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October 2011 – Latest features and reviews from The F-Word

October 28, 2011

1. FEATURES
_’Who is interested in old women?’_ Rina Rosselson describes the journey that took her from getting an MA in film and television in 1998 to blogging about old women and films at 74 <http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/10/older_women_movies_film>

_The politics of office dress_ Melanie Davis usually wears grey trousers suits to work. Switching to a smart, clingy dress prompted a disconcerting change in her colleagues <http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/10/the_politics_of_office_dress>

_What is a family friendly government?_ When David Cameron promised to form a family-friendly government, you may have got the impression he was talking about a particular and narrow type of domestic arrangement. But Milena Popova imagines how policy would change if support for all families was put at the heart of decision-making  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/10/family_friendly_government>

_Young women: unemployed and on the shelf?_ As the economy fails to bounce back, young women are struggling to enter the workplace. Joanne Fradley calls for women in the workplace to reach out and help  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/09/unemployment_women>

_You can’t smash patriarchy with transphobia_ It is time to end the tolerance of transphobia in radical feminist circles, argues Ray Filar <http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/09/radical_feminism_transphobia>

_After Banaz Mahmod, where is the justice for victims of honour-based violence?_  Five years after Banaz Mahmod’s murder, it’s time for the government to get serious on honour-based violence, argues Fionnuala Murphy from the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/08/banaz_mahmod>

_A shocking shade of pink_  Shocking Pink was a magazine for and by young women, that rejected the adult-oriented feminism of the periodicals of women’s liberation in favour of a youth-led agenda that prefigured riot grrrl. Cazz Blase talks to the women who made it happen  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/08/shocking_pink>

2. REVIEWS————

_Falling for Me_ Anna David devoted a year of her life to following the advice set down in a classic book from the 1960’s, but Diane Shipley questions the self-empowerment message in a book bogged down with regressive ideas and strict gender-roles  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/10/falling_for_me>

_She Monkeys_ Hailing the coming-of-age story of adolescent sexuality and fierce competition between female equestrians, Ania Ostrowska has her heart set on the youngest of three heroines  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/10/she_monkeys>

_The Future of Feminism_ Sylvia Walby’s book provides a comprehensive rebuttal of the notion that feminism is dead. Rachel Benson reviews this definitive account of feminism’s present and future forms, and the progression of feminism into the mainstream  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/10/the_future_of_feminism>

_From riots to riot grrrl: Heavens to Betsy revisited_ Are you a fan of Heavens to Betsy or riot grrrl? Artist Katie Hare has put together a sound and video installation based on the seminal band’s 1993 album Calculated, to appear in London on 14-16 October. Cazz Blase reports <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/10/preview_Hare_Calculated>

_Radical rockers UT at The Lexington_ Famously name-checked by Le Tigre in 1991’s ‘Hot Topic’, feminist rock pioneers UT originally came from the downtown New York no-wave scene in 1978. They moved on to London, touring with The Fall in the early 1980s and releasing four albums that decade, before disbanding in 1990. Hayley Foster da Silva witnesses their return  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/10/UT_Lexington>

_I don’t know how she does it_ This Hollywood blockbuster’s heroine is a high-flying finance executive, but Diane Shipley argues that women across classes and careers share parts of her predicament and can applaud her small victories over a lazy husband and an over-demanding boss  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/10/i_dont_know_how>

_Evangelista – In Animal Tongue_ Sophie Mayer reviews Evangelista’s In Animal Tongue and is enraptured by the lyrics, vocals and productions of charismatic frontwoman Carla Bozulich <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/10/evangelista_-_i>

_Cambodian Space Project – 2011: A Space Odyssey_ Srey Thy is a singer with a story to tell. Louise Allan discovers this album from Thy’s band, Cambodian Space Project, is a mixture of Thy-penned Kmer rock and tributes to a golden age of 60’s Cambodian pop <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/09/cambodian_space>

_The Painted Lady_ Sian Norris dissects the problems behind mistress narratives in historial fiction, and explains why Maeve Haran’s The Painted Lady doesn’t fall into the typical traps  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/09/the_painted_lad>

_Puffyshoes are coming!_ It’s all about lo fi! Joanna Tocher, The F-Word’s music correspondent in Japan, introduces us to the delights of Puffyshoes who hail from Chiba  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2011/09/puffyshoes_are>

3. BLOG————
Updated daily, The F Word blog keeps you up to date on feministopinion and news. Contributors: Abby O’Reilly, Carrie Dunn, Helen G, HollyCombe, Jess McCabe, Jolene Tan, Josephine Tsui, Laura Woodhouse, Lynne Miles, Philippa Willitts, Shiha Kaur, Syma Tariq and zohra moosa.  <http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/>

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