the uk

Blogger Fixes UK’s Victim-Blaming Alcohol/Rape PSA

Via Feministing, a British blogger has helped adjust some old PSAs from a National Health Service campaign to encourage safer drinking. The original poster, which shows a woman lying on…

Jessica Wakeman | August 4, 2014 - 12:30 pm

The UK To Prosecute Parents Who Allow Female Genital Mutilation

Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that parents in the UK can now be prosecuted if they have their daughters’ genitals cut.  Previously, it was only illegal in…

Jessica Wakeman | July 23, 2014 - 5:30 pm

The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other…

Jessica Wakeman | June 6, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Sex Education In The UK Can Now Address Sexting, Porn

Newly released supplemental updates to the UK’s sexual education guidelines suggest addressing LGBTQ relationships, sexting, and media literacy in regards to pornography. That sounds so … sensible. Meanwhile in…

Jessica Wakeman | March 4, 2014 - 6:00 pm

WTF: Pregnant Mother With Bipolar Disorder Sedated, Baby Forcibly Taken From Womb Via C-Section

This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was…

Jessica Wakeman | December 2, 2013 - 11:00 am

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Emma Gray Is Britain’s First Female Shepherding Champion

Dream job anyone?! British 27-year-old Emma Gray is not a shepherdess; she has just become the first woman in history to win the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League. The storied championship…

Claire Hannum | November 3, 2013 - 10:00 am

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, A Jane Austen Victorian Airbrushing Scandal!

Jane Austen is the newest face on Britain’s 10 pound note.  Yay feminism, right?  Well, hold your horses, sister suffragette, because now Austen’s biographer is howling about an airbrushing scandal.

Jessica Wakeman | October 30, 2013 - 11:20 am

Gather ‘Round, Geeks, It’s Trailer For The Final Episode Of “The IT Crowd”!

Oh, no big deal … it’s just the trailer for THE FINAL EPISODE OF MY FAVORITE TV SHOW EVER. Yes, chickadees, the last episode of the Brit-com that put Richard…

Jessica Wakeman | September 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Why Are Women Hiding Spoons In Their Underwear?

Women’s rights charities in the UK are warning women and girls who are being trafficked into forced marriages to hide spoons inside their underwear at airports to set off metal…

Jessica Wakeman | August 16, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Men’s Magazines In UK Told To Cover Up Their Porny Covers With “Modesty Bags”

The British really aren’t into sex, huh? After their Prime Minister David Cameron went after internet porn last week, now The Co-operative Group, one of the largest magazine retailers in the…

Alyson Penn | August 1, 2013 - 9:20 am

Not This Crap Again: Student Suspended For Bringing “Disrepute” To UK College After Reporting Alleged Rape

An 18-year-old female student claims she was suspended from Bishop Burton College in the UK after she reported a sexual assault to the administration because her behavior had brought the college…

Jessica Wakeman | June 20, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Pamela Anderson Commercial Banned For Being “Sexist,” “Degrading To Women” (NSFW)

The UK has banned a TV commercial starring Pamela Anderson writhing in a bikini, covered in what looks like champagne froth. In the ad for web hosting service CrazyDomains.co.uk, Anderson…

Jessica Wakeman | June 5, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Lawyer Wants Age Of Consent Lowered To 13 To Stop “Persecution Of Old Men”

Yup, you read that headline right: a British lawyer has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 because a dirty old man touching 8th graders’ boobs…

Jessica Wakeman | May 9, 2013 - 2:40 pm

This Is The Greatest Pirate Story EVER

I love everything about the Parkham Women’s Institute, a group of old ladies in the UK who got together to hear a local speaker, retired sea captain Colin Darch, and dressed up…

Jessica Wakeman | May 3, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Meryl Streep & Others Remember Margaret Thatcher

“Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial…

Jessica Wakeman | April 8, 2013 - 1:40 pm

“Feminist” Ex-Politician Louise Mensch Now Runs Fashion Site “Unfashionista” With Tips On “Man-Pleasing”

Once upon a time, a woman named Louise Mensch was an MP for Britain’s Tory political party. Last summer, Mensch suddenly resigned [last item], saying she could not juggle her young…

Jessica Wakeman | February 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

UK’s House Of Commons Approves Legalizing Gay Marriage

Britain’s House Of Commons has passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, which is expected to be signed into law by Prime Minister David Cameron. (UPDATE: Commenter @aonline has noted…

Jessica Wakeman | February 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Dude Politician Advises Against Walking Home In “Tight, Short Skirt And High Shoes”

British politician Richard Graham, the Gloucester MP, is in trubs after he shared some safety tips for women with his local newspaper that toed the line between common sense…

Jessica Wakeman | January 28, 2013 - 5:40 pm

UK Cracking Down On Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

The United Kingdom is seeking stricter regulation of cosmetic surgery procedures, including an proposed ban on “free consultations” and “two-for-one” plastic surgery deals, as well as two stages of…

Jessica Wakeman | January 3, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Britain’s “Fat Slag” Earthwork: My, What Beautiful Hills You Have!

There’s artwork and then there is earthwork, which is just what it sounds like: artwork built into the ground. This naked woman is “Northumberlandia,” a 1,300-by-830-ft long piece of landscape sculpture…

Jessica Wakeman | August 28, 2012 - 1:20 pm
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