Weekly Round-Up And Open Thread, 31 January 2011

// 31 January 2011


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Here’s this week’s open thread for discussion and our regular round-up of some of the articles and blogs we’ve noticed over the last week or so, but not had time to post about.

If you have a link or comment that doesn’t fit anywhere else and would like to share it, feel free to drop it in the comments here.

This week’s closing video is “Take The Hit” by Mutamassik. From the Dangerous Minds website:

Mutamassik (meaning “stronghold” and “tenacity” in Arabic) is the nom de tune of Giulia Lolli, a half-Italian/half-Egyptian composer and DJ with a background that’s reflected in her splintered internationalist musical style.

Lolli has described her music as “Sa’aidi Hardcore & Baladi Breakbeats: Egyptian & Afro-Asiatic Roots mixed with the head-nod of hip-hop & the bass and syncopation of hardstep.”

“Take The Hit” is from Mutamassik’s 13-track album, “That Which Death Cannot Destroy”, which is available as a free download from Rough Americana via this direct link. [Thanks Mona!]

Comments From You

kinelfire // Posted 31 January 2011 at 9:20 pm

Completely unrelated to the links – the Independent website currently features an ad round its borders for Virgin Atlantic, one that scrolls down the page as you scroll the content. Of course, it features a cartoonish female flight attendant, all impossibly long legs and slightly parted lips… *sigh*

Amy // Posted 31 January 2011 at 10:50 pm

hi everyone just wanted to share this wonderful video with you guys. itis of a girlcoming out as a lesbian to her peers. it is so inspirational.


periwinkle // Posted 1 February 2011 at 1:55 am

Be interesting to know what F-Worders think of GIles Coren’s piece (9th link from the top.) Personally I agree with him; while women crudely deriding men isn’t quite as bad as the reverse, it’s still sexist and unhelpful.

amy // Posted 1 February 2011 at 11:54 am

i like the video

Cazz Blase // Posted 1 February 2011 at 12:32 pm

Thanks for mentioning my link. Some interesting stuff here, I enjoyed Sandi Toksvig and found the Johann Hari piece very powerful.

Would like to add re the CS spraying that Boots is an interesting target, in that it’s being targeted for allegedly dodging tax, whereas in the past it’s been attacked for being pro vivisection. I wonder how many people remember that? I found it rather touching that the store staff treated the protesters eye injuries afterwards though.

sianushka // Posted 2 February 2011 at 9:12 am

periwinkle, sexism against men by women does not ‘balance out’ sexism against women, 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

coren’s article was verging on the incoherent in my opinion. calling women ‘harridans’, saying that if women ruled the world we’d increase levels of torture and start wars over shoes – the whole thing was a nasty sexist rant.

his assertion that women can make jokes about men being dead, but the other way around is unacceptable was sheer privilege talking. the fact that rape jokes are now de rigeur, and murdering women who work in the sex industry jokes are now ‘edgy’ seems to have passed him by.

i’d recommend reading Cruella’s take on it, unfortunately i can’t get on to the link right now! google cruella blogspot.

Lydia // Posted 2 February 2011 at 10:25 am

There is (what I think) an excellent article by Scottish Socialist Youth reacting to the Giles Coren article which I think should be included in your list.

Here it is > http://ssy.org.uk/2011/01/giles-coren-what-a/

I found it very interesting, informative and accurate! I’d love to hear what others think…

amy // Posted 2 February 2011 at 1:05 pm

here is an interesting post for womanist musings about A White Nun Falsely Accuses a Black Man of Rape.


amy // Posted 2 February 2011 at 1:26 pm

An abortion clinic has fired a member of staff following the release of an undercover video allegedy showing the employee offering to help cover up a sex ring so its prostitutes could receive health services

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1352833/Pro-life-campaigners-posed-pimp-prostitute-expose-abuse-young-girls-abortion-clinic.html#ixzz1Co8aktOz

Hugh // Posted 2 February 2011 at 5:40 pm

Thank you very much for linking to my article in the Law Society Gazette. The issue of domestic violence against foreign spouses is both underestimated and underreported. Our legal framework prevents victims from accessing sufficient housing and support and thereby places an insurmountable deterrent to escaping violence in the home. While this is intrinsically abhorrent, the additional effect is that the law maintains the patriarchal family unit – or, at the very least, the power disparity – which arguably causes DV in the first instance. It is quite appalling.

On a positive note, I hope that your readers will be buoyed by the judgment in Yemshaw v Hounslow, though this was spoilt by inaccurate media coverage of the event.

Amy // Posted 2 February 2011 at 5:43 pm

periwinkle sexism towards men is just as horrible when it s aimed at women. i agree with some things Giles Coren said in his article like loose women being acceptable but lets say top gear always criticised for being sexist.

Amy // Posted 2 February 2011 at 6:54 pm

i am surprised there hasn’t been a post on the documentary my big fat gypsy wedding. Here is a link on yesterday’s episode.


Laurel Dearing // Posted 2 February 2011 at 11:34 pm

@Amy, I generally prefer not to judge other cultures. I knew they saw domestic violence differently (sadly) but when I saw the ‘tradition’ of “grabbing”, (read raping) women, I felt pretty sick that it was seen not only as acceptable, but as some kind of hobby. I hope it was the TV trying to drive up Irish travelers as rapists rather than being as widespread a thing as it is. The men said they were aware the women didn’t like it, yet im fairly certain the cameraperson stood by and did nothing as a woman was dragged kicking and screaming away. There may well be a tradition of hard-to-get, I dont know, but it didnt look like it!

paul kelly // Posted 3 February 2011 at 1:30 pm

men can be feminist too. Thanks to the f word for opening up a world i used to have no understanding for.

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