If the battle over Page 3 was about changing the idea that a newspaper should be filled with fully clothed, successful men achieving things or debating issues, while the biggest photograph of a woman was often the half-naked, passive model, then really what's the difference? Until 2003 the models could be 16-year-old girls, and sometimes dressed in school uniforms. Then there was the "news in brief" speech bubble, telling us what they thought about the events of the day - the joke being a girl in her pants would have anything intelligent to say about current affairs, and anyway who cares when there are BOOBS?!! Right?! All this while the editors insisted it was a "family" newspaper and embarrassed themselves by talking mindlessly about "natural beauty". … [Read more...] about Is the Sun’s scrapping of Page 3 topless models a victory for women?
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When she travelled abroad for chess tournaments, she said: “I admired the young women from other countries who wore nice clothes, their hair beautifully styled. I gradually began to spend more time in front of the mirror, trying to find ways, within the confines of my fabric prison, to appear normal.” … [Read more...] about Iranian chess referee who fled to UK could face arrest if she returns
Instrumental in gaining that support was the charismatic Desai. One image of her during the dispute has become iconic: Desai, tiny and birdlike, dressed in a sari and with a handbag dangling from her left arm, stands with her back to the camera, confronting a wall of grim faced policemen. It encapsulates the scale of the struggle and the courage of those who waged it. Like so many others in the exhibition, it invites one obvious question: where did those women derive the courage to stand and fight for their rights? … [Read more...] about How Asian women made trade union history and shattered stereotypes
'By abusing a colleague live ? Hmm not nice ..In banter between friends, if you call someone a sl*t you can say it jokingly and as long as that person knows you are you can laugh about it. TV is not that place. Janet should apologise. Inappropriate.' … [Read more...] about ‘Uncomfortable and inappropriate’: Loose Women viewers are shocked as Janet Street-Porter brands Andrea McLean a ‘SL*T’ LIVE on-air… leaving Coleen Nolan forced to apologise
Before their T20 World Cup opener in Group B against South Africa, England’s vice-captain Anya Shrubsole refused to countenance the idea that their first opponents were a potential “banana skin”. “That would be a disservice to them,” she said. These were, in retrospect, wise words after England suffered a dramatic final-over defeat in Perth on Sunday, an upset that leaves them on the back foot in their attempt to qualify for the semi-finals. … [Read more...] about England undone by South Africa at Women’s T20 World Cup