Weekly round-up and open thread
Lusana Taylor // 1 March 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 misogyny and homophobia in hip hop, to Latina feminist rock bands. We’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both!) of these subjects 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.
For those of us who love hip hop, but hate misogyny & homophobia (Black Girl Dangerous)
From the article: “I want to fill my desire to write vibrant, flawed characters, but then also be a role model to young people. It’s stuff that I think about all the time. Some people don’t have to think about this at all.”
From the article: “You end up writing off your identity and your own story as something that makes you valuable to your job. You actually start thinking about it as a liability. If I had only grown up reading beach reads by and for white women, I would be so much better at my job.”
From the article: “I’ll go through the projects that are out there, and it will be four men for one woman. So when you have that few parts, that’s why women feel like they have to say yes, because they want to work. The real issue is women don’t have the luxury to hold out, because if they hold out, then what are they going to do? Are they going to not work for the rest of the year? If they don’t work for the rest of the year, they’re not in demand.”
Who cares for feminism? (Melissa Gira Grant at Pacific Standard)
Where do women belong in Indian cities? (Open Democracy)
Asiya Islam, the writer of the above piece, was previously features editor for the F-Word. You can read more of her writing HERE.
British fetish film-makers are organising against censorship (Pandora Blake)
From the article: “The current legislation surrounding porn distribution in the UK is not fit for purpose. The AVMS regulations, deriving from BBFC guidelines restricting what content can and can’t be classified for DVD publication, are out-dated and absurd, and do not reflect current social standards of obscenity in the UK. Many of the restricted acts, such as fisting, urolagnia and full bondage with gags, are common consensual practices, easily made completely safe with prior negotiation and common sense safety procedures. Others, such as ejaculation by cunt-owners, are in reality impossible to control – it is simply the way that some bodies respond to orgasm – and attempting to ban their depiction can be seen as a regressive and sexist crusade to control our bodies, autonomy and sexual enjoyment.”
Responsible self-promotion: negotiating the relationships between self and Other, myself and ‘my’ work (gender, bodies, politics)
My problem with how eating disorder narratives shape our thinking (The Irish Times)
From the article: “Stories matter. Stories about beautiful, thin girls who look as though they suffer from an eating disorder and who get the help they need and are then cured (often while remaining at a sufficiently light weight to be deemed socially pleasing) obscure the ugliness and complexity of a set of disorders which are not just about weight but about having a damaging relationship with food, with your mind, and with your body.”
From the article: “During the past decade, women have increasingly relied on the internet to protect themselves against violent or unpleasant clients, turning to sites such as National Ugly Mugs and to those such as Adultwork and Escort Ireland which show how colleagues have rated men’s behaviour. “It might say ‘lovely guy, very punctual; would definitely see him again’. It’s a bit like eBay; both sides leave feedback. We have a number of online screening processes, but clients [in Northern Ireland] are point-blank refusing to use those systems. They are paranoid about anyone coming across their activities online. It is hugely problematic,” [Laura Lee] says.”
The image is used under a creative commons licence with thanks to Cross-Stitch Ninja on Flickr. It is a cross-stitch design in black cotton depicting a hand raised and balled into a fist in traditional sign of solidarity and support.