Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread, 16-23 January 2012

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Hello Lovely F-Word Readers,

Here’s this week’s round-up of interesting news articles and happenings from around the blogosphere that we’ve not had time to write about in detail. As always, if there’s anything we’ve missed feel free to share with us in the comments section below.

The Problem With Skinny Bashing (Girlie Girl Army: Your Glamazon Guide To Green Living)

Dangerous Abortions “on the rise,” says WHO (BBC News)

Feminism 101 – Spoons (The Hand Mirror)

Let’s cut to the chase: why pro-life is anti-feminist (Blue Milk)

How the war on reproductive rights hurts women with disabilities (Feministing)

The new Women’s Safety Commission (Progress Online)

Margaret Atwood: Haunted by The Handmaid’s Tale (The Guardian)

A Plague of Pearl Clutching (Slate)

Legendary blues singer Etta James dies at 73 from Leukemia complications (Chicago Sun-Times)

Are Women People? (the hairpin)

Meghalaya, India: Where women rule, and men are suffragettes (BBC News Magazine)

Jerusalem March Protests Escalating Racism Against Ethiopians-Israelis (New Israel Fund)

Nuance of risk and homebirth (Skepchick)

Girls can love computing; someone just needs to show them how (The Guardian)

School criticised for make-up lessons (The Telegraph)

Why British Muslim Women Struggle to find a marriage partner (The Guardian, Cif)

Why I sent Oxford a rejection letter (The Guardian, Cif)

Challenging Biphobia In The Lesbian Community (The Secret Femme.)

Who Needs Feminism? Everyone (Gender Across Borders: a global feminist blog)

Project unbreakable: the beginning of healing through art

Who pays the Tesco CEO’s wages of £6.9m a year? We do. (The Guardian, Cif)

The real story about Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome (wolfhirschhorn.org)

Married women in Jersey to have access to tax affairs (BBC News)

Legal aid cuts will put domestic violence victims at risk, reports warns (The Guardian)

Black, White, and Blood: Photojournalist Heidi Levine on her time in Libya (Lauren Wolfe)

When the Shit Hits the fan: On the “Shit [People]Say” meme and why it matters (The Crunk Feminist Collective)

Will You Take This Man – and His Last Name? (Clutch)

Calling Someone A Feminist Is Not Necessarily A Compliment (Womanist Musings)

A Switchblade In My Sleeve: Why I Talk Back (PurrVersatility)

Joanna Papageorgiou: The Lightbulb Moment by Sian Norris (Huffington Post)

Calling us angry? Michelle Obama and the ‘angry black woman’ label (The Guardian, Cif America)

Work for the Women’s Resource Centre

Striking a pose: women and fantasty covers (Jim C. Hines)

Stuff cis people say to trans people (Questioning Transphobia)

Elizabeth Brumfiel dies at 66; feminist archaeologist(LA Times)

As always, this is simply a list of articles we have noted as a collective. Inclusion here does not mean we necessarily agree or disagree with the content, but rather that these pieces offer the potential for further debate and discussion.

Hope you all have an excellent week!

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