Weekly round-up and open thread: what we missed

// 2 August 2010

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Here’s just a handful of things we’ve noticed but not had time to post about this week. If you know of any more you want to let people know about, or just fancy a natter with fellow feminists, consider this an open thread for discussion.

Phew! You see, we miss a LOT. We don’t mean to, and in an ideal world we’d love to write about every single one of these, but in the imperfect present we’ve decided the least we can do is a round-up and shout out to all the cool stuff going on. If you know of more, tell F-worders in the comments. Thanks!

Comments From You

Elmo // Posted 2 August 2010 at 1:12 pm

Just finished watching sherlock, and was thinking the whole time “um…this is all a bit sexist”. Im a bit dissapointed with the series in general, becasue i love the original books, yet the writers have completly failed to adapt any of teh storylines properly, they just make up their own. Sherlock Holmes is only a good detective when he’s solving good crimes-Conan Doyle was VERY good at writing those crimes, yet tv (and recent film) totally ignores them.

The original books, I feel, where quite progressive-not exactly pro feminist, but definetly heading in the right direction-Irene Adler! Incidentally, I cant recall any stories where any of the women are tied up on train tracks, etc.

frank // Posted 3 August 2010 at 12:04 am

The link about the (recently departed) UK film council is interesting. It’s dated 2003 and the council was only set up in 2000 so I wonder what happened in the intervening years?

masculinist // Posted 3 August 2010 at 9:21 am

re fawcett society budget challenge ….

take a look at Mary Dejevsky’s article in the Independent. She says some good things and I agree with her.

Elizabeth Perano // Posted 3 August 2010 at 3:43 pm

I have read online that the Great Firewall of Australia is due to ban depictions of female ejaculation (but not male) and, unbelieveably, women with small breasts. Apparently it is alleged that boyish figures can stimulate paedophiles.

This is all so incredible, bizarre and upsetting. Does anyone know anymore about this? Is it really going to happen and is there a campaign against it?

Joanne // Posted 4 August 2010 at 5:52 pm

My boyfriend just pointed out this disappointing video report from Newsbeat, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/10867779,

interviewing Kelly Brook on her new advert for Reebok – a full body naked (except for trainers) billboard poster. The Newsbeat reporter asks Brook does she think the poster was airbrushed (“probably”) and does she support warnings labels to show where a photo has been airbrushed (“maybe, if they were small”).

A missed opportunity for Newsbeat to push for the warning labels and critique airbrushing and naked billboard posters. Oh, my mistake, that wouldn’t be impartial enough for the BBC would it?! Yet they’ll give a 2 minute platform for Brook to talk about herself, support photoshopping, and give some free advertising to Reebok

Kristin // Posted 5 August 2010 at 1:16 pm

I saw the Kelly Brook Reebok ad too – that’s me not buying anything Reebok again. Her rationale (for this, plus Playboy and other nip posing, is that she can look back when she’s old and think, wow, people wanted to look at my body once). But okay, Kelly didn’t invent patriarchy and she can’t be expected to resist it single-handed.

I’ve been hearing a lot about the woman in Iran sentenced to stoning, which sentence has now apparently been commuted to hanging! Or life imprisonment. Her family is being persecuted, as is the lawyer who defended her. She now wants asylum in Turkey.

I also read that Gisela Bundchen said there should be a worldwide law forcing all new mothers to breastfeed for six months. I don’t think she’s quite thought that one through, but of course lots of people don’t think before they open their Mersey tunnels.

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