A video of the March of the Beekeepers demonstration in London.
How will Google Glass change the way we live and the social norms we accept? Joining Tom Spender in the studio to discuss this are: Jack Schofield, Guardian columnist and ZDNet blogger; Matt Owen, Head of Social Media at Econsultancy, a resource for digital marketers; and Dr Anders Sandberg, James Martin research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University.
Joining Tom Spender in the studio to discuss the legacy of Hugo Chavez are: Giampaolo Rossi-Fedele, a Venezuelan living and working in London; Ian Dunt, editor of Politics.co.uk; and Tim Stanley, a historian and writer for the Daily Telegraph.
Joining VoR’s Tom Spender in the studio to discuss the Kenyan elections are: Gemma Jones, an anthropologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who is blogging the elections for the LSE; and Matthew Searle, a Kenya analyst at Business Monitor International. On the phone from the Kenyan capital Nairobi are: Anne O’Mahony, Kenya country director for Concern Worldwide; and James Reinl, a freelance foreign correspondent.
VoR’s Tom Spender discusses the situation in Tunisia with: Amira Mhadhbi, a Tunisian feminist activist and writer for Open Democracy; Mohamed Ali, director of the Islam Channel; Dr Mohamed-Salah Omri, a lecturer in Arabic literature at Oxford University; and Dr Wassim Daghrir, professor of American Cultural Studies at the University of Sousse.
A trend known as ‘slut-shaming’ has emerged on the internet in recent years. Posting on social networking sites such as Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter, teenage girls – and sometimes boys – humiliate girls for the way they dress or look, which they say is ‘sluttish’. VoR’s Tom Spender hosts a heated debate.
Sometimes these posts are accompanied by photos of the girl being targeted and attract scores of harsh comments, causing serious distress to the girl in question and leading to accusations of cyber-bullying. There are cases in which slut-shaming is said to have led to suicide.
So is slut-shaming an understandable reaction against the excessive sexualisation of young girls in Western culture, or is it a disturbing occurrence of girls propping up an age-old sexist order that seeks to control female sexuality?
VoR’s Tom Spender discusses with Julie Bindel, a freelance journalist and co-founder of the group Justice For Women; Rhiannon Cosslett, co-founder and editor of Vagenda magazine; the anti-feminist blogger Judgy Bitch; and Soraya Chemaly, a feminist writer and media critic.
This is by far the best discussion programme I’ve hosted so far and is well worth a listen.
In which: Judgy Bitch applauds slutshaming and says teenage peers are stepping in to do the job their parents are failing to do, which is to tell young girls that dressing provocatively is asking for trouble; Soraya Chemaly argues that teenage ‘slutshamers’ are perpetuating sexist attitudes in a bid to do what they think sexist adult society expects of them; Julie Bindel agrees with Chemaly and says the word slut is never appropriate; and Rhiannon Cosslett also weighs in against Judgy Bitch.
Hezbollah is Lebanon’s strongest armed group and is also a political party. It receives support from Iran and is said to be fighting with Syrian government forces against the rebellion there.The US, UK and the Netherlands already consider Hezbollah to be a terrorist group — should the EU follow suit?
Joining VoR’s Tom Spender to debate the question are: Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House; Karl Sharro, a Middle East commentator and blogger; Shashank Joshi, a Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, joining the debate over the telephone; and Dmitry Babich, VoR’s in-house commentator, also joining over the telephone from Moscow.
In which: everyone agrees it would be counterproductive to brand Hezbollah a terror group; Nadim Shehadi says that as the international community’s credibility goes down, that of Hezbollah goes up; Karl Sharro says labelling Hezbllah a terror group would just bolster it in Lebanon, Shashank Joshi says that Hezbollah is in effect too big to fail; and Dmitry Babich warns that pressurising Hezbollah could further polarise the Middle East along sectarian lines.