Weekly round-up and open thread, 22nd November 2010

// 22 November 2010

Welcome, one and all, to this week’s round-up thread. As always, this is a list of links we’ve spotted or been sent over the past seven days which may be of interest to you.

Without further ado…

Page 3 at 40 (Dr Petra)

MP bids farewell to blogging (Tom Harris MP)

Why we need intersectionality (The Rotund)

Doctor dismissed from adoption panel over views on same-sex couples (Leamington Courier)

The Havens’ survey on attitudes to rape

Blog on advertising and gender

Faith in service: what has gender got to do with it?

Suicide and depression on the rise across the UK (Independent)

Line-up for TEDWomen announced

Disabled girl a ‘health and safety risk’, says school

Over 1m unemployed women (Morning Star)

Musawah, an international movement promoting equality in the family through

Islamic principles has released a video of their latest outreach meeting

Vagisil military award led to journalistic kudos

Couple asks internet to vote on whether woman should have an abortion

It’s OK to execute people for being gay

Anti-rape campaign targets potential perpetrators, not victims (Edmonton Journal)

House of Lords gets 18 new female working peers

Feel free to use the comments facility as an open thread. Have a great week!

Comments From You

Hannah // Posted 22 November 2010 at 4:24 pm

Always good to read Dr Petra, though I wish she’d been a bit more open about her views in this article. She’s clearly not a fan of page 3 but she seems unwilling to say so outright, perhaps because she fears being vilified like Clare Short. As for Page 3 reaching 40, it makes me disappointed that 40+ years of mainstream feminism has failed to shift this most iconic and blatant symbol of our sexist society.

Feminist Avatar // Posted 22 November 2010 at 5:48 pm

The Faith in service article raises interesting questions for the UK in light of the govt’s decision to promote ‘big society’. Once charities- often provided by faith-based organisations- take on the burden of providing the social care and security systems once provided by the state, who will advocate for and ensure gender equality in those systems (which is not to imply that there are no feminists in faith-based orgs)?

nell // Posted 22 November 2010 at 6:17 pm

i can’t believe the couple are letting internet users if they should abort their baby. When i first went on the site I thought it was a joke, so imagine the amount of people who have clicked abort just for a joke. If they do decide to carry on with the pregnancy, I truly feel sorry for the child when he/she gets older. i have a sneaky feeling it is some pro life campaign behind it.

Gennie // Posted 22 November 2010 at 6:56 pm

Nell, you’re not the only one who thinks it’s a pro-life hoax. I would be very very surprised to hear it isn’t a stunt.

Hannah // Posted 22 November 2010 at 7:24 pm

I’m pretty convinced by the conspiracy theory too, Nell and Gennie, it seems like a particularly tasteless pro-life stunt.

Jezebel has an article about sex, misogyny and film classification that some of you might also be interested in: http://jezebel.com/5694506/ryan-gosling-questions-patriarchy-dominant-society In short, the American film classification board thinks it’s fine for kids to see a woman being raped or tortured, but under 17s can’t possibly be allowed to see a woman receiving oral sex.

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