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Things I read

Welcome to the exceptionally-late round up. Here are some articles.

Black Lives Matter: Why we #Shutdown Heathrow Airport this morning (Wail Qasim)- A report on the action. Follow UK Black Lives Matter. Twitter FB Vital work.

My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise (Flavia Dzodan)- Flavia coined a very popular feminist slogan, but it’s been appropriated and profited from.

10 things about BDSM and 10 things about better kinky sex (Queer Anarchism)- An exceptionally good short critique of the problems of BDSM, and a move towards solutions.

For Poly Folks Who Desperately Need Autonomy (brute reason)- This meditation on relationship needs, contrary to the title, is probably a must-read for everyone, not just poly people.

Outing gay men on Grindr isn’t journalism. It’s homophobic and dangerous (Huw Lemmey)- A resplendently furious, comprehensive and sadly necessary response.

Hollywood Has Ruined Method Acting (Angelica Jade Bastien)- How the Hollywood style of method acting is absolutely awful.

Why I now stand with Caster Semenya (Madeleine Pape)- An athlete explains how she came round to supporting one of the greatest runners in the world.

A Peek Inside Berlin’s Queer Club Scene Before Hitler Destroyed It (Clayton J. Whisnant)- A little bit of forgotten history.

The Spoon Theory Gave People the Wrong Idea About My Illness (Jennie Smales)- The spoon theory helps some people explain their disabilities, but abled people still get the wrong end of the stick.

Getting Rid Of Clothes I Hated Helped Me Love My Body (Arianna Rebolini)- I did this myself, and for me it worked a hell of a lot better than losing weight.

No Human is Illegal: Immigration raids that treat migrants as criminals are a disgrace (Maya Goodfellow)- Examining the wider context to Byron’s egregious behaviour–hope you’re still boycotting those rip-off burgers though!

Does Marge have friends? (Raphael Bob-Waksberg)- A short twitter poem that made me cry.

A Closed Loop: Sex Work, Violence and Criminalisation (Molly Smith)- Looking at community violence against sex workers, and how it interacts with criminalising the job.

Detransition, Desistance, and Disinformation: A Guide for Understanding Transgender Children Debates (Julia Serano)- An exceptionally handy guide to what’s really going on.

And finally, have an accidental broadcast of Aziz Ansari subtitles over a nature show, it made me cackle.


Things I read recently that I found interesting

Greetings and welcome to the link round-up, as the world burns. This is a bumper edition because a lot has happened recently.

Open Letter: The BBC must stop uncritical coverage of fascists (Media Diversified)- A call for responsible broadcasting.

Amid the bitter divisions we must unite against racist and fascist abuse (Chimene Suleyman)- Wise words which must be heeded.

Here’s How We Fight Racism Now That Brexit Has Won (Wail Qasim)- A necessary look forward.

Brexit has echoes of the breakup of Yugoslavia (Catherine Baker)- A terrifying look at parallels with the situation in the 90s.

Isolated Incidents (Nikesh Shukla)- The devastating impact of hate attacks, and how they accumulate.

Euthanasia as a Dutch neoliberal success story (Flazia Dzodan)- Examining how right-to-die works under neoliberalism, to frightening effect.

We have the wrong idea about males, females and sex (David Robson)- Looking at evidence which challenges traditional myths.

The Dangers Of Dating Faux-Feminist Men (Kate Sloan)- How men use feminist rhetoric to manipulate, abuse and coerce. Sadly, this resonated a lot with me.

Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man. (Omari Akil)- Why, due to white supremacy, this game isn’t for everyone.

Evidence (Sara Ahmed)- Critically examining what evidence means, to whom and how.

Black Lives Matter more than a police float (Nora Loreto)- Setting out some necessary priorities.

My Brother Died In Police Custody – Here’s What Black Lives Matter Means To Me (Marcia Rigg)- As Britain’s burgeoning BLM movement begins to gather momentum, the sister of a young man killed by police talks why it’s so important.

I Have My Anger Back (Jendella Benson)- A black woman writes to her son.

Westeros is Poorly Designed (Lyman Stone)- A gloriously nerdy look at the world from Game of Thrones and how it makes no goddamn sense on a population scale. You’ll learn lots about human geography and economics.

Employment Must Not Be the Aim of Mental Health Treatment (Dr Jay Watts)- Why were therapists protesting? Because they care about patients.

Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality. (Mychal Denzel Smith)- Envisioning a world without police and examining who the police protect.

On Coming Out and Existing; or, Resentments to the theme of Materiality (AB Silvera)- Thoughtful meditations, responding to an article on never coming out.

Why I’m Nonbinary But Don’t Use ‘They/Them’ (Ashleigh Shackelford)- A personal story of a black nonbinary person who also identifies with black womanhood.

The Best Time I Pretended I Hadn’t Heard of Slavoj Žižek (Rosa Lyster)- A fun new game for us all.

Blerd Girl Magic: The MD and Black Girl Nerds’ Founders Interview– Two incredible black women who formed media platforms explain their vital work.

What Can We Learn About Prime Minister Theresa May from Her Time as Home Secretary? (Wail Qasim)- A close examination of the new PM’s track record.

Blowing the Whistle on Oppressive Policing and Surveillance (NetPol)- Launching a whistleblowing service on police and state surveillance. This is very necessary work, follow it closely.

And finally, have a video of some otters playing the keyboard. You deserve it.


Things I read this month that I found interesting

Apologies for how long it’s taken for the roundup to come, but frankly everything is terrible and seems to be getting worse.

The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse (Anil Dash)- These myths allow abuse to thrive and stop any practical measures being taken.

Speaking Out (Sara Ahmed)- Sara recently resigned from her position at Goldsmith’s over a failure to counter sexual harassment. She explains what needs to happen next and how resignation is resistance.

Breaking up is necessary to do (Lola Phoenix)- Why a rising divorce rate isn’t necessarily A Bad Thing.

“NO CONDOM, NO PUSSY”: Housework is Real Work. Sex Work is Real Work. Under Capitalism All Work is Shit. (Bahar Mustafa)- An overview of some glorious acts of resistance from women.

The First Woman To Put Her Face On Packaging Got Trolled Like Crazy– A little bit of history about how nothing has changed.

Why I stormed the Tate Modern in protest against violent men (Liv Wynter)- Explaining the protests at the Tate Modern and questioning why the work of the man who killed Ana Mendieta is displayed there.

How to Politicise a Murder (Cameron De Chi)- Exploring how the conservative media twisted Jo Cox’s murder to suit their own ends.

Orange is the New Black is Trauma Porn Written for White People (Ashleigh Shackelford)- This is a great response to the latest season, and what came before.

And finally, the eerily perfect every TED talk ever.


Things I read recently that I found interesting

It’s round-up day!

Statement from the organisers of the #PredatoryPeacekeepers petition and campaign– If you’ve not been following this enormously important campaign, here’s a good place to start.

The Past Hundred Years Of Gender-Segregated Public Restrooms (Shannon Keating)- A brief history of single-sex toilets in their context as a site of misogyny.

Racism and misogyny explains why there are so few black women in politics (Bridget Minamore)- Misogynoir is rife in politics, and this short article shows neatly how it manifests.

Azealia Banks’ Twitter Ban Reminds Us Freedom Of Speech Is For Whites Only (Carol Hood)- White people who say similar–and worse–things to Banks don’t get banned… why?

If The Avengers Had Basic Emotional Skills (Alex Gabriel)- How Civil War should have gone down.

My Friends and I Beat Up My Rapist, And I Will Never Apologize for Getting Revenge (Emily Eveland)- It’s almost taboo to talk about vengeful urges, and this honest piece talks frankly about putting them into action.

When the white gaze is automatically seen as informed opinion (Shane Thomas)- How the political and comment system believe in a bizarre myth of white people knowing it all.

The UK Home Office has just officially banned access to social media and instant messaging to people in immigration detention centres (Ruth Hennell)- An in-depth look at an important but overlooked freedom of speech issue.

Why Wear Masks? (Merseyside AFN)- How to protect yourself against police surveillance.

The Gendered Language of Harry Potter (s.e. smith)- A look at how women are described in Harry Potter, as compared to men.

Dear “Skeptics,” Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More (John Horgan)- Examining the bizarre pseudoscientific beliefs many skeptics/new atheists hold. Note: the paragraph on psychiatric drugs falls into the exact trap the author outlines others as falling into.

The Gendered Implications of the Word “Manipulative” (Kitty Stryker)- “Manipulative” is a loaded term, often thrown on women who talk about their needs. Exploring the what and why.

The First Line Of Every Fan Fiction I Have Started Writing Once I Found Out Emma Watson Was Named In The Panama Papers (Mallory Ortberg)- Sharing this because Ortberg is an incredible writer, and I’m gutted that The Toast is closing imminently, because content like this is incredible.

And finally, I am in love. Specifically, with this man and the tiny kitten he rescued that chose him. My heart, it bursts.


Things I read

Welcome to the link round-up! A lot of it is Lemonade-focused, and if you haven’t experienced Lemonade yet, GTFO and watch it.

 

The UN’s Good vs. Bad Narrative Clears the Way for Sexual Violence and Impunity (Maya Goodfellow)- UN soldiers are raping the people they are supposed to protect. If you’re outraged, sign the #PredatoryPeacekeepers petition.

A Lemonade Reader (What’s Good)- Collating articles from black women about Lemonade.

Beyonce’s Lemonade exposed the truth about who’s really leading the cause for racial justice today (Wail Qasim)- An emotional piece about the work black women are doing.

Hillsborough disaster: deadly mistakes and lies that lasted decades (David Conn)- A thorough overview of the events and context that led to the police killing 96 people, and the subsequent coverup.

Solitary confinement is ‘no touch’ torture, and it must be abolished (Chelsea E. Manning)- Manning talks about her experience of solitary confinement and how the practice must end.

The government cited my research in its campaign against porn and anal sex – here’s why I disagree (Cicely Marston)- An academic outlines how the government misrepresented her research to fit their own agenda.

Bodyhackers are all around you, they’re called women (Rose Eveleth)- Analysing the gendered assumptions in what is and is not classed as bodyhacking. Uses cissexist language.

Sadiq Khan may not represent a win for all Muslims, nor should he (Chimene Suleyman)- Analysing Khan’s win and what it means for Muslims.

Be A Better Bystander: How Third Parties Can Help Targets Of Online Abuse (Zoe Quinn)- A model for constructive intervention.


Things I read recently that I found interesting

Hello everyone, it’s round-up time!

Dyspraxia and Femininity (Screaming Violets)- I found a lot to relate to in this short piece on femininity, unfemininity, and living with a brain that makes you fucking drop things all the time.

I’m on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones (Malik Jalal)- The very real, human consequences of drone strikes.

Dear Home Office, please don’t deport me to my death (Luqman Onikosi)- Theresa May seems to genuinely be trying to kill a lot of people.

Hollywood’s upcoming films prove it loves Asian culture – as long as it comes without Asians (Kelly Kanayama)- Looking at films coming out which will be erasing Asian characters, and why.

The ‘Human Computer’ Behind the Moon Landing Was a Black Woman (Nathan Place)- Celebrating Katherine Johnson, who sent men to the moon and brought them back safely.

Periods in Space Are Not That Different, Though a Bit More Complicated (Pam Belluck)- Everything you ever wanted to know about menstruating in space, and options for stopping it.

How Trans Women Are Reclaiming Their Orgasms (Kai Cheng Thom)- A beautiful article on trans women, sexuality and moving past the obstacles created.

Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind (Blake Ross)- I read this this morning and it kind of surprised me, because my own experience is similar to the author’s, and I’d gone through my whole life thinking phrases like “mental image” or “visualise” were metaphorical.

A Trafficking Survivor Shares Why She’s Anti-Criminalization (Kitty Stryker interviews Mercedes)- Content warning for CSA. Listen to a voice so often silenced or instrumentalised.

Germaine Greer: transphobe. Homophobe. Misogynist. (Aiofe O’Riordan)- Why we should stop even pretending that GG is a feminist.

‘Sex is fine… as long as it’s with The One’: why too little sex education is a dangerous thing (Justin Hancock)- Exploring the dangers of how sex education is provided when the curriculum is rushed.

UC Davis trying to hide online proof of abuse– UCD are spending rather a lot of money on covering this up, don’t let them!

Fictional Cops I Love, Ranked By How Guilty I, As An Anarchist, Feel For Loving Them (Sadie the Goat)- Not gonna lie, I related to this so goddamn hard.

Guardian Cryptic, 15th April (Arachne)- If you like puzzles and hate the police, you might enjoy this cryptic.

And finally, my lovely pal needs surgery to get rid of their breasts. Can you help by sharing or donating?


Things I read recently that I found interesting

It’s the links round-up again. Hopefully this one will be the last one with Pigfucky McTaxDodger as Prime Minister. We can hope, anyway.

Jean Charles de Menezes and the limits of human rights (Gracie Mae Bradley)- Exploring the limits of human rights law, and how it allowed the killing of an innocent person.

I am not a good rape victim (Priyanka Poddar)- Examining the demands put upon rape survivors.

Being a dark-skinned woman and the prejudices we face (Bridget Minamore)- Shadeism faced by black women and growing up “too dark”, and the beauty in dark skin.

Interview with Judith Butler (Sara Ahmed)- Two faves sit down together and thrash issues out.

Mr Cynicism goes to Panama (piercepenniless)- On the importance of the Panama papers.

Tabletop Gaming has a White Male Terrorism Problem (Latining)- A look at the issues within the tabletop gaming community perpetrated by white men.

Why it’s okay to be angry (Lola Phoenix)- How anger can be useful, and how it is maligned.

‘Her nose was straight with a soft tip at the end’ — Writing Race at School (Clare Warner)- The very real impact of mostly-white set texts which are required reading in schools.

And finally, the robot uprising is beginning to affect cats. I for one welcome our new feline robot overlords.


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