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Articles by Jane Shillingford

About Jane Shillingford

Jane spent the bulk of her career working on women’s magazines. Now retired and living on the south coast, she has no regrets and 'would do it all again'. More Posts

Straight from the hip

With women’s issues increasingly assuming mass mainstream awareness – some might say not before time – despite the occasional huffing and puffing of male Rusters, it is a welcome and positive thing to come across a piece of traditional no-nonsense opinion from a fellow female [...]

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Feminism and the art of being a woman

These days, being something of an old crone in the scheme of modern feminism since I was supposedly in my prime – burning my bra and breaking down the barriers between the sexes – during the late Sixties and early Seventies, I’m acutely conscious of the wide spectrum of opinion and [...]

January 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

A difficult topic

Rape – not least its relationship with UK law – is a complicated subject that affects us all and, of course, especially women. There is widespread concern in some quarters about the apparent ‘gap’ that exists between the number of actual rapes and those those result in [...]

December 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Happy days are here again!

You have to laugh sometimes at the world. Here’s a link to an article by Zoie O’Brien on the subject of the latest ‘Snowflake’, Millennial, feminist PC-brigade initiative we all absolutely need to be aware of, as appears today upon the website of the – DAILY [...]

November 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

How it all works

Years and years ago – in the early 1970s – I once interviewed Tony Elliott, sometime husband of Janet Street-Porter, who is best known for having founded and being the original editor of Time Out magazine, the alternative ‘entertainment’ guide to what was on in London. Being [...]

September 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Food for thought

Two aspects of modern life that reoccur in most people’s reflections upon modern life are: Firstly, the various ways we acquire knowledge, keep in touch with what is happening around us and across the world and choose to spend those proportions of our free leisure (or non-working) time that are [...]

August 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A storm in a cooking pot

Though to be honest I haven’t given this much thought, I never imagined that one day I’d be feeling sympathy for Jamie Oliver who – as with many so-called TV chefs – for me has a pronounced simultaneous ability to irritate and inform (if that’s you how you regard it). For those who [...]

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

From the female viewpoint

It’s been a while since I have contributed to the Rust in my ‘reporter at large on female issues’ role and to a degree the explanation this has been because in recent times these have been being treated as mainstream fodder in the world’s media and not simply confined to the [...]

June 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Those were the days

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing – if you can think back that far – and, as my kids keep reminding me, as my short-term memory fades by the day I shall probably soon be able to recall the Sixties and Seventies better than what happened last week despite the old counter-culture, rock [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Spreading the gold dust around

There’s a slight tendency among Rust contributors to poke derision and/or fun at what they see as slavish modern politically correct ‘pro-diversity and/or female equality’ attitudes and initiatives. We possessed of a liberal frame of mind allow them a little latitude on the [...]

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

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