Weekly round-up and open thread, 15-21 May 2012
Lynne Miles // 21 May 2012
Here’s this week’s round-up of some of the bits around the internet we haven’t had a chance to blog about. Please add links in the comments section if there’s anything you came across that you want to share too. Please note that a link here doesn’t imply endorsement or agreement, and some links may be triggering.
- We are all subversives: femme strength and queer solidarity (Radical Faggot)
- Jamie Walker at This Affected Youth on the news that Zimbabwean Senator has suggested circumcising women, shaving their heads and asking them to wash less frequently could halt the AIDS epidemic.
- The Australian Star (not unproblematically) interviews Andrea Roussel, a trans woman working as a prison warden who was able to stay in her job during and after her transition.
- 3 things professional women should stop apologising for (Fast Company)
- The government has halved the staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and removes its obligation to assess whether government policies will affect the poor, and makes the Chair a part-time post (via The Guardian)
- On the Ched Evans rape case: the Police speak to Sky News and Rima Amin on the Independent Blogs:(Ched Evans Conviction: The internet is not the place to dispute rape)
- Also in The Independent: Richard Garner (Older female newsreaders forced to become Stepford Wives).
- John Scalzi says being a straight, white male is “the lowest difficulty setting there is” (or ‘privilege for gamers’)
- A Latina woman in New York has been jailed for 10 days for calling a judge a “white racist pig” (via Fuck Yeah Marxism-Leninism)
- Black women’s bodies, ourselves (and a twerkin’ for mothers’ video): An interview with strugglingtobeheard by leonine antiheroine
- Afghan woman pushes for rights from behind the wheel (AlertNet)
- RIP Donna Summer, queen of disco, who has died at 63 (BBC News)
- New tumblr: Is This Feminist? (Because being a marginally acceptable feminist is a full time job)
- Two comment pieces from The Guardian: Hollande’s cabinet shows Sarkozy how to do gender equality – see, easy; and Fake gay weddings in Tokyo Disneyland are not a fairytale come true
- Gay Star News: 106-year-old transgender woman speaks at Burma’s first IDAHO
- Londonist interview with the curator of ‘Pink Does Not Exist’ at Flat C, an art gallery inside the curator’s own home in north London
- A hospital trust in the West Midlands is planning to allow unpaid job seekers (on ‘Workfare’ programmes) to deliver patient care on its wards (via The Guardian)
- The undercover reporter Mary Beith, who broke the ‘smoking beagles’ story in the 1970s, has died aged 73
- Dammit Quesada: Ragnell on the assertion that a big-budget comic-book movie with a female lead wouldn’t work
- Rhiannon and Holly from The Vagenda write in the New Statesman. The men’s rights zeitgeist: Don’t buy into this pretend battle of the sexes.
- Asking: The Pervocracy on consent
- The (inaugural?) Intersect conference happened in Bristol last Saturday: read a summary of the day by organiser and former TFW guest blogger Natalie Dzerins at her blog, Forty Shades of Grey.
That’s it for now – more next week!
Image by Flickr user duncan. It shows graffitti on a wall reading “Another subversive comment”. It is shared under a creative commons license.