Tag Archives: rape

girl_power_final_logo January 14

The fear-mongering of the smear

Mention ‘smear tests’ (or ‘pap tests’ to our American friends) and everybody has an opinion. Many will have had an experience with abnormal cells themselves, and consequent procedures. Many will have heard about friends who have undergone such anxiety-ridden times. And most will say women should/must/have to have smear tests. And I am here to […]

soc230 April 10

#Idontneedfeminism … yeah you do

> A couple of days ago the talented Natasha Devon wrote this piece Be prepared to compromise or ‘feminism’ will be a dirty word once again and I agree wholeheartedly. Feminism has become not only a dirty word but something young women are actively opposing. And who can blame them? You only have to browse […]

plastic151 December 23

Invisible Men

[Photo courtesy of Recycled Rita] You may aware of a project called Invisible Men which is frequently quoted to ‘prove’ that all sex work is harmful, and all those who purchase sexual services are abusers. Do you think all men (and it appears here only women sell sex, and only men buy…) who have ‘free’ […]

plastic34 December 19

The Dangers of Porn and the Sexualization Report

[Photo courtesy of Joetta Maue] Today I read this piece in the New Statesman “I got it wrong…”, and was particularly interested in Sarah Ditum’s contribution. I made a comment on twitter, and Sarah responded, and we had a small debate. My main problem with the piece is that Sarah falls foul of something I […]

plastic56 December 07

Lap dancing closures in Leeds

Photo courtesy of this blog post about the club closures. Blog updated to include Prof Phil Hubbard’s post. I am absolutely horrified and furious to read the news that 3 lap-dancing clubs in Leeds must close. I have been following the activities online for over 12 months, here and here. My thoughts are with the […]

plastic34 November 16

F*cking Feminism

I know labels shouldn’t matter but I have struggled with this for a while as I wrote here whilst pondering the privilege of feminism. If you have read any of my previous posts, you’ll know I have been toying with rejecting the term feminist for quite a while. The latest pop music debates surrounding Lily […]

plastic33 September 01

Elle Woods, Professor Callahan and Sexual Harassment

This is an issue that really angers me, those in senior positions deliberately abusing their power to make unwanted contact with someone who is unable to call them out for fear of losing their job or reputation and future prospects. I have been told it’s a very unpopular topic, and it’s “just the way it […]