Weekly round-up and open thread

// 5 September 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. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in our chosen links!

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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.

How to actually talk to women wearing headphones (The Guardian)

How to Talk to a Woman Who Is Trying to Take a Dump (Jezebel)[Satire]

From the article: “…If she doesn’t understand (or, perhaps, won’t, because she’s recently heard the term ‘feminism’ and is confused), simply gesture that you want to court her for sex at your spare but frightening apartment that you share with a Craigslist goblin.

In most cases, you won’t have to go to that extreme because girls don’t feel whole unless a man is looking at them, so you’re actually doing her a favor, but some girls have real gastrointestinal disorders and will be hesitant to delay their explosive diarrhea because they are feeling nervous or excited about what is happening.

… Then, do what we call ‘Acknowledging the Awkwardness’ by quickly noting that you recognize that she’s probably prairie dogging right now, and that the entrance to a public restroom isn’t the sexiest place to pick up a girl, but also that your agenda is more important than hers, and also girls shouldn’t even be pooping outside the home anyway…”

Cracked Foundations: What happened to Kate Nash? (Noisey)

People Are Using Art To Start Important Conversations About Mental Health (Buzzfeed)

From the article: “However, the statistics and research specifically on black women living in the UK are scarce. Cal Strode, a spokesperson for the charity Mental Health Foundation, told BuzzFeed News there needs to be more research that focuses on the experiences of black women. She also said ‘inequality and discrimination are key drivers of mental health problems’ for black women living in the UK.”

In Conversation with Ken Loach [EXCLUSIVE] (Scisco Media)

From the article: “I ask Loach about his latest film, I Daniel Blake. Screened earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme D’or, it is now being screened on general release. He tells me it’s ‘just a little story’ about a man approaching retirement who has a heart attack, and is told he can’t work, but is re-assessed and told to work by the job centre…”

From Bikinis to Burkinis, Regulating What Women Wear (New York Times)

Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery in ‘most severe ever’ rationing in the NHS (Telegraph)

18 Tweets About “Other Girls” That Will Make You Say “YES” (Buzzfeed)

Do You Want to be That Person? (Fat Heffalump)

Emmett Till, 61 Years Later: Let’s Stop Pretending We’ll Never Forget (Huffington Post) CN: Racist violence and murder

4 Anti-Feminist Things I’ve Heard In Church (Bustle)

Housing benefit cap may force 67% of women’s refuges to close – report (The Guardian)

How my White Mother Helped Me Find My Blackness (The Establishment)

White feminist Lena Dunham launches an attack on Odell Beckham Jr. & everyone is confused (Blavity)

How bell hooks taught me to choose truth over conformity (gal-dem)

Italy’s Fertility Day posters aren’t just sexist – they’re echoes of a fascist past (The Guardian)

Revealed: shocking rise in domestic abuse of women in London (Evening Standard)

Amy Schumer throws sexist heckler out of Stockholm show (The Guardian)

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Andi Campbell-Jones. It is a very atmospheric shot and shows a jetty jutting out into the sea. It appears to be just before dark so the jetty is in shadow and the mountains beyond are black against the darkening sky.

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