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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.


Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting

Hi, everyone. I read things, and then I link the things I found interesting. Perhaps you will also find them interesting.

The Price of Shame (Monica Lewinsky)- Video of Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk, a must-watch.

A short guide for the inclusion of trans, intersex and gender non-conforming youth in the classroom (Assigned Male)- A really helpful guide, in comic format.

Benefit sanctions: the 10 trivial breaches and administrative errors (Patrick Butler)- Fucking devastating.

Having The Option: Alissa Afonina/Sasha Mizaree On Her Case And Being A Disabled Sex Worker– Interview with a disabled sex worker, explaining why sex work is a far better option for a lot of disabled women.

The Mother and the Whore (Juniper Fitzgerald)- Exploring the intersections of sex work and motherhood.

iCare: Facebook and the Business of Suicide Prevention (Aiden Rowe & Robert Stephens)- A conversation about social media methods for suicide prevention.

What about the menz? (sometimes it’s just a cigar)- Exploring what a feminism actually concerned with sex workers’ rights would look like.

Rape victims with petty convictions denied compensation (Frankie Mullin)- This is a fucking travesty.

Getting to the bottom of anal evolution (Andreas Hejnol and Jose M. Martin-Duran)- Ever wondered why are buttholes? Here is the science. Plain language summary here.

Clarkson Agonistes (Tom Ewing)- Analysing the mindset of the Clarkson fan.

And finally, if you miss a good fandom wank, why not join every argument about Buffy ever?


Things I read this week that I found interesting

Hi everyone. Let me begin with a PSA. Don’t, for the love of god, drink pina colada. Ever. It’s like an evil scientist tried to create a drink that tastes exactly the same on the way back up as it does to drink. This is why the round-up has come so much later in the day than usual.

Anyway, let’s get on with some links.

Casual Love (Carsie Blanton)- This article articulates so many feelings I’ve had about love and romance which I haven’t been able to articulate and it’s excellent.

Boring (Robot Hugs)- Cute comic about how lovely negotiation is.

The Bad Blood: My Life With Sickle Cell Anaemia (Sara Bivigou)- Beautiful, heartbreaking piece about life with sickle cell.

HIV-Positive LGBT Women Are Discounted, Miscounted, and Uncounted (Jeff Krehely and Tari Hanneman)- Important article about a largely-invisible group.

Beyond Indian Wells: Serena Williams has been consistently disrespected for her entire career (Jenée Desmond-Harris)- Overview of misgynoir aimed at the tennis star.

Queen Sabrina, Flawless Mother (Hugh Ryan)- Biography of a remarkable LGBT hero.

How the Home Office keeps getting it wrong on LGBTQ asylum seekers (Ray Filar)- On the homophobic mess that is the Home Office.

And finally, my friend Elaine is doing a very exciting challenge. She’s visiting every embassy in London while dressed as Carmen Sandiego to raise money for people for whom borders aren’t so easy to cross. Read more and sponsor her here.


Things I read this week that I found interesting

Today is International Women’s Day, which means this blog is celebrating its fourth birthday, because I like making things easy for myself. Yay me. Yay women across the world. I’ve changed a lot over the last four years, having learned a lot from reading excellent stuff by brilliant people, so what better way to celebrate this double special day by doing my weekly linkdump?

Living a Lesbian Life (Sara Ahmed)- On lesbian feminism, and why it needs a revival [note: Sara Ahmed isn’t a transmisogynist, therefore this is actual lesbian feminism, not that bullshit trotted out by TERfs]

Someone Tell Me That I’ll Live: On Murder, Media, and Being a Trans Woman in 2015 (Kai Cheng Thom)- This is a heartbreaking read, but very important.

Why Americans Don’t Care About Prison Rape (Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig)- Upsetting article about the magnitude of the problem.

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women? (Josh Kitto)- Exploring issues surrounding prisons and sexual violence.

‘Not a lesbian’: Aderonke Apata and the impossibly high threshold for asylum claims based on sexuality (Jennifer Blair)- Overview of Aderonke’s case, read and share.

Police Surveillance in Britain (piercepenniless)- This is an enormous problem, here’s why.

Power to the people; A post for International Sex Workers Rights Day (Sometimes it’s just a cigar)- ISWRD was also this week, and here’s why it’s important.

Celibacy Challenge (GLAAD)- Fun campaign video against homophobic blood donation regulations, starring the delightful Alan Cumming.

#DearMe: A Letter to My 15 Year Old Self (That Pesky Feminist)- This is cute, touching, and one of my favourites along this meme I’ve seen.

#ThisIsLuv: A Black Bisexual Manifesto (Crystal Fleming)- Touching, passionate and articulating the problems Black bisexuals face.

Who’s Afraid of Call Out Culture? Jerks, Mostly. (Kitty Stryker)- Kitty points out bad faith in a lot of articles about “toxic call out culture”.

The Logic of Whiteness (Ronald A. Kuykendall)- On white constructions of criminality.

Are We Mistaking Feelings for Politics? (Sarah Jaffe)- On the rise of “feelings journalism”.

#blackoutday (Amadi Talks)- Beautiful piece on the necessity of initiatives like #blackoutday.

And finally, my friend Elaine is doing a really cool challenge. She’s going to visit all 170 embassies in London dressed as Carmen Sandiego. She’ll be raising money for refugees and migrants, who can’t travel the world so easily. Donate to this really brilliant project.


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