Egypt's first veiled rapper is sick of sexual harassment

Egypt's first veiled rapper is sick of sexual harassment

Reem Abdellatif – Global Post – Friday, 06 June 2014 (originally published 04 Jun) CAIRO, Egypt — Mayam Mahmoud isn’t your average hip hop artist. To begin with, she wears a veil. As Egypt’s first veiled hip hop artist, Mahmoud aims to battle sexual harassment with music, as well as to challenge Middle Eastern expectations […]

Am I a feminist? Four women reply (and they're not from the left)

Am I a feminist? Four women reply (and they're not from the left)

Elle Hardy, Claire Lehmann, Trisha Jha, Paula Matthewson – Guardian – Friday, 18 April 2014 (originally published 13 Apr) Popular feminism is an orthodoxy that despises challenge. “You’re not a feminist?”, I’m asked, as though it means I’m threatening my own independence or advocating domestic violence. It may sound trite, but I choose to identify […]

[Brazil] Joyce Does It Her Way

[Brazil] Joyce Does It Her Way

Joe Nocera – New York Times – Thursday, 25 February 2014 (originally published 17 Feb) I’d like to tell you a story about a Brazilian musician you’ve probably never heard of. Her name is Joyce Moreno; she is 66 and has been singing and composing professionally for 47 years, during which time she has made […]

Voices For Causes

Voices For Causes

Zeenab Aneez – Hindu – Monday, 10 February 2014 (originally published 09 Feb) For Amy Ziff (vocals, cello), Alyson Palmer (vocals, electric bass) and Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar) of BETTY, being part of a band has always meant more than playing great music together. The artist-activists were in the city as art envoys of the […]

The Disappearing Women [Global]

The Disappearing Women [Global]

Rae Langton – New York Times – Friday, 06 September 2013 (originally published 04 Sept) “How many philosophers does it take to change a light bulb?” “It depends what you mean by ‘change’…” That joke pokes gentle fun at a popular caricature: the chin-stroking grey-beard, with his fetish for word-meanings, his practical irrelevance and his […]

Nicaraguan women organize against gov’t rollbacks

Nicaraguan women organize against gov’t rollbacks

Kenia Morales – Nicaragua Dispatch – Friday, 21 June 2013 (originally published 19 June) As the Sandinista government undermines revolutionary advances for Nicaragua’s women, feminists are organizing to defend their rights and hold the line against further setbacks. “Los derechos, sin las mujeres, no son humanos” (Without women, there are no human rights) is a […]

The Poetry of [US] Women’s Work

The Poetry of [US] Women’s Work

Dr. Peggy Drexler – Huffington Post – Tuesday, 16 April 2013 (originally published 10 Apr) I’ve never liked the term “working mother.” To me, it implies that I’m some kind of subcategory, and not a full member of the club. The label also combines a bit of praise for a superhuman effort with a whiff […]

Creating gender equity: Lessons from Iceland

Creating gender equity: Lessons from Iceland

Meghan Murphy  – Al Jazeera – Tuesday, 09 April 2013 (originally published 02 Apr) When Iceland announced they were considering a ban on hardcore pornography online, Americans, for the most part, responded as though it were a (potentially) regressive move. But with Iceland’s current track record of prioritising equality, perhaps it is Americans who should […]