The Shouty Woman

January 3, 2007


Filed under: Politics — by Lucy @ 4:36 pm

Bush Urges Iraqis to Pass Amendment Banning Gay Marriage



December 19, 2006

Feminism in Palestine

Filed under: Feminism,Politics — by Lucy @ 1:27 pm

Johann Hari is a brilliant pro-feminist journalist and blogger. Here he describes meeting a group of Palestinian feminists who have managed against the odds to set up a women’s rights group in Gaza City. The testimonies of the women it has helped are inspiring:

“Working at the next machine is Imam, a 39 year old woman who was abandoned by her husband and left to look after her six children alone. “I was stuck in a terrible corner,” she says. “Then I found this place and they gave me training. When I started earning I could leave the humiliation of my mother-in-law’s house and get our own room. Now I look after my own kids in dignity.””

Follow the link to donate to the organisation:

Independent Christmas Appeal 

In other, more bizarre, news, a leading Liberal Democrat politician has left his fiancée for one of the Cheeky Girls. For American readers, this is roughly the equivalent of a senior Democrat hooking up with, say, William Hung of American Idol. Utter weirdness.

December 8, 2006

War on Stupidity

Filed under: Politics — by Lucy @ 4:57 pm

There’s a brilliant article in today’s Guardian about the mythical ‘War on Christmas’ (an American idea that someone seems to have imported here) and why it’s actually a load of bollocks:

 “”We’re not going to have a war, we’re going to have the appearance of a war,” says the cynical spin doctor in David Mamet’s screenplay for the 1997 movie Wag The Dog, about an imaginary conflict created to whip up support for an ailing president. But he might equally have been talking about the 2006 war on Christmas – a war that tells us much about the growing politicisation and sense of entitlement among religious groups in Britain, but which turns out to have been almost entirely invented.”

Why are these people so unsure of themselves, and of their faith, that they have to fabricate attacks on it? I’m an atheist – some might say a militant one. My beliefs – in the importance of science, in gay rights, in the status of women as something other than walking incubators – are attacked all the time by the religious right, but I am sure enough of what I believe to withstand these attacks. It seems that the Christian ‘Anti-PC’ brigade are not that strong.

If you believe that Jesus was the son of God, go ahead and celebrate his birth. Put up a nativity scene, go to church, wish people ‘happy Christmas’. Contrary to what you may think, you will not be arrested by a hastily-assembled police force of left-wing secular liberals (what would they do, anyway? Force you to read the Guardian until you change your ways?). In fact, many of these liberals will be celebrating Christmas along with you. Even I, the evil, amoral atheist, have a Christmas tree in my living room.

So, to conlude, get over yourselves. There is no War on Christmas (the capital letters seem to be obligatory); no sinister cabal of lefties and Muslims waiting to pounce and confiscate your nativity scene. Your beliefs are as respected as those of any other religion. Now, if you could do me the courtesy of respecting my beliefs…

November 17, 2006

Abortion Rights Event

Filed under: Feminism,Politics — by Lucy @ 9:37 pm

UK feminists – please please come along to this event at the House of Commons on Wednesday 22nd November, and ask your MP to come too. It’s a public meeting organised by Abortion Rights in collaboration with pro-choice members of parliament (of which there are still plenty, thank god!). The anti-choice lobby is organising a meeting at the Commons on the same day, so it’s vital we get as many people along to as possible to hear our side of the story.

There’s a real chance the issue of abortion could be raised again in Parliament this year, so we must act now to ensure pro-choice voices are heard – and to show MPs that it is our choice, not theirs, what we do with our bodies.

Hope to see you there!

June 7, 2006


Filed under: Politics — by Lucy @ 3:13 pm

There is some sanity left in the world.

The US Senate has blocked a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. It doesn't mean same-sex marriage is ever likely to happen in America of course, at least not with the current lot in power, but at least it's one in the eye for old chimp-features. His plan to shore up the Deranged Right-wing Nutjob vote by attacking The Evil Gays would appear to have failed.

May 9, 2006


Filed under: Feminism,Politics — by Lucy @ 12:34 pm

I just heard that following the reshuffle Ruth Kelly is the new Minister for Women. Am I the only one who’s a bit worried by this? I don’t know about anyone else but I’d rather not have an ardently pro-life member of Opus Dei as my representative in government. At least Tessa Jowell called herself a feminist…

And while we’re on the subject of the Labour Party, what the hell is this all about? I know all-women shortlists are controversial and a far-from perfect solution to the problem of underrepresentation of women in parliament, etc etc, but we should not be apologising like this.

All-women shortlists were at least an honest attempt at a solution, and it’s largely thanks to them that we have the number of female MPs that we do now. After all, a selective list of candidates doesn’t have to mean an inferior list of candidates. Why is there this assumption that a woman selected in this way is only in her position because all the fabulous, superior-in-every-way male candidates were out of the running?

Anyway, I don’t see anyone coming up with any other suggestions, so given the choice between an imperfect system and an almost total lack of female representation, I’ll take the former. As I said, I just wish we weren’t represented in any way by Ruth Kelly.

March 21, 2006

God needs some better spokesmen

Filed under: Feminism,Politics — by Lucy @ 2:21 pm

Well, I’m back after a few days away from the computer – I spent the weekend with my best friend, who’s currently deciding how best to tell his mum that he’s gay. I can’t begin to imagine what he’s going through, and anything I say just seems hopelessly inadequate. I’m just praying (to what I don’t know, as I’m an atheist…) that his mum sees sense and doesn’t reject him. All of you arseholes out there who think being gay is a ‘choice’ – rationalise this. If it’s a choice, why would anyone choose to be rejected by their own mother?

I’m not a fan of organised religion generally, but those godbags (to use a Twistyism) who think that people like my friend are going to hell, or that contraception is evil, or that a cluster of cells smaller than a fingernail is somehow a ‘baby’ and should have more rights than the woman who’s incubating it, really make me want to kill something. Preferably a fundementalist preacher.

I seem to spend my life at the moment alternating between anger and fear. These people make me angry, but I’m also terrified by their steady gaining of real power. We’re OK here for now (unless Blair has a Damascene conversion from his current woolly brand of xtianity), but a cartel of nutters seems hell-bent on turning America into a real-life, correct-in-every-detail version of The Handmaid’s Tale. If so, God (ha!) help the people like my friend. Coming out may be tough, but I’ll bet it’s a million times worse not even to have the choice.  




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