NEWS: Feminist Times is launching on 3rd October (9am)

From email:


Charlotte Raven and the Feminist Times team are pleased to announce the eagerly–‐awaited launch of their website, at 9am on Thursday 3rd October, to coincide with the Founder Members’ Restitution Ball that evening. 

Promising a truly alternative women’s magazine, with a focus on life not lifestyle, the Feminist Times website will launch with the first column from our radical agony aunts, pieces covering feminist catfights and the marketing of austerity, plus much more. 

Feminist Times will be a feminist Private Eye, combining mordantly witty humour and satire with serious in–‐depth analyses of the complexities of modern femininity. 

As a mainstream feminist media platform, we want to represent the wonderful diversity of modern feminism – we already know we have a broad appeal because our membership ranges from teenagers to grandmothers. 

Notes to editors:

  • Feminist Times is a non–‐profit company, limited by guarantee
  • Feminist Times will combine a website, magazine and campaigning arm, drawing on the UK’s wealth of grassroots feminist activism
  • The Feminist Times website will be free to access
  • Feminist Times is free from PR and advertising; instead it is funded by our members and patrons, who each pay what they can afford

All members receive a subscription to the print magazine, which will launch later this year, and access to our “3D feminism” events 

Further information can be found in our FAQs at 

ARTS PROJECT: “The egg, the womb, the head and the moon” interdisciplinary collaborative arts project

From jisclist email (feminist academics)

Dear all,

“The egg, the womb, the head and the moon”, is a new and exciting, interdisciplinary collaborative arts project. It will last for a duration of nine months (42 weeks)- a time frame that purposefully mirrors that of the duration of pregnancy. Now into its ninth week, the site contains moving and powerful art and texts by artists, performers, photographers, academics and poets exploring a diverse range of subjects about the maternal.The project and site is due to be exhibited and presented at the AHRC Motherhood in Post-1968 Women’s Writing: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues conference at the University of London’s Senate House in October.

This project is very much about making connections with a wider audience and creating dialogue around the art works, texts and posts, therefore I would encourage you to contribute to the project by adding comments in response to the site posts.

See the about page of the website and below for further information about “The egg, the womb, the head and the moon”.

All the best Helen Sargeant


“The egg, the womb, the head and the moon” has been created to show existing work and research-driven practice about the maternal by the Mewe arts collective in response to the title. The site includes documentation of visual art work, video, sound, performance and texts by members of Mewe, including contextual dialogue and blog posts that have arisen through the creative process. It is our aim to share our collective research and reveal the cross-disciplinary and collaborative nature of our practice in order to connect and exchange ideas with a wider audience.

The duration of this blog will be for nine months (42 weeks) – a time frame that purposefully mirrors that of the duration of pregnancy. At the end of three months (the first trimester) Mewe will be exhibiting and presenting this site at the AHRC Motherhood in Post-1968 Women’s Writing: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues conference at the University of London’s Senate House.

By the second trimester we will be organising and developing an exhibition, and by the end of the third trimester we will show work created through a critical engagement with this website in various locations within Calderdale. The exhibition will therefore be born out of the communications and interactions made visible through this space.

This site will explore the following themes:

Changing Models of Motherhood

Motherhood and Fertility

Motherhood and Loss

Motherhood and the Media

Motherhood and Memory

Motherhood and Mental Health

Motherhood and Place

Motherhood and Sexuality

Motherhood and Technology

Motherhood and the Visual Arts

Motherhood and Work

NEWS: Kat Banyard discusses cosmetic surgery on Newsnight

On email from UK Feminista:

Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign to end cosmetic surgery advertising. Hundreds of you wrote to your MP about clamping down on the cowboy cosmetic surgery industry and its reckless advertising practices. Your actions made a real difference.

Last week Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, made recommendations to the Government to institute new measures to clamp down on this unaccountable and unregulated industry.

UK Feminista’s Kat Banyard was invited on to Newsnight to debate the recommendations on the back of our campaign. Watch it here today (from 30 minutes in, available to view until midnight today).

NEWS: Inspiring Photos Of New Yorkers Standing Up For Marriage Equality

Across the city, New York residents came together to show support for marriage equality. The demonstrations took place just days before the U.S. Supreme court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans and the DOMA.

This is a welcome antidote to the post I made a few moments ago.