Why Men Should Support Feminism

Apr 22, 2014 | No Comments
Why Men Should Support Feminism

In recent history the word ‘feminism’ has to many become an ugly word, stained with sentiments of hate and misandry. To some men they believe women hide behind the veil of feminism to express hate and discontent towards men. I almost wish that this is what feminism is used for, as I find the truth ...

We (Don’t) Need To Talk About Females

Apr 21, 2014 | No Comments
We (Don’t) Need To Talk About Females

by Jem Bloomfield This was originally posted here  I’ve spent quite a bit of the last few days crossing out the word “females” and writing “women” in its place.  More time than seems reasonable, certainly.  I’ve been marking, so this crossing out is part of my job, but it has called my attention to just how ...

Female Gamers

Apr 20, 2014 | No Comments
Female Gamers

by Stephanie Downes The myth of the ‘gamer girl’, or more generically a ‘fake geek girl’ is one of the more enduring and damaging elements to being a female gamer in modern times. It operates around the single premise that a woman or teenage girl – a popular target when it comes to society’s collected ...

Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN)

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments
Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN)

The Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN) was formed in 2005, and is a daughter branch of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA). As the postgraduate branch of the CWWA, the PG CWWN is an independent research network dedicated to supporting postgraduate and early career researchers working in the field of contemporary women’s writing. ...

Constance Naden (1858-1889) – Poet and Philosopher, and New Woman.

Apr 14, 2014 | No Comments
Constance Naden (1858-1889) – Poet and Philosopher, and New Woman.

by Clare Stainthorp     In 1888 Constance Naden was made the first female Associate of the Mason Science College (which became the University of Birmingham in 1900), a title that acknowledged the distinguished position she had taken as a student during her six years studying there. A year later, in an obituary printed in ...

Women, Travel and Identity: Journeys by Rail and Sea, 1870-1940

Apr 4, 2014 | No Comments
Women, Travel and Identity: Journeys by Rail and Sea, 1870-1940

Women, Travel and Identity: Journeys by Rail and Sea, 1870-1940, by Emma Robinson-Tomsett (Manchester UP, 2013) “… the power which has become the right of every woman who has the means to achieve it – of becoming her own unescorted and independent person, a lady traveller.” Lillias Campbell Davidson, Hints to Lady Travellers, 1889 The ...

SHAW April Dates

Apr 4, 2014 | No Comments
SHAW April Dates

On the first Monday of every month, a group of people – academics, students, and the interested public — meet at Senate House near Russell Square in London to discuss a wide variety of issues related to gender in the history of the Americas.  Each session is driven by an invited speaker, who usually speaks ...

Third Contemporary Women’s Writing Skills Workshops

Mar 31, 2014 | No Comments
Third Contemporary Women’s Writing Skills Workshops

by  Megan Henesy This week the third of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Skills Workshops was held at Leeds Metropolitan University.  The theme of the event, ‘Careers and Employability’, allowed for the discussion of our future as postgraduate students and early career researchers in the Humanities.  We were given advice, support, and a chance to discuss ...

For Books’ Sake

Mar 26, 2014 | No Comments
For Books’ Sake

Before you read on, try this: go to your bookshelves and write down the contents of one of the rows. Now, look at that list and count how many of those books are written by women. Of those, how many are women of colour? How many are disabled? How many of them are queer or ...

Female Arts Magazine

Mar 24, 2014 | No Comments
Female Arts Magazine

  Launched in 2011, Female Arts online magazine focuses on women in the arts as a response to gender inequality. Run by Editors Wendy Thomson and Sophie Porter who met at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the magazine promotes women in performing, visual and literary arts. Women are not equally represented in ...

Magnus Hirschfeld

Mar 21, 2014 | No Comments
Magnus Hirschfeld

by Heike Bauer This post was originally published on A Violent World of Difference Why turn to Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) to re-examine the difficult aspects of modern queer history and culture? Hirschfeld is a well known figure, especially in the German history and historiography of sexuality, and he continues to inspire a number of German sexual ...

The Beauty Myth Twenty Years Later

Mar 20, 2014 | One Comment
The Beauty Myth Twenty Years Later

by Claudia Austin The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf discusses the current form of female repression. After the powers gained by women entering the workforce in the second wave, the beauty myth was rigorously introduced to society through a variety of ways. This new aesthetic-centred suppression once again curtailed the enormous progress made, by subjecting ...

Notes from Berlin: Queering ‘Queer’ Berlin

Mar 14, 2014 | No Comments
Notes from Berlin: Queering ‘Queer’ Berlin

Bridging the gap between English as the academic lingua franca and ‘other’ contexts is a tricky affair. A lot of writing on feminism as traveling theory (Kathy Davis and Mary Evans ‘Transatlantic Conversations Feminism as Travelling Theory being one of my favorites), and critics such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1988) have reminded us that theory ...

The Beautiful Author

Mar 13, 2014 | One Comment
The Beautiful Author

by Carina Hart This post was originally published here When talking about the beauty of people, we tend to discuss those people as passive objects to be looked at. Of course, this issue of objectification is at the heart of many feminist critiques of (usually feminine) beauty. That’s why it’s interesting to think about the ...

Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE)

Mar 12, 2014 | No Comments
Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE)

      The gender pay gap will persist in Wales due to the continued gendering of occupations and the restricted working patterns available for women, according to Dr Alison Parken, Senior Research Fellow and Project Director for WAVE project ‘Women Adding Value to the Economy’ at Cardiff University   Women Adding Value to the ...

Bristol Woman Magazine- Why the Need?

Mar 12, 2014 | No Comments
Bristol Woman Magazine- Why the Need?

Look around Bristol’s home-grown magazine scene and you will soon see that while there are many local area magazines and events listings magazines, there is a complete dearth of local magazines aimed at women. We passionately wanted to bridge that gap and also to produce a community magazine that would reach and appeal to all ...

Registration Open: Revisiting the Sadeian Woman

Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments
Registration Open: Revisiting the Sadeian Woman

Travelling Between the Centre and Periphery: Creating a Feminist Dialogue for the Diaspora

Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments
Travelling Between the Centre and Periphery: Creating a Feminist Dialogue for the Diaspora

Friday 11th July 2014 University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study Travel and Mobility Studies Network Conference Key-note: Professor Miriam Cooke, Duke University Guest speakers: Professor Haideh Moghissi and Professor Evelyne Accad In recent years, discussions of travel narratives have examined the creation of the diaspora, highlighting themes of loss and exile using the centre-periphery framework. This symposium seeks to develop discussions ...

The Handmaid’s Tale: How Atwood’s Dystopia Highlights the Importance of Feminism

Mar 1, 2014 | No Comments
The Handmaid’s Tale: How Atwood’s Dystopia Highlights the Importance of Feminism

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 1985) The Handmaid’s Tale is one of Margaret Atwood’s most popular novels. Published in 1986, female characters in the novel are stripped of their independence and rights, helping to highlight the importance of feminism. The novel is set in the Republic of Gilead a dystopian state that has ...

Women’s Assembly Against Austerity

Feb 28, 2014 | No Comments
Women’s Assembly Against Austerity

Saturday 22nd February, Conway Hall, London It is important not to underestimate the wholly disproportional effects of austerity cuts on women. The People’s Assembly and National Assembly of Woman convened Saturday’s event to examine how the cuts are impacting on the key components of a civil society; our health service, the education system and the ...

Is it me? Teaching gender history …

Feb 26, 2014 | No Comments
Is it me? Teaching gender history …

by Joanne Bailey This post was originally published here I’ve been working on a second-year module this week that has a new title and upgrade:Culture, Community and Family in Britain 1660-1918. I’m pretty pleased with it as I’ve organised it to cover some of the topics I think are really exciting and which will help students ...

The F Word: Teaching Nineteenth Century Feminism

Feb 25, 2014 | No Comments
The F Word: Teaching Nineteenth Century Feminism

by Laura Wood   This year I am teaching on a module titled ‘English Literature and Feminisms 1790-1899’ in the English department at the University of Warwick. One thing that I hadn’t expected was the warning I received from several people, that a module with the word ‘feminism’ in the title would attract very few ...

SHAW Society : Society for the History of Women in the Americas

Feb 20, 2014 | No Comments
SHAW Society : Society for the History of Women in the Americas

  On the first Monday of every month, a group of people – academics, students, and the interested public — meet at Senate House near Russell Square in London to discuss a wide variety of issues related to gender in the history of the Americas.  Each session is driven by an invited speaker, who usually ...

A Room of our own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network

Feb 19, 2014 | No Comments
A Room of our own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network

Follow @RoomOfOurOwn on Twitter A Room of Our Own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network was founded to combat cultural femicide; a term coined by feminist activist and writer Bidisha[1] to define the erasure of women from politics, art, literature and history. We are a trans-inclusive, women-only network for women who self-define as feminists or womanists. That is the ...

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