Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bosses, funniness and horribleness

First off, once more the BBC have picked up on the lack of women in top jobs, and covered it quite provocatively with the title of Are women their own worst enemy when it comes to the top jobs? Not entirely convinced by the article mind – there seems to be some massive generalisations on the go here including:

“Sometimes people still think they should be handed things – but they’ve just absolutely got to have more confidence in their abilities,” says Ms Timmons, who is married with two step-children.

“Compared to their male counterparts, they tend to lack self-belief and confidence – which leads to a cautious approach to career opportunities”

Some bold statements that don’t seem to be backed up by much. Also worth noting that the women interviewed were all women who had reached the top, not much input from women who were trying to make the step-up.

Mock the Week have been caught up in a few storms in the past about lack of female representation on the panel show. Here’s a cool post from Kate Harrad reversing the stereotype that’s put out there about women not being funny. Plus here’s a vid from YouTube with Josie Long talking a bit more about it, plus here’s here talking about Feminism and proving that being funny is not a gender thing!

Last but not last, the democratisation of Egypt and the uprising of Tahrir Square has been pretty inspiring. Shame that women are now being marginalised and made to cover up according to this piece by Mariz Tadros, which is pretty disturbing really.

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Olympics madness and more!

Here in Cardiff, the Olympic torch is on its way. Cooper’s Field looks like it may get heaving! However, not everything is well in a time when the UK is getting ready for the Olympics – Saudi Arabia may field a team that only includes men.

Never thought I’d blog about Rihanna, definitely not my cup of tea musically, but Jezebel have written a good article about how she’s judged for her sex life.

Afghanistan does not seem like a cool place to be a woman at the moment. Kate Allen of Amnesty International has outlined why for the Huffington Post.

Closer to home, Demos have written a report on women’s role in the Conservative Party. Despite not really putting the policies in place to protect women from the recession, it seems the party has a lot of very capable female MPs that inform the parties policies in the future.

I’d never considered Feminism for those with multiple partners, here’s a report that’s been produced on it. It’s called Polyamory for those of us that didn’t know!

Here’s a good post by Liz Lutgendorff on the battle for being Pro-choice. A really good well thought out argument I think. I do agree with her though!

Here’s a good article by the Good Men Project on why scientifically men and women are similar. As my girlfriend’s badge reads – “Men are from Earth, women are from earth. Deal with it.”

Laurie Penny‘s on fire as per usual, here she writes on why wolf whistles suck.

Not entirely sure about James Bell’s article for the New Statesman though. Some good points, but tying breast cancer funding to feminism is a bit of a leap. Also that powerful women are viewed well and is a positive image? Not sure that’s a view universally held.

Ally Fogg has written a rather different review on the Second Sexism book than Suzanne Moore’s in my previous post.

Lastly Steven Baxter has written about why he hates it when people say he should grow a pair! The New Statesman seems to be writing about men’s issues a lot, wonder if this is conscious decision following the recruitment of the Vagenda team?

Lots of info there…. phew! Enjoy!

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Second Sexism and Sweden

Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour has produced a programme looking at why Sweden is held up as a model for equality. I’d comment more, but I haven’t listened to it yet (but I’m going to now!). Should be interesting as whenever inequality is mentioned a Scandinavian state is inevitably thrown down as the benchmark we should measure ourselves against. You can listen to the show for a few more days here.

Suzanne Moore is a pretty interesting figure. She somehow manages to write for both the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian, which I didn’t think was possible as they seem to be on completely the opposite sides of the political spectrum. She does seem to be a strident Feminist, and she often writes about gender equality. She’s written an article about the author of the book on Masculinists that I blogged about a while back. As per usual you need only look at the comments to see how divided people are on this. The premise of the article seems right to me – it’s not Feminism’s fault that some factors affecting men occur, but it’s not exactly a call to arms for men to embrace Feminism either.

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