Women's protest group Femen use nakedness to gain attention

Women's protest group Femen use nakedness to gain attention

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, sex workers part of same supply chain, says sociologist

Sociologist and sexologist Li Yinhe. Photo: Handout/Sina Weibo

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's dismissal of feminism draws ire

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

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

Worldwide protests back jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot members (from left) Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in court after being sentenced.Photo: AFP

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, longtime Cosmopolitan editor, dies at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, seen here in her flat in 1965, has died at the age of 90. Some saw her as the first feminist spokeswoman. Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS

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

Hirsute is her suit

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

Finding a foothold

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

A house divided

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

Women must fight on

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

Apology for the Woman Writing by Jenny Diski Virago, HK$114

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Cutting-edge Canadian director has chemical bond with local theatre

Talk about your cutting-edge theatre. Canadian director Jovanni Sy (pictured) never leaves home without his kitchen knife. 'If I'm going anywhere for more than a week, I bring it with me. I really hate a dull knife,' the visiting artist explained. 'I haven't used it as much as I'd hoped, though.'

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Foundation strives to empower women

People share their volunteering experience

Vanessa Sanderson knew she was on to something good when she volunteered for The Women's Foundation, a non-profit organisation that helps shape the future of women and girls in Hong Kong.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Writing the wrongs

It's a women's magazine with a difference. There are no pages devoted to fashion, beauty, horoscopes or celebrity gossip. Instead, they deal mainly with topics such as discrimination against ethnic minorities. Nuliu is an unusual publication in Hong Kong: not only is it a feminist journal, it's still going after more than 20 years.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Play on violence close to heart of HK families

Violence is something Danielle Spencer grew up with. But the native of Toxteth, Liverpool, who teaches drama and confidence-building techniques in Hong Kong, hopes that she and her two cousins will be the first in her family to break a vicious circle that has gone on for generations.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Invasion of the body snappers

VETERAN JOURNALIST Eva Chan Sik-chee no longer eagerly scans the newsstands. Professional interest and simple curiosity used to draw her to the variety of newspapers and magazines, but now she says she's upset by the sordid depths being plumbed by many publications.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am