Weekly round-up and open thread

// 8 March 2016


13006676503_381e92e600_zHappy International Women’s Day and welcome to another weekly round-up! This week’s selection of links from the previous seven days includes everything from The Sun’s Oscars cleavage rating to Zoe Saldana’s portrayal of Nina Simone. 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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It’s 2016 and The Sun has rated the cleavage of some of the actresses at the Oscars (The Tab)

I refuse to call my daughter a tomboy. Here’s why (Bust)

Company gives women ‘period leave’ to make them more productive (The Independent)

This Women’s History Month, I Refuse to Celebrate Your Feminism (Huffington Post)

Zoe Saldana in dark make-up is no way to represent Nina Simone onscreen (The Guardian)

On International Women’s Day, feminists need to speak out against female connivance (The Independent)

Emma Watson: Check Out These Alternatives to Mainstream Porn (Harlot)

Kiddle: a search engine which endangers children (Another angry woman)

Why this radical activist is disillusioned with the toxic culture of the left (The Independent)

From the article: “I’m tired of watching people turn into pretentious assholes who think their activism makes them better than everyone else, even the oppressed and marginalised groups with whom they claim ‘allyship’.”

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Magdalena on Flickr. It shows the interior of a London underground train. Through the window of the train, a wall covered in street art can be seen. The most prominent images on the wall are a suffragette holding a ‘Votes for Women’ sign and a Betty Page-esque pin-up model.

Comments From You

lipsticksocialist // Posted 10 March 2016 at 9:59 am

None of these articles really challenge how IWD has been taken over by middleclass feminists and totally ignoring the plight of the majority of women in this country. Women losing their jobs, on zero hour contracts, not able to access a privatised education system etc etc
IWD has now been taken over by everyone from google to private and publicly funded organistions that want to make money out of it. The true meaning of IWD is about women and men turning the system upside down not wanting a financial slice out of it.

See my article https://lipsticksocialist.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/why-we-need-to-reclaim-international-womens-day-from-the-middle-class-feminists/

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