Weekly round-up and open thread
Lusana Taylor // 20 April 2015
Did you ever think you’d witness Anne Robinson (yes, the presenter from The Weakest Link) watching hardcore pornography? Nope, me neither – but that’s just one of the many interesting things you’ll find in this week’s round-up of links from around the web. We’d love to know what you think (about Anne Robinson watching porn or any of the other articles!) so please do leave your comments below or share your own interesting links with us.
As usual, linking does not automatically mean agreement/endorsement from The F-Word and some links may be triggering.
15 Feminist Artists Respond To The Censorship Of Women’s Bodies Online (Huffington Post)
Hillary Clinton’s Empowerment (Jacobin)
From the article: “Hillary Clinton isn’t a champion of women’s rights. She’s the embodiment of corporate feminism.”
You can read Amelia Handy’s recent F-Word review of the BBC documentary Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women HERE.
VIDEO: Why I asked Anne Robinson to watch porn with me (The Guardian)
From the article: “Seventy-year-old journalist and TV presenter Anne Robinson has never watched porn before. Young feminist Grace Campbell, 20, grew up online, where hardcore porn is instantly available. Is that why Grace and her peers are dealing with unrealistic sexual expectations? She asked Robinson to have a look at what’s out there to see if her problems are unique to the internet age.”
For Homeless Women, Periods Really Are That Dreaded Time Of The Month (Huffington Post)
UKIP uses women’s rights as a trojan horse to attack minorities (The Conversation)
From the article: “Has UKIP finally received the message that it needs to work harder to win the women’s vote? Well, maybe. But women, beware. A closer look at each policy reveals that all is not quite as it might seem.”
From the article: “The publication of Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is the culmination of a recent trend: people of means and privilege engaged in well-remunerated shallow handwringing about “public shaming,” particularly through social media.”
Why We Need Riot Grrrl (Geek & Sundry)
From the article: “I was first introduced to Kathleen Hanna via Rock Band. Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill was my go-to song long before I knew anything about feminism or the riot grrrl movement. I hate to admit it, but prior to college I assumed feminism was about hating men and I generally avoided it.”
From the article: “There’s a long-standing debate in feminism about sexual empowerment: How do we know when someone is being sexually liberated versus being sexually objectified, since they sometimes can look similar from the outside? Well, the answer is simpler than you think …”
George Galloway’s comments on forced marriage are a dangerous abuse of power (The Guardian CiF)
From the article: “George Galloway has played politics with the experience of survivors of forced marriage. At a public hustings event in his Bradford West constituency, he questioned whether Naz Shah, the Labour candidate, is a survivor of a forced marriage. Shah has spoken openly about her experiences, which included being emotionally blackmailed by her mother and the abusive nature of the marriage.”
Faye White: Hall of Famer (The Set Pieces)
From the article: “There are some legendary England captains in the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame: Bobby Moore, Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Tony Adams, Alan Shearer to name but five. This year they’re joined by another – Faye White”
The author of this piece, Carrie Dunn, has previously written for The F-Word. You can read more of her work HERE.
‘They,’ the Singular Pronoun, Gets Popular (The Wall Street Journal)
From the article: “Could English find its own equivalent to Swedish “hen”? Dozens of gender-neutral pronouns have been put forth over the years, including “thon,” “xe” and “ze,” but all have failed to catch fire.”
Ten Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work (Open Society Foundations)
From the article: “Misogyny, sexism and chauvinism are still entrenched and ignored (often by women, too) in everyday life. But as ravers proud of dance music’s decades-old sense of freedom and equality, we should all be embarrassed by the low standards we’ve come to expect – and ashamed of the disgusting behavior we’re turning a blind eye to.”
The picture depicts a scene on a vibrant yellow background. In the foreground is a couple (a man and woman) in black and white, clinging to each other. Their expressions convey shock and concern. To their left is a woman in red and black. She is reaching her hands up to the sky and is stood with her legs wide apart, feet almost leaving the ground, in a pose that seems to suggest power and freedom. Behind her is a house coloured in red, with one green stripe across the bottom. She is surrounded by two circles with spokes – one red and one black. They further serve to give the impression of the power and energy emanating from her.