Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread, 16 – 23 April 2012

// 23 April 2012

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Hello Lovely F-Word Readers,

Here’s this week’s round-up of interesting news articles and happenings from around the blogosphere that we’ve not had time to write about in detail. As always, if there’s anything we’ve missed feel free to share with us in the comments section below.

Trans Feminism: There’s No Conundrum About It (Ms.Blog)

Chains of oppression: Katie Roiphe, Lena Dunham and the sexual counter-revolution (Penny Red)

Cambodia’s feminist MP is gaining ground (The Phnom Penh Post)

Jessie J gets the Rock Hudson treatment (The Independent)

Why Jessie J’s sexuality is valuable to young teens (the Guardian)

The Saturday interview: Professor Mary Beard (the Guardian)

Trendswatcher: Punk’s Not Dead – in Russia (Rianovosti)

Why guys really hate being called creepy (Jezebel)

Filler withdrawn for breast use (The Star)

Cynthia Nixon and bisexual choice (pretty queer)

Condescending dude review of Hunger Games (Fannie’s Room)

Mute and mutilated: black women and the cutting of the ‘racist’ cake (The Local)

Impressions of a young feminist on day on Day 1 of the 2012 AWID forum (Young Feminist Wire)

Walthamstow Sexual Health Services Report launched (Stella Creasy MP’s website)

London: the worst place in the UK to be a woman (the Guardian)

350,000 children ‘will lose free school meals in welfare reform’ – charity (the Guardian)

Minimum wage is least care workers deserve (the Guardian)

A Transgender Dad Looks Back on One Year of Breastfeeding His Baby (Bunch)

FGM is not a piece of cake (Black Feminists)

Women and men are still unequal – even when they are dead (the Guardian)

Questionhair (D for Dalrymple)

Men and Feminism, Me and Queer: Can men be feminists? (Douche, Bag and Shoes)

How 25 National Magazine Award Nominations Went To 25 Male Writers (THE AWL)

The death count of the welfare system (The Potter Blogger)

Relevant Magazine, Hugo Schwyzer, and a thing called grace (Sarah over the Moon)(TRIGGER WARNINGS for rape, abuse, stalking)

As always, this is simply a list of articles we have noted as a collective. Inclusion here does not mean we necessarily agree or disagree with the content, but rather that these pieces offer the potential for further debate and discussion.

Hope you all have an excellent week!

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Comments From You

Douche,BagandShoes // Posted 23 April 2012 at 4:04 pm

Dear The FWord,

Thank you for including us in your Weekly Round-Up!

Another piece that may be of interest is based on my personal experience of overcoming debilitating self-esteem/body image related issues through a reclamation of ‘ugly’:


I recognise that this tactic may not be viable for everyone but I think it raises some interesting questions that your readers may want to explore.

I also think it’s worth pointing out that far from being a piece of self-congratulation I end with the cautionary note that perhaps my ability to reclaim ugly is not that revolutionary after all, but a consequence of white, able-bodied privilege and would really welcome outside input from commenters.


sohcahtoa // Posted 23 April 2012 at 9:07 pm

It’s disturbing to read about the poor provision of sexual health services in Walthamstow, where many of the problems seem to stem from the fact that ‘one surgery that serves 13,000 residents formally refuses to provide any family planning services’.

I was just wondering if anyone knew why GP surgeries are allowed not to provide such services in 2012 – I presume the rationale is that in theory family planning clinics will do so instead (rather than all the doctors having moral objections) but, as several of the survey respondents said, it is unhelpful for GPs not to be responsible for all aspects of a patient’s health and prescribe accordingly. Anyway, why should women (it will be women in 99/100 cases, I’m sure) be forced to go to another place with unfamiliar staff for this basic health need? Also, I don’t want to generalise too much but I’ve had very mixed experiences when seeking telephone advice from FP clinics.

Obviously the NHS is facing bigger challenges than this at the moment, but I’d still be interested in an explanation.

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