Each week there are things which we would love to blog about, but which pass us by. So, here is a weekly round-up of things we wanted to share. If there are things you want to add, consider this an open thread to add items of interest or chat with other feminists.
- The UK Government criticised for refusing to sign up to an EU anti-trafficking directive (via Womensgrid)
- Reductions in legal aid to affect Welsh victims of domestic violence (via Womensgrid).
- The mother of Ed and David Miliband is backing Diane Abbott in the Labour
- Convicted flasher banned from London Underground for 5 years
- Drama Beans has a post about the trend in Korean TV and film for casting ever younger actresses to play mothers – in one case, Kim Suh-hyung (34) plays mother to Park Jin-hee (32).
- Jezebel posts on an orientalist advertising campaign by Christian Dior (n.b. warning, the post’s headline uses abelist language)
- Ms Magazine asked Latina bloggers to write about their relationship with feminism, this is an overview of some of the responses
- In Swaziland, a woman is arrested for getting an abortion, then locked up by the police in the same cell as a suspected rapist.
- Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein to write score for feminist documentary
- Liberal Conspiracy has a post highlighting forthcoming events to support The Abortion Support Network, a London volunteer organisation that provides accommodation for women living in Ireland who need to stay overnight when travelling to London for an abortion. ASN also fund raises to help cover costs of abortions for women who struggle to pay.
- At After Ellen, Sinclair reviews The Kids Are All Right, looking at the trope it employs of lesbian-who-sleeps-with-man
- @OUT140 on Twitter collects people’s coming out stories, told in 140 characters
- Women who work in IT asked to take part in Equal Pay Survey
- From Jezebel: Female gamer emails xbox to report problem, gets a reply saying how sorry xbox are that her “son” can’t access his account!
- Airline stewards sent on unpaid leave until they lose weight
- W Magazine in the U.S. includes women of colour in its list of “young Hollywood It Girls” (from Jezebel)
- A literary list which is majority women for once – oh, oops, it’s actually a
list of overrated US writers!(from Jezebel)
- Participants wanted for online eating disorders survey
- Forsaken Lives: the harmful impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Act
- Through the Eyes of Saudi Women Photographers
- Call for submissions: This Bridge Called My Baby: Legacies of Radical Mothering
- Johann Hari argues that we need more acceptance of mistakes in public life
- Holly Combe on why the “big society” means less freedom for us all
- Womanist Musings on the fallacy of trying to write ‘universal’ fiction
- Actors starving themselves on True Blood (from Womanist Musings)
- Feminist blog Uplift! nominated for Cosmo blog award
- Daily Mail runs feature asking readers to guess how many people various women have slept with
- Bad Journalism Warning Labels
- At the RCA’s ‘Design Interactions’ exhibition – Hiromi Ozaki’s Menstruation Machine “is a device which simulates the pain and bleeding of an average 5 day menstruation process”. Ozaki’s other project is the “Penis Cybernetique“
- … and on the same topic, a study in the journal Pain suggests that menstrual cramps may actually change the structure of women’s brains
- Psychiatrisation: A great way to silence troublesome women argues Melhoukia
- The Coalition Government: 100 Days, 100 Cuts – including a £27,000 a year cut in funding for Croydon’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre.
- Rebecca Watson highlights a dubious Ebay auctioner claiming to sell a “Booty enhancement spell cast by powerful Wiccan Witch” – and sets up her own auction in response
Did we miss anything else?