Resources for teachers and parents about children’s books that challenge gender stereotypes
The National Union of Teachers has been working with a small group of primary schools to challenge ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes through the curriculum. As part of the support for schools, the project team provided them with a range of books featuring characters who defy [...]
Recently I picked up a new book by the feminist youth work collective, Feminist Webs. The Exciting Life of Being a Woman: A Handbook for Women and Girls is a riposte to the rather dreary offerings that can be found in some UK bookshops which provide a nostalgic, new take on the 1950’s children’s annuals [...]
On 28th August, Shulamith Firestone was found dead in her Manhattan apartment at the age of 67. Firestone’s 1970 book, The Dialectic of Sex, is a carefully argued and inspiring call for a feminist revolution that still feels ahead of its time 42 years later. I’d just finished rereading it when I heard the news [...]
I am delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 FWSA Book Prize is Professor Clare Hemmings (LSE) for her text, Why Stories Matter: the Political Grammar of Feminist Theory. After reviewing a strong shortlist of eligible submissions, all three judges were particularly impressed by Clare’s submission. This excerpt from the judge’s reports [...]
The Declining Significance of Homophobia is, according to its author, a ‘Good News story’ (p xxv). I capitalise ‘Good News’ for reasons that shall become clear. But focusing first on the main thrust of the thesis (and there is no reference to it but I am certain this is a book written out of a [...]
I have just finished reading Rachel Cusk’s most recent book which reflects on the breakup of her marriage. This book caused quite a stir when it was published in early March – some critics felt it was too self-indulgent, others bemoaned the poor husband and children having their stories so publically aired. I began to [...]
In 1981 the noted British sociologist Olive Banks published a work called Faces of Feminism: A Study of Feminism as a Social Movement which provided an overview of feminism from the 1840s up to the end of the 1970s. She identified three feminist traditions: the equal rights tradition of the Enlightenment, the moral impetus of [...]
This extremely well researched book, ‘Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences’ dispels many long held and newly emerging myths about sex group difference. The book is divided into three parts: ‘Half changed world, half-changed minds’, ‘Neurosexism’ and ‘Recycling gender’. If you know the field of sex group difference well, you will be [...]
In the Fold between Power and Desire (Cambridge Scholars 2010) explores entanglements of power relations and forces of desire in life narratives of six fin-de-siècle women artists, who are brought together as narrative personae on the theoretical plane of a feminist genealogy.
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Nomadic Narratives, Visual Forces (Peter Land, 2010) explores issues, [...]
[ October 27, 2010; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] Louise Archer, Sumi Hollingworth and Heather Mendick would be delighted if you can join them to celebrate the publication of their book Urban Youth and Education by Open University Press.
On Wednesday 27th October at 5pm: Refreshments from 4:30pm
The Conservatory, Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London, Stamford Street, SE1 9NH. See map.
Professor Meg Maguire and the [...]