UK Online Feminism
Sometimes things happen. One courageous woman reinforces the message that UK police procedure is changing to make it less of a nightmare to give evidence, and that it's OK to get counselling. TW Assault.
"I have always felt myself an oddity. Not quite British, not quite Indian. It was more than just skin colour; I went through adolescence liking anime and adoring Jane Austen. Surely the idea of the English Rose was not completely inaccessible to us darker skinned ladies?"
Bravery. Is it base-jumping? Running with bulls? Standing up for your beliefs and waving a placard? Being a working mother and sole carer of an artistic, intelligent family with various mental health problems? Yeah, bravery. It comes in many forms.
We want you to watch a video funded by the EU encouraging girls to take up science. Savour its stereotype enforcing bullshit. Then go to YouTube and dislike it immediately.
Founder of prominent teen feminist website the FBomb Julie Zeilinger has written a feminist primer primarily but not exclusively for teens.
Korean men who want to become nurses are told they are disgracing their stamen (that's a euphemism). 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 transgender woman to enter and be disqualified from the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Canada competition. Once again, beauty pageants become a platform for cultural comment.
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!
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.
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, coitus 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.
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.
"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 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...
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: 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.
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.
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.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a wonderfully average girl who dealt with the vampires teeming from the hell-hole under her high school with increasing aplomb. With a her crack team of co-freaks, she broke all stereotypes and saved the day. Frequently. Buffy, we salute you!
Bessie Smith was a bi blues singer who inspired coloured folk, musicians and women to stand up and make their presence felt. She was also hugely racist, a husband beater and left her tour mates stranded on more than one occasion. Quite the badass.
Feminist icon: Annie Oakley was a famous teenage Victorian sharpshooter who saved her family farm, was respected by Native Americans and (weirdly) didn't believe women should have the vote. Annie Oakley, we salute you. Except for the last bit.
Feminist Icons: Today, Louisa May Alcott is inseparably linked with 'Little Women', a saccharine novel of sisterly love and affection. Yet she was linked to the Transcendentalist Movement and used her pen in the service of Women's Rights...
Feminist icons: Nowadays, Frankenstein author Mary would be considered quite the feminist. In the early 1900s her behaviour was incendiary. Travelling Europe in a carriage, a pro-queer activist - find out more.
Feminist icons: This week we bow to female martial arts actresses across time and space. From Michelle Yeoh to Cynthia Rothrock, these women have scorched cinema screens with 100% real martial arts since the 1940s...
Female icons: Kat von D is recognised globally as a major ink artist in the once predominantly man's world of tattoos. She's also flying the flag for female empowerment and marginalised subcultures, a bit like Frida Kahlo. And she plays piano like Ludwig van Beethoven...
Icon of the week: We all recognise that lovable face, the white mouthless girl-cat who has rather puzzingly owned our hearts since we first saw that amazing back-pack in Chinatown at the age of twelve. It's time to greet our latest icon of the week... Hello Kitty!
Icon of the week: Kat Bjelland is the amazing vocalist and lead guitarist behind grunge/punk rock bands from the 1980s to 2000s including Pagan Babies, Katastrophy Wife and the awesome Babes in Toyland. Well-known for both bringing the kinderwhore look to fame and her incredible scream, Kat's punk-rock attitude showed that women really could rock, making her an inspirational figure for the riot grrrl movement. We love Kat!
Icon of the week: "I've been called anti-feminist before and it makes me really mad. I don't do my job for men; I do it because I love the make-up, the costumes and the history of showgirls." God bless you, style purist icon Dita Von Teese xxx
Icon of the week: Born of a non-charmingly mad prostitute mother who dressed her in rags and kept trying to murder her, Clara Bow survived to become the world's first It Girl. Clara Bow, we salute you.
Icon of the week: Bettie Page was the naughty but nice alternative model with a cheerful, sweet smile who captured the hearts of millions. We salute the Christian convert and beloved glamour girl who believed God was 'as naked as a jaybird'.
Icon of the week: Amazons were a matriarchy who managed to defeat many of the Greek mythic heroes. Were they a symbol of the fearsome Other? Were they, as evidence is beginning to suggest, actually real? Amazons of yore, we salute you!
Icon of the week: Ada Lovelace was a Victorian countess, a bluestocking, the first foxy grrl geek, the first computer programmer AND the only legitimate child of rascally poet Byron. What's not to love? Ada Lovelace, we salute you!
Icon of the week: Elvira... you may be known as the Mistress of the Dark but you have brought a little sunshine into our lives. Whether it be the years spent bringing us horror flicks so bad they're good, your spooky records or the unique and special variety of dolls, Halloween costumes and other merchandise you have sold us, you've always given us glorious kitsch. We salute you!
Icon of the week: There are groupies - and then there are supergroupies. Women like Pamela Des Barres were not just backstage girls getting trashed. They were so transformed by music that they didn't care who or what they did, and Pamela des Barres was one of the smartest of them all. Pamela? We salute you.
Icon of the week: Mexican Frida Kahlo was one of the most hypnotically entrancing surrealist painters of our time. She contracted polio, got crippled by a tram, became a revolutionary, wore traditional mexican dress with a surreal twist, conducted affairs with women and slept with Trotsky. In life and oils, she was a true artist. Frida Kahlo, we salute you.
Icon of the week: Halo Jones is surely one of the most powerful female icons in comic history ever. She escaped the Hoop ghetto to become queen of the stars. Sort of. She was just an ordinary person, really. You may now fall in love with Halo Jones.
In the world of women's wrestling, there will always be one irrefutable legend that stands head and shoulders above the rest: The Fabulous Moolah. She was the longest reigning champion in the history of wrestling, or any sport for that matter. And she did it fighting dirty...
An identical twin, an anti-system cheerleader... Kim Deal started her life fast and went faster. By the time she became the world-famous bassist of The Pixies and The Breeders, she was rocking out just about as far as the SUN...
Queen Christina of Sweden is an underrated queen. She ceased a 30-year war, studied astronomy and alchemy, was a feared swordswoman, killed a lover in a bout of political intrigue, fell in love with women as well as men and killed a famous French philosopher by accident. And she did a whole lot more besides...
More legends have arisen around Tracey Emin than any other Young British Artist from the 1990s. Stories about her dropping out of school, having a wild life and all the attendant traumas appeared everywhere, not just the art journals...
Missy Elliott puts out the best booty wiggling, bass-thundering dance tracks of our time and blows most male rappers out of the water. She proves you can shake a whole lotta ass without showing a whole lotta ass, and she is our flyest icon of the week. Get her freak on!
Marie Laveau was a powerful, strong, beautiful and magickal woman, and the star of New Orleans society in an era where free women of colour commanded little to no respect. Her job resume included herbalist, popular hairdresser, and the ultimate queen of voodoo of all time. Marie Laveau, we salute you!
To protest that only 10% of the artists featured in galleries around the world were female, the Guerrilla Girls (a secret anonymous collective of female artists) donned fishnets, heels and gorilla masks to address the issue. Beep twice if you love the guerrilla girls.
"Some day you're gonna be wrong, I just hope I'm there to see it.". Born of a powerful queen and a would-be great jedi, Princess Leia was destined for stardom. And she and Han Solo were so nasty to each other, of course they were destined to get it on...
La Maupin was a 17th century swordswoman who fought duels to draw blood, dressed like a man, burned down a nunnery, seduced women and became a famous opera star... and got away with it! You may not have heard of her yet, but she'll soon become your hero.
Best-known for sleeping with Hendrix and making love to a chicken for the sake of art, Cookie Mueller is actually more loved for her incredible writing of her extreme life and her advice column for the freaks of Greenwich Village and Haight-Asbbury in America's wildest years...
The mafia is eating Sicily alive. 60 year old Rita Borsellino is a revolutionary who is going to take on the whole of the mafia and grind it into the ground. We've made her this week's Mooky Icon because we love her but fear for her life...
This week's icon married her brother, snuck into Caesar's palace rolled up in a carpet, served her lovers pearls dissolved in vinegar, bathed in asses' milk, was an influential queen and Egypt's very last Pharoah and had a weird nose.
Ballsy, gutsy, too cool for school... love her or hate her, you know in your darkest heart that when God created Kelly Osbourne he popped valium, retired to a safe distance and watched the world explode through his fingers...
Not that many people have a clue who she was, but before dying of cancer on the wrong side of 50, Linda Smith grumbled her way through all sorts of highbrow-ish BBC radio shows and was named the wittiest person alive.
Although you can argue her look is more Spice Girls than Mookychick, Florence from the Roundabout was a proto-riot grrrl who held all her insane friends on the straight and narrow and never forgot to feed Dougal his sugar lumps. Florence, we salute you!
She may have been born with a little tiddly thing between her legs but Amanda Lear is a full-blooded mookychick. She shagged Bowie, inspired Salvador Dali, posed for Roxy Music, had a pop princess career and wrote a tragic book about a woman who lives forever...
Jane Goldman is most well-known for her famous husband, tremendous bosoms, beautiful clothes and glorious red hair. But she writes, produces, stars in a ghosthunting series on television and owns ferrets as well!
Anne Bonny was one of the best pirate queens that ever was. She helped Mary Read become a female pirate (good sisterhood style), faught harder than any man and got away with it. Pirate queen, we salute you!
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