Weekly round up and open thread
Lynne Miles // 27 January 2014
Here’s this weeks lists of links to interesting stuff across the internet this week. Consider the comments an open thread for chat or to signpost other interesting stuff. And, as always, please note that linking isn’t necessarily an endorsement!
- Trans Woman Dares Bible-Quoting Anti LGBT Councillor to Stone Her to Death (I Acknowledge)
- For all Lord Rennard’s supporters: a guide to sexual harassment, and why it matters (Polly Toynbee at The Guardian. And, also on Rennard, Cath Elliott: ‘He is not Jimmy Saville‘.
- Renni Eddo Lodge at Feminist Times discusses The Politics of Skin Lightening (for another take on skin lightening, see this post from January guest blogger, Suze)
- ‘Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it?‘ A week-long series of events exploring the intersectionality of gender and race at SOAS from 17th Feb
- Hana Riaz (Cif) on the ‘racist chair‘
- Beth Twiddle’s experience on a Twitter live-chat last week
- Dom Anderson – NUS Vice President for Society and Citizenship – on Benefits Street and how it feels to be judged on the basis of your background (Independent Voices)
- Transgender People Are Paying The Price For The Media’s Willful Ignorance (Buzzfeed)
- Nowhere for trans women to hide: What Bill Simmons’ apology gets right and so very wrong (Feministing)
- Research reveals the danger of wearing Spanx (short version: digestive issues; circulatory conditions; blood clots; bad posture; weakened muscles)
- Pair jailed for abusive tweets to Criado-Perez and Creasy (BBC News)
- 10 seriously easy things cis people can do to make the world better for trans people (A Gentleman and a Scholar)
- Stop fawning over male feminists (Policy Mic)
- Revenge Porn pair arrested (Gawker)
- How not to report on sex crimes (RH Reality Check)
- The Appropriation Problem: when does influence become exploitation? (Alex at New Music Box)
- Chitra Nagarajan at the New Left Project: Moving Beyond Conflict in the Feminist Movement
- The BBC reports that ‘hundreds’ of children have been detained under the Mental Health Act and kept in police cells because officers had nowhere else to take them.
- Sean O’Hagan in the Observer says Britain no longer loves a ‘working class hero’
- Why your health secrets may no longer be safe with your GP (The Observer, Society)
- Irish president urged to free ailing peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy (Guardian)
- Women are held back in classical music, says Southbank Centre director (Guardian)
- Megan Murphy argues the #notyourrescueproject coversation misrepresents feminist advocacy around prostitution (straight.com)
- The Myth of the Fag Hag and Dirty Secrets of the Gay Male Subculture: Rohin Guha on gay male privilege and misogyny (Jezebel)
And last, but certainly not least, our own Pippa Willitts wrote two things elsewhere this week: for the Feminist Times on disabled women as public property and for Disability Intersections on food snobbery.
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