Weekly round-up and open thread, 8 April 2013
Helen G // 8 April 2013
Here’s this week’s open thread for discussion and our regular round-up of some of the articles and blogs we’ve noticed over the last week or so, but not had time to post about.
If you have a link or comment that doesn’t fit anywhere else and would like to share it, feel free to drop it in the comments here.
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- France expands access to abortion (France24)
- Teachers condemn ‘raunch culture’ for fuelling sexism under the guise of irony and empowerment (Independent)
- Tweeter exposes Osborne’s “ill informed rubbish” (Liberal Conspiracy)
- Philpott verdict: Blame the man, not his class (Independent)
- Was this tragedy really a “vile product” of Welfare UK? (New Statesman)
- Vile Product: Mick Philpott & our cosy acceptance of male violence (It’s Not A Zero Sum Game)
- ‘Gay? Prove it then – have you read any Oscar Wilde?’: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers inappropriate questions (Independent)
- “The revolution starts in the ATOS smoking area” – on welfare, addiction, and dependency (libcom.org)
- Video: FEMEN anti-sex industry protest video; they are seen shoving/pushing a woman sex worker (Via @femwho)
- Polly Neate comments on the Mick Philpott case and the domestic violence he perpetrated for over 30 years (Women’s Aid)
- Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Stories (New Yorker)
- Reports of Mick Philpott’s awful crime omit the phrase ‘domestic violence’ (Guardian, Cif)
- Video: Tenants’ group plan bedroom tax boycott as hundreds rally (Manchester Mule)
- Open Letter to the Telegraph (Diary of a Benefit Scrounger)
- Martine White is a product of British welfare, not Mick Philpott (Guardian, Cif)
- Muslim women send message to Femen (The Stream, Al Jazeera English)
- Finally, a tablet simple enough for a woman to use </sarcasm> (Ars Technica, Gear & gadgets)
- The Philpott case shows us that the welfare state is our better self (New Statesman, Voices)
- Enough With Sexist Lena Dunham Click Bait (Slate, XXfactor)
- An open letter to FEMEN (Voices Of Revolution)
- Ableism on the Left is Still Ableism (Disability and Representation)
- Campus Progress (The Media’s ‘Crazy’ Problem)
- Mrs Justice Thirlwall: the one woman Philpott couldn’t defeat (Independent, Voices)
- Misogyny, Sexism, And Why RPS Isn’t Shutting Up (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)
- Content warning: descriptions of disablist and homophobic violence: Steven Simpson’s Death Should Not Be Dismissed (Marxist Queen)
- Benefits in Britain: separating the facts from the fiction (Guardian, Politics)
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