Tedious tropes: the sexist stereotyping of female politicians

Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
I don’t often find myself agreeing with the Conservative politician Amber Rudd, but this weekend she expressed a sentiment I agreed with 100%. Responding to a Spectator article in which Melanie McDonagh attacked the ‘relentless head-of-school self-righteousness’ of Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader who lost her seat in last week’s General Election, Rudd tweeted: Can we stop criticising every senior female politician for being “head of school”, “headmistressy” or “like a school teacher”? I’ve been complaining about this very thing since 2016, when Sylvia Shaw and I analysed press coverage of the… Continue reading Tedious tropes: the sexist stereotyping of female politicians

Depression kills, as does stigma.

Originally posted on nathanchard:
27th March 2015 Firstly, while this blog is still in its very early stages, I wish to re-emphasise that I will not solely be writing about mental illness. I plan to provide comment on a provocative, debate-inducing story which has featured heavily in the press, whatever the subject matter. I’m not going to pretend that some of my posts won’t naturally (and, potentially, subconsciously) head into the realms of mental health, but only when appropriate. After waking up to the disturbing headlines concerning the tragic Germanwings air disaster, and, in particular the aeroplane’s co-pilot Andreas Lubitz,… Continue reading Depression kills, as does stigma.

10 Facts for Bob Geldof

Originally posted on GB on tour!:
Dear Sir Bob, Thanks so much for doing the Ebola fundraising thing. We hope you raise lots and lots of money. The only thing is, there is a world outside your window Sir, but it might not be quite how you imagine it. We thought you might like to refer to our handy list of facts and figures to help you along when you do the Live Aid 30 re-edit. Do they know it’s Christmas? – Lovely sentiment, great tune, huge money raiser, but ever so slightly bonkers! Lets take a look at the… Continue reading 10 Facts for Bob Geldof

Apps that spy: are they good or are they bad?

Originally posted on musingsofmistressfiona:
There appears to have been much disquiet within my twitter time line regarding an application a well-known charity has created that enables users to be alerted if anyone they follow on twitter uses words or phrases related to possible suicidal ideation. I have read the updates information on the charity website and apparently it is possible to have your tweets opted out of the app. I am however concerned and share the reservations some people have regarding intrusion but also the responsibility – what to do if you receive an email alerting you that someone you… Continue reading Apps that spy: are they good or are they bad?

A vigil for Savita: why so much hatred for women?

This week, the news broke about Savita Halappanavar, a 31 year old dentist of Indian origin living in Ireland, who had last month presented herself to a hospital in Galway, Republic of Ireland, in terrible pain. It was found that she was miscarrying her first, unborn child 17 weeks into her pregnancy but medical staff treating Savita refused her pleading to terminate the already unviable foetus as its heartbeat was still detectable. Savita was left in agony, with no hope of giving birth to a live baby for days before the foetal heartbeat could no longer be found. Savita then developed septicaemia … Continue reading A vigil for Savita: why so much hatred for women?