As I watched the news on Friday of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, I felt a mixture of incredible grief and anger. Why was something like this happening again, after many recent similar events such as the shooting in Aurora in July and the man that opened fire on others and then killed himself in a mall in Portland only days earlier?
19 Dec 2012 16:00 GMT
Blame Culture can take many shapes, and claim many victims. As Jeanne-Claire Morley examined last week, blame culture resulted in the death of Jacintha Saldanha, and the ruined careers of Mel Greig and Michael Christian in what is now known as the "royal phone call hoax".
18 Dec 2012 15:03 GMT
Do you ever watch University Challenge or Jeopardy and after the host reads out the answer, you sit there shouting to the TV, ‘I know that! Oh! I totally know that’? You bounce around on your sofa while your partner stares at you in anticipation because you keep muttering about knowing the answer, ‘and the words is… it’s… wait, I have it’. Then Mr. TV Host gives the answer and it’s a word no one has eve...
18 Dec 2012 10:00 GMT
I know, I know. Yet another article doing down Christmas? Why don’t I just rip everyone’s tinsel down too, and start calling myself Scrooge? I’m not suggesting I’ll go that far. I am, however, suggesting we need to examine the whole culture surrounding Christmas more closely.
17 Dec 2012 10:05 GMT
A group of Mormon feminists have inspired cheers of solidarity and anger in equal measures after announcing a day of action to challenge gender inequality in the church.
Stephanie Lauritzen and Sandra Durkin Ford, members of new feminist group "All Enlisted", have declared this Sunday "Wear Pants to Church Day". As you can probably guess, those taking part will be heading off to ch...
14 Dec 2012 09:30 GMT
At this time of year we are all reflecting on the events of the last 365 days; the best moments in culture, sport, politics and science.
However, like any year 2012 has seen the impacts of natural disasters, war and illness all over the world. But behind the news feeds there are individuals and organisations working hard to ensure people have shelter, food, education and representation. Amongst these fantastic people are some pretty amazing ladies who stay after the headlines ha...
13 Dec 2012 11:30 GMT
Ah, lads' mags – how we love ‘em. They're not at all sexist because their misogyny is “a joke” and we “shouldn't take it seriously”. Because the objectification of women is SO HILARIOUS, am I right?
Here are a few infuriating examples of the troubling misogyny displayed by lads' mags in recent years. Be warned: this list will make you angry.
12 Dec 2012 14:00 GMT
We’ve all had the moment when we’ve been at work and realised that we have made a mistake. You didn’t invoice a client properly, or you forgot to put a food order through and it’s now half an hour later. We all know that wallop to the stomach, the sickening dread of responsibility, your brain going into survival mode. Presumably, this is how the two nurses involved in the 2DayFM prank call felt when they realised what had happened. It’s someth...
12 Dec 2012 09:30 GMT
International greeting card company Hallmark, found itself in a spot of bother last week when an outraged shopper, armed with an iPhone and a Twitter account, posted a photo of a card intended for a girl turning 13.
Rather than displaying traditional birthday greetings, the card read: ‘You’re 13 today! If you had a rich boyfriend, he’d give you diamonds and rubies. Well, maybe next year you will &nd...
11 Dec 2012 10:00 GMT
Katy Perry isn't a feminist. She said she's not, and that means the world of feminism is crumbling. It also means that she hates women, and she thinks that we all deserved to be raped, stripped of our right to vote, and have our legal status returned to that of "property". Right?
06 Dec 2012 15:30 GMT