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18/01/2012

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58 minutes
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Wednesday 18 January 2012

As women's boxing makes its Olympic debut, is the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) wrong to suggest women boxers wear a skirt? An online petition opposing the move has collected nearly 50,000 signatures. The AIBA say it will allow spectators to distinguish female competitors from their male counterparts. As the Committee prepares to meet in Bangkok this week to finalise the changes, we examine whether wearing a skirt undermines the status of women boxers?
Not since Nancy Astor matter-of-factly called herself a feminist have Conservative women MPs felt so comfortable doing so in public. But when Feminism has been become so enmeshed with the causes of the Left, what does it mean to be a right wing feminist and how does a belief in the free market affect the pursuit of women's interests? Louise Mensch MP and Stella Creasy MP discuss how feminism changes when it crosses party lines.
Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif talks about her experience of the Arab Spring and uprising in Tahrir Square and her latest book Cairo: My City, Our Revolution.
And parents who kill their kids. What drives a parent, who is so often described as being devoted to their family, to carry out such a brutal crime? And can anything be done to prevent it?
Presenter Jenni Murray.

Chapters

4 items
  • Women Boxers and Skirts

    Should women boxers wear a skirt? Jenni speaks to the BBC’s Olympic Sport Reporter, Jessica Creighton and discusses the issues with boxers Marianne Marston & Laura Sapperstein

  • Freemarket Feminism

    How does a belief in the free market affect the pursuit of women’s interests? Jenni discusses how feminism changes when it crosses party lines with Louise Mensch MP & Stella Creasy MP.

  • Ahdaf Soueif

    Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif joins Jenni to talk about her experience of the Arab Spring and uprising in Tahrir Square and her latest book Cairo: My City, Our Revolution.

  • Parents who kill their children

    What drives a parent to carry out such a brutal crime? Jenni talks to Sarah Heatley and Kevin Brown, Prof. of Forensic Psychology & Child Health, Uni of Nottingham.

  • Women Boxers and Skirts

    As women's boxing makes its Olympic debut, is the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA)wrong to suggest women boxers wear a skirt? An online petition opposing the move has collected nearly 50,000 signatures. The AIBA say it will allow spectators to distinguish female competitors from their male counterparts. As the Committee prepares to meet in Bangkok this week to finalise the changes, Jenni speaks to the BBC's Olympic Sport Reporter, Jessic Creighton; and is joined by professional boxer and trainer, Marianne Marston, and Laura Sapperstein who is a boxer and also designs kit, to examine whether wearing a skirt undermines the status of women boxers.

  • Freemarket Feminism

    Not since Nancy Astor matter-of-factly called herself a feminist have Conservative women MPs felt so comfortable doing so in public. But when Feminism has been become so enmeshed with the causes of the Left, what does it mean to be a right wing feminist and how does a belief in the free market affect the pursuit of women’s interests? Louise Mensch MP and Stella Creasy MP join Jenni to discuss how feminism changes when it crosses party lines.

  • Adhaf Soueif

    Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif joins Jenni to talk about her experience of the Arab Spring and uprising in Tahrir Square and her latest book Cairo: My City, Our Revolution. When the Egyptian Revolution erupted on 25 January 2011, she, along with thousands of others, called Tahrir Square her home for 18 days. She reported for the world’s media and did whatever she could. The book brings together a public and personal history of Cairo and charts a journey through the revolution that's redrawing its future.

    Cairo: My City, Our Revolution. ISBN
    978-0-7475-4962-8

  • Parents who kill their children

    And parents who kill their children. What drives a parent, who is so often described as being devoted to their family, to carry out such a brutal crime? And can anything be done to prevent it? Jenni discusses the issues with Sarah Heatley and Professor Kevin Browne, Professor of Forensic Psychology & Child Health at the University of Nottingham.

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