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Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

Oh yes, it’s that time of the week again. Here’s some things I read this fortnight that I found interesting.

Dale Farm: an eviction anniversary (Ellen Yianni)- Ellen reflects on the ethnic cleansing at Dale Farm.

8 Heartbreaking Cases Where Land Was Stolen From Black Americans Through Racism, Violence and Murder (A Moore)- Upsetting piece, but it’s history that should be known.

“London – a migrant’s guide” (North London SolFed)- A really useful pamphlet, please share and signal boost.

How To Avoid Wearing A Racist Halloween Costume: A Simple Guide For White People (Mikki Kendall)- I have high expectations of my readers, so I’m sure none of you would do this, but send this to your racist mates anyway.

Fictional Characters Whose Lives Would Have Been Vastly Improved By An Abortion (Mallory Ortberg)- Tongue in cheek, but makes the point well.

The Problem With Ched Evans Returning To Football (Jude Wanga)- Jude says important shit that shouldn’t need saying.

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I’ve Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate (Brianna Wu)- A horrid personal account of what those horrible misogynists are really about.

No Thanks, Cupid: “Can overweight people still be sexy?” (That Pesky Feminist)- Excellent deconstruction of so-called preferred body types.

Sometimes, I Just Don’t Have Time for Individual Fights (s. e. smith)- On disengaging.

5 Practical Ways To Help Someone With Depression (bisociations)- A very useful guide.

Dear Sex Ed Textbook (Robot Hugs)- Comic on the state of sex education for people with vaginas, vulvas and uteruses.

A racial fetish (Confessions of a drag queen)- On white beauty standards and how race is fetishised.

Nude portraits (Utah Photojournalist)- Really sweet collection of portraits where the photographer is nude, but the subject is clothed.

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Things I read this week that I found interesting

Greetings, everyone. I read some things this week and found them interesting. Perhaps you will too.

On sexism, sexual assault and the threat of the ‘non-bro’ (Robyn Pennacchia)- Title says it all, this is a very worthwhile read.

Neither pity nor a fetish (CN Lester)- CN talks to cis partners of trans people.

The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins (John Gray)- Rather scathing review of Richard “more than just a hat” Dawkins’s latest offering.

7 Things You Learn Surviving an Atomic Blast (Cracked)- Really interesting, sad interview with a Hiroshima survivor.

Marriage Will Never Set Us Free (Dean Spade & Craig Wilse)- A great radical queer critique of gay marriage.

Silencing the Bereaved – On the CPS Sean Rigg Decision (JustinTheLibSoc)- Justin’s becoming a regular fixture on these pages for good reason–he’s bang-on pretty much every time.

The Thug Kitchen Cookbook: Whole Foods Go “Ghetto” (The Academic Abolitionist)- On a really gross product that shouldn’t exist and how it’s tied to white supremacy.

Survivors Aren’t Censoring You. But You Might Be Censoring Them. (Antony B. Susan)- Very good piece on safer spaces.

Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and the cult of the white male celebrity activist (Latoya Peterson)- A good deconstruction of “good” men like Leo and Ben.

I’m Not Your Feminist Mommy & I’m Tired of Holding Your Hand (Anne Thériault)- On exhaustion with explaining shit to men.

And finally, I think this woman might be a witch and I am going to study the arcane asap so I can be like her.

Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

I read things. I find them interesting. I share them with you. Enjoy.

Why Women Avoid the Atheist Movement (It’s Not Our Feeble Lady Brains or Hormones) ([E] Hillary)- An excellent precis of misogyny in atheism.

A Personal History of Misogyny (Christina Tesoro)- A beautifully-written autobiographical piece about how misogyny hits.

Black Censors, White Art (This Day)- On the politics of the fallout of the racist Exhibit B being pulled.

On (White) Advocates (justinthelibsoc)- More on Exhibit B, and how white people are failing as advocates.

On unpaid bullshit: an open letter to Lena Dunham (Becca Day-Preston)- On the harms of unpaid work in “passion industries”.

Strip (Robot Hugs)- A comic from a stripper talking about her job and how not to be an arsehole.

Brilliant or Beautiful: but who says we can’t be both? (Joanne Harris)- A rather lovely article on gendering children’s books. I learned the word “heliotrope”.

So, polyamory, I guess I don’t hate you after all. (Kitty Stryker)- Sweet piece as Kitty reflects on changing views.

It’s October 3rd: The Mathematics of Mean Girls (Tycho’s Nose)- Ever wondered why the limit does not exist? Here’s a fun piece on calculus.

Social Justice Warriors and the New Culture War (Laurie Penny)- Laurie lays the smackdown on GamerGate.

White Mom’s Lawsuit Over Black Baby Exposes Ugly Truths About White Privilege (Derrick Clifton)- Analysis of the story of a white lesbian couple suing a sperm bank over having a mixed race baby.

And finally, someone very very dear to me is in trouble at the moment, and she needs help for living costs. If you have a spare fiver, please consider bunging it her way.

Things I read, like, this month that I found interesting

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these round-up posts. Call it a combination of being busy and also having depression. The good news for you is this means it’s a bumper link round-up! I read some things. Perhaps you’ll find them interesting too.

Say What?: On Speechlessness, Racism and Respectability in #Ferguson (Crunk Feminist Collective)- A beautiful reaction to recent events.

What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police (Jazmine Hughes)- This is fucking heartbreaking.

Rotherham’s Institutionalised Political Correctness is a despicable myth (JustinTheLibSoc)- Pretty much everything you need to read about Rotherham and racism.

Butch Please: Butch With A Side Of Misogyny (Kate)- Calling out misogyny in the butch community.

Selfcare as Warfare (feministkilljoys)- Just read this.

Prejudice at Pride (anonymous)- Comic outlining biphobia and racism at Pride events.

Don’t like the word ‘cis’? Good* (CN Lester)- CN explains the purpose of the word in some shit that shouldn’t need saying.

The New Racism (Jamelle Bouie)- Unpacking a common trope in anti-Black racism.

Suppressed again? (SWOU)- A prominent feminist conference is speaking over sex workers again. Here’s why it’s wrong.

Some thoughts about ‘recovery’ in theory and practice (zedkat)- On what “recovery” in mental health means under capitalism.

But WHAT CAN BE DONE: Dos and Don’ts To Combat Online Sexism (Leigh Alexander)- Some tips for men.

Fear of a Black Victim- Comic detailing racist media tropes.

What I’ve Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings (D. Brian Burghart)- On inadequate record-keeping and how that may well be on purpose.

30 Bisexual Women Discuss Their Long-Term Relationships With Men (Ashley C Ford)- In short: there’s a lot of bullshit.

Ten Truly Terrible Pieces of Advice Offered To and About Bisexuals (Rachel)- In short: there’s a lot of bullshit.

America Is Not For Black People (Greg Howard)- On the current state of play in the US.

breaking it down- Plan C and the Vampire Castle. (itisiwhowillit)- Calling out misogyny on the hipster left.

Sexy Loki, Queer Tricksters, And The Problem With LGBT Villains (Andrew Wheeler)- On issues with making the villains queer.

We need to talk about Richard.. (Transfabulous)- The case for no-platforming Dawkins.

This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism” (NinjaCate)- A short PSA for white feminists.

Why the hell do TV producers think inside every white woman is a fierce black diva? (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- Reni challenges a popular stereotype on TV.

How to know that you hate women (Mychal Denzel Smith)- A very simple test.

Date Rape Nail Polish and Crossing The Road (Alien She)- On the nonsensicality of the “crossing the road” metaphor for rape prevention.

Why We’re Winning: Social Justice Warriors and the New Culture War (Penny Red)- A positive take on what gamer manbabies throwing their dummies out of the pram means.

5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person (Zoe Quinn)- Zoe speaks out about her experience.

Black women’s sexuality has always been overpoliced (Bim Adewunmi)- The historical context of Danièle Watts’s arrest.

And finally, some jokes about male novelists which are very funny.

Things I read recently that I found interesting

Hi. I’ve been a bit lax on these round-up posts recently, so here’s a crop of stuff I read recently. Enjoy.

The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker (John H. Richardson)- Amazing article about Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, and the state of play over there.

On the “dispute” between radical feminism and trans people (Juliet Jacques)- This article is so good I actually linked to the New Statesman.

Mentalism and Motherhood (Being Mentally Interesting)- On the issues affecting women with mental health issues who want to have kids.

I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible (Samantha Allen)- Hilarious. Very, very hilarious.

Darling, We Don’t Play With Our Vulvas At The Table (Lea Grover)- On the complex line one needs to walk with kids and their body curiosity.

My Last Two Partners Died, And Three Years Later I’m Trying To Date Again (Kelli Dunham)- Sweet, sad personal story.

ABD Company (Rebecca Schulman)- Glad to see the issues of not finishing a PhD are getting more mainstream attention.

London evicts. Women and children first, thanks (Kate Belgrave)- On the gendered violence of evictions.

White hipsters, not black looters, are now threatening post-riots London (Pauline Pearce)- Gentrification is destroying communities, and here’s how.

A Brief History of the Jobcentre (Gabriel Bristow)- A digestible article about the history and function of the Jobcentre.

This Is What Disability Binarism Looks Like (That Crazy Crippled Chick)- On a disablist meme that is still doing the rounds, and how this line of thought is very prevalent.

Transgender Women in New York State Prisons Face Solitary Confinement and Sexual Assault (Solitary Watch)- A horrifying glimpse at conditions.

Take off the cape: Why using the word “rescue” is harmful to anti-trafficking efforts (CCASA)- Good intentions. Road to hell is paved with them.

It’s scary not shaving your armpits, but I’ll never pick up a razor again (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- An excellent article on body hair.

My Thoughts on the Block Bot, as a User and a Member of the Blocking Team (Sarah Brown)- How a simple tool can make the Twitter experience better.

This is what dysphoria feels like (A gentleman and a scholar)- A rather heartbreaking post, well worth reading.

And finally, lukewarm girl-on-girl action. Mmmm, tepid.

Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

I read things. Here are some recent interesting things.

Palestine: 6 simple acts of international solidarity (Jenny Nelson)- Some things you can do for the people of Palestine.

Feminism at the Speed of Light (Nina Power)- Analysis of how the internet changed feminism.

It’s Time for White Feminists to Stop Talking About Solidarity and Start Acting (Kesiena)- A rousing call to arms.

Trig Reciprocal Functions: I’m a Trans Woman Adjunct Prof and I Use Trigger Warnings (aiofeschatology)- Shit that shouldn’t need to be said, said well.

My Son Wears Dresses and That’s OK With Me (Seth Menachem)- This family seems very sweet and supportive.

‘Toxic Wars’ vs. Conscientious Feminism (Minna Salami)- This is just wonderful.

Woman Enough (Roz Kaveney)- A primer on TERfs.

Black Trans Women and Street Harassment (TGirlInterrupted)- A series of tweets on the topic.

Cops and robbers: how the police became our new favourite video game villains (Phil Hartup)- Why do video games have so many levels where you murder loads of cops?

The Trouble With “Lady Parts” (Parker Molloy)- On why that phrase is unnecessary and exclusionary.

The Tulisa Sting Wasn’t Just Classist, It Was Informed by a Racism That Associated Her With Criminality (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- Very useful analysis of the Tulisa sting.

And finally, on a serious note, Medical Aid for Palestine are doing good work, but need your help to keep going. Can you donate?


Things I read this week that I found interesting

I read things, and I find the interesting. Here are some of them from this week.

But WHAT CAN BE DONE: Dos and Don’ts To Combat Online Sexism (Leigh Alexander)- Some constructive advice for men to meet minimal standards of basic human decency.

White feminism (via @renireni)- This comic explains the issues pretty well, in just two panels.

Coming forward (Squeamish Bikini)- On the horrid public response to Vanessa Feltz’s revelation about abuse she experienced.

Suarez got a longer ban for biting than racism (Jude Wanga)- Excellent analysis of the issues surrounding Suarez.

‘Feminist knickers’ show off everything that’s wrong with Twitter feminism (Brooke Magnanti)- Brooke explores symbolic action and a certain breed of Twitter activism.

Free supplement on epilepsy (Nature)- Nature have an open-access supplement all about epilepsy and there’s some really interesting articles in there, and I couldn’t pick just one because they were all really cool and interesting!

Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture (Sierra Mannie)- This article pissed off white gay men somewhat, to nobody’s surprise.

Things Other People Taught me about Liking Girls (radandangry)- This is beautifully written.

On hearing the news this morning about NICE and WLS (Obesity Timebomb)- Analysis of the news that there will be a lot more gastric band operations in the near future.

And finally, what if Disney princesses were in an OitNB-style prison? Fuck it, also have some cats falling over.


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