Category Archives: Equality

Should MPs be allowed to take their babies into the voting lobby?

There’s been a bit of controversy over the issue of breastfeeding in the House of Commons and taking babies into the voting lobby sparked by comments by Jo Swinson, who gave birth to her son Andrew on 22 December. The … Continue reading

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Dear Daily Mail, if a man is left in charge of his own child, he is parenting, not babysitting

One of my most re-tweeted comments ever. Must have struck a nerve. Or maybe Mitch Benn retweeting it helped: Daily Fail say Kate left William to babysit. Why is there this idea that men looking after their own child is … Continue reading

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Would you have helped Nigella?

Everyone’s been pretty shocked by the photos of Charles Saatchi’s assault on Nigella Lawson for which he has now received a Police caution. Just out of interest, I looked up the criteria for giving a caution and the procedures for … Continue reading

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Tesco can be a dangerous place…..#losetheladsmags

A couple of weeks ago I wrote on Liberal Democrat Voice asking if it was time to lose the lads’ mags in light of a new campaign set up by UK Feminista and Object. Even though my article was quite mild, … Continue reading

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Lynne Featherstone’s message for International Women’s Day #IWD

 DFID Minister Lynne Featherstone has been in New York this week at the UN working with other countries to tackle violence against women. There’s a nifty map which shows exactly where our money is helping women across the world. This … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg in Africa – a missed opportunity?

Nick Clegg and Lynne Featherstone went to Africa this week. Shortly after he picked up every banana skin left for him at Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions by Labour and the incomparable Peter Bone, and lobbed them back with vigour, he … Continue reading

Posted in africa, Breastfeeding, Equality, Infant feeding, Lynne Featherstone, Nestle, Nick Clegg, women and girls | Leave a comment

South Bronx is just as important as Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall

It is lovely to watch a US President taking the oath of office and not be scared. The feeling of dread I experienced in 1981 and 2001 when Reagan and the younger Bush took office was not pleasant. While Barack … Continue reading

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Caron’s Corkers Special – a bit of empathy and goodness from the internet

As I said yesterday, I wanted to throw a few posts filled with understanding and empathy in order to counteract the hate and negativity put out there by Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill. And so, here is a selection of … Continue reading

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Hussein-Ece and Brinton on stalking, under-representation of women and gender based violence

November 25th saw the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This occasion was marked by a debate in the House of Lords last Thursday. Just reading the Hansard account of the debate made me feel sick. There was … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama and magnetic misogyny

Michelle Obama is a formidable woman. She combines intelligence with warmth and is an inspiration to a generation of women not only in the US but worldwide. A magnetic personality, you might say. Who can forget the affection she inspired … Continue reading

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