International Women’s Day has been running since the early 1900s – a time of great unrest and critical debate amongst women who were questioning their role in society. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
It’s 50 years since Betty Friedan’s landmark book, The Feminine Mystique, questioned the role of women in society. Anne McElvoy discusses that role today with the Living Dolls author, Natasha Walter, the proponent of erotic capital Catherine Hakim, the radical feminist Finn Mackay and the journalist and academic Shereen El Feki who has been looking at the changing sexual attitudes and behaviour in the Arab world.
So, the art of using your feminine wiles to get what you want.
We did an article on it recently: ‘Office Hussy – is it OK to flirt at work?’ and Catherine Hakim has written a controversial book about it, Honey Money, which claims that yes, we should exploit our erotic capital.
If you’ve ever thought science is a turn off, prepare to have your mind opened with the Science of Sex Weekend at Brighton Science Festival 2013. Why are people gay? What really goes on behind closed doors in a clap clinic? How can we ensure children get the sex education they need in a responsible way – and are they too sexualised? All these topics and more will be explored by some of the UK’s top sex educators, scientists and experts.
The first thing to say is that the Soho Society Club is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever visited. It’s a charming bookshop and gallery, arranged to look and feel like a bohemian sitting room, and boasts a lovely bar area, with an equally lovely bartender Alex, who makes a killer Margarita. By the end of the evening, I had fallen in love with Alex.
Hooray for porn! What would we be without it? Bored, repressed, frustrated. Porn nails the lie that sex is something we should be ashamed of. Porn tells us that that sex doesn’t just come in vanilla flavour.