Spare Rib recognised the importance of challenging sexism and stereotypes of girls and women in the education system and carried many features and news items on this subject. In a special education issue, the collective look at the experiences of school students and teachers and call for fundamental change both to the curriculum and to society’s attitudes towards education. Women’s mental health was also regularly covered by the collective who recognised that women’s mental health was created and defined by the society and culture in which women lived.
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- Spare Rib magazine issue 075
- October 1978
- Spare Rib Collective
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Item 1 issue 75, p 1, front cover; illustration by Lynn Duncombe;
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Illustration by Lesley Ruda
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Item 3 issue 75 pp 40-41 book reviews: The Bad Sister Reviewed by Amanda Sebestyen
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My Mother Said & Make it Happy Reviewed by Angela Phillips
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Social Origins of Depression, reviewed by Fay Barnet and article on Kid’s Comics by Rosemary Stones
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Item 4: issue 75 pp 42-42 Junior School by Sally Shave
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Item 5: issue 75 pp 6-8 Schoolgirls up against sexism by Debra Peart; Illustrations by Caroline Jackson
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- Article by:
- Melba Wilson
- Sex, sexuality and health
Feminism had an important role in challenging common assumptions about women’s mental health. In this article, mental health campaigner, Melba Wilson re-evaluates the role Spare Rib had in drawing attention to this and some quite shocking experiences of women in male-dominated psychiatric contexts.
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- Susan Hemmings
- Work and education
Essays on sexism, ‘trousers protests’; ‘Girls are Poweful’ badges: here feminist activist and Spare Rib collective member, Susan Hemmings, looks at girls’ experience of education and some of the anti-sexist campaigns in schools.