Weekly Round-up and Open Thread

// 3 August 2015

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It’s time for another weekly round-up and this one includes everything from the removal of “ridiculously skinny” mannequins from branches of Topshop to Amnesty International’s call to decriminalise sex work.

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It’s harder being a woman in improv (Chortle)

From the article: “There were a great many things about being a woman that made improv unnecessarily hard: too many to explain in one article. So I have honed in on just some the specific difficulties that my female friends and I experienced when we first joined our troupe, to give a glimpse of the extra baggage many women are forced to carry as they make their way on to the British comedy scene.”

‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen (The Cut)

On Amnesty and that open letter (Feminist Ire)

From the article: “As most readers of this blog will probably be aware, Amnesty International recently proposed adopting a policy in favour of sex work decriminalisation. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – a radical feminist organisation for whom “trafficking” means, simply, prostitution – had kittens, and got a whole bunch of celebrity women (and others) to sign an open letter calling on Amnesty to reject this proposal.”

5 Badass Iranian Women Who Are Shattering Stereotypes of What Feminism Looks Like (Mic)

13 Tips on How To Speak While Female (Washington Post)

From the article: “I have read all the critiques of women’s vocal mannerisms and tics. No ‘just.’ No ‘sorry.’ No uptalk. No vocal fry. I have come to a few simple conclusions, which I have distilled into the following 13 tips.”

A response to Naomi Wolf (Language: a feminist guide)

From the article: “Dear Naomi, A few years ago, when you were in Oxford finishing your thesis, you came to one of my lectures on language and gender. So I was disappointed when I saw your latest piece in the Guardian, exhorting young women to stop using ‘destructive speech patterns’. Evidently I did a poor job of explaining the basics of my subject. Professional pride compels me to give it another try.”

Topshop pulls ‘ridiculously skinny’ mannequins after being shamed by customer on Facebook (The Independent)

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I want half of all MPs to be women’ (The Telegraph)

From the article: “Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has published a blueprint for his women’s manifesto, saying he wants to challenge everyday sexism – and outlining his plans for rape victims, childcare and the gender pay gap.”

ICRSE, 180 organisations and 600 individuals ask Amnesty International to support decriminalisation of sex work (Sex Work Europe)

‘You cannot rape your spouse’: Donald Trump’s lawyer threatens reporter over ex-wife’s claim (The Guardian)

From the article: “Marital rape was made illegal in all US states in 1993. It was made illegal in New York state in 1984, five years before the alleged incident. Donald and Ivana Trump settled their divorce in 1992.”

8 Things to Know About Amnesty’s Draft Proposal on Sex Work (Huffington Post)

They are not migrant hordes – they are people, and they’re probably nicer than us (The Mirror)

From the article: “They do not have names. They do not have needs, or rights, or jobs, or a tax code, or a passport. They are your choice of collective noun: a swarm, a flood, a tide, a horde. They are not Bob, or Sue, or David or Kate or Charlotte or Adrian. They are not like us. They are Them. They are stateless and helpless, foodless and friendless. Why should we share?”

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Jason Pier. It shows a Pride Day parade. At the front of the march is a person in a pink, long-sleeved shirt, with a beard and wearing glasses. The person is holding a sign aloft which reads “SEX WORK IS REAL WORK” in block capitals. Behind the person are other people carrying similar signs with slogans such as “Decriminalise Consensual Sex”.

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