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Hello and welcome to this week’s roundup of things, of links we spotted this week, thought provoking and interesting, which we didn’t get around to blogging about yet.

Please feel free to add more links and chat generally in comments.

Abortion needs to be taught in our medical schools – Science Blogs

No man’s land and the alice band – Sociological Images

Baby names and the storm in a tea cup – Liberal Conspiracy

Scientists sexist against spiders – Jezebel

The death of the ‘transgender’ umbrella – Bilerico

VS Naipaul finds no woman writer his literary match – not even Jane Austen – Guardian

Too young to wed – National Geographic

Call for submissions – mail art – love letters to feminism – Feministing

The art of male burlesque – Filament

The Haven Wolverhampton launch a Financial Abuse website

Australian politician caught ‘miaowing’ at female colleague – Telegraph

Women face 150 year wait for equality in local government – Politics.co.uk

Over 30 pregnant girls rescued after raid on Nigerian ‘baby farm’ – Women’s Views on News

Sexism in the punk scene – Punk News

Strauss-Kahn affair prompts backlash against French sexism – Independent

Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ stirs controversy – Change Happens

South Africa mourns Albertina Sisulu – BBC

Chav: the vile word at the heart of fractured Britain – CiF

The New York Times appoints woman editor – after 160 years – Guardian

Fatal error – The Nuclear Unicorn

“I’m not a virgin, because virginity isn’t even real” – Feministing

The Life Zone: a pro-life horror movie – The Frisky

Man Down: On Rihanna, rape and violence – The Crunk Feminist Collective

On Cadbury, Naomi Campbell and colourblindness – Sociological Images

Nourishment for difficult times

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament – MSNBC

Malaysia slammed for cattle-branding women – Malaysia Today

“Social ills caused by disobedient wives” says Obedient Wives Club – The Star

Obedient wives club to offer sex lessons on how to pleasure husbands” and be “better than first class prostitutes – The Star

Clothes are not for hiding flaws – Blog Her

Interview with Rebecca Watson – Suicide Girls

Bring back the F-word if you want to do more than worry about girls – Guardian

Arundhati Roy: ‘They are trying to keep me destabilised. Anybody who says anything is in danger’ – Guardian

A Gay Girl in Damascus arrested

To protect girls, women must have rights – CiF

Men in high heeled shoes in art – The Hairpin

Two videos to wrap up this week’s roundup – the first, an obvious one as it’s actually mentioned in several of the stories linked above:

And the second, from the near-past:

Photo of an oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookie by Jaymie Koroluk, shared on Flickr under a tasty Creative Commons license