Why do women still need to ‘Reclaim The Night’ in the UK?

Originally published at The Telegraph. As the women-only march ‘Reclaim The Night’ celebrates its 10th anniversary, Sarah Graham explores the extreme measures women still go to protect themselves, when walking home in the evening. This evening (Saturday 22 November) marks the 10th anniversary of the revived Reclaim The Night march in London – an annual […]

Feminist evangelism: Blurred Lines at The Shed

Originally published at Feminist Times. The first thing that struck me about Blurred Lines, the latest offering from young playwright Nick Payne, was what a joy it was to be sat at the heart of London’s cultural heartland watching a play entirely performed by women. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, Blurred Lines features a cast of […]

Shying away from the front line

Originally published at Feminist Times. I once spent a Wednesday night with a group of French activists, covering the walls of Paris’ prestigious Sorbonne University with anti-rape posters. I’m not a natural born activist – in fact, that Wednesday night three years ago took even me by surprise and was, to this day, the high […]

Just The Women: media portrayals of violence against women

Four women’s groups today published a report on media sexism, raising concerns about coverage of violence against women by the mainstream press. The joint report by Eaves, End Violence Against Women coalition, OBJECT and Equality Now, sampled 11 national newspapers over a two week period in September 2012, looking at examples of sexist and sexualised […]

Femme Fatigue

I spent last weekend in Bristol at UK Feminista’s Summer School 2012, staying with my good friend MadamJMo. After last year’s Summer School, I came away buzzing with energy and excitement about the future of feminism; this year though, I feel very different. It’s no reflection at all on UK Feminista or the hard work […]