A first for the Jar Belles; we’re pleased to publish a piece of short fiction by Alison Graham.

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Ffion’s eyelids hinged open with a shake of the shoulders.

“We’re not moving,” came the explanation, whispered.

“Well, that’s observant of you.” There was a slight dehydrated fracture to her voice.  

“I mean the train isn’t – I’m a light sleeper.”

“I’m going to wake the others.” Their eyes were again hinging open, pupils rather than lids; the dark of the compartment was incomplete, but the closeness of the cold outside gave it fullness.

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CW: Domestic abuse, sexual violence, violence against women

Andre ‘Dr Dre’ Young, the billionaire headphones mogul and Apple employee, released a new album this week. Inspired by the new film Straight Outta Compton, the album Compton, A Soundtrack By Dr Dre will be Young’s third release. It’s been 16 years since his last album, which is approximately three lifetimes in the pop music world, so you can imagine the fanfare with which this has been announced. Since his last record, Young co-founded the Beats By Dre brand, which was recently purchased by Apple, inc for three billion dollars – the biggest purchase in Apple’s history. The exact amount Young made isn’t known, but he immediately put a video up on Youtube stating that he was hip hop’s “first billionaire”.

Considering all of the above, there’s been a lot of press around Young recently. Weirdly enough, though, I haven’t seen many mentions of the time he repeatedly slammed a woman’s head into a wall in front of a crowd of people and then boasted about it afterwards.

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In addition to running the Jar Belles site, I’m part of Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, and I would like to invite all of you lovely Jar Belles to our Feminist Solidarity Fest.

Feminist Solidarity Fest is an event to promote solidarity (duh) across all supporters of gender equality. We want to make it as open to people as possible, encouraging not only strident feminists to attend (though we obviously love ‘em) but also people who would agree that men and women should be equal but haven’t given it much more thought than that. This is for two main reasons:

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CW: Femicide, violence against women, mutilation

A new London museum, originally proposed to be a celebration of women in the East End, was met with understandable outrage and branded a ‘sick joke’ as the owners revealed it would be dedicated to Jack the Ripper – an unknown man who killed Whitechapel residents Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly in 1888.