Write to End Violence Against Women Awards - Letter to The Sun
I am writing to you as a member of the judging panel of the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards, a new awards scheme recognising and rewarding high quality journalism that makes a positive contribution to changing attitudes to violence against women.
Bill Walker Coverage Wins Top Award and The Sun Walks Away with a Wooden Spoon
Victim blaming, gratuitous images, myths and stereotypes: the media doesn’t always have the best reputation for reporting violence against women.
Posted: November 27, 2013
Want to challenge sexual harassment at work? That’ll be £1200 please.
Sexual harassment is high on the news agenda right now.
Different tune, same old sexism: what kids are learning from pop music
Recently I attended a fantastic fundraiser for the Women’s Support Project, at which comedian and national treasure Elaine C Smith explored the role of pop music in shaping our culture’s attitude to gendered violence and abuse, and to women’s role in society. She sang us a few examples of truly sexist songs, such as the Burt Bacharach classic ‘Wives and Lovers’, which warns women to stay attentive and beautiful to prevent their men from straying: “Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your make-up, soon he will open the door,Don't think because there's a ring on your finger, you needn't try any more.
The BBC, CNN and Rape Culture
Well what have the past few weeks taught me? Unfortunately that rape culture is alive and kicking; and no, this is not a swipe at horrific ‘UniLad’ and disgusting online rape ‘jokes’ that have exploded onto our timelines and tumblrs.
Don’t walk past saunas and look the other way
Guest blog from Lauren Fox
Lauren is a sculptor who lives in Edinburgh. Her blog is www.laurenffox.blogspot.com and she tweets as @WeldedRockets
Let me start by introducing myself. I am a woman. A feminist (gasp!).