Weekly round-up and open thread
Holly Combe // 15 December 2014
Lots of important feminist-related and intersectional news/commentary this week, including Disabled People Against the Cuts’ open Letter after the 8 December High Court ruling against their challenge to the closure of the Independent Living Fund, plus discussion of the how the new legislation prohibiting a range of sexual acts in online media impacts on women…
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How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and Inclusion (Model View Culture)
European Union releases analysis of the situation of Trans people in Europe (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia)
Remembering Comedian and Disability Rights Activist Stella Young (Bitch magazine)
Legislation addressing rape and other sexual violence – often committed by armed forces – will be presented to cabinet by year end.
On Frances Fitzgerald’s bill to criminalise clients (Feminist Ire)
It doesn’t really matter what the bill includes because, to Frances Fitzgerald, it doesn’t really matter what the law does – whether or not it “works”, whether or not it harms sex workers. Sex workers themselves do not matter. This is why their views have been so readily ignored throughout this process: because as far as Irish policy-makers are concerned, the law is not really about them anyway.
The rights of sex workers (Aljazeera)
#saveilf: Open Letter to Ed Miliband, Rachel Reeves and Kate Green (Disabled People Against the Cuts)
We ask you to imagine what it will be like, for people who have been enabled to live a full life, be with friends and family, go out, work, study and enjoy recreation, to have all that taken away, and find themselves trapped inside, all day, every day, with choices over what they do, when and how, removed.
Changes in Pornography – Discussion (EQ View)
The goal [of the legislation] is to censor freedom of information and access to knowledge. These regulations will not affect the big media conglomerates who peddle mainstream porn; it seems to be targeting and censoring forms of female sexuality that are not normative… The legislation threatens perfectly lawful domestic trade, the livelihoods of many self-employed people, many of them women… It is crushing independent, creative views of sexuality in favour of a one-size-fits-all mainstream heteronormative porn. – Itziar Bilbao Urrutia
Porn Censorship Protest Outside Parliament (Sky News) [after the event]
An ode to those who love themselves too much (That Pesky Feminist)
5 Things Straight Women Should Stop Saying to Queer Women (everyday feminism)
Russell Brand tells Question Time debate Nigel Farage is a ‘pound shop Enoch Powell’ (London Evening Standard)
Irish cereal cafe owner posts online rant about Channel 4 reporter (Irish Independent)
New Film Opens Debate on Sizeism and the Gay Community (Favor Phoenix)
Channel4’s latest collaboration with world’s first bionic pop artist (viktoriamodesta.com/)
Most of the coverage I’ve seen of the last item in this round-up has concentrated on the piece’s ‘invasion’ of the X-Factor‘s ad break and Channel 4’s framing of the video as “an alternative to painfully dull manufactured pop”. Do add a link to the comments here if you know of any articles offering a more detailed analysis, particularly by disabled writers, or give us a shout at email@example.com or TV@thefword.org.uk if you’d like to write one for us.
Disabled women’s protest march in 1967, when over 200 members of the Disablement Income Group gathered in Trafalgar Square to hand a petition to Prime Minister Harold Wilson. This is a sepia shot showing a mixed gender group of wheelchair users and walkers holding signs with the messages ‘BRITISH DISABLED HOUSEWIVES DENIED EVEN NATIONAL ASSISTANCE’ and ‘DISABILITY + POVERTY = DESPAIR‘. A number 59 bus is visible at the back.
More information can be found in 4.1 of Tony Baldwinson’s report ‘Unacknowledged Traces: Exploring through photographic records the self-organisation of disabled people in England from the 1920s to the 1970s‘.