Glasgow stands up to Tory Rape Clause (Video)

Over 300 protesters took to Glasgow’s George Square last night to demonstrate against the UK government’s changes to child tax credits.

The reforms would introduce a ‘family cap’ to the benefit meaning women can only claim welfare for two children unless it can be proven that any subsequent children are a result of rape or an abusive relationship. Continue reading “Glasgow stands up to Tory Rape Clause (Video)”

First Female Statue on Parliament Square? About Time! [The Caledonian Times]

Standing in the square just northwest of the Parliament of Westminster are eleven statues of men. Among those honoured in bronze include pioneers of democracy such as Mahatma Gandhi and human rights revolutionary Nelson Mandela. These men symbolise histories of racial and political struggle, philosophy and innovation and serve as a reminder of the importance of equality and the democratic process. Yet there are no women standing at Parliament Square.

Continue reading “First Female Statue on Parliament Square? About Time! [The Caledonian Times]”

The Victoria’s Secret Show Needs to Stop

It markets itself, perhaps earnestly, as the “most watched fashion show in the world” and hosts a line-up of musical entertainment unlike anything seen at fashion week, but the Victoria’s Secret Show does not belong in 2016. Continue reading “The Victoria’s Secret Show Needs to Stop”

What a Bleedin’ Shame [Qmunicate]

At the risk of sounding like the one-woman show in the Friends episode: The One with The Soap Opera Party, I’ve got something to get off my chest.

I got my first period when I was twelve. Then, for some reason, I didn’t get another one for months. It was a hiccup, a one-off, a warm up act. Then, sitting in a classroom about four months later, I felt my stomach ache in a weird twisting motion and I became very uncomfortable in my chair.  I was eventually sent home from school with a headache because I didn’t have the courage to tell a teacher what was really happening. I sat in the bathroom for ages trying to work out how to deal with this strange new conundrum.

But I’m not supposed to tell you this. Continue reading “What a Bleedin’ Shame [Qmunicate]”

No Heels, No Entry! Life for women at film festivals. [Qmunicate]

Cannes You Believe It?

It almost feels superfluous to report upon the double standards within the film industry. Nonetheless, the news that women at Cannes have been denied access to events for the faux pas of wearing flat shoes has gotten people talking. Continue reading “No Heels, No Entry! Life for women at film festivals. [Qmunicate]”

The Trope of the ‘Female Film’ [Qmunicate]

 

There’s been something bugging me about the inescapable press surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey. No, it’s not the endless, ludicrous ‘clickbait’ stories about the commercial efforts of B&Q, it’s not the frankly unfeasible suggestions that the two romantic leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Jonson hate each other and it’s not, surprisingly, the vocal accusations of supposed depictions of abuse – for me, the film was neither cinematic milestone nor misogynistic mouthpiece (the laughably appalling and undeniably problematic prose of E.L. James being considerably less redeemable). Continue reading “The Trope of the ‘Female Film’ [Qmunicate]”

The Fashion Industry: A Conflicted Relationship [Qmunicate]

 

Whether you follow the catwalks of fashion week or not, it is likely you have seen images from last week’s Chanel show in Paris. Led by a bemused Karl Lagerfeld and loudspeaker armed Cara Delevingne, models paraded down the Grand Palais with an array of banners and slogans mimicking the tropes of a feminist rally. There was nothing inherently wrong with this charade. Part of me wanted to be glad of it: fashion embracing feminism, what’s not to celebrate? Sadly, the cynic within me is just rolling her eyes. Continue reading “The Fashion Industry: A Conflicted Relationship [Qmunicate]”

Page 3 Vs Breast Cancer [Qmunicate]

 

I’m writing this on what I presume to be the eve of The Sun’s second round of ‘Check ‘em Tuesday’ (unless the newspaper has come to its senses and dropped the campaign – I’m doubtful). If you haven’t heard of it by now, the coyly named ‘Check ‘em Tuesday’ is The Sun’s latest cynical attempt to rebrand its infamous page 3 as something other than a creepy 1970s hangover. Continue reading “Page 3 Vs Breast Cancer [Qmunicate]”

The Hypocrisy of Privacy in the Digital Age [Qmunicate]

 

In 2012, a man – nicknamed the ‘Hollywood Hacker’ – was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for both possessing and sharing nude images of Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson. Skip ahead two years and recent history is repeating itself. Continue reading “The Hypocrisy of Privacy in the Digital Age [Qmunicate]”