A case for Friendly Parenting & Shared Custody not in the Best Interest of the Child by Melissa Barnett

I am Woman Hear Me Roar by Mairi Voice

Setting the Tone by @strifejournal

We need to talk about the process by @strifejournal

The Bartered Sex by @EstellaMz

Why a French flag on your Facebook profile doesn’t make you a hero by Lulu Nunn

An African-American Woman Reflects on the Transgender Movement by 

Thoughts On “Non-binary”, Gender Identity Politics and the Material Reality of Being Female in Patriarchy at Big Mouth Girl

The King Solomon Test Would Have Worked by Jennifer Baker

Campus protests are part of a critique of white male privilege by @schemaly

This thing about male victims by

My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up. by Fay Wells

Princess Leia is a general now. But why isn’t she in more toy stores? by Rebecca Hains

10 ways white people are more racist than they realize by Kali Holloway

Sex and the Muslim Feminist by Rafia Zakaria

80 Books No Woman Should Read by Rebecca Solnit

This morning at Harvard Law School we woke up to a hate crime by Michele Hall

Picture this at @strifejournal

A letter to my friends and comrades in France on the terrorist attacks of Paris  (Houzan Mahmoud) by Houzan Mahmoud

Help nia – a feminist organisation raise funds to purchase a new van to continue the outreach work of Eaves – which was forced to close due to lack of sustainable funding by government



This art project by Kristin Villebrun to remember the 1181 missing Aboriginal women by building inukshuks is just breath-taking.

The Cosby case shows how hard it is for rape victims to be heard  by Sian Norris

Eaves was just the latest victim of a crisis in contracting by Polly Neate

Britain’s rape crisis: Why won’t the Government guarantee support? by Fiona Vera Grey

Our bodies, our rights: Virginity testing in Sweden by Tilda Holme via @GirlsGlobe

Have We Reached Peak Trans? at Not the News in Brief

#TheAbleistScript by Murder of Goths

Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret’s mother. via @headinbook

Ten facts you might not know about the gender pay gap | Laura Bates

It Will Look Like a Sunset by Kelly Sandberg

Is the success of the government’s troubled families scheme too good to be true?by Anna Bawden

Why I no longer hate ‘TERFs’ by Penny White

‘Dear World’: David Starkey does not speak for Cambridge University on Race or Gender by @LucyAllenFWR

Victim-blaming as daytime entertainment on The Jeremy Kyle Show via @EVB_Now

nia – a feminist organisation are raising funds to purchase a new van to engage in night-work with women who want to exit prostitution. They have taken on 2 projects from Eaves, which was forced to close following ‘austerity’ cuts, and the administrator took the van belonging to Eaves.


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Feminism-it’s for everyone! at TopDyke

One of the best things about writing a radical feminist blog which is read by about eleven people on a good day is that I can say whatever I want. Fuck it, no one’s reading. The only people who will be are other radical feminists and the occasional hate-read from radiqueer sparklefucks, and as these people are internet people, and not real people, I don’t particularly care about how these ideas are received. …

Bringing up the body at Trouble & Strife

By Alison Phipps’s own account, her book The Politics of the Body sets out to ask ‘questions about how contemporary discussions of issues to do with women’s bodies reflect how we conceptualise embodiment’. Each chapter picks out a particular issue, or set of issues, relating to this general theme: the topics examined are sexual violence, gender and Islam, the politics of the sex industry and the reproductive regimes of birth and breastfeeding. …

Would you ditch a handbag for proper pockets?  by @giagia

I don’t like handbags. There – I’ve said it. Losing the use of a hand in order to heave a bunch of junk around has never really appealed. And a shoulder/clutch/tote bag is just asking to be snatched. The other week, I emptied out the contents of my current bag to find the following: a packet of Lockets from last year’s cold season; yoghurt-covered raisins; biscuit crumbs; three tons of receipts; make-up that I thought I’d lost, so bought replacements and – OH! That’s where all the pens went. It appears that I basically carry around a rubbish bin with a wallet, keys and a phone in it. …

The demise of women’s charity Eaves should worry us all by @bindelj 

…We need to get back on to the streets to protest these savage cuts to the women’s sector, and make sure everyone knows that all woman can be a step away from needing the type of support Eaves provided. Are women’s lives really that worthless? …

What you need to know about rape and consent before you have sex by Katie Russell

… Despite the law that most recently defined sexual consent in England and Wales now being over a decade old, there is still confusion among people of all ages about what it actually means. …

The idea of a “male brain” and a “female brain” is likely a myth by Nora Caplan-Bricker

Men and women are equal—and so are the architectures of our brains, according to a new study by neuroscientist Lise Eliot of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. According to a write-up in Wired, the study was aimed at evaluating the theory that the hippocampus is larger in women than in men; since the hippocampus is the part of the brain associated with memory and emotion, this has been proposed as an explanation for all those feelings ladies tend to have. Eliot and her team analyzed 6,000 MRI scans and found “no significant difference in hippocampal size between men and women.” …

Dane Bowers Sophia Cahill case: Stuff his career – what about justice?  by Polly Neate

Dane Bowers, the former pop-star, convicted of assaulting his girlfriend Sophia Cahill, has just received a suspended jail sentence. …

I was pregnant for 10 months by Viv Groskip

Jack, my third child, arrived last month, 20 days late. My first two babies were 15 days late. But a day shy of week 43? That is virtually record-breaking – and, some would say, slightly mad. For the last week I barely left the house. I knew what I was doing and was happy with my decision. But I didn’t want to hear what anyone else had to say about it. (Especially if it was: “Have you tried eating curry?” Yes. About 57 times.)

In the US there are women like me who call themselves the Ten Month Mamas. The Mamas used to have an online resource – sadly now defunct – which featured the stories of dozens of women who had gone past 42 weeks, some of them as far as 48 weeks. (Many of the most extreme examples were Mormon – some with more than half a dozen children.)  …

Tara Hudson and the betrayal of female prisoners by Rosie Redstocking

… What really frightens me are the numbers. According to the most recent figures, in June 2013 there were 10,498 men serving time for sexual offences in the UK prison pop (compared with 77 women). In the same month, the total female prison population came to 3,853. That means that the number of men in prison for sexual offences is ALMOST THREE TIMES the total number of women in prison.

How many of those men would be prepared to call themselves trans, if it meant they could be transferred? With no requirement to get a GRC, or take hormones, or have surgery?

Even if only 1% of imprisoned sex offenders decided to feign transition and were transferred, women’s prisons would comprise 2.6% male sex offenders. …

Remembering the murdered women erased by the pro-sex work agenda via @FeministCurrent

… According to these sex worker rights organizations, if prostitution in Sweden were fully decriminalized, Jasmine’s ex-husband would never have killed her. …

Unlike New Zealand, which is praised by sex worker rights organizations for fully decriminalizing prostitution, Sweden has adopted the Nordic Model, which decriminalizes women like Jasmine, but continues to criminalize pimps and johns.

But are prostitutes in New Zealand really safer than prostitutes in Sweden, as sex worker rights organizations claim? …

White people critiquing “White Feminism” perpetuate white privilege by @ClaireShrugged

If you are involved in feminist discourse online, the chances are that you will have noticed a particular phrase becoming increasingly common: White Feminism. Sometimes, a trademark logo will even be added for emphasis. The term White Feminism has become shorthand for certain failings within the feminist movement; of women with a particular degree of privilege failing to listen to their more marginalised sisters; of women with a particular degree of privilege speaking over those sisters; of women with a particular degree of privilege centering the movement around issues falling within their own range of experience. Originally, the term White Feminism was used by Women of Colour to address racism within the feminist movement – a necessary and valid critique.  …

The vanished: the Filipino domestic workers who disappear behind closed doors by Annie Kelly and Hazel Thompson

Two years ago, Marilyn Porras Restor kissed her three children goodbye, wiped away their tears and told them she’d try to come home again soon. She left the family house, in a dusty neighbourhood in the city of General Santos in the Philippines, as she had done many times before. Only this time, she never came back.  ….

Missing words by @wordspinster

Last week, the BBC radio programme Woman’s Hour ran an item on the American documentary film Do I Sound Gay?  The film explores what’s popularly known as ‘the gay voice’, a way of speaking that identifies a man as gay (though not all gay men have it, and some men who do sound gay are actually straight). The Woman’s Hour feature ranged more widely over the subject of gay language, including a lengthy discussion of Polari. But it was all about the boys–until, towards the end of the item, the presenter broached the inevitable question: do lesbians also have a language of their own? …

Feminism Needs More Thinkers Who Aren’t Right 100 Percent of the Time by @KathaPollitt 

… Where to begin? Violence against trans women is the fault of feminists? I doubt the brutal men who assault and murder trans women have even heard of Greer­­—or are likely to attend her proposed lecture on feminism in the 20th century (which, she says, will not touch on the subject of trans women at all). And if you believe that inviting someone to lecture on campus is an endorsement of their views—even on subjects they’re not lecturing about—it doesn’t sound as if you’re really all that keen on debate. It sounds more like you want the university to invite only people who think like yourself. …

State subsidised companies are exploiting feminism for profit and we’re all watching by Maya Goodfellow

… Neoliberal capitalism, which is built on the disenfranchisement of women and people of colour, is attempting to contain radical discourse within its walls. In doing so it neutralises the potential for system change. Richard Branson, the billionaire businessperson who owns Virgin, is flourishing under the current system. Though he likes to cultivate a benevolent image, he isn’t doing anything that would seriously challenge the system out of which he does so well. It’s far better and easier for him to give the impression that he cares while making symbolic tweaks to unequal structures. …

Gaslighting Culture by @smashesthep

…For example, neo-liberal culture frames personal individual negative impacts in terms of “choice” and “consent” rather than systems of power that constrain groups of people, even though choice has very little to do with whether, say, impoverished inner city kids succeed in school. The same is true with the hidden-in-plain-sight fact about the toxic nature of masculinity and male pattern violence. The fear of taking sides or being too radical by *naming the problem* shapes the thinking patterns of almost the entire world. ….

Jezebel Supports Ebony Williams’ Murderer at Pathetic Fallacies

… So why am I writing about this? I’m writing about this because just when I thought liberal feminist media could not sink any fucking lower, Jezebel published, yesterday, a fawning interview with a child murderer and rapist, who is male, and who now “identifies” as a woman. See, we’re supposed to feel sympathy for this man because he feels he is a woman and he feels the conditions of his imprisonment are unfair and because he feels he has been treated unfairly by women who point out that he is a murderer and rapist. …

1 in 10 UK Men are Punters? I Don’t Buy It via @annadjinn

…  It is generally claimed that about 1 in 10 men in the UK have paid for sex. For example, according to research collated by The John’s Chart, between 7 and 9% of men in the UK report having paid for sex at least once in their lifetimes. But the maths simply does not add up to such a low percentage.

According to a 2009 US government report, the number of people in prostitution in the UK was estimated at 100,000. That’s a lot of people and the majority of those are female, so for simplicity I will refer to them as women. At least 99% of the punters are male. ….

Shit Liberal Feminists Say: SWERF by Jendi Mehat 

… Supporting prostitution and screaming “SWERF” at abolitionists isn’t feminism, it’s capitulating to male supremacy and writing marginalized women off as collateral damage. It’s living in a dream world of consequence-free individual choices. It’s refusing to go beyond scratching the surface, and instead hiding behind buzzwords and tepid half-measures while trying to silence women who are willing to dive deep no matter the cost. Screaming SWERF at abolitionists is misogyny in feminists’ clothing, and it’s just some senseless shit that liberal feminists say. …

The Lost Town of Pine Point by Katie Weaver

…The house is gone now, to the naked eye, like the town itself. But Pine Point is still around, in fragments, if you know where to look: a partial tree house, a door in Yellowknife, an old house in Hay River. But if you know Pine Point’s story and stand at the barren townsite, that tree bursting through the asphalt makes way for the Pine Days parade, and the town comes back alive.

Archaeologists To Ben Carson: Ancient Egyptians Wrote Down Why The Pyramids Were Built by Kristina Killgrove

….In the end, does it really matter what Carson thinks about the Egyptian pyramids?  There will always be science deniers, there will always be people swayed by pseudoarchaeology, and there will always be people who believe what they want no matter the facts.  It does matter, though, because Carson is vying for the job of representing the United States. So it matters that Carson casually rejects hundreds of years’ worth of research because in denying science, he throws the U.S. back into the past.  It matters that he brazenly denies the Egyptian people their rightful history because this marginalizes an entire culture and makes the U.S. look like an ignorant bully. …

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nia – a feminist organisation are raising funds to purchase a new van to engage in night-work with women who want to exit prostitution. They have taken on 2 projects from Eaves, which was forced to close following ‘austerity’ cuts, and the administrator took the van belonging to Eaves.



The attack on Germaine Greer shows identity politics has become a cult by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Why sharing the McKinney video is “exposing” racism at the expense of Black women by MAHROH JAHANGIRI

The Myths Surrounding Black Women and Miscarriage by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley

What this video shows us about how boys are taught to handle rejection by Eleanor Robertson

The Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize via @CathElliott

Porn is a privilege not a right via @FeministCurrent

Old women’s bodies: On Germaine Greer, ageism and misogyny via @Glosswitch

The problem with men participating in feminism? There is no risk – but plenty of glory via @sarahditum

Trust via @Carregonnen

The Wrong Path by Rebecca Mott

Online Misogyny – a speech by @ClaireShrugged


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