Book Review: ‘The Origins of Sex’ by Faramerz Dabhoiwala

  Book Review: ‘The Origins of Sex’ by Faramerz Dabhoiwala  In “The Origins of Sex”, Faramerz Dabhoiwala offers an expansive, ambitious account of what he terms “the first sexual revolution”. While the latter revolution of the 1960s is staunchly planted …
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Book Review: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed

  Book Review: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things is not just a book for women. It’s a powerful, soul-stirring collection of advice, which has a lot of resonance for women and feminist ideas flowing …
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Questions for Us: Use-by date by 40? Or Best Before?

Questions for Us: Use-by date by 40? Or Best Before? Why is ‘young’ the only flavour on offer for women? I am a 43 year old woman, just shy of my 44th birthday, and I have a huge problem with …
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Questions for Us: Our bodies – A visual journey.

  Questions for Us: Our bodies – A visual journey. A recent conversation had me take a look at Norman Lindsay’s paintings. It got me contemplating about how our perceptions of what we consider beautiful (when gazing upon the female form), …
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Column: Forgotten Women – Politics Edition

  Forgotten Women –  Political Edition Mentioning politics usually results in three things; a yawn, an eye-roll or a fervent brow. I tend to fall into the third reaction which usually progresses to flailing hand gestures and subsequent spilt wine. …
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Column: My grandmother the feminist

  Column: My grandmother the feminist My grandmother could’ve been another statistic – another poverty-stricken teenager in Pakistan who never got given the chance to finish school as she was married off at a young age. So innocent was she, …
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Questions for Us: The fine line. A chat with teens.

  The fine line. A chat with teens. In my Drama class recently – boys and girls aged approx. 16 – we were discussing Absurd Theatre. This type of theatre looks at the existentialist view that we are born from nothing; …
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Book Review: ‘Vagina’ by Naomi Wolf

  Book Review: ‘Vagina’ by Naomi Wolf With Vagina: A new biography, Wolf promised “an astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina, and consequently, how we understand women.” The problem, which …
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Column: Forgotten Women – War Edition

Forgotten Women – War Edition War. It’s not the most pleasant subject to bring up nor the easiest. Despite the havoc it has caused upon the world and it’s beings, it is indeed not simply a thing of the past. …
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American Apparel, Poverty Porn

American Apparel, Poverty Porn American Apparel, purveyor of shiny pants and bodysuits (that as a friend of mine complains “always end in a sneaky g-string”) has once again courted controversy with their latest ad campaign. The full page ad that …
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