We have moved!

The Feminist Webs archive was packed up by some willing volunteers over the past few weeks and has moved into the new Birley Campus in Hulme  (Manchester Metropolitan University), following the closure of the Didsbury Campus.

Janet Batsleer, who oversaw the move, said ‘It’s great isn’t it! We have had the archive in an office for years, and now it is in the new building, in archive shelving, and feels like its more integrated into the University and more accessible for the public.’

The archive is going to be opened up once a week from September by Alison Ronan who said, ‘I hope it will make it easier for anyone who is interested to be able to come and have a look at it, and to start doing more exciting things with it’. Watch this space for more details.

Malificent – something both daring and feminist from Disney?

Disney’s new twist on an old classic (Sleeping Beauty) is an ideal discussion point in youth groups this Summer. Does it play on lots of stereotypes or is it daring and feminist? See what the Huffington Post has to say about it’s feminist credentials here

How does the media represent women and how do we represent ourselves?

This and other challenging questions are explored in our new newsletter. Read more…

Bring Back Our Girls

With Girls in the spotlight this month, from the horrific kidnapping in Nigeria to sexist comments from the F.A. …looks like it’s time to digest this months news bulletin

Check out our new bulletin

For the latest in ideas for youth work with young women and girls, as well as a round up of the latest information relevant to our work, have a look at our bulletin here

Over half of young lesbian and bisexual women unhappy most of the time

The Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT) has just released their preliminary findings about the needs of lesbian and bisexual women, based on the criteria developed by the Girl Guides national survey team. The survey questions look at:

  • Online abuse
  • Social media habits
  • Online behaviour
  • Society and culture
  • Sex and relationships education
  • Girls and women in society
  • Careers
  • Financial Management
  • Girls’ only space

Their survey shows 60% of young women are unhappy with their appearance, 53% do not feel happy most of the time, and 20% have given their details to strangers on the internet. 67% of young lesbian and bisexual women are skipping meals to lose weight, and 40% would consider cosmetic surgery. 73% felt that sexism impacts on most areas of their lives.

To be happy with their lives, young women said that they needed:

“More feminist role models”
“More female role models and acceptance”
“Job/career that makes you happy and that you enjoy. Be loved”
“Self belief”
“Qualities, skills, values, education”
“A loving family”
“A job you enjoy”
“Family and frieds and a good job to feel secure and not dependent on anyone”
“Be attractive. In a band. Be good”
“To stop worrying”
“I strive to find a way to balance practical needs and my happiness. I would rather live modestly doing something I enjoy than make a good living but not enjoy my work. Travel is also important to me”
“Money. Equality”

What’s cooking for international women’s day?

Check out our latest updates from our bulletin, click on the image.