Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence

This weekend, news broke of the deaths of 7 people in Isla Vista, California. One of these was thought to have killed the other 6 with 3 weapons.  It has emerged that the person who killed 4 men on his way to and 2 women in a sorority house associated with UCSB, was Elliot Rodger. AsContinue reading “Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence”

NUTS CLOSES DOWN

Lads’ mag Nuts is set to close after seeing its sales plunge by a third since being pulled from Co-operative supermarket stores. Last year thousands of us called on shops to ‘lose the lads’ mags’ – and the Co-operative’s subsequent action is testament to what’s possible when we speak out together. This is really good news.Continue reading “NUTS CLOSES DOWN”

5 minutes of violent objectification

“Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person. That step is already and constantly taken with women.” Jean Kilbourne

Irish Sun Drops Page 3

More BIG news just in: The Irish Sun has dropped Page 3. Paul Clarkson has courageously dropped the “hugely popular pillar of the Sun” and said that the publications must “strive to cater for our readers’ needs” Editor Paul Clarkson cited ‘cultural differences’ (?!) as the reason for the now significant difference between the BritishContinue reading “Irish Sun Drops Page 3”

Lads’ mag to no longer be sold in Coop stores

Lads’ mag Nuts is to boycott the Cooperative’s new cover-up policy, stating they find the ultimatum ‘astonishing’ and preparing to accept a decline in sales as a result. The magazine will no longer be sold in the Cooperative’s 4,000 stores. Zoo is expected to follow in the footsteps of its competition, having stated that theyContinue reading “Lads’ mag to no longer be sold in Coop stores”

A letter to my granddaughter about Twitter and trolls and the fight she will fight.

Dear granddaughter, I’m writing to you on the 6th of August 2013. I imagine you to be so far past Twitter that it seems to you as cassette tapes seem to me. (Google it.) When we were little, your great-aunt Kiki and I used to fly from Geneva back to Northern Ireland with your great-grandparentsContinue reading “A letter to my granddaughter about Twitter and trolls and the fight she will fight.”

Campaigning Success: Co-op to Require ‘Modesty Bags’ on All Lads’ Mags

It was on the 5th of January 2012 that Mike Beecham decided to try and change the world. A concerned dad of three, he had become increasingly frustrated at the exposure to sexually explicit material his kids were subject to when in their local Co-operative store. Mike decided to call for ‘modesty wraps’ which wouldContinue reading “Campaigning Success: Co-op to Require ‘Modesty Bags’ on All Lads’ Mags”

Lose The Lads’ Mags

The world awoke this morning to the news of UK Feminista and Object’s hot-off-the-press campaign bidding to put an end to the sale of ‘Lads’ mags’ in UK superstores. The groups have joined with a team of lawyers under the “Lose the Lads’ Mags” banner to highlight a piece of legislation that may prove instrumentalContinue reading “Lose The Lads’ Mags”

Knocking Holes in the Darkness

On April 4th, 1968, the Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. He was standing with Jesse Jackson, Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr, who had invited his three friends to dinner that evening. The events that unfolded on that balcony are known to us all. LianeContinue reading “Knocking Holes in the Darkness”