• Feminism

    Becoming a Feminist

    As part of the theme #feministfriday, the blogger Translantic Blonde asked this week, “What moment triggered you to say, ‘I am a feminist'”. To be honest, I am not really sure. I guess I have always been a feminist, but had never considered myself one. A feminist – one of those hairy-legged, dungaree-wearing, elderflower-wine-drinking, hemp-clothed women? That wasn’t me. Sure, I went through a gentle rebellious protest stage in my teens, but I didn’t go on protest marches, I had no strong opinion on feminist topics or politics (although I was always interested in politics in general). When I moved to Germany, “Feminism” was not something that I was interested…

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    Life as a Feminist Trailing Spouse

    The term “Trailing Spouse” may not be one that you are familiar with, unless you are a fellow expat wife. It is used to refer to the partners of those who move abroad for work. In most cases, we are women, although there are some men out there. I first heard of the term when we were planning our move to Geneva. An email from a colleague of my husband referred to his Trailing Spouse; you can imagine my reaction. When I told a friend about this, she asked if I were planning to wear Laura Ashley dresses and waft about, chiffon scarves floating in my wake. Or perhaps become…

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    Man cleared of rape, because of “mistake identity”

    The only newspaper currently reporting this story is the The Daily Mail. I sincerely hope that other newspapers pick up on this story in the coming days. It is almost impossible to believe. Haydor Khan was in a hotel with his girlfriend. She was not feeling well and refused sex. He left the room to have a shower, returned to what he thought was his girlfriend’s room and climbed into bed. Except he had gone into the wrong room. According to him, he was so drunk that he did not realise that instead of his 19 year old girlfriend, it was a 40 year old woman he had met earlier in…

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    Being a Stay At Home Mum – My Choice

    I discovered this blog today through Twitter. Retro Woman Revolution, which I hope she will not mind me linking to as it is seems a good starting point. To be honest, I am a bit confused by the post – being a working mum means I would be a cold, emotionless shark but being a Stay at Home Mum turns me into a vacuous, easy manipulated zombie. Is there a third option? For our family, several factors contributed to the decision that we made. I am at present a Stay at Home Mum (SAHM) but that may well change in the future. Having time to spend with my children is…