Weekly round-up and open thread
Lusana Taylor // 8 February 2016
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 Facebook’s “motherhood challenge” to the arguments for and against safe spaces on university campuses. We’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both!) of these issues or on any of the other issues covered.
As always, linking to articles does not mean endorsement from the F-Word and certain links may be triggering. We welcome debate in the comments section and on Facebook/Twitter but remind readers that any comments containing sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or disablist language will be deleted immediately.
If you notice that we’ve missed out any important articles from the past week, feel free to let us know.
I Don’t Owe Anyone My Body (Buzzfeed)
Content warning: contains description of sexual assault.
From the article: “I hesitated, but reminded myself that he had done all the generically “correct” things when it came to dating: He texted the next day, he told me I looked beautiful, he arrived on time, he opened the door. He’s a nice guy, I scolded myself.”
Why the EU emergency brake on migrant benefits is sexist (The Conversation)
From the article: “It’s not the casual posting of photos aimed at friends that I mind. It’s the revived fetishisation of motherhood, the idea that it’s a ‘challenge’ that only ‘mummies’ can understand, an exclusive, excluding club of laughing, shiny, breast-feeding super-beings who know exactly how to raise ‘great kids’ and will only invite others of their kind to join the party.”
From the article: “I am aware that not everyone with microcephaly will be lucky enough to have a life like mine. But what I recommend to mothers or pregnant women is that they remain calm. Microcephaly is an ugly name but it’s not an evil monster.”
Where is the pet shop? Roosh V Plans Secret Meetups, Announces Locations on Internet (We Hunted the Mammoth)
The explicitly sexual female artists that feminism forgot (The Guardian)
My LA Food Diary (Medium)
5 Sex Workers Speak Out On The Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Myth (The Establishment)
From the article: “If the media can convince readers that all sex work is bad and involves a level of coercion, it justifies the state’s criminalization of our work, bodies, and lives.” (Margaret Corvid section of piece)
Please note, the concept of ‘safe spaces’ is complex and multi-faceted and The F-Word, as a site, does not side with any particular view on the issue. The above Spiked article is clearly very against the idea. There are many other articles out there that speak of the importance of safe spaces on university campuses and in other institutions. For another view, you can read this article from last year hosted on Everyday Feminism, 6 Reasons Why We Need Safe Spaces.
The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to 5foot8 on Flickr. It is a photograph and depicts a person, with long dark hair, curled up on a stony beach. The person has drawn their knees right up to their head in a foetal position, so that their face is obscured. They appear to be dressed entirely in white.