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Things I read this week that I found interesting

I read things, and I share them. Here are some things I read this week that I found interesting.

From safe spaces to court summons, how did it get here? (Chimene Suleyman)- One of the best analyses of the campaign against Bahar Mustafa I’ve read.

Bahar Mustafa’s charge shows why feminism shouldn’t respect the law (Robyn Sands)- A great piece on feminism, respectability and the law.

Why geek movie franchises have a director problem (Gavia Baker-Whitelaw)- Examining an enormous issue plaguing geek movies.

Why I protested with Sisters Uncut at the Suffragette premiere (Sarah Kwei)- An activist explains why the protest happened.

The loneliness of a Black non-binary soul (Jacq Applebee)- On how whiteness is centred in the nb scene.

Why It’s So Difficult to Diagnose Autism in Girls (Somer Bishop)- Looking at fuckups from medical science.

And finally, oh look, it’s another kittycam!

Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

I am going to try to make these weekly again, because the more time passes the more unwieldy these round-ups become. Anyway, here’s some things I read recently that I found interesting. You might find them interesting too.

From Cecil the Lion to a Pig’s Head: Why rich white men do what they do (Chimene Suleyman)- Very good article on that time the Prime Minister fucked a pig and how unsurprising it is in a world where rich white men get a free pass.

Crowdfunder: Translate “Porn, Whores and Feminists” to English (Petra Östergren)- Porn, Whores and Feminists is an in-depth independent analysis of Sweden’s policy on sex work (read more here). Please contribute to translating this vital text so that English-speakers can understand the truth about the Nordic Model.

The Limits of Trans Liberalism (Nat Raha)- A 101 on radical transfeminism, covering topics discussed in Juliet Jacques’s memoir Trans. (I read Trans and I loved it)

How corporates co-opted the art of mindfulness to make us bear the unbearable (Zoe Krupka)- This is such a good idea and resonates a lot with my own experience of mindfulness therapy through an occupational health department.

Intersectionality is not a label. (Latoya Peterson)- Has intersectionality lost its punch? This critique of how it is used today is well worth the read.

A Pregnancy Souvenir: Cells That Are Not Your Own (Carl Zimmer)- If you carry a XY foetus, you end up with XY cells all over your body. An interesting one for the Biological Sex Is A Social Construct folder.

To some cunt on twitter (Ideology)- Gloriously bitter poem about anti-gentrification protests.

What is a Family? (Dorian/Beyond The Binary)- Dorian introduces their queer family, and it’s very very heartwarming.

This Obscure Tumblr Sexuality Saved My Life (Bitty Navarro)- A woman’s quest to find a name for her demisexual identity.

The Reason This “Racist Soap Dispenser” Doesn’t Work on Black Skin (Max Plenke)- On technological racism and the things white engineers just don’t think about.

An Olive Leaf (Robert Kazandjian)- A poem filled with generational trauma from genocide.

The Recompiler– A new technology magazine focusing on the work of marginalised groups.

These 4 Behaviors That Fictional Media Tells Us Are Romantic Are Actually Really Harmful (Ashley Truong)- Busting some myths of things we’re told are romantic.

Study: White people react to evidence of white privilege by claiming greater personal hardships (David Edwards)- Sounds like an Onion headline, but actually legit. Scientific citation for what most of us already know.

“I respect trans people, but I would never date one.” (JensGender)- Exploring a really common trope among cis people who claim to be allies but still immediately rule the group they claim to support out of the dating pool.

And finally, have a cute comic about how a cat got a fabric fetish.

Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

Hi everyone. First of all, let me say I intend to read a bunch of Jackie Collins novels in the near future. Some may scoff, but she was a truly influential novelist whose work will likely be dismissed by snobs. Anyway, here’s some things I read this fortnight that I enjoyed and found interesting.

Detained Voices– People held in immigration detention centres share their experiences, and update on protests they are holding.

Trending Homonationalism (Natalie Kouri-Towe)- This is a very good primer on the concept of homonationalism.

In Praise of the Radical and Unapologetic Nicki Minaj (Chaedria Labouvier)- This is the sort of thing you cheer as you read it.

Why I love wearing hijab (Ruqaiya Haris)- The hijab can be a gateway to freedom, and this awesome woman explains why.

One lawyer’s crusade to defend extreme pornography (Edward Docx)- Excellent feature on lawyer Myles Jackman, who focuses on the absurdities of obscenity law.

Why girls don’t get diagnosed with autism (Sarah Thomasin)- A short examination of the double standards in autism diagnoses.

Bodies of Water (Jenna Braeger)- This is a painful read on people drowning in the Mediterranean. Perhaps we should drop the “get in the sea” meme on the light of that which seems so obvious now.

‘No Blacks’ Is Not a Sexual Preference. It’s Racism (Samantha Allen)- Why “just a preference” isn’t just a preference.

Signs and Sensibility (Chris Marshall)- A brief history of London’s road signage, this is nerdy but really fucking interesting.

Bias in the Work Capability Assessment: Analysis of Results of 1,000,000 WCAs (Wordthings of Jon)- Using statistical analysis beyond anything the government release, there’s a lot of bias against the poorest, most disabled people.

I Am an ObGyn Resident Who Entered My Field Specifically to Perform Safe Abortion Services — These Are My Reasons Why (Caroline Payne)- I’m glad doctors like this exist.

How can she leave if she has nowhere to go? Housing and domestic violence (Sisters Uncut)- How the government force women to remain with their abusers.

Give Your Money To Women: The End Game of Capitalism (Lauren Chief Elk-Young Bear)- An interview with some of the originators of this movement, and its significance.

I Said No When A Man Asked Me To Smile, So He Physically Made Me (Juliet Bennet Rylah)- Why a lot of us find the phrase “smile, love” chills us to the bone.

Snapping Back, Slowing Down: The feminist think piece industrial complex (Chanelle Adams)- An excellent critique of how feminism is done.

Men being deceived by makeup [comics] (Megan Nicole Dong)- These made me laugh a lot.

And finally, here’s what the Bible would look like if it used the word “problematic” instead of “wicked”.

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Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

All right, you lot, it’s links roundup time again.

End demand for marriage (Feminist Ire)- On marriage, borders and the nonsensicality of anti trafficking laws.

What The Rentboy Raid Tells Us About The Gendered Rhetoric Of Trafficking (Morgan M. Page)- Analysis of how language is used.

How the Feds Took Down (Melissa Gira Grant)- A thorough explanation of the context and the laws used to raid a website for sex workers.

Rentboy wasn’t my ‘brothel’. It was a tool to stay alive in this economy of violence (Anonymous)- A sex worker explains why he needed sites like rentboy.

My transgender sterilization, or why my consent meant nothing. (Queer Anarchism)- When is consent not consent? Heartbreaking piece of an experience far too many people have had throughout Europe.

The Market Goddesses (Katherine Cross)- Great piece on the ideal woman, as created and marketed by capitalism.

Stuck with a terrible landlord? As if tenants have any other choice (Dawn Foster)- Dawn writes a lot of very good stuff about Britain’s housing crisis and this is the latest such piece.

Violent Matter (piercepenniless)- piercepenniless got kicked off twitter for quoting a couple of lines of poetry. Here, he reflects on the poetry and violent rhetoric.

‘Hannibal’ is subverting everything we know about male relationships (Aja Romano)- Interesting analysis of the recently-deceased TV show. Farewell, beautiful murder husbands.

And finally, have a baby meeting a cat for the first time because it is so cute it made my heart burst.


Things I read recently that I found interesting

Wake up, sheeple, I have some links for you.

How Dare They Do This Again: Stonewall Veteran Miss Major on the “Stonewall” Movie (Miss Major)- Furious interview with a Stonewall heroine about the upcoming film which is erases people like her. You can donate to Miss Major’s life needs here, because she’s got financial trouble at the moment.

Why Al Jazeera will not say Mediterranean ‘migrants’ (Barry Malone)- Very good decision from Al Jazeera, and this article is also a great primer on language.

I Can Text You A Pile of Poo, But I Can’t Write My Name (Aditya Mukerjee)- On Unicode Consortium’s fucked up priorities.

[untitled tweet chain] (@ztsamudzi)- Important thoughts on white people, racism, complicity, white supremacy and oh god just read it, it’ll only take you a minute and it’s fucking great.

The Bloody State Gave Him The Power: A Swedish Sex Worker’s Murder (Caty Simon)- How the “nordic model” kills women.

The real reason some men still can’t handle the all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ (Anne Thériault)- The science behind why men are such squalling pissbabies.

Learning to Be a Lesbian Online (Josie Thaddeus-Johns)- Great personal piece on finding the right information.

Bisexuals Have Worse Health Than Gay, Lesbian, or Straight People (Eliel Cruz)- Very depressing research findings.

Get over yourself: Your feelings about sex work don’t trump sex workers’ rights (Katie Halper)- Laying out Amnesty’s actual position. The anti sex worker lobby ought to pay attention.

Even Early Focus Groups Hated Clippy (Robinson Meyer)- Women told Microsoft that Clippy was awful. Men didn’t listen to Clippy. Men created Clippy and unleashed him on the world.

The wrong kind of victim. (Sometimes, it’s just a cigar)- Moving personal piece on sex work and victimhood.

Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name (Catherine Nichols)- Women who write will not be surprised by the findings of this little experiment at all.

How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking (Maanvi Singh)- Western food didn’t always taste like bland nothing with a side of bland nothing. This bit of food history explains what happened to the flavour.

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (and it’s not because of “political correctness”) (Julia Serano)- Great takedown of bleating about “political correctness”.

And finally, have a demotivational comic. 

Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

It’s round-up time, and it’s a little shorter than usual because I’ve been busy.

Dead name: why Facebook is wrong about who we are (Ray Filar)- Excellent piece on what actually constitutes a real name.

Ungrateful Fat Bitch (Femma Dilemma)- Gloriously furious poem.

Why Police Can Whack You with Sticks, But Not Spray You with a Water Cannon (Wail Qasim)- Important article on violent tactics in policing.

Decriminalise sex work for safety’s sake (ECP)- Signal boost for this pledge that you can sign.

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community’s Most Vulnerable (Colin Walmsley)- It looks as though the situation across the pond is much the same as here.

My Periodic Table (Oliver Sacks)- The famous neurologist is dying, and has written this beautiful, moving piece which made me cry.

Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

Good afternoon, it’s time for the link round-up again, isn’t it?

The New Misandry: Man-Hating in 1972 (Joanna Russ)- This article was written over 40 years ago and pretty much every word of it is still relevant.

Beyond The Binary– Signal boost of a new magazine for and by NB folk.

David Cameron’s proposed encryption ban would ‘destroy the internet’ (Rob Price)- Very clear explanation of why the proposal is so fucking dangerous.

Amandla Stenberg Didn’t Attack Kylie, Leave Our Princess Alone! (Jamilah Lemieux)- Addressing the horrifically unfair standards levelled at young Black girls.

When Celebrating Accessible Technology is Just Reinforcing Ableism (crippledscholar)- Great article about how some tech makes abled people think they don’t need to make the world itself more accessible.

“Can’t you just CHOOSE?”: Being bi with a preference (Charlotte Dingle)- Something that isn’t discussed much when it comes to bi people, said well.

The dangers of trans broken arm syndrome (Naith Payton)- Short piece neatly explaining the driver for a lot of healthcare challenges faced by trans people.

Proof: Bill Cosby (Jessica W Luther)- Looking at the standards of “proof” demanded.

The Illusion of “Neutral” (Feminist Aspie)- Demolishing the “neutrality” that privileged people claim to hold.

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman (Tomas Rios)- Excellent article on reactions to Serena.

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed (David Olusoga)- Long read, but definitely worth it. Slave ownership was very commonplace in Britain and now its history must be acknowledged.

And finally, why yes, it’s another kitten livestream.




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