Weekly round-up and open thread: 30 July 2012
by Laura // 30 July 2012, 13:30
Welcome to this week's round-up of stories and articles of interest from the last week. As ever, inclusion does not imply endorsement. Feel free to add anything we've missed in comments!
Kimberly Seals Allers: "People don't expect to see me as a breastfeeding advocate"
Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies aged 61 of pancreatic cancer
You're wrong, Harriet Harman - Conservatives make better feminists - TROLLING ALERT!!
Trans teen banned from exam reads teacher her rights
(Gay Star News)
The rise in women seeking a perfect vagina
(BBC News, Health)
[CONTENT WARNING: link features photo of a beaten woman's face]
London 2012: Domestic violence hub opens near Olympic Park
Douchebag Decree: Sexist Olympic Advertising
A Repetitive Dialogue - Analysing the debate between trans women and cis radical feminists over lesbian space
(Guardian of Spirits)
My miscarriage, my abortion - On US fetal personhood laws
Terms and Conditions Tear Your Ads Apart - Why the group behind Ireland's anti-choice adverts could soon be hit with legal problems
Gender-based violence plays role in arms treaty conference
Saudi Arabia: The "Faceless" Experiment - In which a Saudi blogger reports on her experiences of wearing the niqab for the first time
The women Greece blames for its HIV crisis
Does my disability pride scare you?
(This Ain't Livin')
Thanks (but no thanks...) - Weightlifter Zoe Smith reminds certain male commenters that "we don't lift weights in order to look hot"
Not just Sally Ride - On the women NASA prevented from going into space
London 2012 beach volleyball is a maverick mix of Benny Hill and sport - Carrie has pointed out that the Benny Hill tune was played between points in the men's matches too and it seemed to be more of a joke at the expense of the volunteers running on and raking the sand all over the court as quickly as they could
"About Face": Yesterday's supermodels take a long look in the mirror (Washington Post)
Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks?
(Observer, World news)
[CONTENT WARNING - This contains horrible comments from rapists and the image at the top also includes quotes which you will see as soon as you click through]
Rapists explain themselves on Reddit and we should listen
Oxford University changes dress code to meet needs of transgender students
Anti-Suffragette Postcards from the Early 20th Century - and over a century later we're still fighting the same stereotypes!
Benefit fraud: the levels are actually very low
Photo of a pin board covered in various lovely things, including feminist badges, buttons and postcards, by our very own cathredfern, shared under a Creative Commons licence.