Weekly round-up and open thread, 20 May 2013

// 20 May 2013

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Welcome to this week’s round-up of the articles and blog pieces we’ve been reading over the past week. 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!

NB:A note will be added when the content is not adequately indicated in the title of an article. However, you are advised to use your discretion and approach the links with caution, as round-up posts contain links to external websites and blogs we have no control over. Along with this, we don’t always agree with every viewpoint expressed in the items or the sites containing them. As with actual F-Word content, none of the material reflects any “official view from The F Word” because not all contributors to the site will necessarily hold the same opinions on the topics or pieces shared.

Rape and property theft: some obvious differences (Glosswitch)

Alicia Gali, Woman Who Spent 8 Months In UAE Jail After Being Raped, Tells Her Story (Huffington Post)

NB: I am unable to get the accompanying video to work on three different devices to check but the link came to me with a content note for sexual violence.

What Has Happened to Germaine Greer? (A Very Public Sociologist)

Brave director criticises Disney’s ‘sexualised’ Princess Merida redesign (Guardian)

The Brave and the Bold (Matthew Boggart’s Tumbr)

Disney retreats from Princess Merida makeover after widespread criticism (Guardian)

80% of homophobic attacks in Northern Ireland not reported – study (Guardian, World)

Chief commissioner Michael Wardlow said “The highest level of negativity was reserved for the smaller minority of people who struggle with their gender identity – trans people”

Pregnant women are not the only smokers – tests are not the answer (Guardian)

The Stunning Difference Between Treatment of Men & Women on Reddit (Skepchick)

How Not To Be A Dick To A Little Person (xoJane)

Angelina Jolie on her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy (The New York Times)

Ticking Timebomb (cartoon) (Megan Rosalarian Gedris)

‘Disabled children should be put down’: Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer to be investigated by police over controversial comments (Independent)

Also see Pippa’s ‘A story of hate in three parts‘ from Friday.

Pulling the Trigger on 269life (Baring Teeth)

Over the past few months 269life has gained a significant amount of attention from the animal rights movement, gaining many supporters but also attracting criticism of their use of racist, anti-choice and anti-human imagery/views, as well as their provocative publicity stunts.

Content note: Discussion of rape, sexual assault, self-harm, racism, abuse, assault.

Couple sues over sexual assignment surgery of child (Telegraph, World)

Just 18% of UK television presenters over 50 are women, study finds (Guardian, Media)

Oxford child sex ring: seven men found guilty (London Evening Standard)

How could so many years of horrendous abuse go unnoticed? In this case, the guilt extends way beyond Oxford sex traffickers (Grace Dent, Independent)

Oxford child sex abuse ring: senior officials will not resign over failings (Guardian)

The Oxford abuse case and the myth of the “good girl” victim (New Statesman)

Forced Into Prostitution — and Denied a Lifeline (Florrie Burke, Huffington Post)

…Allowing condoms to continue to be used as evidence in trafficking cases would be detrimental to the health of the very people we are trying to help.

American Apparel really know about that “unisex” thing. Damn well. (English version)(En Blommig Tekopp)

Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project update for IDAHOT 2013 (TMM)

France vs. US – What Do Movie Stars Look Like? (Indiewire)

Black Women in Rock [PHOTOS] (Ebony/Black History)

Iran election: Cleric rules out women candidates (BBC)

Saudi woman makes history by reaching Everest summit (BBC News, World)

No Kidding: Women Writers and Comedians on the Choice Not to Have Children (Brainpickings)

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism (National Geographic)

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the sleaziest of them all? (Express)

Kaitlyn Hunt, Florida Teen, Faces Felony Charges Over Same-Sex Relationship (Huffington Post)

Masculinity in crisis? ‘There is a battle going on inside us that is never discussed’ (Independent, Life and style)

Support a Rape Survivor’s Legal Battle (Go Fund Me)

I’m Ruby – a sex worker of 7 years from Melbourne. I’ve been involved with Vixen as well as organising the inaugural Festival of Sex Work… About 3 years ago I was raped by a serial ugly mug. Due to his history I decided to report it to the police. The committal hearing happened in 2012 and the trial commences in July and will go for a week and a half. I will be cross examined for 1 – 2 days.

[Image description: Licorice Allsorts against a blank background. Left (top to bottom): one three layered white/black/brown square on top of one three layered white/black/orange square, two aniseed circles with balls of blue sugar on the outside, one black roll with white paste in the middle. Right (top to bottom): one pink licorice-middled coconut circle on top of a yellow licorice-middled coconut circle, one licorice roll with white paste in the middle. By Jo Munday, shared under a creative commons license.]

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