Mither Scotia finally sues for divorce…..

The marriage was arranged (some would say forced), the bride was bonny but had no dowry –  still and all the heads of both families were keen. She was fertile, hard working and would produce many weans to work in the family firm. She was promised a life of comfort, ease and foreign travel with …

A Post from The Women’s Room….

Image by Lynne Connor Photography http://www.lynneconnorphotography.com 2013 was a good year….. for exposing domestic abuse perpetrators… but 2014 has started out less well for those on their tail.  That darling of the right and consummate wealth creator the ‘great’ Charles Saatchi and, the now no longer  ‘good’,  Bill Walker, showed the Scottish public  that the …

Who’s thinking about the kids?

http://www.scottishreview.net/AnniDonaldson141.shtml Things are getting a little complicated for GIRFEC (Getting it right for every child) and the prospects for the new Children and Young People Bill in the light of the Edinburgh social workers’ case, both highlighted in recent articles in SR. Readers may wonder…whither GIRFEC when it becomes formalised in the new bill? I …

GlasgowAnni is Best Article Award Winner – Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2013

Why was the Sherriff in the Walker case so puzzled? Follow this link to read this and all the other winning articles http://writetoendvaw.com/2013/11/13/and-the-winners-are/

Scotland’s gender crime story

Scottish Review 17 September 2013 Nick Smithers (SR 10 September) rightly highlights the plight of male victims of domestic abuse in Scotland, although I have never maintained that domestic abuse is exclusively perpetrated by men against women. While women comprise the majority of victims in Scotland and throughout the world, I fully acknowledge that men …

On the closure of Glasgow Samaritan Hospital for Women 1890-1991

 Miracles and Daffodils – 1991 I viewed the ministrations of the professional carers of the ‘gyn’ ward a shade truculently at first.  The world expert on her own body did not take kindly to others’ interference.   They related to me as a physical body, a condition which had an associated set of procedures for its …

Scotland’s Testosterone Democracy – aka Patriarchy

This may be a good time to reflect on some of our ‘cherished myths’ and draw attention to Scotland’s national tendency to construct misleading narratives about the kind of society we have. Kate Clanchy has argued that it is not true that ‘we’re all socialist in Scotland and we’re all terribly equal’.  Mike Small’s democratic …

Profiting from shame – the tragic case of Daniel Perry

Daniel Perry, befriended online by someone he thought was a young woman in the US, shared sexual images of himself with her.  Threatened by the prospect of exposure to his family and friends Daniel, aged 17 years from Fife, jumped to his death from the Forth Bridge.   Daniel’s mother said, “Knowing him [Daniel] as I …