The end of orchestral sexism?

Originally published at Feminist Times. Classical music has a bad track record on sexism. According to one Russian composer, Yuri Temirkanov, women conductors are “against nature”, and Vasily Petrenko, conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, last year claimed that musicians are distracted by “a cute girl on a podium” and that women conductors are less […]

Links: Sexism in the Media

Kira Cochrane, in the Guardian: The women fighting sexism – from Page 3 to politics: The Page 3 protest is just one of an extraordinary number of current campaigns against media sexism. Over the past few years, and particularly the past few months, anger about the media portrayal of women, in terms of visibility, sexualisation […]

May: I’ve been reading…

The alternative title for this blog post is ‘Things I’d be blogging about properly if I wasn’t so overwhelmed by finals.’ Lately I’ve mostly been reading lots and lots of Shakespeare plays and criticism, and quite a few French grammar books because somehow (though I’ve no idea how) the last 4 years of my undergraduate […]

Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft

Today is the 253rd anniversary of the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Born on this day in 1759, Wollstonecraft was the mother of feminism – and the mother of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Today is also the 44th anniversary of the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act, which came into […]

International Women’s Day 2012

Happy International Women’s Day! We’ve come a really long way since the first International Women’s Day in 1911 but there’s still a long way to go, particularly in the battle against rape, domestic violence and abuse. Women are still underrepresented in public life, the pay gap still exists, and the government’s cuts are disproportionately hitting […]