Woman's Hour

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Legal aid, Christine Delphy, Dating with a learning disability, Erica Jong, Facial hair

February 19th, 2016

Episode 501 of 985 episodes

The Court of Appeal has found that Government changes to the rules which allow victims of domestic abuse to obtain legal aid are legally flawed. Jenni speaks to Emma Scott, Director of Rights of Women. Christine Delphy is a world leader in feminist thinking. She founded a journal with Simone de Beauvoir and co-founded the Mouvement de Libération des Femmes. Increasingly, she has argued that French attitudes towards the hijab and Muslim women are reprehensible. She talks to Andrea Catherwood about her career. How do adults with a learning disability make friends and relationships in a safe environment? Woman's Hour hears from Marianne Radcliffe of the charity Fitzroy about their campaign Love4Life, Mandy and Jay a couple who met through Stars in the Sky, a dating and friendship service for adults with learning difficulties and Nicole Hamerton, one of its founders. Radio 4's season Riot Girls, about women's writing from the second wave of feminism to the present day includes a dramatisation of Erica Jong's novel Fear of Flying, published in 1973. Jenni spoke to Jong in 1990 and asked her what she said to the critics who suggested she wrote pornography. Women often feel self-conscious about facial hair but it's very common. Why is it something that we still don't talk openly about? Jenni talks to Laura Cofield, Phd student from Sussex University and Dr Sam Bunting, cosmetic dermatologist. Presenter: Jenni Murray.

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