Polly Toynbee: The Sun's retreat is a straw in the wind Victory! Campaigners long vilified as humourless, sexless feminist nags and hags have won. (Well, a very small first step, not online.) This suggests a turn in the tide when Murdoch swallows his pride and admits reducing women to dumb bare bodies doesn't sell as well as it did. But the pornification of everything is everywhere still, insanely sexualised images of women still the norm: back in the day when we were sticking feminist messages on tube station ads that demeaned women, we thought the sheer archaic dirty-old-man backwardness of all that would bring advertisers to their senses – but it got worse. Young girls are made miserable by imagery telling them bodily perfection is the only way they will be judged. But how long change takes: we thought equal pay and sex discrimination was sorted once acts were passed in the seventies. The Sun's retreat is a straw in the wind – it will take much more to blow away the idea … [Read more...] about Is the Sun’s scrapping of Page 3 topless models a victory for women?
Charlotte Clymer, publicist, Human Rights Campaign, transgender activist: “Apparently, angry Johnny Depp fans are bizarrely rage-tweeting at me over my friendship with Amber Heard, inexplicably and cruelly claiming I wasn’t raped, and demanding a statement from me in response to all this. Here’s my statement: ‘Fuck you.'” Clymer added, “For those in need of a further inquiry on these matters, I refer to you up your own ass for a comment.” … [Read more...] about Journo Endures Barefoot Nose-Picker On Flight
Following their meeting with fans, the royal couple headed to the Government House for the Young Victorian Leaders reception. Meghan lost her coat to participate in an event encouraging women to take up sports. … [Read more...] about Royals Mania! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Treated Like Pop Stars as They Arrive in Melbourne
Everyone recognises that the end of the Page 3 pin-up is a significant moment. The question is what that significance is. There are almost as many interpretations of the demise of the daily topless model as there are voices in the debate that has raged since it emerged via the Sun’s stablemate, the Times, that she has gone. The future is clothed, slightly, and if Tuesday’s Sun is any guide, loping along a beach somewhere sunny. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on the end of the Page 3 pin-up: a modest victory
The preparation for each dance was always ____________ because Mrs Kinsella upheld such exacting standards; everyone complained but the results spoke for themselves. … [Read more...] about How aspiring teachers are graduating university without basic literacy skills and failing a simple test – so could YOU pass?