#Emptyshelf17 No. 41 How Not To Be A Boy by @arobertwebb

After lots of academic or cancer books, just what I needed this week - perfect mix of humour and vulnerability: How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book, and read it over a few evenings. I thought it had a gentle mix of humour and vulnerability (the things I always say online encourage people to like/share), mixed in with a real dose of…

[SEMINAR] Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial

This afternoon I enjoyed a couple of hours looking at/hearing about 19th C recipe books, and what these tell us about the aspirations (not the realities) of those living then, and then art produced in response to women's lived lives in that era, at the MMU Special Collections reading room and gallery. [View the story "Room for Food, Spaces for Eating @MMUSpecial" on Storify]

Domesticating the Airways

Looks like an interesting book: This book sets out to retell the history of the intimate relationship between broadcasting and domesticity. Set against a backdrop of changing social relations from the 1930s to the present day, it looks at some of the ways in which radio and television in the UK have represented the home to listeners and viewers encountering their programmes in domestic space. This story of a public medium negotiating its reception in…

Men/Women Learn Apart?

Just thought this was interesting, as an academic from Manchester Business School 'reluctantly' concludes from his research that we should consider segregating men/women in learning because of their different learning styles. "Personality differences aren't aptitude, they're just differences in...the way you behave," he said. "It's not that one personality is better than the other, it just tends to fit people better to certain situations." Read full article, and some interesting comments coming through too.

K.L.Parker: ‘Women MPs, Feminism and Domestic Policy in the Second World War’

Parker, K.L. 'Women MPs, Feminism and Domestic Policy in the Second World War' D.Phil completed, 1994. Oxford University Abstract: This thesis examines the role of women MPs in framing domestic policy, perceptions of gender roles, and feminism during the Second World War. Revising questions posed by previous studies, it explores how the women MPs defined 'emancipation' for women, the terms under which they were willing to advance gender-based claims, and the forces which affected their…