We live in febrile political times – rational polite debate is a thing of the past and the voices we hear are strident and allow for no compromise. Donald Trump transformed a reputation as a loud contrarian into a political career and his base continue to repeat his words, with little thought or evidence. Boris [...]
It has been impossible to watch the media in the last few weeks without seeing yet another high profile (male) celebrity accused of sexual misconduct. Some of the accounts are unsurprising – men who had a 'reputation', who worked in industries where exploitation seemed to be the norm. But this is not only about Hollywood [...]
When I first moved to Manchester with my family all I knew was that George Best lived here! In retrospect I think he had already moved on, but he cast a giant shadow. Later I realised that the city was not only the home of football, but of radicalism and of a multi-cultural population which [...]
I love the cinema – between Amazon, Netflix and the real thing – I probably watch at least one film a day – there are days when I gaze at the screen and think I must have seen every film every made. Of course the overwhelming majority of these films show how men view the [...]
Why do I want to live an authentic life? I am a person of very definite opinions – about almost everything – one of the great sorrows of my life is that people do not behave as I would like! But of course we cannot make people agree with us. It is difficult enough to [...]
Pamela Berry – co-organiser of the Women's March and a Masters' student at MMU is compiling an archive of interviews with participants in the Women's March on 21 January. This will form a part of the radical collection of the Manchester libraries sound archives and build on the city's history of campaigning for women's rights [...]
When you vote on June 8th what issues will influence you? Brexit, war with North Korea, terrorism, immigration – or austerity, child care, education, the NHS, social care and the basic unfairness of our society. Will politicians be campaigning on 'women's issues', recognising that the economy does not work for the majority, and that the [...]
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