Weekly round-up and open thread, 29 August 2011

Welcome to this week’s general round-up! It includes the articles and blog pieces we’ve been reading over the past week but didn’t get around to covering in detail on the blog. Please feel free to add more relevant links or comment.

Disclaimer: The weekly round-up post is a place for us to share links to articles that we think may be of interest to readers or were of interest to us. We don’t always agree with every viewpoint expressed in the items or, indeed, the sites containing them. As with actual F-Word content, none of the views expressed reflect any “official view from The F Word” because not all members of the team will necessarily hold the same opinions on the topics.

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Who’s Behind the Mask of Feminist Hulk? Only the Ms. Blog knows (Ms Magazine)

Tunisian and Egyptian Women Talk About Their Revolutions (Counterpunch)

Domestic violence in the month of mercy (AltMuslimah)

BeingGirl website accused of ‘exploiting’ teenage girls (The Guardian)

Shara Nelson: a rare talent who needs help not condemnation (The Guardian Music Blog)

Joan Smith: Why rape victims must have flawless pasts to get justice (The Independent)

Norwich organisation that gives vital support to women who have been victims of sexual abuse as children is in need of help to survive (Womens Grid)

Afghanistan worst place, Norway best to be a mom: Study (Ottawa Citizen)

No Women, No Peace: Time to Change Peace Building (On the Issues Magazine)

Chile’s Commander Camila, the student who can shut down a city (The Guardian)

Teach Girls to be Smart, not Sexy (Huffington Post)

Unfortunate use of the word trollop but apart from that, I think Roth is spot-on.

Why boys trail further behind girls at top GCSE grades (BBC)

Also see London Feminist. As Lynne mentioned when we were compiling this round-up, there are articles about this issue every year (see her blog entries about it in 2010 and 2005)!

Welcome to the Herd: A Feminist Watches My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Global Comment)

Human Rights Organisations Oppose the Forced Sterilisation of Women with Disabilities in France

(Disability Law News)

Helen Lowe obituary (The Guardian)

The (entirely unofficial) MN rape and sexual assault survey (Mumsnet)

Nivea’s “Re-Civilise Yourself” Ad (The Society Pages)

Clinging to sexual stereotypes demeans men and women (Sydney Morning Herald)

How many world leaders are women? (Financial Times Women at the Top Blog)

What African Girls Fear More Than Drought (The Daily Beast)

Conservative Women’s Association on the Abortion Amendments to the Health & Social Care Bill

Sex scandal threatens Gillard’s fragile government (Independent)

What it means to be a feminist (BlogHer)

The Body Project: My Body Belongs to Me: the Continuing Appeal of Tattoos and Piercings (Healthy is the New Skinny)

I got a few alarm bells when I saw the name of the site but their About us page seems pretty positive.

Indonesian lesbian couple forcibly separated (Advocate.com)

More on books (Charlie’s Diary)

Quick Hit: That’s not cool! (Feministing)

Abortion laws to be tightened in biggest shake-up for a generation (Telegraph)

Ministers back anti-abortion lobby reforms (The Guardian)

Egypt’s Quiet Gender Revolution (Think Africa Press)

Middle class flock to private antenatal care as cuts bite (The Guardian)

Troll who harassed woman through 8,000 hate-tweets claims free speech defense (boingboing)

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq (IPS News)

10 Black Women Making Moves In Film (Clutch Magazine)

Women in aviation today on Woman’s Hour (29 August 2011) (BBC)

Using technology to close the gender gap in Sierra Leone (Guardian/Poverty Matters blog)

‘Circumstance’ Movie: How Lesbians Live in Iran (The Daily Beast)

And to round off, here are a few articles I liked but thought had titles that didn’t do them justice:

Strike a pose: real women take on the models (The Guardian)

Excellent project but, of course, it bears repeating that all women are real, including models.

Commuting more stressful for women than men (The Guardian)

I wholeheartedly agree with the comment saying this title “implies, though careless word-choice in the headline that somehow the differences between men and women are native. Upon reading it, it becomes clear it’s only due to the enforced legacy that women assume more of the childcare/chores than men in the same position. If men were to take more domestic responsibility, how would they word it then? “Childcare-givers more stressed” perhaps?”

Don’t listen to the lipstick feminists (The Independent)

Admittedly this is a belated inclusion but I have to mention it, as I think it’s a prime example of a great piece marred by a needlessly dismissive and potentially divisive title. I doubt if Arifa Akbar came up with it, as she doesn’t actually make the statement in the article.

Drawing of a woman in a pink T-shirt with a heart on and a woman symbol on her right arm, titled “Feminist”, by allison marisa and shared under a creative commons licence.

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