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Labiaplasty, novelist Elizabeth Taylor, Pussy Riot, Gothic Lolita fashion

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 25 July 2012

Rising numbers of labiaplasty operations; Novelist Elizabeth Taylor; Imprisoned Russian feminists Pussy Riot; Why are there so women local councillors? London women's wardrobes - Ruby: Gothic Lolita. Presented by Jenni Murray.


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  • Pussy Riot

    Jenni speaks to Masha Lipman, a Moscow based political analyst about the punk protest against Putin.

  • Gothic Lolita fashion

    Henrietta Harrison talks to Ruby Craig about her wardrobe.

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    Jenni talks to the novelist Charlotte Mendelson who is one of her fans and Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter, Joanna Kingham.

  • Local councillors

    Jenni talks to Heidi Alexander MP about encouraging more women to stand.

  • Labiaplasty

    Jenni talks to Lih-Mei Liao about the rise in cosmetic genital surgery.

  • Pussy Riot

    A Moscow judge has ruled that three members of the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, should remain in custody. The women were arrested in March after performing an anti-Putin punk prayer in Moscow's most important church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. They were charged with hooliganism and could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. Jenni speaks to Masha Lipman, a political analyst from the Carnegie Moscow Centre about how this high profile case is polarising Russian society.

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    The author Elizabeth Taylor was born 100 years ago this month. To mark her centenary, her complete short stories have been published in one volume. Many of them first appeared the magazine The New Yorker and you may have heard some of them recently on Radio 4. Jenni talks to the novelist Charlotte Mendelson who is one of her fans along with Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter, Joanna Kingham.

  • London wardrobe - Ruby

    London wardrobe - Ruby

    Britain has long been a world leader in fashion with successful designers like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood. But what about the style of everyday people? As the world looks to our capital for the Olympics, we take a look inside Londoners' wardrobes. Henrietta Harrison meets Ruby Craig, an 18 year old media student who lives with her family in South London.

  • Cosmetic genital surgery

    A report in the medical journal of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says that female genital cosmetic surgery is becoming more widespread. It concludes that the rise in this surgery is driven by women’s shame about their vulva and commercial interests. Is this a welcome solution or an unnecessary intervention. Jenni talks to Lih-Mei Liao, one of the authors of the report.

  • Local councillors

    Why be a councillor? That’s what the Communities and Local Government Committee at the House of Commons will be asking in their inquiry into why so many councillors are white, retired men. We look at what’s holding women back from serving on their local council. Jenni will be joined by Heidi Alexander MP.


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