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Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

And now for your semi-regular linkdump.

I interrupted Obama because we need to be heard (Jennicet Gutierrez)- If you read one thing this week, make it this. The “White House Heckler” lays out the things the President wanted to silence her from saying.

This Is Why Everyone Cheering Gay Marriage Should Stand With the White House “Heckler” Now (Bea Esperanza Fonseca)- Where next? Very neatly answered.

Against Students (Sara Ahmed)- Thorough takedown of the absolutely dreadful shite being spouted about higher education. This is a fucking must-read.

NHS Gender Identity Symposium – Some Basic Demands (Queer Blue Water)- The bare minimum UK-based trans people want from the state.

Why the Charleston AME Church Shooting was not a “hate crime” (Kojothelibsoc)- How the language used to discuss the Charleston massacre erases what is actually going on.

Dylann Roof is not an extremist (Zoe Samudzi)- In a similar vein, because there’s a lot of fuckery going on in the white media.

This Is What It’s Like To Recover From An Eating Disorder During Ramadan (Hussein Kesvani)- Examining the intersections between Islam and eating disorders.

‘Now I have the money to feminise my face I don’t want to. I’m happy that this is the face God gave me’ (G2)- Laverne Cox being all-round incredible.

Is it a slippery slope if we remove the Confederate flag? Yes, and that’s a good thing for America (Shaun King)- Removing the Confederate flag could force conversations that need to happen.

In Defense of Casual Romance (Kitty Stryker)- Casual romances are something I’d love to see more of.

We Need To Talk About The Furiosa Comic (Ana Mardoll)- Thorough takedown of the Furiosa comic, which seems to have failed everywhere Fury Road succeeded.

What If We Treated All Consent Like Society Treats Sexual Consent? (Alli Kirkham)- Good 101 on how ridiculously consent is treated.

And finally look at this terrible little fluffy home invader!

 


Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

It’s time for that periodic links round up! I hope you find these links I’ve put together interesting.

The Tory attack on queer youth. A call to arms. (Don’t hold your tongue)- So important that we read this and heed the call to fight.

Don’t let them tell you the election was a victory for women. (Emily Hawkins)- Some feminists genuinely seem to believe this election was a victory for women. They are wrong, wrong, WRONG.

My 22 years on Pakistan’s death row could end this week. What purpose will my execution serve? (Aftab Bahadur)- Heartbreaking essay from a man who has been on death row since he was 15. Sadly, he was killed by the state on Wednesday.

[untitled] (Laverne Cox)- Laverne Cox talks about Caitlyn Jenner and privilege.

Your Child Should Never Be Forced to Hug Anyone (Yes, Including a Relative) (James St James)- Shit that shouldn’t need saying, said well.

From Hamid Mahmood to Harry Mason….. (Hamid Mahmood)- Exposing white supremacy in the job application process.

Facing psychological coercion and manipulation has become a daily part of claiming benefits (Felicity Callard and Robert Stearn)- On the terrifying and unethical use of psychologists from the DWP.

Cyprus at the Crossroads (Leandros Fischer and Daphnos Economou)- On the history and present of communism in Cyprus.

Unshaming the future in my coffee cup (Laura Aharonian)- On shame, and cultural memories of the Armenian genocide.

Calling Yourself Fat For the First Time (Tilly Jean)- An honest piece about claiming a label amid stigma.

How Queer Relationships Can Get Stuck in Harmful Gender Norms (And Why We Really Need to Get Unstuck) (Michael “MJ” Jones)- Shedding light on how misogyny seeps into queer relationships.

And finally, if for some reason you need a break in your tearing through Orange Is The New Black this weekend, there’s a kitten cam live and they’re adorable. Look at their little orange paws!


Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

Better late than never, eh? Have some links.

#SayHerName Report (AAPF)-A must-read report into deaths of Black women at the hands of the police.

We need to talk about safe spaces (Yomi Adegoke)- Shit that shouldn’t need saying, said well.

I Am the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ the Men in Your Life Talk About, And I Have a Few Things to Say… (That Pesky Feminist)- Powerful piece, and basically TRUST NO MAN.

The Forgotten History of Romani Resistance (Pierre Chopinaud)- Raising awareness of a forgotten history.

Marriage is not Equality: Thoughts on #MarRef from a worried radical queer (Feminist Ire)- Important analysis, and worth bearing in mind if you’re celebrating.

How to Have a Good Night in Norwich (Jo Swo)- A new project to make Norwich nightclubs safer.

‘I’m gonna kill this lot’, and other things a police officer shouldn’t be saying during a protest (Hannah Dee)- Analysis of how police see protesters.

We trust children to know what gender they are – until they go against the norm (Diane Ehrensaft)- A defence of young children receiving treatment they need.

How Self-Described ‘Whore Nation’ Killed the TV Show ‘8 Minutes’ (Tara Burns)- A case study in community organising.

We Will No Longer Be Promoting HBO’s Game of Thrones (Jill Pantozzi)- Popular fandom website The Mary Sue has had it with GoT’s attitude to rape.

Mad Max: Troubled Road (20th Century Flicks)- How Fury Road could have been improved by including indigenous Australian actors.

Kitty Genovese’s secret lesbian history (Trish Bendix)- This important–and salient–aspect of Kitty Genovese’s life was completely erased from my psychology class.

5 Helpful Answers To Society’s Most Uncomfortable Questions (David Wong)- Send this Cracked article to whiney white men.

Safe Spaces are for White Men (Maya Goodfellow)- How white men desperately try and centre themselves.

Working at an abortion clinic challenged my pro-choice views — and confirmed them (Amy Beeman)- Touching article revealing the realities of working in an abortion clinic.

All Black Lives Matter: seeking justice for Sheku Bayoh (Siana Bangura)- A family is seeking answers. Spread their questions far and wide.

And finally, Mad Max posters improved with quotes from whiney white men who didn’t like it.


Things I read this week that I found interesting

I read things. I find them interesting. I share them.

10 Things the Left Should See the Back of Right Now (Isla Williams)- I do not have enough YES TO THIS to articulate how important this is.

My Birth Story, The Bipolar Birth Plan Was Bullshit and The Stigma Of Mentalist Mums (The Secret Life Of A Manic Depressive)- Honest account of birth and postnatal care for a mother with bipolar. With bonus pictures of an adorable babby.

I stand with Bahar Mustafa – Reverse racism isn’t real (Sam Ambreen)- Sam knocks it out of the park, and like Bahar, has upset a lot of white men. Good.

Sex Workers Don’t Owe You Any Answers (Alana Massey)- Shit that shouldn’t need to be said, said well.

Shit White Feminists Need To Stop Doing (Fernanda Toro)- Ditto. Read, take heed.

It did not start with Stonewall – Black lesbian elders tell their herstories.

A Rare And Remarkable Glimpse Into The Lives Of Trans Women In 1960s Paris– Photographs of the glamorous trans women sex workers in Paris.

The Underground Art of the Insult (Anna Holmes)- A brief history of throwing shade.

Congrats, you have an all male panel!– Shaming the all-too-common all-male panels.

Positive Behaviour S&M (Mark Neary)- This is what schools are doing to autistic children and it’s fucking horrible.

Workfare, Forced Labour and the new ‘Business and Community Wardens’. (Pete the Temp)- Exposing the forced labour in a “voluntary” role.

Mad Max: Fury Road Director George Miller: “I Can’t Help but Be a Feminist” (Vanity Fair)- What Miller describes here as he talks about his creative process is the bare minimum any fucking director should do, and yet they aren’t. Do a George Miller, and make an actually fucking good film.

And finally, the best of the hipster cop meme. Fuck that guy.


Things I read this period of time that I found interesting

Well, apparently it’s been a month since I’ve done one of these round-ups and things have changed and everything’s definitely shit. Anyway, have some links.

Against “Choice Feminism”: four new suggested topics (A Glasgow Sex Worker)- Here’s some discussion questions on which feminists must reflect.

#blacklivesmatter How three friends turned a spontaneous Facebook post into a global phenomenon (Jamilah King)- Meet the Black women who started a hugely important movement.

Why hasn’t Britain wiped out lgbt hate crime? (Sean Faye)- On the magnitude of the problem.

Neoliberalism and the commodification of experience (Alison Phipps)- How neoliberalism has shaped the discourse and what needs t change.

“A life on benefits is frankly no life at all.” (A Latent Existence)- Digging into David Cameron’s attitude towards disabled people.

When You Create A Safe Space, It’s Safe For All People (ideatrash)- How we can build safer spaces and who they are for.

Negligence, Symphysiotomy and Past Harm. (Mairead Enright)- On recognition and justice for symphysiotomy victims

These 8 Characters Are Definitely Going To Die (Julia Lepetit)- Hollywood and TV are nothing if not predictable.

Scottish Grindr users on the 2015 general election (machotrouts)- Here’s a poll the pundits missed and it’s far more accurate than most.

All Bodies Count (Meredith Bland)- On attitudes towards disabled bodies.

As a Native Actor, I Applaud Those Who Walked off the Set of Adam Sandler’s Racist Movie (Tyson Houseman)- Challenging a strong vein of racism in the US.

Ban Men from Literary Readings (Josephine Livingstone)- A very strong case, well made.

Nonviolence as Compliance (Ta-Nehisi Coates)- Focused on the situation in Baltimore, but pertinent everywhere.

The Focus On Property Over Black Lives Is Also State Violence (Gradient Lair)- Hitting the fucking nail on the head.

10 Theories About How Lesbians Have Sex From Straight People In History (Carolyn)- Spoiler: they’re all fucking bizarre.

And finally, Comment Is Weird which basically I can’t even explain.


Things I read this week that I found interesting

Round-up time. I’m thinking these are kind of officially becoming fortnightly, aren’t they? Anyway, I found these articles interesting and maybe you will too.

Resist! Against a Precarious Future (edited by Ray Filar)- A whole goddamn ebook, for free! A collection of essays on precarity and solutions.

The ‘transferable skills’ paradigm is cover for the creation of transferable people (Nina Power)- A look at what’s going on beneath the surface with that popular training mantra.

What the Suffragettes did for us (Anarchist Federation)- The suffragettes are always trotted out to try to guilt women into voting. Here’s why that’s bullshit.

The British State’s Willful Negligence Is Killing Immigrants in the Mediterranean (Wail Qasim)- Blame laid where blame is due for the deaths.

Letting migrants drown in the Mediterranean, is this what the Tories mean by ‘British values’? (Maya Goodfellow)- Examining the ideologies that kill.

Open Letter in Solidarity with Bahar Mustafa, Welfare and Diversity Officer, Goldsmiths. (Goldsmiths Solidarity)- The national media are lying about Bahar. Read and support the truth.

Remnants of the British Black Panther’s Lost Legacy (Bruno Bayley)- Beautiful photos and history.

This Is Fucking Vandalism, London’s History And Culture Are Being Destroyed In The Name Of Greed (johnny void)- A stark look at the state of London and development.

George Galloway’s comments on forced marriage are a dangerous abuse of power (Huma Munshi)- A forced marriage survivor takes down Galloway’s latest misogynistic nonsense.

What trans people of color fear after the Bruce Jenner media circus (Kay Ulanday Barrett)- Bruce Jenner’s coming out could have consequences for trans people of colour. Find out why.

we must unite inside her walls or we’ll crumble from within (dirgewithoutmusic)- I don’t usually do fanfic recs, but this is too fucking good (and it totally counts as feminist). Examining and defending Harry Potter fan unfavourites like Cho Chang and Pansy Parkinson, beautifully and movingly. ALL OF THE FEELS THEY ARE HERE.

And finally, here’s some lessons learned about heterosexual female desire from reading.


Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

Happy Easter, readers. No, I don’t mean happy Easter from last week, it’s Easter today. Here’s some links.

Outraged About Purvi Patel Case? Four Things to Do Now (Deepa Iyer)- Purvi Patel was imprisoned for having a miscarriage. Here’s some actions you can take.

Who cares about the vulnerable when there’s a fight to manufacture? (CN Lester)- CN exposes dodgy tactics at the BBC.

Rad American Women A-B-C– Some fab illustrations of awesome women here.

We need to talk about Ivan (Sturdy Blog)- Old post, but salient again as the election is upon us: how Cameron exploits his dead child.

A Case of Cis Regret (Lola Olson)- An agender activist writes about the hormone therapy they were pressured to take.

An Intersectional Feminist against Imperial Feminism (Julie Hall)- Against white saviours. An important read.

What They Really Mean When They Say They’re Not a Feminist (Ronnie Ritchie)- Comic illustrating what’s really going on.

Everything The Police Said About Walter Scott’s Death Before A Video Showed What Really Happened (Judd Legum)- Documenting the lies. Never trust a copper.

Ferguson officials’ racist emails released– More police racism exposed.

Why being ‘overweight’ means you live longer: The way scientists twist the facts (Malcolm Kendrick)- Hugely important article, highlighting the hidden bits in science.

Actual harm (UnCommon Sense)- What the transmisogynist bigot feminists claim to be “just debate” leads to real world harm. Here’s just one way.

And finally, here’s The Rock lipsynching Taylor Swift and it is absolutely delightful.


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