Weekly round-up and open thread

// 29 March 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 caesarean sections to Hillary Clinton. We’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both!) of these subjects 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.

Why address your letter to a Sir? We have a female editor now (The Guardian)

Tennis pay should reflect society, says Djokovic (The Daily Mash)

From the article: “The Wimbledon champion said: ‘Women should get 79 per cent of what men make, and they should also be subjected to continuous low-grade sexual harassment and be under-represented in positions of power. Why should tennis be different to any other job?'”

Women of colour need their own space – so I’ve set up a feminist magazine (The Guardian)

Denise Gough and Rebecca Lenkiewicz champion Bechdel Theatre Festival (The Stage)

Specialist Sex Crime Unit To Be Axed By British Transport Police Despite Rise In Assaults (Buzzfeed)

Facebook ad platform now guesses at your race based on your behaviour (ars technica)

Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity (Harvard Business Review)

From the article: “Our set of studies suggest that it’s risky for low-status group members to help others like them. And this can lead to women and minorities choosing not to advocate for other women and minorities once they reach positions of power, as they don’t want to be perceived as incompetent, poor performers.”

The tech industry wants to use women’s voices – they just won’t listen to them (The Guardian)

Gender is costing Hillary Clinton big among men (LSE US Centre)

All British women have the right to a caesarean – they’re not ‘too posh to push’ (The Guardian)

Against the cult of the pussy eaters (Fusion)

From the article: “I’ve lamented the epidemic of fingering-phobia with more friends than I can count, as we wondered what should be done about the many men who’d love to use their mouths for 30 minutes but not their hands for five …”

Andy Murray and Sergiy Stakhovsky continue tennis equality row on Twitter (The Guardian)

The Jian Ghomeshi Trial Shows How Women Make Justice — Not The Courts (The Establishment)

From the article: “I reject this system, which places the lofty standard of reasonable doubt above the reality of how sexual assault works in a culture where rape is both normalized and stigmatized. I reject this system, which was called upon to throw a violent man in jail, for placing reasonable doubt above the reality of the roar of woman after woman calling Ghomeshi out in their own communities and in the press.”

The image is used with the permission of L.Taylor. It shows a single sprig of pink cherry blossom in a vase.

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