Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread

// 6 July 2015

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This week’s round-up wouldn’t have been complete without links to some commentary on Ruby Rose and, of course, Rihanna’s new music video! If you’d like to comment on one of the issues covered or share another article that we haven’t included, feel free to get involved in the comments section below or on Facebook/Twitter.

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Why we should think twice before idealizing Ruby Rose (Let’s Queer Things Up!!)

Age appropriate, ageism and female sexuality: Is Madonna still blazing trails? (Sensualist Extraordinaire)

Mysterious Islamic Tribe Where Women Have Sex With Different Men, Don’t Wear A Veil And Own Property (Peace Ben Williams)

A Girl Scout Group Returned a $100,000 Gift for a Great Reason (Ms.)

Who is Bree Newsome? Why the woman who took down the Confederate flag became an activist (Washington Post)

Farewell to America (The Guardian)

Rihanna’s success is inspiring – but her new video is violently misogynist (New Statesman)

From the article: “I find it interesting that she didn’t go after her accountant who screwed her over. Instead, she tortured his innocent girlfriend, making her pay for his carelessness and mistakes. What message that does send out to the young girls like my sister, teenage girls and young women who will internalise the misogyny in this video? That it’s OK to put a woman under so much intense torture but allow men to go free? That’s certainly the message that I got – that women are weak and they can pay for their man’s bullshit and be the ones held accountable.”

Parenthood after loss (Paiwings)

The Politics Of Hair Removal For Women Of Color (Thought Catalog)

Let’s talk about Rihanna’s video (New Statesman)

How I became a feminist: My origin story and the importance of meltdowns (Medium)

Political correctness is the best thing that’s happened to comedy (Chortle)

Forget EL James, let’s have some real dirty fiction (The Guardian)

This Is What Rihanna’s BBHMM Video Says About Black Women, White Women and Feminism (Black Girl Dangerous)

From the article: “But here’s what white feminists don’t get (and what has them fucked up): black women often see white women as the same as white men. The harm done to us by white men and white women isn’t vastly different to many of us.”

In praise of Sandi Toksvig (Chortle)

Love or Hate Him, Kanye’s Headlining Gig at Glastonbury illustrated Hip-Hop’s Uneasy Festival Alliance (Media Diversified)

I will not tell girls not to walk alone. I will not tell them to be careful (Irish Times)

Why you should stop waving the rainbow flag on Facebook (Washington Post)

Is there a systemic gender bias in knowledge production? A look at UK Universities and Think Tanks (F-Word writer and editor, Josephine Tsui at On Think Tanks!)

From the article: “Could it be that because think tanks have more mainstreamed workplace policies, there is less of an institutional gender bias in think tanks? Does this explain why there appear to be more women in think tanks than in academia?”

The image above is used under creative commons license with thanks to Vectorportal. It depicts a black and white drawing which appears to be based on the singer Rihanna. In the picture, Rihanna has short hair brushed over one eye and is looking directly at the viewer.

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