Weekly round-up, February 21st 2011

// 21 February 2011

Morning all, here’s our regular round-up of links we’ve been sent or stumbled across and not had time to blog. As always, usual disclaimers apply…

TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains hyperlinks to external websites and blogs, some of which have comment threads and other material which some people may find triggering. The links here are posted in good faith but, as The F-Word has no control over the content of external sites, readers are advised to use their discretion and approach them with due caution.

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER CLAUSE: The inclusion of any link in this post should not be construed as agreement or disagreement with its content by anyone at The F-Word. Links are posted for information and/or discussion purposes only and do not reflect any form of ‘official TFW party line’ on any subject because there is no ‘official TFW party line’.

Enjoy! And if there’s something we’ve missed, feel free to link in the comments.

Feminism v Environmentalism

Severe restrictions proposed for Afghan women’s shelters

Catcaller form – The Riot

Truck-Loving Girls and Ballet-Dancing Boys: Why Raising Ungendered Kids Isn’t so Simple

Gendering poetry for the next generation

Hidden Marks – NUS website for female students who have experienced violence

Series of YouTube videos on Uganda women’s rights

Egypt’s harassed women need their own revolution

Glee and football and why girls can’t play

In Latin America, new ads aim to steer men away from machismo

I’m a bigger asian slut than you

Unsung Heroes: Nellie Bly

Where are all the female reviewers?

Lara Logan, Foreign Correspondents, and Sexual Abuse

Hisaye Yamamoto, short-story author, dies

ENOUGH! Online ‘corrective rape’ campaigns & petitions

Team Katniss!

New funding for women songwriters

The compatibility of cats and masculinity

Why I’m fat-positive

Sex is dangerous. Again.

Call for papers: 20 years of the Women’s History Network

The welfare reform bill will trap abused women in their violent hell

Call for writers: feminism and education

Crooked Rib publishing is live!

Equality on the frontline is the only way

What not to say about Lara Logan

Kirstie Allsopp: Stigma surrounding Caesareans ‘has to stop’

UK lags behind Nordic nations in equality for female executives

Rediscovering WWII’s female ‘computers’

Women still face a glass ceiling

Surf’s Way Up for Women Going Pro as Wave Riders

On The Straw-Feminist in Scientific Critiques

Comments From You

Jane // Posted 21 February 2011 at 12:08 pm

We wrote up last week’s Novel Women event at the ICA – would love that to be included if poss!

CN Lester // Posted 21 February 2011 at 12:15 pm

A post on the intrusion trans people face regarding questions about genitalia (possible trigger warning)


Laurel Dearing // Posted 21 February 2011 at 1:22 pm

the sex-is-dangerous one is very simplistic. theres a difference between a kink club participated in by all present, and a strip club

peace // Posted 21 February 2011 at 10:12 pm

here is a interesting thought provoking post from womanist musings.


evie // Posted 22 February 2011 at 9:21 am

Here’s what you can do to stop the Afghan women’s shelters closing: sign the petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/savetheshelters/

Kate // Posted 22 February 2011 at 4:56 pm

I completely missed the link to the article about Nellie Bly when I first had a look at this post. She is amazing! “Ten Days in a Madhouse” is fascinating and terrifying. “Around the World in Seventy-Two Days” is also brilliant.

Miranda BadRep // Posted 27 February 2011 at 10:18 pm

Hello! Thanks for linking us (we’re the Nellie Bly link).

Just to say that we’re definitely open to suggestions for the Unsung Heroes feature, so if you’ve any favourite lesser-known, or in some way often-overshadowed, historical figures that would be relevant, please do get in touch with us!

– Miranda


Korner // Posted 28 February 2011 at 3:33 am

Sorry but I agree with the tories on the too much sex thing. Most importantly I think someone should be allowed to have this view. Apparently there’s no choice between a nanny state and ‘sex in your face’ 24/7, often at the expense of objectified women in your faces 24/7.. i choose the former option. Sod what belle de sodding jour thinks, she’s done a lot of harm.

This is not something I’m really interested in debating :(

Also very interesting is that, relatively no one bats an eyelid at the thousands of harmful cuts, but the tories threaten to take away sex – suddenly everyone’s in a tangible uproar, because it involves the usual battle over women’s bodies. Liberals find their voices when it involves oppressing women somehow (PETA anyone?)

From a feminist standpoint I prefer the no-sex option. Our society just can’t handle properly the ‘licence to do and say and show skin whatever, wherever’. It doesn’t consider those who don’t have the voices to stand and say ‘get this damn sex out our faces’ and be listened to. Who really don’t fucking want it pushed and pushed into everything, until i’m not really sure who we fucking are anymore. Fuck the sex industry and everything sex. My opinion, I’m entitled to it.

sianushka // Posted 28 February 2011 at 1:46 pm

Korner – i think there really does need to be a discussion about how sex and the commercial sexual exploitation of women, and the objectification of women in the media are having harmful affects on women’s body image, sexuality and self esteem, as well as the APA’s findings that link increased commercial sexualisation with violence against women and sexist attitudes.

but i am wary of aligning or agreeing with the tories. they’re ‘family values’ attitude ignores the possibility and potential of women’s sexuality and very valid sexual desires and feelings, and oppresses what is completely natural. in some ways, the conservative position is closer aligned with the damaging side of sexualisation and pornification – condemn women’s sexuality and treat sexuality as something to sell and commodify.

there is nothing wrong with sex, desire and sexuality. experimenting and discovering your sexuality on your own terms and consensually is something every human should be able to do. there is, in my view, something very problematic with the way sex is sold (i don’t mean prostitution per se here, but the idea of the ‘correct’ sexuality sold to us in the media – male dominant, women’s pleasure unimportant so long as you ‘look right’) to us, the way sex is commodified and the affect this is having on women and men.

also, you say:

‘relatively no one bats an eyelid at the thousands of harmful cuts,’

I don’t know what news/feminist blogs you’ve been watching or reading but i think a LOT of people are very very angry about the cuts!

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