Weekly round-up and open thread, 5 August 2013
Holly Combe // 5 August 2013
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.
Liberals need to have an honest chat about free speech (Lou McCudden at Left Eye Right Eye)
On The Figure OF The Troll (By Strategy)
101 Everyday Ways for Men to Be Allies to Women (Michael Urbina)
One woman’s worth: society’s double standard (The Drum)
“When Jill Meagher went missing, the media and the people were stirred into action. But when sex worker Tracy Connelly was murdered, the news barely made the papers. What makes one woman worth more than another[?]…”
Is Robin Thicke Trolling Feminists? (Bitch Magazine)
Who Benefits From Modern-Day Monogamy? (Bust Magazine)
My most WTF sexologist moment to date (A Day in the Life of a Sexologist)
“You seem to believe that the fact that my husband and I choose to use condoms during intercourse is a crime against men, committed by me, and you must take a stand not only for my husband’s sake, but for your own as well.”
Bedroom tax: the first 100 days (Guardian)
Protecting the vulnerable (Inside Housing)
On the need for Homeless Legislation to change.
Submit your short film (competition) (Fem Films)
“The goal of the competition is that women from all over the world would send their shorts films, sharing their vision on the consequences of violence suffered by women in the midst of armed conflicts, and the role of women in peace construction within these conflicts.”
Lambeth Labour party: Stop the witch hunt! (Operation Black Vote)
“…Too often Black members and Black councillors tell the most horrendous stories of ‘divide and rule’ tactics and that Black councillors disproportionately face disciplinary issues.”
No to racist, homophobic acts at Manchester Pride – reject Queens of Pop (UK Black Pride 2013)
If you wear jeans, you’re not a woman: Transphobia at women’s shelters (Freethought Blogs)
Ex-Atos nurse tells of disgust at Assessments (Diary of a Benefit Scrounger)
Transphobia in the Academy: Feminist Edition (Shakesville)
Contains references to transphobia and transphobic hate speech, rape, death and violence.
The New Trans Separatism is the same old White Supremacy (fakecisgirl)
Bedroom Tax Judgment to be appealed (Leigh Day)
A Conversation With a Kenyan Sex Worker (Media Diversity UK)
Contains non-graphic references to violence against women.
Why This Disabled Woman no Longer Identifies as a Feminist (Disability and Representation)
Bomb threats made on Twitter to female journalists (Guardian, Tech)
How a chain of tea shops pioneered the computer (BBC News Magazine)
“…to women, word processing was sold as a feminist innovation…”
he would say I “cried rape”: false allegations and rape culture (Defeating the Dragons)
Contains discussion of verbal abuse, psychological abuse, emotional manipulation, sexual assault, rape and rape apologism.
Rape joke 101 (SJ Bradley)
why has Anchor Bay dick-washed and whitewashed The Sapphires? (updated) (flickfilosopher)
“Movies about women are rare enough. Movies about black women are even rarer. And now we’re gonna pretend the movies about women, whatever their color, aren’t even about them at all?”
Double bad here: Firstly on the part of Anchor Bay (the DVD distributor) and, secondly, on the part of The Australian Daily Telegraph for quoting one of flickfilosopher’s commenters in their later report on the story without any attribution.
Misogyny and Twitter – confusing cause with medium (OpenDemocracy)
“Despite the lazy characterisations of much mainstream media, misogyny is not created by new technologies and it will take much more than an ‘abuse button’ to resolve.”
Southall Black Sisters Confront UKBA Officers In Immigration Protest (Huffington Post, UK)
SBS opposes immigration raid in Southall (statement from Southall Black Sisters)
“Ableism”? Stop insulting me (Lisybabe’s Blog)
A Letter I Needed To Read (body impolitic)
“Sometimes you run across a statement that makes you take a deep breath and feel like you found something you needed to hear, even though you didn’t know you needed to hear it. That’s the way I feel about Iris Higgins’ ‘An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients’ posted in her blog on 07/27/2013.”
The Law and UK Border Agency stop and search (Feminist Philosophers)
Why Orange Is the New Black Is So Addictive (Colorlines)
Contains discussion of child abuse.
I need terrible female engineers (Medium)
Intent vs. Impact: Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter (everyday feminism)
“We are aiming to obtain a building that will be a hub for London women incorporating women’s businesses and campaigning groups.”
Dont put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington (everyday whorephobia)
The sixth in a series on problematic languge, this post addresses the question “But would you want your daughter to be a sex worker?”
Percentage of Females and Males on Various Panel Shows (Love Graphs)
The data is for every episode any listed programme started and includes all episodes up to and including 28th July 2013.
(As a side point, I’m personally never keen on the use of ‘males’ and ‘females’ as nouns but this is a great project.)
UPDATE 06/08/2013: The wording of this title has now been changed to “Percentage of Female and Male Panelist/Hosts on Various Panel Shows”. Other instances of ‘females’ and ‘males’ have also been changed, with the exception of the URLs, which remain the same so that previously shared links remain valid.
Fifty years since the first publication of Betty Friedan’s seminal feminist work The Feminine Mystique, Radio 4 commissions three leading writers to celebrate her influence in new short stories exploring the contemporary feminist landscape. Beginning with Mink by Marina Warner, from 2 August.
“I chose to write about a woman in the Fifties longing for a mink coat because that was the highest status symbol of the era…”
This accompanies the Radio 4 programme mentioned above and shows a black and white head and shoulders shot of a woman in a mink coat, leaning back slightly and looking down over her left shoulder (right). Blue BBC Radio 4 logo (top left). Large quote box containing “All that glamour, nonchalance and allure. All that feminine mystique… (quote unclosed) with ‘Feminine Mystiques’ in white on a blue strip underneath (middle left). bbc.co.uk/radio4 in white (bottom left).