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Are we all divided by privilege?

13 August 2013
An influential theory that divides people with a myriad of ‘privileges’ lets our rulers off the hook—and gets in the way of uniting against oppression, says Esme Choonara

The price of pornography

30 July 2013
As the Tories call for censorship, Amy Leather looks at a global porn industry that takes the humanity out of sex—and reflects and reinforces the oppression of women

Fighting harassment in Cairo's Tahrir Square

09 July 2013
Revolutionary socialist Gigi Ibrahim writes how activists are fighting back against attacks on women

Have women always been oppressed?

09 July 2013
It’s the 21st century and women are still oppressed. For all the talk of equality, we still haven’t achieved it. Women in Britain are still paid, on average, less than men. Women still do more housework and childcare. And women are far more likely to suffer domestic abuse and violence.

The misogyny of Australia's elite politicians

18 June 2013
Vile abuse aimed at prime minister Julia Gillard reflects a deeper sexism in society that politicians are not challenging, writes Amy Thomas

Vile Nick Ross blames victims for rape

28 May 2013
Former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross has sparked anger by claiming “rape isn’t always rape” in his new book serialised in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

News round-up

21 May 2013
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has criticised Essex police for failing to protect a woman who was killed by an ex-partner. 

Austerity backlash: how Tory policies hit working class women hard

30 April 2013
The Tories are ripping up the lives of working class women, according to a new report by the Fawcett Society, writes Judith Orr

Protests at anti-abortionists in Cardiff

21 March 2013
Pro-choice campaigners have stood up to anti-abortion bigots in Cardiff for three weeks in a row.

How can women win liberation?

05 March 2013
Women’s oppression affects every part of women’s lives—from the commodification of our bodies to unequal pay. A recent report, Sex and Power, showed that the situation for women in terms of political representation in Britain is going backwards.

How to close the gender pay gap

30 October 2012
Women who used to work for Birmingham City Council last week won a step forward in their claim for equal pay.

Abortion rights protesters gather outside Houses of Parliament

02 October 2012
Around 100 pro-choice protesters gathered opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London on Saturday of last week.

We need to tackle sexism instead of using no platform

02 October 2012
The National Union of Students (NUS) executive voted to "no platform" MP George Galloway last week for offensive comments he made about rape.

Sexuality and struggle

18 September 2012
A trashy tale of a twisted relationship has become one of Britain’s best selling books. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy tells the story of a wide eyed virgin who falls for a controlling man and changes him.

Trivialising rape won't help challenge imperialism

28 August 2012
Arguments about the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have divided the left and dominated the media over the last week. The debate has centred on the question of rape.

Taking rape seriously

21 August 2012
Myths about rape run deep. A US Republican politician wants to ban abortion, including for women who have been raped.

No place for sexism

29 May 2012
A survey of 3,400 women working in Britain has found that half of them experienced sexual harassment at work—including offensive sexist remarks and being made the butt of chauvinist jokes.

Unique women’s library is facing closure from cuts

08 May 2012
The unique Women’s Library in east London could be shut by the end of the year if bosses at London Metropolitan University get their way.

The Women’s Library is amazing—it should stay free for all

08 May 2012
The Women’s Library has the most incredible collection for all those wanting to study the history of the suffrage movement.

Doonesbury goes into battle for Texas abortion rights

13 March 2012
A row has erupted over a newspaper cartoon strip portraying a woman seeking an abortion in Texas.

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