Category Archives: things i read this week

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.

 

 


Things I read this week that I found interesting

I’ve actually managed to do a weekly round-up for once. Somebody get me a cookie.

My name is only real enough to work at Facebook, not to use on the site (Zoë Cat)- Facebook’s real name policy is absurd as well as vicious.

Why, No Matter What, I Still Can’t Marry My Girlfriend (Jordan Gwendolyn Davies)- In the US, marriage equality is not what it seems.

Misogynoiristic Expectancy: Social Media Popularity and the Black Femme (Riley H)- Let’s hear about online abuse from someone who isn’t a rich white cis lady.

This Is What Rihanna’s BBHMM Video Says About Black Women, White Women and Feminism (Mia McKenzie)- If you only read one article about that video, make it this one.

Bitch Better Have My Intersectional Feminism or STFU About My Video (nerdygirlswag)- Actually, you should read two articles on it, and this is the other one, and it’s very short so.

I changed my mind on trigger warnings and here’s why you should too (Girl On The Net)- Very good article on why sex bloggers should use trigger warnings.

Rape Scenes Aren’t Just Awful. They’re Lazy Writing (Laura Hudson)- Pretty thorough takedown of most excuses where men will try to crowbar in a rape scene.

A Linguist Explains How We Write Sarcasm on the Internet (Gretchen McCulloch)- This is a really interesting article about the way means of conveying sarcasm have evolved online.

And finally, Christian Grey’s words coming out of Flashheart’s mouth. Woof!


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.


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