by Julyan Oldham. I love podcasts: the ease of listening to someone’s voice, the stories they tell, the people they connect. Though men currently host around 70% of the most popular podcasts, contributions by women are just as varied, informative, and entertaining. There are so many wonderful podcasts out there that this list barely scratches the… Continue reading Bluestocking Recommends… Podcasts by Women
By Mimi Goodall It is fascinating to analyse the ways in which female writers, working within a predominantly male tradition, negotiate their gender, femininity and sexuality in their writing. In women’s writing, the “female” shifts from existing as written object to active creator of the text. As they subvert or adapt traditional representations of women… Continue reading Friendship in Emblem: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in the Poetry of Katherine Philips
From: email@example.com Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 5:49 PM To: Charlotte Fischer, Katya Behrens Subject: Erotic Capital Dear Katja and Charlotte, Thank you very much for agreeing to take part in our Bluestocking's latest email discussion! In Erotic Capital: The Power of Attractiveness in the Boardroom and Bedroom, sociologist Catherine Hakim argues that since women's… Continue reading Discussion: Should we embrace ‘erotic capital’?
By Rebekah Lee.The concluding decades of the Nineteenth century marked a series of major developments for the growing political voice of English women. Events such as the female-led Campaign Against the Contagious Diseases Acts and the establishment of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage in 1897 provided ample evidence to suggest the emergence of a… Continue reading Rossetti’s Other Woman: The silent contribution of models and muses
By Chris Noon. The Greek world in the last quarter of the fifth century BC was dominated by the Peloponnesian War (431-404), waged between Athens and Sparta, arguably the two most powerful city-states of the day. The literary sources documenting the war are, perhaps unsurprisingly, entirely androcentric. Women are all but absent from Thucydides’ account;… Continue reading No Sex, Please, We’re Hellenic: Female Solidarity in the Lysistrata
By Rhiannon Garth Jones and Tom Dean. For over three thousand years, poetry has been a way to achieve immortality, both for the poet and the subject, making permanent the passing lives of humans. This fragment from Sappho expresses, whether intentionally or not, that belief, and proves it to be justified. Although almost nothing of… Continue reading “I say someone in another time will remember us”: The Legend of Sappho
By Sophie Johnston There has been a resurgence of interest in the figure of Hildegard of Bingen, particularly in female religious circles. But despite increased knowledge of her ecstatic religious visions and contribution to medieval music, few are aware that Hildegard also wrote extensively on the subjects of medicine and natural science. These ‘scientific’ works… Continue reading Hildegard of Bingen