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Feminism by the numbers

March 6, 2010 by


New feminism, you have failed us all, says Charlotte Raven. What is “new feminism”? Something to do with cupcakes, Katie Price, bra tops and nail polish, according to the Graun essay by Raven: it’s not very well-defined, but it seems to cover the same sort of area that was labelled as “post-feminism” and “girl power” […]

Bully for The Observer

February 22, 2010 by

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The Observer did a good launch. The redesign is subtle, efficient and readable – and, as Jeremy Leslie says, it benefits from cutting away a lot of the excess sections. A Sunday paper that doesn’t leave me with a depressing jumble of unread newsprint to scrunch into the recycling come Monday? That’s something I might […]

Fundament of fashion

February 14, 2010 by


There’s quite an exciting tease on the latest Vogue cover. Under Alexa Chung’s lovely face, opposite the big sexy number hit,  the bottom right cover line promises that Vogue is going to tackle “The last taboo”. What could the last taboo in Vogue-land be? Maybe it’s being a size 12. Maybe it’s pedophilia. Maybe it’s […]

Death Ray and Filmstar fold

October 8, 2009 by


Death Ray and Filmstar magazines have closed, as Blackfish Publishing splits from their parent company Rebellion. According to a press release issued by managing director Matt Bielby, the current issues of both magazines (Death Ray issue 21, and Filmstar issue 5) will be their last. I liked Blackfish’s magazines, and I wrote for Filmstar: even among […]

The Tories, the Mail and the homophobes

October 1, 2009 by


The Daily Mail would like its readers to consider homosexuality. In particular, the Ephraim Hardcastle column invites you to reflect on Iain Dale, prospective Tory candidate for Bracknell, in light of his sexuality – “overtly gay”, because in Mail-land the appropriate attitude for gayness is “closeted and depressed”. But there’s more! “Overtly gay” Iain has invited other […]

“I do not think it means what you think it means”: valuing comments

September 29, 2009 by


Google’s Sidewiki project shows that commenting is a valuable part of the online environment – but do the people who invite comment always understand how they should interpret this sort of feedback? A pseudonymous local freesheet editor (blogging as “Blunt”) puts on a triumphant display of error as he abuses his readers for commenting on all […]

Jon Snow: bring in privacy law, finish off the tabs

September 26, 2009 by

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Channel  4 news anchor Jon Snow comes out in favour of privacy restrictions on reporting in this Guardian interview with Ann Widdecombe. And strongly in favour, too, even disallowing the public interest defence in cases of hypocrisy: AW Would you welcome a privacy act, Jon Snow? JS I would welcome a privacy act, yes. AW […]

The language of hate

September 23, 2009 by


Express columnist Jimmy Young praised the BBC’s decision to invite Nick Griffin onto Question Time: The BNP is not going to quietly fold its tents and disappear, so surely it is better to allow it to subject its policies to open debate and questioning after which, as the BBC rightly says: “Our audiences, and the electorate, […]

“What f***ing papers you reading?”

September 21, 2009 by


Another reason to hate on the tabs: they’re not just inspiring the English Defence League, they’re also acting as a muse to Danny Dyer and Nick Love. Even if the press don’t care about being fair or accurate, at least they could save us from another Outlaw: “You know the maddest thing – they [the critics] […]

Condemning misogyny in Standpoint

September 21, 2009 by


Feminists, you are opposing misogyny all wrong according to Nick Cohen and Clive James in the latest issue of Standpoint. Screw the demos: you want to spend a bit more time criticising each other for not being sufficiently anti-Islam. Obviously, shouting “WHERE ARE THE WESTERN FEMINISTS?” is unlikely to have any direct positive effect on […]


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