One day last summer, Inna Shevchenko went into a forest outside Kiev - to learn to use a chainsaw. The lumberjacks instructing her couldn't work out why she was so keen. "They thought I was just a crazy blonde," she says, shaking her white curls. "I was acting like: 'Oh really?'" She affects a coy, clueless demeanour. "'That's how you do it? Great!'"Friday, 22 March, 2013, 4:53am
Mistresses and sex workers belong to the same supply-chain - albeit at different levels, says a renowned Chinese sexologist.
Li Yinhe, a sociology professor and widow of the late Chinese novelist Wang Xiaobo, shared her observations with more than 200 attendees at Hunan’s first-ever “Love and Culture” forum in Changsha, last Monday.22 Jan 2013 - 4:45pm 2 comments
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was caught in the eye of a Twitter storm after telling French Vogue that her generation had no need for feminism.
"In my generation we don't need to be feminist," said the former first lady, who is making a public comeback after her husband Nicolas Sarkozy's removal from power. She guest edited the Christmas issue of the magazine.30 Nov 2012 - 4:30am
It's a Thursday night in the northern English city of Leeds and people are gathering outside the gay bar Queens Court for a march in support of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot. Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are to be sentenced the following day, the culmination of their trial on charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".31 Aug 2012 - 2:45pm
Helen Gurley Brown, who inspired women in the 1960s to go out and get what they wanted out of life, including good sex whether they were married or not, has died.
The longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine died on Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, aged 90, said Hearst Corporation.15 Aug 2012 - 5:02am
J.D. Samson cuts an enigmatic figure. Her cropped locks and delicate features give her a model-esque androgyny, yet she wears more moustache than the average Hong Kong man. And while she makes head-bopping electro-pop music, its politically rousing lyrics encourage discourse through dance.26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Pan Jiumei sometimes wishes she were a man.
For the 48-year-old chief of Jiangtang village, respect from her fellow villagers does not come naturally.
When conflicts arise there, she sometimes dreads intervening because villagers often shout sexist remarks at her.2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
The Supreme People's Court's latest judicial interpretation of the mainland's Marriage Law has laid bare gender equity as a political issue. But even when confronted with it, many Chinese people prefer to treat it as invisible. Some feminist groups have tried to organise protests, but they kept these low-key for fear of coming across as shrill and demanding.30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Despite feminism's successes, women remain one of the world's most underrated resources.
The social benefits of educating girls can be vast. Educated women marry later and tend to have fewer, healthier and better educated children. They also give more back to the community.14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Apology for the Woman Writing by Jenny Diski Virago, HK$11411 Oct 2009 - 12:00am