes/I’m into that, I love women exposed”. So here are my alternatives (please comment with any others):¬†

  • My personal favourite feminist musician is Ani DiFranco. Sorry to be boring, but the woman kicks ass. I reckon, from a feminist POV ‘Not A Pretty Girl’ has gotta be her best song.
  • A cool song which I’m sure loads of you have heard is ‘Mother of Pearl’ by Nellie MacKay. It’s got some great lines, including the sarcastic- type refrain “Feminists don’t have a sense of humour.”¬†
  • Indigo Girls, especially ‘Closer To Fine’….
  • and Melissa Etheridge are pretty cool artists.
  • Dar Williams deserves a mention.
  • As does Joan Jett.
  • Yo Majesty! are a¬†duo based in Florida who are showing the chauvinists how its done in hip-hop.
  • Obviously there’s a ton of riot grrrls: 7 Year Bitch, Sleater-kinney, Veruca Salt, Team Dresch, ***Bikini Kill*** etc., etc. and Kim Gordon should totally get a mention.
  • Finally, you have to love Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin for giving us ‘sisters are doin’ it for themselves’!

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White Privilege

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 7, 2008

Okay, so recently I’ve have been investigating the idea of white privilege. It was only when I read the chapter ‘A Quick Academic Aside’ in ‘Full Frontal Feminism’ by Jessica Valenti of Feministing (love Feministing too much for words :D) and reading¬†this piece by Jessica Hoffmann (which I found linked on Feministe) that I started to question white privilege. Hoffmann criticises white feminism and says that it doesn’t take into account the issues of women of colour. I think it is really important for us to ensure that all women are equal, not just women of a particular race, so I’ve started educating myself on these issues.

Sorry if I am trying to educate people on things they already know but the fact that I did not know about these issues makes me wonder how many other people don’t know about them. I’ve picked up a few links in the past few days which I’ll share in case you want to find out more:

If anyone has any other links at would be great to add them in the comments. 

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Ikea and Argos Catalogues

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 5, 2008

Ikea 2008 catalogue – valid until July 27, 2008
Argos Home Spring/ Summer 2008

So, this is just a brief commentary on these two catalogues and how they reinforce traditional gender roles. Of course not many people will be thinking of this when they pick up these catalogues, but it’s just an example of the limited, intrinsic gender roles within the media. We have to remember that when we are being sold a product such as a kitchen or a bed for a bedroom we are being sold a lifestyle. But what lifestyle is being sold?

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Legal firm bans fishnets

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 5, 2008

Woman in fishnet stockingsAn undentified law firm has banned women from wearing fishnet tights as they distract male colleagues and look unprofessional.

This makes me question¬†why women should have clothing restrictions put on them about something as trivial as a pair of tights, surely we can trust profesional female lawyers to know what is and is not acceptable attire in the workplace. Fishnets can be a part of a suitable working wardrobe. However, if it is deemed that someone in the workplace is dressed in an unnacceptable way, a word from management would be more sensible than restricting every female’s individual way of dressing (I notice men haven’t been banned from wearing fishnets!) .¬†Fishnets have a reputation of being ‘tarty’. However, shouldn’t we be judging people in the workplace on performance and not apperance?

More infuriatingly, is that the other reason for the ban was because it ditracts men. This once again reinforces the stereotype that men are sex-crazy beasts that cannot control themselves, even in the workplace. Why should women have to cover ourselves up, when it is perfectly acceptable for men to account for and control their own desires? As one commenter, called City Woman points out,

“If I find a nicely polished pair of Churchs [a brand of men’s shoes] a ‘distraction’, does that mean I can get them banned too?”

Source: legalweek.com

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Everyday Feminist Launches!

Posted by PoliticsWTF on April 4, 2008

Welcome everybody to Everyday Feminist!

So, I’ve been meaning to do this blog for a very long time and I’m so pleased I finally have. The purpose of this blog is mainly personal; so that I can confrim/change my views about different aspects of feminism and so that I can address sexism and analyse it in my own life. However, I’m very interested to hear other people’s views so feel free to comment (also see ‘TNT’ page). I’m feeling excited about this blog and the benefits it could have. Please check out all the super-fantastic blogs in the Blogroll at the side. To find out a bit more about me, please read the ‘About’ page above. So, that was the first post – hopefully there are many more to come,

Everyday Feminist xxx

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