Weekly Roundup Thread

// 14 March 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s open round-up and open thread. The following are a selection of links that you may find interesting. If you come across anything we have missed, please share it with the rest of us.

And just in case, these links don’t necessarily represent all the opinions of the F-word collective. However feel free to comment below!

1) TED: Courtney Martin is Reinventing Feminism

2) Poll shows widespread sexism; Mail says: “Women declare sexism dead”

3) Art behind bars: women’s experiences of prison

4) On Being Feminism’s “Ms. Nigga”

5) Why s.e. smith is Leaving Feminism s.e. smith does a great job citing ou argument with links. Including a) how feminism is an academic industrial complex b) the average transgender person can expert to live for 23 years, c) the median net work for Black women is $5 d) People who continue to celebrated as feminist heros leave a legacy of ableism, racism, classism, and transphobia. e)how others are also talking of leaving feminism including a disabled women

6) International Geek Women’s Day

7) Where Women rule – Kenya

8) Drug addicts paid £200 a year to use long-term contraception

9) Call for Submissions for the Ethics and activism Carnival

10) Can Feminist art change the world? Part 1 and Part 2

11) Defiling BMI at The Carnival of Feminist Cultural Activism

12) Thanks Feminism

13) Saudi prince questions ban on women driving. He says Saudi women should be allowed to drive. (Al Arabiya)

14) Feminist Coming Out Day: a brief report, and a note on the connection between sexual liberation and global justice (Hugo Schwyzer)

15) Kitchen sink drama (Sally Feldman at New Humanist)

16) Suffragette’s ‘secreted’ in organ, removed using ‘gentle ju’jitsu’

17) Would you please Fucking Stop? by Ursula K. Le Guin

18) Amnesty campaign for women to take a role in the new Egypt

19) Competing for pennies; The “X-factor” politics that is making a mockery of women’s suffering

20) Posters

a) Choose Feminism

b) Words that are Transphobic and Why

21) The Careless Language of Sexual Violence

22) Creating Complex Female Characters in Video Games.

23) In Cameron’s Britain profit has become the new piety, in the New Statesman

24) Mexico continues to look up women for abortion and miscarriage: 14 cases in Baja California alone.

25) Call for contributions: Stories about women in science

Have a great St. Patrick’s day!

Comments From You

Susan // Posted 15 March 2011 at 12:38 pm

s.e. smith uses the pronoun “ou”, not “her” (http://meloukhia.net/about-2#ou), and also spells ou name without capitals.

cim // Posted 15 March 2011 at 12:43 pm

Re: s.e. smith at 5) – you’re using the wrong pronoun for ou, there, and ou’s name is all lower-case.

Josephine Tsui // Posted 15 March 2011 at 12:45 pm

Hi all,

Sorry, I didn’t realise the pronoun was different.

Thanks for letting me know.

Denise // Posted 15 March 2011 at 1:37 pm

Thank you for these. Sally Feldman’s article is brilliant and disturbing.

I could read the F-Word all day!

Melissa // Posted 16 March 2011 at 2:35 pm

Sally Feldman’s article struck a massive chord with me. Not least because last night I happened to watch the Hairy Bikers, whose latest programme is about discovering and making over old recipes, but primarily about how ‘mums’ apparently know best when it comes to cooking.



The emphasis was SO MUCH about smiley happy families (preferably large families) sitting around the table together eating delicious meals that cheerful, smiling Mum had cooked them. Women spending hours and hours in the kitchen cooking. Giving their time at some fete, cooking ALL DAY. Can’t even a damn cookery programme not give out scary, stupid, messages about bygone times when we were all so bloody happy because Mum was in the kitchen cooking and knew her place! I don’t know…maybe I’m paranoid.

Josie // Posted 16 March 2011 at 8:09 pm

The article about paying drug addicts to use long-term contraception was interesting. Personally I think they are onto something with this idea. I’m an Early Years professional and am so disheartened with the number of children I see whose parents are just not fit to parent, for a variety of reasons, drug abuse being one. Disappointing that all of the 26 participants were female though. How can contraception STILL be considered to be only a women’s job????? [bangs head against wall]

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