Louise Pennington
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Louise Pennington is a radical feminist writer and activist who founded A Room of our Own: A Feminist Womanist Network. She blogs at My Elegant Gathering of White Snows on male violence, feminism, celebrity culture, women's history and cultural femicide.

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Rape Is Always an Act of Violence

(102) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 7:00 PM

This is a statement that I would have thought was self-evident: the act of rape, in and of itself, is an act of violence. It can be accompanied by other forms of violence: from punching, hitting, kicking, attempted strangulation and murder, but rape itself is an act of violence. Rape...

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Women Against Feminism, Privilege and Feminist Activism

(5) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Freedom & Equality has no gender, and shouldn't have one. As long as no harm come to one another, people deserve to live their lives freely and equally. No strings attached.

This statement is one that every feminist could agree with - the political theory of feminism is a huge...

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JumpMag: Fighting Toxic Masculinity and Femininity in Childhood

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 11:02 AM

The consequences of toxic masculinity are seen every day in the media: male violence against women and girls in endemic. There are cultural differences in the labels given to male violence, as well as to the excuses made to minimise men's responsibility...

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The War on Women: Denying Misogyny Is Gaslighting

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:01 AM

The mass murders in Isla Vista perpetrated by Elliot Rodger are just another theatre in the War on Women. It isn't a new crime or one that is particularly abnormal. Women die every single day at the hands of men. Two women a week in...

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Street Harassment Isn't 'Deplorable' Behaviour, and It Isn't the Fault of Everyday Sexism Project

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Apparently, "(t)he Everyday Sexism campaign risks making all sexual advances 'misogynist'". At least, this is what David Foster recently claimed in the Guardian. Women are over-reacting about random men speaking to them in the street to the point where no one will be able to have sex ever...

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#AmazingFeminists: Let's Celebrate Fabulous Feminists

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Recently, The Everyday Sexism Project held a Twitter chat on the hashtag #everydayallies which was to celebrate men standing up to sexism. To be perfectly blunt, I don't want to spend any time thanking men for not being misogynists. The fact that we have arrived at a situation...

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Join the Million Women Rising Against Male Violence

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:24 AM

This Saturday is International Women's Day! It is also the annual Million Women Rise March against male violence. 10 000 women and children will march through the streets of London to raise awareness of male violence.

Male violence against women and girls is both endemic and...

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Her Name Was Reeva Steenkamp

(9) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Monday was the start of the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius over the death of lawyer Reeva Steenkamp, who he was in a relationship with. Or, as The Sun calls it for what it is:

The other Oscar show Blade Runner's murder trial gets underway
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The Real Cause of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): a disorder that we prefer not to talk about and when we do, we speak in absolutes with no attempt to understand why FASD exists.

My nephew has foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD): a disability he developed in the womb. Charles* has multiple cognitive and...

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Combating Cultural Femicide: Founding Room of our Own, A Feminist/ Womanist Network

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Cultural femicide - the first time I heard this term was on Mumsnet . It blew my mind. The term was coined by feminist activist and writer Bidisha to define the erasure of women from politics, art, literature and history.

I've been a feminist...

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Naming the Perpetrators: Male Violence Against Women and Children

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:35 AM

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Action to End Violence against Women. There are events being held across the world to raise awareness about violence against women as set out by

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Can You be a Mummy Blogger and a Feminist?

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:49 AM

This is one of those questions to which the answer should be immediately obvious to anyone with a passing familiarity with feminism; at least, until recently, I thought the answer was an obvious yes. It should be possible to be both a feminist (of any stripe) and be a

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When Is Rape Not Rape?

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:52 PM

When is rape not rape? I would like to claim that the answer to this question comes under the heading of stating the perfectly obvious; that rape myths and victim blaming are the reserve of misogynists. But, it turns out that a whole lot...

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Anti-Rape Clothing for When "Things Go Wrong"

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 3:50 AM

The development of clothing to protect women from rape seems to be this year's newest favourite rape prevention tactic running a close second to the ubiquitous "women shouldn't drink alcohol" advice.

Bras and coats that give electric shocks to sexual predators have been designed by a...

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The Best Rape Prevention: Tell Men to Stop Raping

(13) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 9:04 AM

Last week, New York defence attorney Joseph DiBenedetto made headlines when he used the phrase "I'm not saying she deserved to get raped but" live on Fox News. The comment was a response to a question about the rape of teenager Daisy Coleman in...

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School Uniforms: Reinforcing Patriarchal Norms?

(54) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 7:00 PM

The streets in Scotland are full of children in navy blue, black and grey school uniforms trudging or skipping back to school. This week, schools in England and Wales return: with children in school uniforms that are very clearly gendered with lovely pleated skirts for girls and polo shirts for...

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Child Rapist Whose Victim Was Called 'Predatory' Has Sentence Reviewed

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Neil Wilson's 12 month suspended sentence for engaging in sexual activity with a child, making indecent images of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image has been referred to the Court of Appeal as a possibly unduly lenient sentence by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve.

Sexual abuse...

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Freedom of Speech Does Not Equal the Right to Be a Jackass

(5) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Apparently, equal representation of half of the population of the UK on bank notes is too much for some men. The past five days have seen hundreds of threats of rape and death directed at feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez and that's without counting the thousands of simply abusive...

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Women's Magazines: Reinforcing the Patriarchy Using Women to Police Women

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 9:44 AM

I read Cosmo once when I was a teenager. It had an article on why swallowing sperm was bad: it's high in calories. Clearly, this is what you should be thinking of when having sex: whether or not you will get "fat". Not thinking about preventing STDs or ensuring that...

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What Is The Actual Definition Of A Bad Father?

(31) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM

This year, a judge in Oklahoma found a convicted child sex offender a "good enough" father to award him sole custody of his six-year-old daughter. In Australia, a man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting his young daughter from the age of five was let out on...

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