Things I read this week that I found interesting

It’s that time of the week again. Here are some things that I read that I found interesting. Some of which weren’t even written this week. As always, drop me any links you think may interest me in the comments.

Public Order in the Gallery (This Day)- Wail writes beautifully on the experience of sitting in the public gallery at a trial, and the enforced passivity demanded by judges.

Alfie Meadows and Zak King are not guilty: now it’s time for police behaviour to be scrutinised (Petra Davis)- A discussion of the context of Alfie and Zak’s trial, and the implications.

The Hour of Power, 10th March (Nina Power & James Butler)- Radio show, discussing revenge. Even if you don’t listen to the whole hour, the first 7 minutes or so are cathartically raw.

How to do madness: An illustrated guide (zedkat)- an exploration of stock images used to illustrate discussions of mental health.

Brendan O’Neill and the feminist left’s lack of ‘ambition’ (ITISIWHOWILLIT)- That weeping syphilitic chode has been at it again. A feminist who isn’t me provides smackdown.

do your homework (or, what goes wrong when writers don’t… and then write about kink) (SexGeek)- There’s been some terrible writing about BDSM around. SexGeek provides detailed analysis and busts some myths.

Sex workers get raped too, but the resources to help them can be hard to find (Jessie Nicole)- Violence against sex workers is rife. There are a lot of barriers, but also solutions to this problem.

And finally, I’ve been burning through Game of Thrones once again in anticipation of the third season. I’ve been really bothered by something (well, apart from the obvious, like the rape, the misogyny, the racism, etc): how the seasons work, with those superlong seasons. It’s kind of fucked up. I suspected it might be something to do with wobbly axial tilt of the planet they live on, and so does this article, which also provides other food for thought.


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