Feminism and Politics:
Not so much being anti TV or even anti junk TV... more asking yourself why you watch things in the first place and if a TV license is something you really need.Not so much about being anti TV. More about asking yourself why you watch it in the first place and if a TV license is something you really need.
Korean men who want to become nurses are told they are disgracing their penis. Girls who DO NOT cry in school are told they are creepy. A look at why modern Korea refers not to feminism but gender equality.
Jenna Talackova has become the first known transsexual to enter and be disqualified from the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Canada competition. Once again, beauty pageants become a platform for cultural comment.
Lisbeth Salander is the ass-kicking, computer hacking, motorcycle riding heroine of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Know what her creator Stieg Larsson says? Don't ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she'll get a bigger gun.
Skinny isn't necessarily unhealthy, and slogans like "Anti Size Zero" can mislead. Don't be anti size-anything. Be anti body standard. Women shouldn't be expected to be a size 2 OR a size 12. We should just be.
Enter our feminist fiction writing competition - judged by a panel of noted feminist writers - to win £100, 1 yr BUST Magazine subscriptions & get your blog and writing promoted. Start writing & pass it on! Comp ends 30 Nov 2011
Body hair has been a feminist conversation point for decades. Vix has been a Hairy Mary since she was a teenager, when hygiene products were badly designed to the point of being torture devices. And now, yes, she shaves. Furry? Smooth? Here's an idea: Go with what's right for you. The rest of the world can go hang.
Ladyfest Nottingham 2011 will be taking place on November 19th 2011. The organisers chat about the growth of on/offline feminism, how they've made the fest bigger, and what their dream acts would be for Nottingham 2012. Lydia Lunch, get on it!
Graffiti's come a long way, baby. Yes, it was always about making one's unique stamp on a faceless, authoritarian world. But now it's got all eco-consicous, and street art has taken on a new form in... yarn bombing. Or guerilla knitting. Or just making a grey world really, really cosy.
Oh, Angela Carter! Feminist, magical weaver of darkly sensuous, funny and gripping modern magical fairytales, fairy godmother of Virago press, anorexia sufferer and chainsmoker, you were one of the greatest writers of our time. We salute you.
Coming out to parents as gay - or any aspect of LGBTQ - is a big step, and one that most people think they must take in order to truly be who they are. Here are some tips to keep in mind when deciding how/when/where/if to come out to your parents.
A suggestion for the world at large: Objectifying beauty, insisting that 'hotness' be present in everything from advertisements to UN ambassadors, is about as appropriate as doing the same thing with canoes.
Calling all Graces and Aces: Do you prefer cake to sex? Here's a mini-mini-guide to asexuality. Just for you. We dip our toes into AVEN (Asexual Visibility and Education Network) and the modern movement...
Shhh... Let's talk about feminism and abortion. Why are women who have had abortions not getting grievance counselling? Why is society so quick to blame, and to place that blame on the woman, when it should be geared towards healing abortion victims to encourage them to suffer and self-harm in silence?
Michelle proclaimed herself to be a feminist in high school at the age of 16 and found the label deliciously radical. The opinion of friends and family was more lukewarm. Michelle spent the next few years considering why...
Feminists unite: Slut shaming is a school / Facebook trend that shallowly judges people (mostly girls) for their looks, popularity, sex drive, dress sense or even just individuality. It's time to make the nasty badness go away. Or at least be poked in the wriggly bits with a sharp stick.
There's nothing shameful about being a woman with ambition. If you have ambition, pretending you don't is a kick in the teeth to the feminists who fought for your rights to get a fair wage and realise your dreams.
What is a Slutwalk? Why does every city need one? Did media coverage take the Slutwalk marches seriously? Strip dancer and Slutwalk demonstrator 'Peaches' talks about the message behind Slutwalk and the needs for improvement and change.
If you knew how much energy you were wasting in your house, you could tweak your bad habits (like leaving all the lights on), help stop climate change and save money. We review the OWL electricity monitor, which promises to do just that.
There's a worryingly misogynist trend on the web - Hacked Facebook (and other) photos of women and teenagers are being used unscrupulous adult websites without the models' knowedge or consent. Help us name and shame the websites, and contact the social networks from where the photos are being hacked. Please spread the word.
Is it such a felony to have Tupac rotating with Babes in Toyland on your iPod? In escaping labels many of us are going hybrid - splicing the music and lifestyles we like to form something new. For one brief second before the media catches up, there's no label...
Zanardo's 25 min YouTube doc 'Il Corpo Delle Donne' is about the objectification of women on Berlusconi-owned Italian TV. Imagine a woman sitting in a cage while the TV host hurls insults at her. Or a woman hung from a meat hook and having her backside branded like cattle. Just imagine.
So many 'scandalous' question surround Shakespeare because we're fascinated by his personal life but know so little about him. Was Shakespeare gay? A spy for the Queen? An atheist? Was Shakespeare... misogynist?
At Mookychick we never get tired of reminding you to keep a level head when surrounded by impossibly airbrushed magazine beauty. And one mustn't forget that all the major makeup companies are run by men...
Time for some feminism. Can someone explain why a little girl was apparently 'traumatised' on seeing Ruby, a Body Shop doll based on real proportions not Barbie ones? This one complaint made Barbie manufacturer Mattell send the Body Shop a 'cease & desist' order...
Just out of interest, what's more important? To be the prettiest or most popular one? Or to be the funniest, cleverous and most generous person you know? If you're already an Alpha Female it might be a tough call. If you grow up an outsider, you make the very best you can out of what you've got... and that's a lot.
Sex sells. Fact. Practically every aspect of the modern media relies on it, from TV to film, music videos and advertising campaigns. Is it a form of female liberalisation? If not, is it really necessary?
"I hate my thighs." "My arms are so big." "I'm just fat." Have you ever heard girls or women say this about their own bodies? Have you ever said it to yourself? That's the kind of plus-size abuse we're talking about - the kind where the cruellest detractor is you.
Change from who your caterpillar self into an even hotter, more confident butterfly more brains. Yes, fierce. But this isn't a word to be used lightly. Lady Gaga is fierce. Juliette Lewis is fierce. It's a hard nut to crack. Here's how to make the fierce happen.
If you were trying to undermine a woman's body confidence, what would be the best way to do it? How about telling them that something natural about their body - like their body hair - is unattractive?
Teenage pregnancy: Bad attitude, college dropout, PREGNANT. You see these words and think of teenage mums lining up at the Job Centre for their weekly cigarette money. That was what BinaBean was led to believe, until she fell pregnant at 16
Online feminism: We modern girls know what we want. We want choice, we want freedom, we want equality. We want feathers and corsets. But do we ever stop to think about how we came by all this freedom? These online feminist sites can help us think...
Riot Grrl: Beauty pageants have always been a subject of controversy when it comes to women's rights. Beauty pageants are seen as blatant objectification of women as sexual objects, admired for their physical appeal yet downgraded to something less than human. The controversy is increased tenfold when the focus is not on women but on little girls...
Riot Grrl: Frank Zappa said: "Annie Sprinkle, America is better for your efforts." Annie Sprinkle is an ex stripper, ex prostitute, feminist pr0n activist artist. She heals us through controversial performances on the theme of sexuality. She's the sort of person that makes you glad to be a person. Annie Sprinkle, we salute you.
Grrl: 'To write love on her arms' sounds like a cutter's motto, but TWLOHA are dedicated to making every single person going through the blackest moment in their lives have the strength to pick up a phone, meet a counsellor or find meaning in their lives. We like them. We don't ever want to see a spate of suicides like Bridgend (23 suicides in a quiet little Welsh town in 2008) ever again.
Riot Grrl: Clare Boothe Luce said, "Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.' Why is it so important for women to vote in 2010?
Grrl: Robert Ingersoll said that "college is a place where pebbles are polished and diamonds dimmed". Well, hey, little diamond. Treat college as a boot camp for life and you'll only end up shining all the brighter...
Society: Things are, especially if you live in Britain, pretty crappy at the moment. We're in the middle of a global recession and our government is crumbling away in front of our very eyes. Inked, Kerrang and all those lovely shiny magazines can make it all better. But can they last?
Politics: With the country ripping its gizzards out with financial scandals and whatnot, our first-time voter looks at the three main UK parties and what they say they believe in. National policy? Foreign policy? Is there any difference between the parties at all?
Riot Grrl: A call to action. Has Mookychick's feminist message become diluted over the years? Is "Siblings are doing it for everyone" a better, though less catchy, ethos than "sisters are doing it for themselves"? This is a jolly important article and we hugely respect the message in it. Please read it with your eyes.
Vegetarianism: Emma-Jayne is tired of explaining to waiters in restaurants that a fish is an animal. She looks at pescatarians and vegetarians and asks why there is no such thing as a "fish-eating vegetarian".
La Femme est Forte: You don't need to know what a third-wave feminist is to feel you are one. It all starts in primary school, when that first boy answers an argument on gender position in society by calling you a big pineapple head...
Campaigning: The eighties, god bless them, weren't all lace bows and pop socks. In honour of how close to WW3 in 1983 we really were, Mookychick reprints a scary-scary leaflet from the 1980s called 'Protect and Survive'. If you were a child of the eighties, forget the bogeyman - The Bomb was the bogeyman. Let's admit the Bogeyman exists - then put him back in the closet.
Society: Becoming a parent can be an expensive business. However, there are a number of grants and benefits for new parents that you might be able to apply for. From child benefit to food vouchers, we look at ways for UK mothers to get financial aid...
Society: Sexual arousal is a beautiful thing: You go about your day and then something a little bit kinky pops into your head. Hurrah! You may be pro sexual arousal, and anti-pr0nography. Lovely. No problem. But there's a potentially nasty and sour lemon-mouthed little thing called the Extreme pr0nography Act, and Kate Morrison digs a bit deeper...
Society: Language gives away a lot about the state of society and the people in it. We have words for fat. We have words for super-fat. We label some things, and not others. Should the world turn into a nanny state that labels everything it can get its greedy, mollycoddled hands on? Or do we need to draw a line, and start taking some real responsibility for our actions?
Riot Grrl: Tina Fey ridiculing Sarah Palin... Laura Marling bringing us her indi-folk-pop... Hillary Clinton giving it some grr... 2008 was a good year for women. And 2009 looks set to be even better...
Self development: The wise philosopher Heraclitus once said that sea water is good for fishes and bad for men. Only you can find yourself, really. But - you never know - these 29 (sod 30, the number 30 is so overrated) pointers might help you find joy and happiness. It's your own personal journey, baby. Bon voyage!
Self development: If you are an alternative dude/dudette and love it, but the others around you at school aren't, you can rarely change other people's actions - especially if they're teasing you mercilessly - but you can change your own. These pointers may help make your life a little easier.
Riot Grrl: Anyone who's watched the film 'The Devil Wears Prada' knows that what you see in fashion magazines is supposed to be aspirational. And that's not just the film; women across the world, consciously or not, aspire to the images of the supposedly perfect women they see in magazines, on the catwalk and on television...
Riot Grrl: "I'm not happy being a feminist. It should all be over by now." - Tracey Emin
"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat." - Rebecca West
Don't burn your bra, know the facts. It's time to find out more.
Carl Sagan said "Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature." Holly-Rae Smith says she came out as an atheist to a room filled with half the church congregation...
Opinion: It's comparatively easy to tell someone to walk away from an abusive relationship - it's harder to take a stand and actually do it. Although now on the road to recovery - taking the road less travelled - Miss Anonymous had the bad fortune to end up in an abusive relationship with a death-lover that had legal repercussions.
Welcome to Tamara's month-to-month depression diary. She's suffered from S.A.D. and her mood changes wildly over the year - from anxiety and insecurity in September through to depression in December and mania in January. She got help from loved ones after trying to kill herself. Read more.
Ann Coulter represents the foxy face of fascism and is getting away with saying incendiary bullshit that her male Republican counterparts would never dare to. She's not bright, she's rude and she's repetitive - so why has she hit the bestseller list 5 times? Prepare to be afraid...
We create the world through our decisions. Whether it's being 'creative' but faced with a blank page, or fearing to even risk failure with the unknown cutie across the room, Wendy Withers knows that it's courage, not fearless bravery, that draws us on and makes us take charge of ourselves.
From 'girl power' to 'riot grrl' and back again
The Spice Girls coined 'girl power' and it's a fluffy term for a female perspective that deserves to be popularised but not cheapened. Music is a great platform for feminism. From the blues and Motown legends to Riot Grrls like Bikini Kill and modern Power Girls like Beth Ditto, Hayley Foster gives us a short and sweet history of musical girl power.
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