Weekly round-up and open thread, 27 September 2010

// 27 September 2010

Here’s Monday, and with it comes the weekly round-up and open thread. Have at it in comments!

Craftivists at London Fashion Week (mr x stitch)

Summerskill voices opposition to same-sex marriage (Pink News)

Pregnancy clinics ‘should be set up in schools’ (Guardian)

Recent Belfast Feminist Network event on the sex industry (soisaystoher)

Zadie Smith takes over Harper’s books column (Jezebel)

Bedlam reviewed (Not That But This)

Telepathic feminist cat (Daily Feminist Action)

Only 480,000 UK people are gay, statistics study claims (DIVA Magazine)

Bi Visibility Day

Disability Blog Carnival: Identity (Astrid’s Journal)

Tattooed woman told to put bag over head by Jobcentre (Women’s Views on News)

100 Film Power List (BlackmanVision)

The former guerilla set to be the world’s most powerful woman (Independent)

Menstruation Skateboards (Never Somber)

Tweeting Rape (Ntabwo nitwa Muzungu)

Comments From You

frankie // Posted 28 September 2010 at 2:31 am

‘Only’ half a million, huh. I like that headline.

Elmo // Posted 28 September 2010 at 3:02 pm

Just to say I went to see Josie Long at my student union this week, and she was amazing, really really funny, and had a big long (hilarious) rant at the end about Tories.

She declared herself a feminist and urged us all to try and change the world, fight sexism. It was wonderful, so rousing and inspiring, I dont normally go on like this but she was incredible! Got my photo taken with her at the end, very pleased! You should all go see her if you can :)

LonerGrrrl // Posted 29 September 2010 at 3:45 pm

I came across this news report today & thought readers here might be interested – it’s about how almost half of teenage girls in some UK cities fear going out after dark: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11420735

Laurel Dearing // Posted 29 September 2010 at 4:39 pm

i was wondering what people made of the more graphic scenes of this is england? i personally, as someone that gets triggered easily thought it was done really well but i believe it shocked a lot of people not usually affected by these scenes to feel sick because it wasnt sexualised and possibly didnt have enough warning. i knew what was going to happen before i watched it and i took a long time to get around to the third episode. there were parts i couldnt look at, but i felt like anyone watching would feel the same and that very few of the male audience could overlook it or find it sexual either. what did you think?

nick // Posted 30 September 2010 at 4:27 pm

Laurel

I did watch This is England 86 ….( the film is very good too by the way ) ….

The rape scene I guess you are referring to was very nasty and brutal.

There was no way I was getting anything sexual from it.

I have to admit the series got darker as it went on. Was Shane Meadows trying to make things more realistic , gritty, dirty ?? …I dont know ……possibly.

I think there will be another series , set around the 90’s rave scene, if I can remember ….sure I read it somewhere ……be interesting to see what thats like ……

if you’ve not seen the flim …see it ….

Rose // Posted 30 September 2010 at 8:08 pm

I’ve really (enjoyed?NO!) been impressed by ‘this is england’.

I thought that the rape scenes were clearly cold and spiteful abuses – especially in the last episode, where rape was clearly a weapon, not even for the sexual enjoyment of the rapist.

It was quite a brutal series – but I thought that it was much more honest about how bad things can get then most TV will be. He gave the issues raised their due.

Frankly, it makes me angry when I see such issues being portayed in a lighter, fluffier manner for the comfort of the viewer.

I think that the harshness of it really spells out to people ‘why’ things such as rape are such serious problems, and why they should be taken seriously. It is THAT bad!

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