Women's online misogyny; poet Kate Tempest

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Women and online misogyny, from teenage bullying to adults on twitter. Who abuses online? Why do they do it? Men are not the only trolls: why do women attack other women online? Caroline Criado-Perez, Dr Claire Hardaker from Lancaster University and Stephen Hill, Social Action Manager from BeatBullying the international anti on-line bullying charity for young people. Increasing numbers of women are the breadwinners in their families - why and what effect does it have? Dalia Ben-Galim from IPPR and Jo Swinson, Minister for Women and Equalities discuss. Author Meg Wolitzer on her new book The Interestings. Performance poet and winner of the Ted Hughes Prize, Kate Tempest. Jenni Murray presents.

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Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer discusses her latest novel which traces the lives of a group of friends who first meet at that most American of institutions – the summer camp. They are all aspiring artists and are so assured of their own brilliance, they name themselves The Interestings. But as they grow older, not all of them reach their potential.


Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying

The recent suicide of teenager Hannah Smith who hanged herself after she was taunted on-line, and death and rape threats against the MP Stella Creasy, the academic Mary Beard and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, have highlighted the extremes of on-line abuse.  Jenni asks what motivates the Trolls,  who is at risk from them, why do girls bully their friends on-line and why are some of the most misogynistic comments written by women? Taking part are: Caroline Criado-Perez, Dr Claire Hardaker from Lancaster University and Stephen Hill - Social Action Manager from Beat Bullying, the international anti on-line bullying charity for young people.  


Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest

Performance Poet Kate Tempest started out at 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering MC’s to let her on the mic at raves. Since then she has performed her poems on stages around the world, published a book of poetry, toured with her band Sound of Rum, written theater pieces and created a theatrical spoken word piece, Brand New Ancients, for which she became the youngest winner of the Ted Hughes Poetry Award 2013. She joins Jenni to talk about her inspiration and perform an extract of her latest poem.

Brand New Ancients is at the Traverse Theater, Edinburgh, 20-25 August. Then on tour around the UK during Sep, Nov, Dec.

Brand New Ancients the book will be published by Picador on 29th August. 

Women Increasing as Main Breadwinners

One in three working mothers is now the primary breadwinner for all family types, for all age groups and across all income groups says recent research by the Institute for Public Policy Research. So does this pattern demonstrate that the changing nature of bread winning cannot be ignored or is do these figures reflect high male unemployment?  Jenni is joined by Jo Swinson, Minister for Women and Equalities and Dalia Ben-Galim, Associate Director at the IPPR to discuss whether government policy is geared up to deal with the new and difficult reality that currently faces many families?


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestCaroline Criado-Perez
Interviewed GuestClaire Hardaker
Interviewed GuestStephen Hill
Interviewed GuestMeg Wolitzer
Interviewed GuestKate Tempest
Interviewed GuestDalia Ben-Galim
Interviewed GuestJo Swinson
ProducerCaroline Donne
EditorEleanor Garland

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