Category Archives: things i read this week

pretty-jelly-fish It’s that time of the week again. I’ve added a picture of a jellyfish today, because well done to jellyfishes.

Exclusive: Inmates to strike in Alabama, declare prison is “running a slave empire” (Josh Eidelson)- Read all about why Alabama prisoners are going on strike.

Words Don’t Burn, but Bodies Do (aiofeschatology)- Beautiful essay on slurs.

The complex issue of looking like a fake when I get up and walk (latent existence)- Really important piece on everyday disablism.

50 Shades of Grey or Contemporary Christian Music Lyrics? A Quiz (Homeschoolers Anonymous)- A surprisingly challenging quiz. I got 4.

Reviewing through the Time Machine: Remembering Margaret Cavendish (Rhube)- Margaret Cavendish invented science fiction. Let’s remember her.

The Woman Who (Maybe) Struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig (Tony Horwitz)- An interesting bit of mostly forgotten sport history.

White Britain, Now Will You Listen? (Sam Ambreen)- Sam ponders racism in the UK.

How Does the Sunday Sport Get Away with Its Bullshit? (Gavin Haynes)- Enlightening interview with a lawyer explaining how perfectly legal the patently made-up tosh in the Sunday Sport is. Note: skip the beginning, it’s full of Vice hipster classism, and just get down to the interview.

And finally, some behind the scenes footage from the Bohemian Rhapsody video.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

Hi everyone. I didn’t read much this week. But here are some things I read this week that I found interesting.

“Not all men!” (Feminism from a swivel chair)- Demolition of that male tears refrain.

Monica Jones Guilty Of Walking While Black Trans In Arizona (TransGriot)- Read about Monica’s case. Talk about it. Be loud about it, because this is fucked up.

Results from r/MensRights demographics survey- If you’ve been paying attention, there’ll be no surprises here.

Why Sansa Stark Is the Strongest Character on ‘Game of Thrones’ (Julianne Ross)- Sansa gets a lot of crap, but here’s why she’s actually pretty awesome.

Every review of Black Widow in ‘Captain America’ is wrong (Gavia Baker-Whitelaw)- God damn, yes. This hits the nail on the head.

‘Just a Theory’: 7 Misused Science Words (Tia Ghose)- In my experience, internet skeptics are the fucking worst for doing all of these.

And finally, ever wondered what a Buffy-style intro for Game of Thrones would look like? Wonder no more.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

Hi everyone! I read things, and I share them because they’re interesting.

Female bodies: A weighty issue (Foz Meadows)- An excellent evidence-based analysis on what “overweight” means and how that category is mostly a nonsense.

8 Accounts of Black People Being Used As Guinea Pigs (K. Abel)- A horrifying bit of recent history.

You Are Too Much (Hannah Black)- Starting with the Over Attached Girlfriend meme.

Mental health: why we’re all sick under neoliberalism (Ray Filar)- Ray examines how the way society is structured contributes to mental illness.

Male Privilege on Muslim twitter (AniqahC)- A social experiment from women of colour.

Our Willow, Ourselves (Lindsay King-Miller)- Presenting an alternate perspective on the character from Buffy, which is rather sweet.

Brixton Fairies: Made Possible By Squatting- A short documentary on the role of squatters in radical queer movement.

If privileged women were as likely to do survival sex work as they are likely to get an abortion, there would be no feminist debate on sex work (Lori Adorable)- This case made, succinctly.

I hate my job, I hate my job, I hate my job – what many think but won’t tell the boss (Dawn Foster)- On hating work.

Sex is not the opposite of feminism (girlonthenet)- Some shit that oughtn’t need to be said, said well.

And finally, have some retro-style posters for recent films.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

Stavvers shares links while hungover to fuck, once again. For context, this is what I look like. Anyway. Links.

The Body Is Not Gender: Laura Jane Grace Of Against Me! Interviewed (Petra Davis)- Beautiful interview with Laura Jane Grace about gender and femininity.

‘Race Equality Is Gender Equality’ (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- Interview with Dr Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who coined the term “intersectionality”.

On loving all things femme (Emma Quite Frankly)- Excellent post on the devaluing of femme and “pink stinks” type stuff.

In praise of the women of Elementary (Alana Marcuso)- If you’re not watching Elementary, do. It’s got some really good women in it.

Inherited wealth is an injustice. Let’s end it (James Butler)- I feel like every time I link to James’s writing, I call it a “rousing call to arms”, but this is one.

Interracial Relationships in the BDSM Lifestyle (Valerie_JeanC)- A discussion of issues affecting interracial relationships in the BDSM community.

Why Affirming Bisexuality Is A Public Health Concern (Zack Ford)- On bullshit about “proving” bisexuality exists and why it’s important to just listen to bisexuals.

Feminist Times should not cover trans-exclusive events (Nicole Froio)- I really, really hope the FT reads this, as it explains the issues so clearly.

So much for the so-called people’s police, if they treat protesters like this (Nina Power)- A very important piece on the relationship between the police and the public.

In the Booth with Ruth – Pye Jakobsson, Sex Workers’ Rights Activist from Sweden (Ruth Jacobs)- Discussion of the pros and cons of sex worker rights advocates working with anti-trafficking organisations.

And finally, classical paintings with added hip hop lyrics.


Things I read this week that I found interesting

Good afternoon. It’s Sunday again, and I read some things and found them interesting, and I’m here to show you the links.

Hashtags as Decolonial Projects with Radical Origins (Suey Park)- A really, super, mega important piece explaining Twitter activism and the underlying theoretical basis.

Academia is killing my friends- Heartbreaking anonymous stories of victims of academia.

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person (Brynn Tannehill)- Thorough takedown of the bad science in transphobia.

Dissent Unheard Of (Ashe Dryden)- A must-read guide to how silencing works.

In Defense of Kink: My First Role as the Duke Porn Star Was on a Rough Sex Website, And No, That Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Feminist (Bella Knox)- A well articulated explanation of how kink isn’t inherently anti-feminist.

A very thinly disguised analogy (Rantings of the Sexy Pumpkin)- It may be thinly disguised, but it does the job.

Who your friends are matters (Charlie Hale)- An excellent piece on no-platforming and cosying up to TERfs.

Demand homes not jails: queer homelessness is being criminalized (Sarah Golightly)- Why homelessness is a queer issue.

5 Shocking Realities of Being Transgender the Media Ignores (Amy P.)- A very, very useful primer to transmisogyny, on Cracked, of all places.

Sexist culture and harassment drives GitHub’s first female developer to quit (Aja Romano)- This story shows how entering into broken power structures is doomed to fail. 

Learning the hard way about Toxic Sex Toys (Pantophile Panic)- Read this and bear it in mind when looking for things to put in or on your soft bits.

Why I am striking on March 26th (The Shinbone Star)- A teacher explains why he is taking action.

TERF: what it means and where it came from (Cristan Williams)- A thorough history of the term.

The Only Moral Abortion is MY Abortion (Joyce Arthur)- Accounts of anti-choicers who have abortions.

One book, many readings (samizdat)- Mapping Choose Your Own Adventure books. Absolutely fascinating.

And finally, what happens when otters take up carjacking? Answer: much cuteness.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

Hello everyone! I read things. I find them interesting. Maybe you will, too.

I, too, am Oxford- Photo project documenting racism still rife at Oxford.

Culturally Gendered Dysphoria (This Too Shall Pass)- On culture and hair removal.

5 Thoughts on Abolishing The Met (James Butler)- Important ACAB thoughts from James.

Blue Valentine (Left At The Lights)- Sam saw Blue Valentine and had some thoughts.

Marketisation of education: stress and knowledge (Caffeinated Perspectives)- On the state of academia.

Beyoncé, #BanBossy and Feminist Credentialism (Gradient Lair)- On the clusterfuck of the latest Lean In initiative.

TERFs offer only hyperbole (Cristan Williams)- Pointing out how little sense TERf ideology makes.

Will nobody listen to the sex workers? (Melissa Gira Grant)- You know how I told all of you to read Playing The Whore? Here’s an extract. Read it.

And finally, have some beautiful fetish photos from the 1920s.


Things I read this week that I found interesting

I read things. Here are some of them. I found them interesting. I hope you will too.

Why you shouldn’t get cancer under the coalition (There Is No Alternative)- A heartbreaking story from Cel. Read and share, everywhere. This is the current state of things.

Heart of Oscar’s defence: Imagined threat of a black stranger (Margie Orford)- An examination of the racist myths Oscar Pistorius will use in his defence.

Heroines of Cinema: 10 Trans Actors Who Could Have Played Jared Leto’s Role in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ (Matthew Hammett Knott)- Trans actors are already there. Here’s a list of ten awesome women.

In Desperation – Letters to the Abortion Law Reform Association from the 1960s (BPAS)- A little piece of history, letters seeking advice about abortion when it was illegal.

I’m Finally Revealing My Name and Face As the Duke Porn Star (Belle Knox)- Some glorious defiance in this personal piece about being a woman who appeared in porn.

Why I can’t stand white belly dancers (Randa Jarrar)- Excellent angry piece on appropriation.

I’m a bad feminist (Helena Horton)- Helena writes about that “does liking X make me a bad feminist” bollocks, and why it’s a nonsense.

5 Big Problems With Compassion-Baiting (Kate Loncke)- While this has quite a Buddhist slant on it, anyone will probably relate to the core problem it outlines: that silencing tactic where your interlocutor wails “show some compassion”.

And finally, if you grew up in the 90s, you’ll almost certainly want to collect some sweetcorn too. And, bonus content. teh menz asked Becca to make a sandwich, so Becca made a sandwich…

Things I read this week that I found interesting

This post is brought to you by magic, as I’m not actually at a computer as it goes live. Here are some things I read this week that I found interesting.

Not survival only (James Butler)- Rousing speech from Novara’s James, on queer liberation.

Forged by Pride: Cursory notes on digital propaganda and Russian queers (spitzenprodukte)- An excellent analysis of exploitative tropes in the west’s attitude to Russian gay rights.

The Case Against Scott Lively (Andy Warner)- Comic explaining Uganda’s homophobic laws and who is behind them, very neatly.

Sweatshop-Produced Rainbow Flags and Participatory Patriarchy: Why the Gay Rights Movement Is a Sham (Mattilda)- Fabulously angry piece on problems in the gay rights movement.

The Top 19 Questions People Always Ask Trans* People (Christin Scarlett Milloy)- Witty FAQ, a must-read for cis people.

Mentally nursing- A new blog from both sides of mental health care, which looks like it will be very interesting.

Introducing Dave; My journey with Syringomyelia (halfagiraffe)- Becca writes about her disability with wit, and explains syringomyelia really well.

Toy Story: The True Identity of Andy’s Mom Makes The Movie More Epic (Jon Negroni)- brb I have something in my eye.

This Ain’t Typhoid Mary, XXX (Kitty Stryker)- Kitty explains the politics behind the current scare about porn performers who do escort work.

We will not let white feminism divide and conquer us (Sam Ambreen)- Heartfelt and touching piece from Sam.

Why I Stopped Identifying With White Feminism (JoAnne, RN)- Well-articulated piece on a journey a lot of white feminists have been through.

And finally, it looks like the internet actually concluded its business at least a year ago, and I didn’t notice.

Things I read last week that I found interesting

Hi. Late with the round-up post, on account of having had a Bit Of A Shit Week. Anyway, I think I’m out of the waaahmbulance now. I didn’t read much this week.

It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women (Tina Vasquez)- Everything you need to know about Cathy Brennan and her ilk.

How the west’s attempts to stop the anti-gay bill could hurt Ugandan LGBTIs (Edwin Sesange)- Very, very worth reading.

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- Reni states her position, and with damn fucking good reason.

“Olivia Pope,” “Claire Underwood” And The Desire For Feminist Female Characters On Television (Gradient Lair)- On truth in characters.

On Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Race and Shame (Suleikha Snyder)- On racism, with pictures of pretty men which illustrate a good point.

10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression (The Darling Bakers)- While not prescriptive, it’s really lovely when people do things like this for me.

And finally, this buzzfeed is mistitled, and I’m pretty sure these problems are shared by a lot of femmes.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

Hello everyone. I read things. Here are some things I read this week that I found interesting.

Put a Rainbow on It- Excellent documentary on recuperation and pinkwashing.

Sochi 2014- So far, So Gay (A Thousand Flowers)- Round-up of the bullshit surrounding Sochi from “allies” so far.

I Did Not Sign On For the #Outrage (Alexander Chee)- Ignore the subeditor stuff, this is something about Twitter written by someone who gets it.

9 Ways To Be In Solidarity With Sex Workers (small time hooker)- Some simple things we can all do to support sex workers.

Sara Ahmed on attacks on women of colour being disguised as critique of identity politics and intersectionality- A storify of some excellent analysis.

“You can’t do that! Stories have to be about White people” (Hip Hop Teacher)- On white supremacy and a way of getting through it.

The significance of plot without conflict (still eating oranges)- Conflict in plots is actually quite a Western idea.

Class Consciouness (sometimes, it’s just a cigar)- On class and enjoyment of sex.

A Peaceful Death (Phoebe Day Danziger)- A thoughtful and moving piece on abortion as end of life care.

I could pick a side… but I won’t (yetanotherlefty)- Blistering response to a common biphobic trope.

Hugs, if wanted. (sometimes, it’s just a cigar)- On consent for non-sexual touching.

Fragments on Intersectionality, Anger & the Left (Automatic Writing)- This is really good.

Valentine’s Day Isn’t to Be ‘Survived’ (Feminista Jones)- Takedown of patent media nonsense relating to Valentine’s Day.

And finally, animals with their babies.


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