(Late) weekly round-up

// 3 November 2010

Sorry for the lateness of our weekly round-up, but here it is. Feel free to use the comments space below as an open thread if you want to comment on any of the stories raised or just have a general chat.

In the meantime, stories we missed last week are:

  • Feminist Memory’s timeline of Riot Grrl in the media
  • Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things: “Former NPR analyst Juan Williams, among other ignorant people, has an irrational fear of Muslims, and thinks you can identify them based on what they look like. Here I will post pictures of Muslims wearing all sorts of things in an attempt to refute that there is such a thing as “Muslim garb” or a Muslim look”.
  • Kira Cochrane in The Guardian on men who believe porn is wrong
  • Anti-Rape Condom with “Teeth”– Why are Women Responsible for Stopping Rape? (sexgenderbody)
  • The BBC has announced first time plans to screen women’s matches at next month’s British boxing championships (via the Herald Scotland)
  • The Guardian reports that lessons on gay history reduce homophobic bullying in a Stoke Newington school (although from reports it’s questionable whether they really cover ‘LGBT’ history or just cis gay men)
  • Iran says some academic courses too “Western” (Reuters Africa) ….the list includes women’s studies, among other things
  • A Texan anti-abortion group has been running a protest outside the Marie Stopes sexual health clinic in central London (via The Independent
  • The Guardian reports on the development of a new contraceptive gel that is applied directly to the skin and could offer women an alternative form of hormonal contraception without the typical side effects associated with the pill
  • Restructure! blames the patriarchy for her technical incompetence at Geek Feminism
  • Crimes of violence against disabled women are endemic in her East African homeland, says activist Laura Kanashu. But now, demands are being made on the Ugandan government to take action
  • BBC7 Banned Season: Clive Anderson introduces a selection of dramatisations and readings of books or works which were embroiled in censorship issues.
  • Spanish prostitutes ordered to wear reflective vests for their own safety (Telegraph)
  • “They know how to break all the girls like you”: Footsteps in the Dark on being a ‘spinster’
  • Who wants to see happy fat people in love? Not Marie Claire! (fatshionista)
  • Hannah Nicklin’s new site about the public spending cuts
  • I’ve Had One, Have You?“: a blog post about abortion
  • Goodbye, miniskirt? (Stop Street Harassment)
  • The new f-word (Tufts Daily)
  • The Refugee Council assesses what will the spending review mean for asylum seekers and refugees?
  • Love Anonymously: Call for submissions: Racialicious’ first ever blog carnival, “a rough guide of sorts to all the “other” first times […] perspectives on how race intersects with [people’s] sex lives, various GLBTQ experiences with approaching and navigating sex and the concept of virginity, how visible and invisible disabilities impact how we are perceived as sexual beings, sex after major life transitions, that sort of thing”
  • A Guardian report on Cambodians being beaten, raped and killed at an illegal detention camp funded by the UN
  • ‘Rape filmed as insurance against prosecution’ (Express Tribune)
  • The Femail Eunuch (Shouting At Cows)
  • Retailers we’re refusing to shop with in November (Boycott the 35), and Hangbitch on the point of boycotting the pro-cuts retailers
  • The Telegraph reports that 8 in 10 teachers lack the confidence to teach kids about sex
  • The 100 best signs at the anti-Tea Party rally in America, to restore sanity and / or fear – the funniest thing I’ve seen all day [note this has been corrected in light of the comment below]
  • Sonia Burgess death: Accused remanded in custody until 3rd February 2011 (Bird of Paradox): an antidote to the sensationalist and transphobic journalism surrounding the case

That’s it, folks: a lot of interesting lunchtime reading. Enjoy!

Comments From You

Cara // Posted 3 November 2010 at 1:04 pm

your link to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear is NOT the Tea Party rally – it’s the antithesis to the Tea Party rally, which was The Rally to Restore Honor, hosted by Glenn Beck:


Lynne Miles // Posted 3 November 2010 at 1:09 pm

Whoops! Excellent point! I’ll edit the post accordingly, thanks Cara

earwicga // Posted 3 November 2010 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for the link to the rally signs Lynne – excellent!

A couple to add:

Kat Banyard on BBC HARDtalk – http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vp00s/HARDtalk_Ka t_Banyard_Feminist_Author/


I just posted a review on a visit to Hooters by MitziRosie (the toilets were the best part!) – http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/10628

nell // Posted 3 November 2010 at 1:40 pm

i absolutely love Stayceyann Chin who is an amazing poet, i would just like to share his little clip from youtube called feminist or a womanist


liz // Posted 3 November 2010 at 1:43 pm

Rally to restore sanity has a bit of a problematic name no? For those with mental health issues and politically in general…

nell // Posted 3 November 2010 at 7:42 pm

I do not think i have ever read an article on this site about how women are portrayed in music videos. I am not a feminist but rather a womanist as I feel feminism does not represent me as a black woman. From a young age i have always loved hip and RNB but I have always found it horrible how these music genres portray black women in their videos. Most of the artists are black and proud of it but are so sexist towards black woman it is disgusting. I remember not so long ago watching a video from a rapper called Nelly called tip drill and being so upset and disgusted by it i stopped listening to his music altogether. Most rappers have videos similar to Nelly’s have even worse lyrics like,”You’ve got to put that bitch in her place/ Even if it’s slapping her in the face” (from Snoop Dogg’s 2001’s Can U Control Yo Ho), but it has almost become acceptable for them to produce shit like that. Even though most of these artists are American i cannot help but feel personally offended because many black girls and boys around the world watch these videos and are influenced by them. Most of these artists reinforce the negative stereotype of black people and that is just depressing. In these videos the girls are mainly there to show their breasts and bums and nothing else, they are seen as moving props some call them “walking bling” because as well as the rappers actual bling they are merely accessories. I don’t actually listen to hip hop as much as i did as a kid but there are some artists who show some respect for everyone and that is nice to know. I have also noticed that when these artists do these types of videos they always have black woman in the back ground but in their other videos they mostly have mixed race girls, Latinos or whites.

As a young teenager i hope to see a big change in these videos in the near future but I’m not holding my breath for long.

For those who are not familiar with hip hop music here Nelly’s song tip drill.


Lynne Miles // Posted 3 November 2010 at 8:05 pm

Hi Nell. You’re right, I don’t think it’s something we’ve talked about for a while, on the blog at least. There are some features on women’s representation in music videos here and here, and an article about the use and misuse of the word ‘pimp’ in gangsta rap culture (here). If it’s something you wanted to write a guest post about, feel free to send one in to us!

nell // Posted 3 November 2010 at 8:35 pm

thanx for your comment Lynne.

here is a link to a youtube video about sexism and racism in music videos.


Lindsey // Posted 4 November 2010 at 9:11 am


Your comment reminded me of a track on Akala’s latest album DoubleThink called “I don’t need” – it’s a clear statement that just because he’s a rap artist doesn’t mean he needs women to act or dress in certain ways to please him. At first I wasn’t into it: *I* don’t need some guy to give me permission to do things, but now I’m glad he included it because not only is he saying it’s ok to be yourself but he’s saying it to all his male audience as well, and encouraging them to treat women as people not accessories.

sianushka // Posted 4 November 2010 at 11:32 am

nell – i always really liked the track on roots manuva’s first album that featured wildflower, it was a great tune for women. i also really like mos def and doom who don’t rap about degrading women. unfortunately, they are rarely the tracks that get in to the top 40!

there was a good article in the guardian this year about women MCs http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/feb/18/female-mcs-ms-dynamite-lady-chann

and i wrote an article for them about women djs, including the bristol based hip hop collective dutty girl: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2007/nov/28/women.electronicmusic

there’s also a great track that my friend played me years ago called the ‘revolution will not happen between these thighs’ which is a ‘cover’ of the revolution will not be televised and wa produced by dj vadim. i can’t remember the mc’s name tho.

nell // Posted 4 November 2010 at 2:57 pm

Even though these artists are mostly black all of the girls in their videos are never darker than a mixed race person and if they are they are very light skinned black girls. Lighter skinned girls are always considered the most attractive in the black community, Beyonce, Ciara, Amerie, Alecia keys, Ashanti are to name a few.

BookElfLeeds // Posted 4 November 2010 at 4:10 pm

I always thought that was so that the commercialised product could be sold to white people without confronting the institutional racism that sees lighter skinned people as somehow ‘better’.

polly // Posted 6 November 2010 at 10:12 am

Maybe Nell could be invited to write a guest blog post?

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