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Do we criticise women on TV more than men?

Katie_Waissel.jpgDuring the latest series of the X Factor, Twitter was buzzing with its usual witty commentary. Users not only discussed the performance of each contestant, but also the fashion choices, opinions and emotional wobbles of the judges and presenters.

Now, it might just be me, but the majority of the negative comments (my own included) seemed to be aimed at the female members of the program.

There seemed to be a distinct lack of comments about Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh. Simon, who happily, and sometimes rather cruelly, slags off every ill-advised contestant that makes it onto the stage. And Louis, who seems to wheel out the same old tired lines every week. Equally, Dermot was shockingly blunt at times to contestants that didn't make it through. More so than Konnie Huq, who received some pretty nasty feedback regarding her presenting skills.

Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and even 'national treasure' Cheryl Cole all made it into the bad books of the nation's tweeters this year. But The X Factor isn't the only reality show that garners this kind of reaction.

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Posted by Emma Cossey on December 16, 2010 10:00 AM in Celebrities| Feminism
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Made in Dagenham raises issue of women's rights

MID pic 1.JPGIn association with Made In Dagenham, Certificate 15, at cinemas October 1st

The achievements of the women of Ford Dagenham in pushing the equal pay issue forward should not be underestimated. They rightly take their place in the history of feminism and join some formidable women in the annals of social history.

Many think that the Suffragettes were the origins of the feminist movement, but it can be traced back further to the Abolitionists who fought to eradicate slavery both in the US and Europe. Women stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the fight to end slavery and establish the civil rights movement. They were also brought together across racial and social divides, unified by a common goal. These women included former slaves such as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, the author Harriet Beecher Stowe, activist Lydia Maria Child and our own Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire.

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Posted by Queen Victoria on September 16, 2010 3:37 PM in Feminism
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Women still paid on average 21% less than men in the UK

MID pic 2.JPGIn association with Made In Dagenham, Certificate 15, at cinemas October 1st

Instinctually, it feels like we have come a long way in the fight for equality since the lady machinists at the Dagenham Ford factory made their stand for equal pay in 1968, but it would seem that there is still a way to go. At the time of the 1970 Equal Pay Act there was a huge 31% differential between male and female pay for the same job. What is shocking is that, despite a wealth of legislation in place to support equal rights in the workplace, the average pay gap between men and women in the UK stands at 21%. In the US the gap is even wider at 22%.

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Posted by Queen Victoria on September 16, 2010 3:19 PM in Feminism
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What's in a name, Rebekah?

weddingringswade.jpgThe Guardian are getting their feministy knickers in a twist. Again. This time they're having a pop at Rebekah Wade for choosing to take her husband's name when she got married. She's Rebekah Brooks now, but according to Michele Hanson, she's "letting down thousands of women". Er, why exactly? What's wrong with taking your husband's name when you get married?

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Posted by Sian Meades on June 25, 2009 1:05 PM in Feminism| Marriage| Sian Meades| Women on Top
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Say PANTS to Patriarchy!

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There are few things that I like better in life than going to the pub with my friends and drinking whiskey whilst putting the world to rights. Indeed, I think the right to go to the pub is one of those things which should be enshrined in every country's constitution.

It appears I'm not alone in this either. In one of those news stories which makes me proud to be a woman, Indians are sending packages of pink underwear to a right wing group who believe that it is "not acceptable" for women to go drinking in bars.

Last month, the Sri Ram Sena (Army of Lord Ram) group attacked women in Magalore in Southern India who they saw out drinking, and who they deemed to be acting disgracefully. The attack was filmed, was filmed and then broadcast on national television, showing men chasing and beating up panicking women. Some of the women, who tripped and fell, were kicked viciously by the men. Because, you know, beating the living shit out a woman daring to express her individuality by living her life the way she chooses to is a really good way to win people over to your cause.

The group are also planning to protest against Valentines Day this Saturday, believing that a harmless commercial celebration of hearts and flowers will slowly erode away moral dignity and the fabric of society.

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Beth Ditto's launching a fashion collection-Hooray!

Beth Ditto is my kind of lady. In fact, I think it's safe to say that I may even have a bit of a girly-crush on her. She's cute, clever, isn't afraid to speak her mind, and has opened the world's eyes to the fact that "curvy women" (of which, I am one) can be both beautiful AND fashionable.


So, perhaps unsurprisingly, I'm rather elated by the news that she's going to be designing a clothes range for high street clothing chain Evans.
According to, the range is due to hit stores this July, and will be featuring graphic dresses, oversized knitwear and a selection of hot accessories, all reflecting Ditto's inimitable signature style.

Add this to the fact that rumours are currently flying around the fashion world that Beth will be doing a repeat of her naked NME cover for the launch issue of Katie Grand's new magazine Love next month, and it seems she's one in-demand lady.

I do have just one minor gripe about this, though. As excited as I am about all of this (mainly because it means I might be able to get something over my breasts in the next few months which doesn't resemble a sack), why do larger ladies get a (for want of a better term) "larger" lady to design for them, whilst slim ladies get a slim lady to design for them? Want an example-look at the collections Lily Allen has done for New Look, , and the ever-popular line of clothing that Kate Moss has designed for Topshop. Why does it always feel that if you're looking for something both functional and fashionable on the High Street designed by someone you admire, you have to be built a certain way?

Great as it is that Beth is designing for Evans, it feels a bit like a token gesture. Retail magnates, if you're reading, I don't want to scare you or anything but, you know, just for once, can't us size 16 women have an international supermodel of Kate Moss's ilk designing clothes for us too?


Superman Obama?

On the eve of arguably the most significant inauguration of our times, I am eating granola and leafing through my RSS. Plus ca change, no? Picked up in various blog posts, the cover of Ms. Magazine caught my eye somewhat. I'm delighted, amused, bemused and instantly cynical, all at once.

IS this what a feminist looks like?Of course there's been an intense reaction. Remember that the first Ms. Cover was a provocative cartoon: 'Wonder Woman for President'. There are easy conclusions to draw here as to what this image says about progress. Response-wise there's an identifiable split between the 'Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hannukkah all at once' school of O-bots (see the video below) who are lapping it up, and the, as usual, more than slightly self-contradictory feminist Right, who are principally tearing up the former for being 'floosies.' Very constructive. I do agree that the souvenir poster edition doesn't quite sit right, unless its some kind of incredibly 'knowing' parody, in which case I'm not sure if subscribers are the butt of the joke. Still, the real significance here is in the way women have thus far related to this man - who has himself been dissected and sexualised by popular media. (That's a mammoth sea change in itself, perhaps a discussion for another post) More analysis after the jump..

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Posted by on January 19, 2009 1:31 PM in Feminism| Politics
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Why I love...

Why I love... Belle de Jour

bdj.jpgI think Belle de Jour is great. And not just because she included a dedication to me in a book (although that kind of thing does warm the cockles of a girl's heart).

She's funny, literary, independent, intrepid. She's also kinda cheeky - she clearly appreciates and exploits the value of titillation, and isn't afraid of courting controversy.

Long ago, before the TV series, before the book deal and before even the Guardian weblog award, BdJ and I were blogging contemporaries. So I've been reading her for almost five years. And the more I read her, the more I like her.

And I liked her quite a lot in the first place. If you'll follow me over the jump I'll tell you why.

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Female Icons

Calling all ladybloggers - Ada Lovelace Day needs YOU!

AdaLovelaceDay.jpeg'Scuse me, lady. Do you gots a blog? Could you spare some time on Tuesday 24th March to publish a blog post about a techie chick you admire?

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate women excelling in technology.

The initiative, set up by Suw Charman-Anderson, blogger and social software consultant, is urging 1,000 bloggers to pledge to post.

So far 556 bloggers have signed up.

"Women's contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines."

There's more about why this is happening and who Ada Lovelace was over the jump.

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In The News...

Photoshopped celebrity fatties, Jurassic Park-style DNA mischief, no asylum for US lady soldier, Big Brother behind the scenes

winehousepshop.jpgIS ANGELINA A FRIDGE RAIDER? Yells The Sun.

The answer is quite clearly no.

Angelina Jolie and a bunch of other celebrities have been plumped up via PhotoShop on

The Sun's picked the best for their gallery - including this doctored Amy Winehouse shot - and some of them are really quite convincing (some aren't, of course).

Now, is it just that the aspect ratio on my eyes has gone a bit wiggy, or do Gisele and Claudia Schiffer actually look quite nice?

More news over the jump...

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