Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread, 9th April 2012

// 9 April 2012

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The diving belle in Scarborough It’s that time of the week to share all the interesting and newsworthy stories that we missed during the week. Please be aware that some may be triggering, and that including an item in the round-up post just means that one of us thought it was noteworthy, not that any or all of us necessarily agree with it.

I will leave you with the original and far, far superior “I Kissed a Girl” (by Jill Sobule)

[The image is a photograph of the Diving Belle on Vincent’s Pier in Scarborough. It is a bronze sculpture of a female diver, situated next to the lighthouse and looking out to the sea. It was taken by me.]

Comments From You

Laura // Posted 9 April 2012 at 12:20 pm

Brilliant video and song, thanks!

Philippa Willitts // Posted 9 April 2012 at 6:23 pm

Glad you liked it! I’ve loved the song for years but had never seen the video until looking it up a few days ago for this.

karen smith // Posted 16 April 2012 at 7:55 am

I’m surprised the F word is promoting Oxfam’s ‘great bra hunt’. I read about this in the Daily Mail today and here’s a quote from an oxfam representative.

“Oxfam is sending its first batches of bras to Senegal, West Africa, where, traditionally, women ‘just flop around’, according to Sarah Farquhar, head of Oxfam Trading. ‘A good bra makes them feel more elegant.’ ”


I just find this statement appalling, it manages to be both misogynist and racist/culturally imperalist at the same time. Is there something wrong with women’s breasts ‘flopping around’? I thought that that’s how breasts were designed! What right do Oxfam have to impose western beauty standards on poor women in Africa and demand they look ‘elegant’? What right do Oxfam have to demand any of us look ‘elegant’?

Oh and it turns out from their website that Oxfam are actually selling the bras in senegal – if the need is that great, why not give them away?

A big own goal from Oxfam, who certainly won’t be getting any more of my money, and I was a regular donor.

Philippa Willitts // Posted 16 April 2012 at 9:12 am

Thanks for this, Karen, I had no idea.

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