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Feminist Protest, Female Prisoners, Dealing with Death, Buffalo Gals and Single Muslim Mums

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58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 July 2012

The old taunt has always been that feminists have no sense of humour. But young women are increasingly using wit and satire to poke fun at patriarchy and sexist attitudes. In French members of La Barbe don false beards, there have been sex strikes in Belgium, topless protest in Kiev, slutwalks around the world and in London the Muff March. Such antics may be hilarious, but what do they actually achieve? Only half of all women on remand in prison receive visits from their family, and the figures are no better who see their children while in jail according to the Prison Reform Trust. With only thirteen female prisons in the country many women are forced to serve their sentences far from home and contact with their family often breaks down as a result. The Trust says the answer is to impose custodial sentence on fewer women, many of whom serve only a short time in jail. A Muslim woman facing the challenges of being a single mother has created a Facebook page to support women who find themselves in a similar position. Misbah Akhtar created her Single Muslim Mums Facebook site earlier this year and it's gained followers around the world who are finding emotional support and advice amongst the online sisterhood. Felicity Finch meets The Buffalo Gals, who play the front-porch music of the early American settlers. And, in the past when someone died we would have worn mourning clothes or a black armband to let others know we had suffered a bereavement. But many of the old public rituals have disappeared and grief has become almost private. What's the best way to express sympathy to someone who is bereaved - a letter, a card, an email? Or perhaps a poem? Jackie Kay and Wendy Cope talk about the healing power of poetry.

Chapters

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  • Feminist protest with a smile

    Young women are increasingly using wit and satire to poke fun at patriarchy and sexist attitudes but what do they achieve? Julia Mouzon, La Barbe and Sinead King, The Muffia discuss.

  • Female prisoners

    The Prison Reform Trust wants to impose custodial sentence on fewer women. Susan talks to Fiona and Juliet Lyon, Director of the Prison Reform Trust.

  • Buffalo gals

    Kate Lissauer, Old Time String Band, The Buffalo Gals play the front-porch music of the early American settlers.. Felicity Finch met the Gals.

  • Single muslim mums

    Misbah Akhtar created her Single Muslim Mums Facebook site earlier this year and it’s gained followers around the world. She joins Jane to discuss.

  • Dealing with death

    A new anthology of poems has been releaed which is being sent to people who have recently lost someone they loved. Jackie Kay, Wendy Cope and Jenny Swann, Editor Candlestick Press discuss.

  • Dealing with death

    A new anthology of poems has been releaed which is being sent to people who have recently lost someone they loved. Jackie Kay, Wendy Cope and Jenny Swann, Editor Candlestick Press discuss.

  • Feminist Protest

    The old taunt has always been that feminists have no sense of humour.
    But young women protestors are increasingly using wit and satire to poke fun at patriarchy and sexism. In France members of La Barbe don false beards, there've been sex strikes in Belgium, topless protest in Kiev, slutwalks around the world and in London, the Muff March. But while such antics may be hilarious, what do they actually achieve?

    We hear from Julia Mouzon, member of La Barbe. Susan is joined by Sinead King, from performance group The Muffia, who express political ideas through their art and by Helen Lewis, assistant editor and columnist at the New Statesman.

  • Single Muslim Mums

    A Muslim woman facing the challenges of being a single mother has created a Facebook page to support women who find themselves in a similar position. Misbah Akhtar created her Single Muslim Mums Facebook site earlier this year and it’s gained followers around the world who are finding emotional support and advice amongst the online sisterhood. Susan Calman is joined by the Single Muslim Mums founder Misbah Akhtar.

    Single Muslim Mums Facebook page
  • Dealing with Death

    In the past when someone died we would have worn mourning clothes or a black armband to let others know we had suffered the loss of a loved one. But many of the old public rituals have disappeared and grief has become almost private. What’s the best way to express sympathy to someone who’s bereaved? A letter, a card, an email, or perhaps a poem? Poets Jackie Kay and Wendy Cope talk about the healing power of poetry along with Jenny Swann, editor of Candlestick Press.

    In Memorian: Poems of Bereavement is published by Candlestick Press.

  • Female Prisoners

    Only half of all women on remand in prison receive visits from their family, and the figures are no better for those who see their children while in jail, according to the Prison Reform Trust. With only thirteen female prisons in the country many women are forced to serve their sentences far from home and contact with their family often breaks down as a result. The Trust says the answer is to impose custodial sentences on fewer women, many of whom serve only a very short time in jail. We hear from an ex prisoner about her experiences and from Juliet Lyon, Director of the Prison Reform Trust.

    Prison Reform Trust
  • Buffalo Gals

    Kate Lissauer started playing Appalachian mountain music as a teenager in her native Maryland and won prizes for fiddle and banjo. She’s now settled in Somerset and has recruited a group of English musicians and dancers to her Old Time String Band, The Buffalo Gals. They play the front-porch music of the early American settlers– with some free form flat foot dancing to keep the rhythm. Felicity Finch met the Gals at Didmarton Bluegrass Festival.

    Kate Lissauer

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