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Bugger the burkha
I started this post yesterday, feeling I should write one to commemorate the anniversary of this blog, which began a year ago on International Women's Day. On the same day 37 years ago today, I went on my first march for women's liberation in central London. We demanded an end to discrimination in education and the workplace, as well as contraception, abortion and nursery places for all who needed them. We protested about the demeaning way women were presented by various media and we challenged the ideology that women were responsible for the hateful way we were perceived and portrayed and for the sexual harrassment and violence visited upon us. 37 years ago, if I'd looked this far into the future, I would have expected International Women's Day 2010 to be a day of celebration. This post isn't going to be an analysis of the successes and failures of the women's movement. Suffice to say that I feel as if I live in a very different world nowadays to the one of my childhood — a world