Thursday, 9 December 2010

1 week to go!

Thursday 9th December:

- Tutorial with Chantelle

To do for next week:
- Stop researching - my bibliography is already five pages long!
- Chase primary sources
- Finish writing

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Primary Sources


- Attended Feminism in London conference
- Attended Reclaim the Night March
- Carried out a survey on attitudes to women
- Contacted Lynne Featherstone MP - received an email back;
"I am sorry to have to inform you that the Minister is unable to respond to requests such as this.

However if you visit this webpage there are several documents listed that you will be able to pull quotes from:"
- Contacted HollabackLDN - still awaiting a response
- Contacted Kat Banyard - still awaiting a response
- Contacted a Rape Crisis counsellor - still awaiting a response
- Contacted The Anti-Porn Men Project - still awaiting a response

Questions asked:

- What do you believe is the biggest struggle for women in modern society?
- What sort of response have you had to HollabackLDN?
- What affect does porn have both on the self-esteem and behaviour of teenagers and adults?
- Do you think women will ever achieve equality as long as pornography is consumed?
- How do you feel about the argument that porn is empowering for women?
- What long term effect does rape or sexual assault have on its victims?

- On average, how many of the victims you speak to see their attackers prosecuted?

- How do you feel about the trivialisation of rape by comedians and social networking?

Possible sources:

- Speak to someone about why feminists are and have always been vilified

- Talk to glamour models about objectification and being judged for their appearance

Thursday, 2 December 2010

2 weeks to go!

Thursday 25th November:

- Tutorial cancelled because of the snow

Feedback on draft:
- Interview the head of Rave SU for their comments on Freshers Week poster

- Chapter two needs more focus. Points to consider, with the the programes mentioned is the media fueling the fire? What is the government doing? Where are traditional role models? More mums working, girls continually getting A*'s

- Chapter 3 What's happening right now and what the future holds, Kate Middleton, The Pope RE: condoms, Sam Cam, Ga Ga, Burlosconi. Are more women being made redundant?

General points to consider:
1. Continue to push for more primary sources, even in the last week as they may really help a chapter, they are so very important.
2. Use strong illustrations where appropriate.
3. Stay focused to your chapters and lead question at all times.
4. Keep on top of the harvard referencing system.
5. Ask someone who doesn't know you or your subject to proof read everything, does it make sense? Does it flow? Are you repeating yourself?

To do for next week:
- Continue writing
- Continue contacting primary sources

Thursday, 25 November 2010

3 weeks to go!

Thursday 25th November:

- No tutorial this week

To do for next week:
- Continue writing
- Continue contacting primary sources
- Focus on historical context chapter this week
- Email Lynne Featherstone MP who has just been appointed Violence against Women Champion

- Introduction

- Chapter 1

Herstory: Feminism in historical context

- Chapter 2

Life in a “Post-Feminist” World: The increasingly disturbing phenomena of public misogyny

- Chapter 3

This is what a feminist looks like

- Conclusion (including looking to the future)

Thursday, 18 November 2010

4 weeks to go!

Thursday 18th November:

- Tutorial with Chantelle and hand-in of draft for formative assessment

To do for in the next two weeks:
- Continue writing
- Chase up primary sources
- Collate survey results and come up with an intelligent analysis

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Attitudes to women

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

5 weeks to go!

Thursday 11th November:

- Tutorial with Chantelle

To do for next week:
- Contact primary sources (!)
- Decide on chapter titles
- Write a draft for the formative assessment next week
- Include TV references (as a reflection and influence on society, treating sexism as everyday behaviour)
- Cross section of opinions of young men in market research
- Look at self-esteem, particularly of young girls and whether this is reflected in the curriculum

Thursday, 4 November 2010

6 weeks to go!

Thursday 4th November:

- Tutorial with Chantelle

To do for next week:
- Contact primary sources
- Look at The Only Way Is Essex - stereotypical gender roles
- Begin writing

Monday, 1 November 2010


- Reasons for writing

Chapter 1
- Feminism in historical context "Inspiration from the past"/ What has been achieved

Chapter 2
- Post-Feminist world/ Misogyny in C21st
- Interview with feminist writer
- Opinions from young men and women

Chapter 3
- Action being taken by feminist networks and new groups - HollabackLDN/ LASH
- Interview with a group organiser


Saturday, 30 October 2010


- "One in four women will experience sexual assault as an adult"
- "Up to 1,420 women are trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation"
- "Over 20,000 girls could be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation in the UK"

Thursday, 28 October 2010

7 weeks to go!

Thursday 28th October:
- Tutorial with Chantelle

To do for next week:
- Choose chapters
- Divide research into chapters
- Decide on primary sources

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Feminism In London Conference

Saturday 23rd October @ Friends Meeting House, Euston


Natasha Walter (Author of Living Dolls and The New Feminism)

"One day the future that we want will become the present we are living."

Anna Fisher (London Feminist Network)

"We do not want equal rights with men if that means the right to exploit others. We want a different kind of world."

"As we are seeing with the explosion of the “sex industry” which now has a 75 billion dollar annual turnover – bigger than the combined film and music industries. This is money stolen from women. This brutal violent industry is a misogynistic propaganda machine. Because it tells lies and trivialises and glamorises violence, it makes war more likely. And this is how our boy children learn about sex – from the age of 11 on average. And its seepage into the wider culture grooms our girl children to accept a life of sexual objectification."

Finn McKay (Founder of the London Feminist Network)

"Our movement is on the rise in our country again, in this capital city, in those of the Celtic nations and beyond. And as it grows, it is no surprise that we see debate grow about its’ role and form. Over this year I have heard much debate about whether feminism needs to be rebranded. As if a movement that has given us all the advances we today take for granted is something we should be ashamed of. That we can work in many different industries, that we have access to education, that domestic violence is considered a crime, that we can open our own bank accounts. As if a legacy of support services, rape crisis centres, refuges, nurseries, women’s centres, helplines and advocacy provisions that continue to support women, children and men today, are something that we should be embarrassed about."

"Feminism does not need re-branding, it needs re-claiming, and this is something that all of us can do. This is not to say that this is easy, in a culture of backlash against feminism. Where the term is considered a dirty word, where misogyny and homophobia restrict women in claiming this movement for themselves."

"Feminism is a global political movement to challenge and change women’s subordination to men."

"Two women every week in our country are murdered by a violent male partner, who on average will serve around four years in prison. One in four women are victim to rape in their lifetime, while only one out of every twenty reported rapes result in a conviction. Because we are feminists we do not believe that nineteen out of every twenty women who report rape are liars."