Weekly Round-Up And Open Thread #4

// 23 August 2010

(I wonder how long it’ll take before we lose count or mistype and then entirely lose the sequence of these weekly threads…)

Anyway, welcome to your weekly post which gives you links to interesting stories we’ve seen or had pointed out to us but that we’ve not had chance to blog about…and as always, please use the comments as an open thread to discuss topics with other feminists…

Comments From You

beth // Posted 23 August 2010 at 8:52 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11053202

the ten ‘funniest’ one liners from the edinburgh festival. most are at least amusing, but i found 2 and 9 disturbing.

sianushka // Posted 24 August 2010 at 9:04 am

Something else from this week…

Bristol Feminist Network discovered a hooters is in the licensing application process to open a restaurant on the waterfront. Please help us object to hooters by signing our petition

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saynotohootersinbristol/

Sarah // Posted 24 August 2010 at 2:29 pm

Also, check out this great interview with Vanessa Perroncel (John Terry’s alleged secret lover). Very thought provoking.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/22/john-terry-vanessa-perroncel-sex-scandal

Elmo // Posted 24 August 2010 at 3:14 pm

Good on Perroncel, hope she wrings the tabloids dry

Charlotte Revely // Posted 24 August 2010 at 4:15 pm

Amazing that the ten funniest lines from the Edinburgh Festival were all from men!

sianushka // Posted 24 August 2010 at 4:42 pm

good on perroncel for speaking up. i read a heartbreaking interview with her in the guardian months ago, where she talked about how upsetting it was when they raked up her dad’s suicide and made all these assumptions about the link between that and her suspected sex life.

it was despicable. i hope she gets them and they are forced to print apologies. the way she was written about was disgusting – all the old slut shaming, ‘shameless’ nonsense.

Josie // Posted 25 August 2010 at 8:25 am

I also read the Vanessa Perroncel interview on Saturday and was horrified on her behalf. I found the Max Clifford part of the interview really terrifying – he reckons there are ‘dozens’ of women going through the same things as Perroncel. To his credit, he enthusiastically agreed when the interviewer suggested that sexism is at the root of this. Good for Perroncel for speaking up and I hope she wins her legal actions.

Hannah // Posted 25 August 2010 at 11:45 am

Thanks for a bunch of fascinating links as always. I read the post about BBC4 with interest – I love BBC4 and had never thought about male dominance on it before, but last night I watched two programs on there and wondered why I felt so cheered by the end of the night. Thinking about it afterwards, it was because they were both presented by women (Clare Balding and an art historian on the Anglo Saxons), and because this was such a change from the norm. I agree with the comment on the post about fetishising the art historian’s shoes though, the constant panning up from her feet was pretty strange! I guess even lovely, intelligent BBC4 has the same aversion towards female presenters and subjects as all the other channels.

Elmo // Posted 25 August 2010 at 12:27 pm

There was a very interesting programme on bbc3 about Beckii Cruel, an isle of Man schoolgirl who became a superstar in Japan after posting videos of herself dancing on youtube. The show looks at the demographic of these types of videos (the majority of views are men aged 45-55) and at the way her parents encouraged her to stay in contact with a much older male fan who (as her mother freely admits) has a crush on her, and a lot of money. It was really interesting to look at the way japanese culture views girls.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tf20x/Beckii_Schoolgirl_Superstar_at_14/

Naomi // Posted 26 August 2010 at 12:48 am

Also interesting that female comedians only make an appearance under the worst one liners section. Nice way to reinforce that stupid myth that women aren’t funny.

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