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Pussy riot: Feminist punks take on Putin

2 Feb

“We are united by feminism, opposition to Putin’s regime and his vertical of power, antiauthoritarianism and leftist ideas,” Pussy Riot said. Can I join?

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Yes! CEDAW the superhero

31 Jan

Some non-fiction books I read this year. Part two: Boys and their bleeding racket.

21 Dec

Ellie Hutchinson

Misframing Men: The politics of contemporary masculinities. M.Kimmel

 What’s this about then?

Michael Kimmel looks at dudeness, the backlash, evolutionary psychology and where the ladies are at (not in military academies).

Who should read it?

Anyone who:

1)      Thinks pop psychology is like every bad rom com you’ve ever seen and what the what feminists hate men?! Continue reading

Some non-fiction books I read this year. Part one: Fags and girls.

12 Dec

Ellie Hutchinson

Dude You’re a Fag. Masculinity and Sexuality in High School. C.J Pascoe

What’s this about then?

CJ Pascoe hangs out at a high school* that sounds like every school you’ve ever seen on American TV and/or film. She talks to them about boyness, which also encompasses race, gender and sexuality.

Who should read it? Continue reading

Some things that won’t exist in the feminist utopia I am planning

7 Nov

Ellie Hutchinson

I have big ambitions. I wrote about my grand plan to become PM a while back and those ideas are slowly coming to fruition. Mainly, I thought about going to the Labour conference. With that in mind, and a hangover day in front of the TV, here are some things that definitely won’t exist when I take charge.

1)      Misfit’s perception that rape=natural man behaviour Continue reading

The top five: Hilarious fancy dress outfits. If sexism didn’t exist.

24 Oct

Ellie Hutchinson

So Halloween is upon us. Yay and eugh. Yay, because I’m dressing up like a gigantic pumpkin and eugh, because, well, Halloween is like the day the last 30 years forgot. Basically, it’s awful for women. Now, I try not to dwell too much on HOW SEXIST THE WORLD IS when I’m not at work, so that I can cope/live in the world/not tear my skin off. I recently tried to compile a weekly list of non-douchey types to counter the horrible misogyny that is pop culture. Alas, pop culture hates women. Surprise! However, I am yet to give up on the idea that most of us aren’t arseholes, so my new tactic is to pretend that we already live in an egalitarian utopia and that sexism is actually hilarious (you know, instead of rape jokes).  So, with that in mind, here are my top five hilarious fancy dress outfits. Continue reading

YES: Feminist Ryan Gosling

14 Oct

A.Mazing.

Check it. Feminist Ryan Gosling.

The Helen Mirren Paradox

2 Oct

Ellie Hutchinson

In case you missed it, last week Helen Mirren said she “was always an instinctive feminist”. Great. She nearly made it on to my don’t be a douche list (I’ve only got Jon Hamm so far).  But then I remembered this. Not good.

Two contradictory comments from one woman. Interesting. It’s interesting because we can ask all the usual questions like; 1)Is she a feminist?  2) What is feminism anyway?  and 3) What impact will her comments have on people? But it’s also interesting for me, because-gasp- I still really like her. Continue reading

Everyday resistance or bravo charity shop

16 Sep

Whilst perusing my local second hand book shop saw this:
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Well played charity book shop employee, well played.

Feminism: Don’t be a douche (part 2)

15 Sep

Ellie Hutchinson

You can read Feminism: Don’t be douche (part 1) here

Last week I decided to take on the thankless task of finding non a-hole behaviour in this world of ours. It is decidedly lacking. Never the less, I’m nothing if not a tryer, so here are my top 5 feminist/non-douche moments of the week.

Whilst pop culture continues to alienate pretty much everyone, this has been a bad but good week for the laydeeez in real life terms. In other words- lobbying has worked. Yay collective voices! Continue reading