- The so-called "secret" coalition plan, outlined in a report leaked to the guardian, laying out initiatives to help attract female voters, including changes to child benefit and a review of the long school holidays. Via: Guardian - "it'll take more than charm"; Daily Mail - "what women want"; New Statesman - "(the coalition in) cold sweat"; The F-Word - "how the government could really support women"; and Tanya Gold, guardian columnist - "many female voters were initially swayed by the PM's suburban dad act"
- "No frills please: don't chick-lit my books just because I'm a woman" - Polly Courtney has ditched her publisher, HarperCollins, after they kept branding her books as chick-lit, which she argues they definitely are not.
- "Girls instinctively seek out pink objects from the age of two" - in Science News via the Telegraph...and as a rebuttle: "Are pink toys turning girls into passive princesses?" via the Guardian.
- Topman releases - and promptly withdraws - two incredibly sexist tshirts: Guardian - "misogyny is now so commonplace it's mundane"; Telegraph (!) - "why are feminists getting their knickers in a twist?"... and us lot at YouFem on how heartening we found the "twitchfork mobs'" success and what it says about young people and politics.
Friday, 16 September 2011
Weekly News Round-up
Here's our condensed, in-case-you-missed-something round-up of the main women's issues in the British media this week. The list is not a compilation of our views, just a selection of news and comment articles that are worth reading. This may become a weekly thing we do...besides anything else, it keeps our heads in the game. Comment if you think there's anything really big left out!