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Sep 13, 2018 131 tweets 34 min read
Tonight's #VintageMagTweets come from this amazing stack of Women's Monitoring Network home-made magazines. They date from between 1981 and 198, though I think the group was active outside those dates. This was their brief: to choose a date, then get women from all over the country to spot sexist or misogynistic items in national and local publications, cut them out and post them to the WMN for compilation.
Aug 24, 2018 18 tweets 5 min read
Yesterday we saw this graph being passed around regarding gender bias in GCSE subjects. Green is boys, and purple is girls. graph shows only a tiny proportion of girls interested in construction. Now, where would youngsters get the idea that construction was a field reserved for boys and nothing to do with girls? Here are some boys' T shirts on sale at Asda right now. t shirt showing construction vehicles
Aug 13, 2018 35 tweets 7 min read
In last night's #VintageMagTweets I asked how come boys are generally raised to be confident, and girls to be compliant (and the impact that has on their education and career progress). Well, today I was in Primark and I had a look at the messages on girls'and boys' T shirts. Here are what the boys' T shirts told them they are/can do:
Jun 21, 2018 37 tweets 8 min read
Here we go, then, with a Cosmopolitan from 1981. There is some upsetting stuff about sexual violence in this batch, so please mute or unfollow if you need to. x Very much the theme of magazines around this era: be careful, girls, don't ask for too much equality because it might upset the guys and we really don't want to do that.
Jun 14, 2018 19 tweets 5 min read
Here are tonight's vintage mag tweets. They all come from just one copy of Cosmopolitan, and I think make an interesting snapshot of the state of the world for women at that time. So first off, a first aid quiz in which the idea of domestic violence against women is treated as a bit of a rib-tickler.
May 31, 2018 42 tweets 11 min read
Just to tip you off, tonight's vintage mag clippings will be about the tax system and how it discriminated against women in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The effects of those policies are of course still being felt by #waspi women. OK, remember the Equal Opportunities Act of 1975/6 that was supposed to bring parity to women's financial status? here's what it left out.
May 15, 2018 46 tweets 11 min read
Because I was so impressed by the Brownie pack tonight, I'm going to begin an off-schedule vintage mag thread about girls and science/technology teaching in the 70s and 80s. Jackie magazine gives us the only reason to bother learning about computers.
Mar 11, 2018 15 tweets 4 min read
Tonight's vintage mag tweets are about women's access to education, and the points where they've been restricted either through institutional bias or individual. Were you a girl who went to a grammar school? If so, well done. You had to get a higher pass mark than a boy sitting the same exam.
Mar 8, 2018 26 tweets 6 min read
Tonight's vintage mag snippets will be about a few of the ways 70s and 80s UK women lost out simply for being born women. When male factory workers were banned from handling asbestos, the job was callously farmed out to women working at home.
Feb 11, 2018 22 tweets 5 min read
In tonight's vintage mag tweets, we look at the way male doctors and medical textbooks written by men sought to explain women's bodies. The mysterious vanishing clitoris.
Jan 18, 2018 33 tweets 8 min read
I'll frame tonight's vintage mag tweets in the context of this troubling statement. The clippings will be about all the places from which women were barred in the 70s/80s - and now are not. OK, tonight's vintage mag tweets are a simple list of all the places you weren't allowed into during the 70s/80s if you were A WOMAN. I have 52 of them. I'll do them in batches of 13.
Jan 11, 2018 54 tweets 13 min read
In tonight's vintage mag tweets, I'll show just a few of the ways male employers tried to wriggle out of the 1976 Equal Pay Act. Even when female workers managed to take their fight to the EOC and win, firms would launch a counter-appeal to delay having to pay them the proper wage.