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// 16 February 2016

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Welcome to another weekly round-up, where we share (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles and essays from the previous seven days. This week’s collection of links includes everything from The Revenant to Beyoncé’s “Formation’. We’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both!) of these issues or on any of the other issues covered.

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If you notice that we’ve missed out any important articles from the past week, feel free to let us know.

Is that a threat? The Slippery Slope From Disagreement to Harassment (The Lighthouse)

‘Bring Me The Girl’: Why ‘The Revenant’ was Hard for My Friends and Me (Indian Country)

From the article: “As indigenous women, we realize facing that scene was facing a mirror held up to ourselves. It was seeing the reality of our own trauma, the ways we have endured it. The ways we have survived it. It’s suddenly much bigger than myself. It’s bigger than my friend. It isn’t simply the connection to assault, to sexual violence that we share, but rather the portrayal of violence against indigenous women captured in just a few short seconds on the screen.”

When I grow up: Syrian refugee girls’ dreams for the future realised in beautiful photoshoots (International Business Times)

The Three Letter Word Missing From the Zika Virus Warnings (Dame)

From the article: “Rather than telling women to “avoid pregnancy” in the manner of avoiding a pothole, why are none of these assorted agencies telling men to stop having procreative sex until we know more about Zika? Why does the very suggestion of any government recommending men to practice abstinence for two years seem like a joke?”

Why it’s so hurtful when my friends complain about feeling ‘fat’ (Daily Life)

From the article: “As an actual fat person always much fatter than the person in question, it of course makes me compare myself to the person speaking. If my friend is sad about how fat they look, and they aren’t fat, how should I feel? They must think I am disgusting. Why am I even outside, forcing people to gaze upon my frightening and hideous being?”

Former ISIS Sex Slaves Form All-Female Battalion ‘Sun Ladies’ to Launch Massive Assault on ISIS (Al Alam)

UK’s national LGBT domestic violence charity faces closure (The Guardian)

DH Kelly wrote about the closure of a similar charity, Broken Rainbow, last year. Click HERE to read her thoughts on the closure of helplines and charities that provide such valuable advice to LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse.

In Beyoncé’s ‘Formation,’ A Glorification Of ‘Bama’ Blackness (NPR)

Met Police may stop automatically believing rape victims after criticism over historic sexual abuse investigations (The Independent)

From the article: “Dame Elish Angiolini, who conducted a review into the prosecution of rape in London last year, questioned whether ordering officers to believe claimants was appropriate.’It is more appropriate for criminal justice practitioners to remain utterly professional at all times and to demonstrate respect, impartiality, empathy and to maintain an open mind,’ she said.”

Sex education will not be compulsory says Nicky Morgan (BBC)

Imposition? This was never just about a contract (Junior Doctor Blog)

Young Women Don’t Owe Clinton (The Stranger)

Beyonce and Forms of Blackness (The Bluest i)

From the article: “Black activism is one thing. Black entertainment is another. Beyoncé is an entertainer, and she does her job amazingly. I like that she’s injecting a little Black Panther, a little Nola, a little history in her imagery. But it’s not her job to save us. It’s her job to make us dance and sing along. I don’t think she’d say anything other than that. And I don’t think we should expect anything other than that from her. We have black feminist activists. Scholars. Educators. Leaders. If we don’t know their names, then we can’t be lazy and look to a pop star to act as our stand-in. We need to learn their names. We need to read and follow their work. We need to give them the same amount of exposure and respect that we give the pop star. We need to put them on an adjacent pedestal, so kids recognize and follow them like they follow Mrs. Carter.”

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Ana y María Quintana y González on Flickr. It is a close-up photograph of Beyoncé. In it, the singer is facing the camera directly and pouting. Her lips are painted a striking shade of red.

Comments From You

Megan Stodel // Posted 16 February 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Met Police comments described in the Independent article above are damaging and frustrating. There are already many barriers faced by people who have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted. Fear of not being believed is one of them. I can’t see how this approach is considerate of the manifold victims who struggle for justice and their own peace.

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