Tag Archives: USA

Obama vs Cameron

Before the last US election, I was out on a night out in Aberystwyth and drunkenly bought a copy of Esquire just because Obama was on the cover. This was how much I hoped he would be elected and I wholly bought in to his mantra of change. I was nevertheless still slightly scared to wake up in the morning with a bad hangover and with Obama staring me in the face as I’d passed out with the magazine next to my head.

It hasn’t ended up as I think most of us had hoped (as this article from Owen Jones captures well). But the scary thing is that under Romney everything would no doubt be worse, particularly in terms of gender equality, as this article by Emma Brockes captures when she looks at the influence that female voters had on the election result. Here’s hoping Obama does something in his second term to revive the hope that so many people had before his first term. Still, even if he does manage that, not sure if I want to wake up so close to his face again anytime soon.

In stark contrast, can’t say I had any hope when the Tories had the largest share of the vote in the last election. Dame Helen Ghosh has said that Cameron is out of touch as only 3 women are permanent secretaries. Can’t say the fact that Cameron is out of touch is a big surprise.

But it seems that it’s not just Cameron that’s out of touch, turns out most of us are to some extent. This article about a week of sexism by Laura Bates shows just how widespread sexism is in our society and how we don’t really question these things. I can’t claim to have any moral high ground here. Until a couple of years ago I’d laugh along to many dubious jokes, it’s only recently I’ve felt confident enough to challenge this and be the uncool guy in the corner being uber-pc. But it’s something I plan to do more of, and not just in terms of gender either as I think we all need to do more to challenge everyday discrimination.

On a slightly nicer note, thousands of people have decided to try to lobby for Malala Yousafzai, the young blogger who wrote about the struggle for young women to get an education in a Taliban dominated area. Which is pretty awesome. I’m off to sign the petition now and I suggest that you do the same as it’s a well good idea!

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Good news or bad news?

UK unemployment falls. Always a good thing right? Depends who you are. Not if you’re a Welsh woman (crazy that it’s by the same media, but in different areas). Or maybe not if you’re a Woman in many places. Spin wins the day!

It sucks that changes to Legal Aid bill by the Lords won’t be implemented, but at least there’s a bit more recognition about what it means for domestic violence.

Tanya Gold has written an interesting piece on the sex industry by the Guardian. Interesting in that it doesn’t disparage either side of the argument, even though Tanya doesn’t buy into Magnanti’s ideas.

Here’s a slightly biased post, but not too far off the mark about distractions in politics stopping American women from seeing the flaws in Republicanism.

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Better late than never

I go away for a week and loads of stuff happens. Mainly around Samantha Brick. Not entirely sure I need to add anymore to what seems to have been carnage. But here are two posts that look at different issues than the main ones – a New Statesman article by Steven Baxter that looks at the media’s motivations and their use of social networking to exacerbate Samantha Brick’s ideas around how women perceive her beauty, and an interesting discussion from Eva Wiseman and Susie Orbach about the media’s perception of women. Ashley Judd has also talked about her perception of this from here own view as an actress.

In terms of history, there’s an interesting piece on the BBC today on why most streets are named after men and their historical accomplishments. Divine Women, a TV programme on female goddesses kicks off tonight on BBC 2. Here’s Bettany Hughes discussing it with the Guardian.

Rick Santorum’s quit the race to be the Republican candidate for the US presidency is over. Not a bad thing if you’re an American woman, but hope his influence doesn’t grow as Paul Harris suggests.

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