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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:02:08 GMT
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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:00:07 GMT
Yes, yes, yes: why female pleasure must be at the heart of sex education
Bring in compulsory sex education classes from the age of four – and end the idea that sex is only about power and pleasure for men

I was given a shell-clasped plastic case in pearly pink. Inside were two sanitary towels so small they could have been used as rugs in a doll’s house, and a leaflet about other sorts of period products. I had started my period at least a year before receiving these treasures. The trinket box was wasted on me, and the conversations about my periods came way too late.

I genuinely don’t remember any other sex education at primary school. By the time they started talking to us about it at secondary school, I think in the third year (year 9), most of the girls in my class had had their first sexual encounters. These were mostly at the Bill Clinton level: not full intercourse, but all the other stuff. The teachers were clearly counting on us not having had intercourse (although some of us had) because our sex education was about Aids (it was the early 90s) and babies. It was essentially a lesson in contraception. I would wager that almost every girl in my class carried a condom in her purse long before she came to this lesson. In fact, we used to keep them as charms to show how grown up we were, accidentally on purpose spilling them out of our bags and pretending to be embarrassed.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:00:20 GMT
The rape case in El Salvador shows what happens when hatred of women is enshrined in law

A 20-year-old woman has been imprisoned for 20 years for attempting to abort a baby conceived in a rape. It proves again that it is a deeply dangerous thing to be a woman in 2018

It is already a cliche to compare the treatment of women in whatever part of the world they happen to be under attack to the monstrosities imagined in The Handmaid’s Tale. (And when references to an unremittingly bleak feminist dystopia became banal, you are really in trouble.)

Then, a case like that of 20-year-old Imelda Cortez surfaces and its extremity, horror and breathtaking injustice blows everything else out of the water. What we are left with is the incontrovertible fact that, for many, it is a deeply dangerous thing to be a woman in 2018. This is what can, does and will continue to happen when the right to an abortion is removed entirely.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:00:33 GMT
Is it legal for your boss to make you wear a bra to work?

Many women dislike wearing bras, but is it inappropriate to go without? A lawyer explains women’s rights

A woman on Netmums recently waded into a question many bra-wearing women have pondered: why am I wearing this?

In a post titled “Can I get in trouble for not wearing a bra at work?”, a contributor wrote that she finds bras uncomfortable. “I am not doing this for attention,” she wrote. “It’s 2018 – I shouldn’t have to wear something because it will make people feel less uncomfortable, stop men looking or just because it’s the norm.”

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Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:23:41 GMT
Two women worthy of gracing the new ÂŁ50 note | Letters
Mary Somerville and Caroline Herschel would both be fitting choices, writes Gerard Gilligan

With regard to the suggestion of who should appear on the new £50 note (Editorial, 6 November), may I suggest Mary Somerville (1780-1872), a self-taught mathematician and polymath, an early campaigner for women’s rights and the vote. Her book On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences became one of the bestselling science books of the 19th century. The word scientist was first used in a review of her book.

There is also Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), who was with her better known brother William when he discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. She became the world’s first professional astronomer, with her salary being provided by King George III. Following the production of a catalogue of astronomical nebulae, she became the first woman to be awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s gold medal in 1828. She was also an accomplished comet hunter.
Gerard Gilligan
Chairman of The Society for the History of Astronomy

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Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:27:07 GMT
Why popping the question at a sporting event is the worst kind of public proposal

Social media users are aghast at a man who interrupted his girlfriend’s debut marathon run to ask her to marry him

Sections of the internet have been aghast at the latest example of a public proposal at an inopportune sporting moment – in this case, Jersey firefighter Dennis Galvin, who interrupted his girlfriend’s first attempt to run a marathon by leaping over the barriers and asking her to marry him just as she hit the 16-mile mark.

While Kaitlyn Curran said yes, and seemed delighted at the turn of the events, a lot of observers questioned whether Galvin had really picked the right moment for a romantic gesture. The proposal was captured on video by Galvin’s cousin Kathleen Figueroa, and has been widely shared on social media – to much derision.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:00:28 GMT
In praise of loud women – the joy and power of being noisy and female

My big voice was frowned upon when I was a girl in the 70s. Now, celebrities from Beyoncé to Michelle Obama are helping to tear up the idea of what a woman should sound like

No one wants to sit next to a loud woman. I know this because someone recently moved the placement card on a dinner table to get away from me. That label – “loud woman” – has never been a compliment, even though some of us may wear it as a badge of honour. Picture a loud woman and she is in Technicolor, with the sound turned up past 11, looking like she is stuck in the 80s: big hair, massive gob, voice like a foghorn, part witch, part harridan, part pub landlady. You definitely don’t want to sit next to her when she has a drink inside her.

So, what are we supposed to do with the idea of loud women in our postfeminist age? Where have they all gone? Theresa May seems to maintain her fragile power by being the opposite of loud. Angela Merkel built a 30-year career on being as unnoticeable as possible. The response to Germaine Greer in recent years can be summed up as: “Shut up.” Is it no longer acceptable to be a woman and a noisy, loquacious pain in the arse? After all, the women we now think of as loud usually communicate through performance as larger-than-life versions of themselves: BeyoncĂ©, Rihanna, Lady Gaga.

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:22:25 GMT
Free tampons in Victoria's schools promised by Labor as election nears

Daniel Andrews says if party re-elected he will introduce an ‘Australian first’ move

Victorian girls will receive free tampons and pads at state schools, if the Labor party is re-elected to government in the state election in nine days, the premier, Daniel Andrews, announced the policy on Thursday.

“It’s an Australian first. It’s the right thing to do,” Andrews said on Twitter.

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Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:00:36 GMT
Female prisoners in England left to give birth without midwife, report reveals

Exclusive: research reveals lack of proper medical care for pregnant women and babies in some prisons

Women are giving birth in prison cells without access to proper medical care, according to a startling report shared with the Guardian.

Concerns for the welfare of pregnant women and their babies are raised by a detailed report into experiences in three prisons that highlights cases of women giving births in cells without a midwife present, including one where the baby was premature and born feet-first.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:26:20 GMT
Politics and science need more women, says Angela Merkel

German chancellor makes speech in Berlin on 100th anniversary of female suffrage

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said that her role as the most powerful woman in Germany should not let society off the hook for the small proportion of women in politics.

As Germany marked the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Merkel said in a speech in Berlin that there was a lot still to do to achieve gender equality, notably in the worlds of politics, business, science and culture.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:18:09 GMT
London women tell UN poverty envoy about impact of welfare cuts

Residents of deprived Newham describe domestic abuse and hunger to Philip Alston
‱ UN rapporteur starts UK austerity tour
‱ ‘I’m scared to eat sometimes’
‱ ‘It’s unfair’: UN envoy meets children in Scotland

Women in London have told the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty they are bearing the brunt of government welfare cuts, and described how austerity has left infants homeless and exacerbated problems including overcrowded housing and domestic violence.

More than a dozen women addressed Philip Alston at a highly charged meeting in Newham, east London, and urged him to tackle British ministers over the disproportionate effects on women of eight years of spending cuts.

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Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:00:09 GMT
Boardroom boys still full of excuses for lack of equality
A government review into the shortage of female executives – due to make its final report this week – has exposed amazingly backward attitudes

Sunday is the day that, by rights, no one could really complain if women in the UK simply downed tools and put their feet up for the rest of the year. Equal Pay Day, which fell on Saturday, reflects the disparity between the wage deals enjoyed by men and women.

The gender pay gap may be at its lowest ever, but men still get paid 8.6% more on average than their female counterparts. Given that we are now 91.4% of the way through the year, why should women lift a finger again until 1 January? It’s fitting that Equal Pay Day should fall shortly before the final report of the government’s Hampton-Alexander review is released on Tuesday.

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Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:00:12 GMT
Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? | Moira Donegan

Some 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election – the real story of white women voters is both more grim and more complex than the figure reveals

For the past two years, the American left has been haunted by a number: 53. It is the percentage of white women who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. In the sectors of the left where the figure and its implications have become a perennial theme, the number is treated both as disappointing and darkly unsurprising, a reflection of the conventional wisdom that white women would rather choose the racism espoused by the Republican party than join in the moral coalition represented by men of color and other women. On the left, this number can elicit exasperation, rage, and even suspicions about the moral legitimacy of the feminist project. It casts doubts on the political convictions of liberal white women, colors leftist perception of female-coded liberal political projects like the Women’s March, and has prompted long-overdue calls for increased political leadership by women of color.

The real story of white women voters is both more grim and more complex than the 53% figure reveals. The truth is that the 53% of white women who voted for Trump in the last presidential election was actually an improvement on even worse numbers from previous cycles. White women supported Mitt Romney at 56% in 2012, and supported George W Bush by 55% in 2004. Even these robust showings by Republican white women were down from their previous highs: Ronald Reagan won a staggering 62% of white women in 1984. All of these totals were lower than those for white men, who continue to support Republicans at alarming rates, but they were solid majorities nonetheless.

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Fri, 09 Nov 2018 06:00:08 GMT
Can’t get a pension, can’t get work: a special dystopia for older women | Gaby Hinsliff

Older women face considerable prejudices at work, and now they are being forced to retire later. Old-held assumptions must be challenged

Emile Ratelband wants to be younger. He wouldn’t be the first 69-year-old man to say so but what makes Ratelband unusual, to put it mildly, is that he has just launched a lawsuit in the Netherlands demanding to be legally recognised as only 49. If a trans woman can identify as female and change her official documents accordingly, he argues, why can’t he change his registered date of birth and thus get more dates on Tinder? After all, his doctor says he’s very fit for his age, and if he could only claim to be under 50 then surely “with this face I will be in a luxurious position” with women.

This makes significantly more sense as a PR stunt, obviously, than as any sort of argument. Age is not a mutable fact or a social construct, and “age dysphoria” is – unlike its gender variant – not even remotely a thing. You’re born when you’re born and if other people make madly unfair assumptions based on something as arbitrary as a date then it’s the assumptions that need changing, not birth records. And unless he’s arguing that only as a born-again fortysomething could he finally get women in their 60s to look twice at him, then Ratelband himself seems guilty of some pretty dodgy assumptions about age. Older women, so often spurned on dating apps by vain old goats who stubbornly refuse to “settle” for someone their own age, may not shed too many tears over this one.

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Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:58:37 GMT
Why do some schools still ban girls from playing football? | Anna Kessel

Football is our national sport and yet some schools continue to offer it solely to boys

Imagine a school that divided its subjects by gender. A school that didn’t allow girls to study chemistry or algebra, and the only way to access those subjects was to pursue private tuition outside of school hours at their own expense. There would, rightly, be outrage.

When it comes to PE lessons, however, it remains perfectly acceptable for a school to offer different sports to boys and girls. The rationale? Archaic and gendered ideas about physical activity: football and rugby are best suited to boys; netball and dance are best for girls. At the same time that we have public health and sports governing bodies working to promote football and rugby to women and girls, we are turning a blind eye to a blatantly sexist and outdated practice in education that tells girls those very same sports are not for them.

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Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:47:53 GMT
Red Dead Redemption 2: calls to ban violence against women in games are too simplistic | Van Badham

How violence is punished or rewarded is part of the challenge of playing, and always has been

Ten minutes into the game’s snow-whipped, western world of weary cowboys, disintegrating crime gangs and staggering audiovisual design, Red Dead Redemption 2 had me in its thrall.

Rockstar’s latest blockbuster game is so captivating, and its powers of visual, narrative and interactive stimulation so habit-forming, that criticism of the potential the game allows for violence against women – an allowance being taken advantage of with glee by some users – has registered with sharpness proportional to its own extraordinary detail.

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