In the UK, women are being disproportionally affected by cuts in public spending. Sally Feldman asks whether the fiscal crisis is a cover for a return to a more traditional view of women’s roles and discusses an attack on gender quotas from an unexpected quarter.
For women, the lack of decent public toilets is an emergency. Public conveniences are the final battleground in the sex wars, the ultimate declaration of discrimination. From the latrine to the loo, the pissoir to the powder room, Sally Feldman explores the sexual politics of toilets.
Feminist icon, anti-Catholic fabrication – or just a woman battling in a man’s world? The German film Die Päpstin, a rags-to-riches story where the heroine becomes pope, has already been written off by the newspaper of the Italian Bishops’ Conference as a hoax. Sally Feldman uncovers the mysteries of Pope Joan.