Ellie Slee
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PhD student at the University of Birmingham. Feminist killjoy.

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The BBC, Gillette Mach Three and the 'Man Hating' Delusion

(2) Comments | Posted 16 April 2014 | (14:45)

This week, the BBC published an article entitled 'UN Woman criticises 'sexist' UK'.

My beloved BBC. I've stuck up for you when perhaps I shouldn't have done. When the Tory party and their press routinely bash you, and seize upon your admitted failures in order to undermine...

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I'm Not a Sweetie... So I'm Bitter

(18) Comments | Posted 23 March 2014 | (23:00)

Last week, my two best friends and I went out in a bar we'd never usually go to and were immediately reminded why not. Walking in there was like that scene in the Wasp Factory. You know... with the maggots. It looked OK from the outside and then suddenly, we...

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Your Makeup Free Breast Cancer Selfie Is a Big Patriarchal Problem

(14) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (03:23)

Breasts are at the centre of our society. From day dot, they provide our only source of sustenance. They are what nurtures and strengthens us. Breast milk fed babies are deemed to be smarter and fitter and quicker. As soon as children are born, their mothers are forcibly informed that...

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Being Schooled in Feminism

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2014 | (15:01)

Last year, I wrote a post about why feminism is important, and why I wish so many young women wouldn't denounce it.

To recap: I believe that as a sex, women are routinely marginalised on a daily basis; on the street, on TV, in the home. I...

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Beyonce Must Have Her Feminist Cake and Eat It Too

(260) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (23:06)

Much has been written lately about Beyonce bursting out of the feminist closet with her latest album. "Did a baby make a feminist of Beyonce?" wondered the Telegraph, and, in spite of her 2013 dig at other industry successes with the repeated command that those 'bitches' 'bow down',...

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A Reading List for Durham University's Anti Feminists

(14) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (13:02)

This week, Durham University's independent student newspaper, Palatinate, ran a comment competition about feminism! Excited? Don't be. Three out of four of the articles published dismissed it as outdated. No, really. Here's a direct quote from one: 'The UK doesn't need feminism any more'.

Actually, the UK needs...

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Sore About Your Prostate? Don't Blame Breast Cancer

(7) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (23:00)

At the end of a long shift last month, I sat down beside the last customer to leave. He and his friend had just been at a conference about Movember.

Allow me to preface this with the following statement: I have no problem with Movember. I think anything that encourages...

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An Open Letter to a Typical Bloke

(1) Comments | Posted 9 May 2013 | (01:11)

FAO Typical Bloke,

I am fresh from accidentally reading your post, 'Why Good Girls Have Become As Extinct As Unicorns' on fashxfash. I have a few points of consideration for you.

Firstly, 'bad girls' get detention at school. The people you're talking about in this instance are consenting...

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If Women Are C**ts, What Does That Make You?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (21:52)

My little sister lives in Paris. She Whatsapped me this evening to tell me that today, she was hit in the street by a boy she doesn't know.

I am extraordinarily protective of my sister and always will be. If anyone says a bad word about her, I get up...

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Talking to Women: There's a Time and a Place

(13) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (00:00)

It is 1am. I've just walked home alone from the train station nearest to my house.

On my way home, three men approached me.

- The first walked parallel to me from the station to the pedestrian crossing. He asked me if I would like any company. I ignored him,...

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Even When They Go for Gold, Women Can't Win

(0) Comments | Posted 2 August 2012 | (19:35)

I've just read Andrew M. Brown's article Women's judo: it's disturbing to watch these girls beat each other up on the Telegraph Online. Brown only gives us a couple of paragraphs, but never have two paragraphs made me want to tear my own eyes out more.

Here we...

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What Is Wrong With Katherine Heigl's Bum?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 May 2012 | (03:45)

Bank Holiday Sunday. I got in from a hideously hungover day at work and cooked an enormous pepperoni pizza. I KNEW, I just KNEW I was going to eat it all. It was one of those days. So to 'level things out' I added a bit of avocado and a...

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Like Samantha Brick, All Women Are Beautiful... Until They Open Their Mouths

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2012 | (23:34)

This is going to sound really schmaltzy and make loads of people hate me. It's OK. I don't mind. I hate myself a bit for it too, mainly because it's so cheesy that I can almost smell the Primula radiating from my pores as I type it, but here we...

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Rude Girl: The Rise and Rise of Rihanna

(3) Comments | Posted 12 March 2012 | (14:23)

There was a time when you couldn't be a celebrity because of your breasts. Actually, in those days, it wasn't called 'being a celebrity' - if you were talented enough to be famous, you were a star. I'm not saying that Marilyn Monroe's breasts weren't extremely helpful on her road...

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An Open Letter to a Phone Thief

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2012 | (06:46)

Hello, you petty criminal, you,

I moved down here in 2008, and I've been lucky. I've only been robbed twice. At uni, I always had the most terrible phone. I'd go on nights out, and all of my friends would be robbed blind - iPhones, Blackberries, GONE - and somehow,...

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Take Me Out: The Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2012 | (22:36)

There are a lot of things you have to get over before you start watching ITV's Take Me Out. Before you come to realise that it is the best thing to happen to dating shows since Cilla Black, you have to understand, and furthermore, accept, that it is...

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The Cost of Cigarettes is Killing Me

(27) Comments | Posted 31 January 2012 | (23:00)

Here's a fantastic statistic for you. At Sainsburys, you can buy five custard donuts for sixty pence. Five donuts. Five. For sixty pence. That's a grand total of 12 pence per donut. Just one of these five donuts contains 234 calories, which, as a woman, is more than a tenth...

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Lily Allen needs to Smile

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2012 | (19:48)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I'm probably right: Lily Allen is one of the most mindlessly mean celebrities of all time. This was first brought to my attention a few years ago when she wrote a song that namechecked Cheryl Cole (then Tweedy) and called it Cheryl...

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When You've Got Lemsip, Who Needs Love?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2011 | (00:52)

Following on from my point on festive disappointment, I come to yet another yuletide mind boggler, namely the distinct lack of Christmas sympathy (Schrimpathy) in circulation at The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I'm not talking about the obvious stuff - of course, we all feel terrible that there...

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Festive Expectations Lead to One Thing: Chrisappointment

(5) Comments | Posted 4 December 2011 | (23:00)

What is it about the festive period that makes everyone so ridiculously militant? Is it the fact that Movember just happens to be the month before, and so everyone's already bang on the dictator chic vibe, sporting more facial hair than Stalin and constructing Christmas ideals to match? Or is...

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