Sorry for the lateness of our weekly round-up, but here it is. Feel free to use the comments space below as an open thread if you want to comment on any of the stories raised or just have a general chat.
In the meantime, stories we missed last week are:
Feminist Memory’s timeline of Riot Grrl in the media
Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things: “Former NPR analyst Juan Williams, among other ignorant people, has an irrational fear of Muslims, and thinks you can identify them based on what they look like. Here I will post pictures of Muslims wearing all sorts of things in an attempt to refute that there is such a thing as “Muslim garb” or a Muslim look”.
The BBC has announced first time plans to screen women’s matches at next month’s British boxing championships (via the Herald Scotland)
The Guardian reports that lessons on gay history reduce homophobic bullying in a Stoke Newington school (although from reports it’s questionable whether they really cover ‘LGBT’ history or just cis gay men)
Iran says some academic courses too “Western” (Reuters Africa) ….the list includes women’s studies, among other things
A Texan anti-abortion group has been running a protest outside the Marie Stopes sexual health clinic in central London (via The Independent
The Guardian reports on the development of a new contraceptive gel that is applied directly to the skin and could offer women an alternative form of hormonal contraception without the typical side effects associated with the pill
Restructure! blames the patriarchy for her technical incompetence at Geek Feminism
The Refugee Council assesses what will the spending review mean for asylum seekers and refugees?
Love Anonymously: Call for submissions: Racialicious’ first ever blog carnival, “a rough guide of sorts to all the “other” first times […] perspectives on how race intersects with [people’s] sex lives, various GLBTQ experiences with approaching and navigating sex and the concept of virginity, how visible and invisible disabilities impact how we are perceived as sexual beings, sex after major life transitions, that sort of thing”