Weekly round-up and open thread, 24 December 2012

Welcome to this week’s round-up of 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 relevant links or comment…

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 Also: Round-up posts contain links to external websites and blogs we have no control over. We don’t always agree with every viewpoint expressed in the items or the sites containing them. As with actual F-Word content, none of the material reflects any “official view from The F Word” because not all contributors to the site will necessarily hold the same opinions on the topics or pieces shared.

Chivalry has nothing to do with respect and everything to do with manipulation (New Statesman)

Actor guilty of rape charge after jury rejects ‘sexsomnia’ defence (Wales Online)

Report: Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Identity Language in the British Press: A Case Study in Monitoring and Analysing Print Media (The Migration Observatory at Oxford University)

Why James Dobson is unable to speak of the actual murder of actual children (Slacktivist at Patheos critiques Dr. James Dobson’s take on the murder of 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school: “For Dobson, “the murder of children” refers not to Sandy Hook, but to abortion.“)

How Victoria’s Secret censored a burgeoning anti-rape social media campaign (boing boing)

Rape victim Sara Reedy, accused of lying and jailed by U.S. police, wins $1.5 million payout (The Raw Story)

Why progressive men’s movements are bound to fail (The Raw Story)

Mencap slam UKIP candidate who called for “compulsory abortion” of disabled people (New Statesman)

Drugged, raped, imprisoned by ‘husband’, suing maternity hospital – who’s accountable for Kenyan woman’s plight? (The Human Impact at Reuters)

Contains description of abuse

Ableism and Adam Lanza: a primer (Right Action Vegan Cooking)

A compliation of reading regarding the CT shooting and ableism, both on Tumblr and across the web

Stigma in crisis: mental health, fear-mongering and murder (The F-Word’s Philippa at New Statesman)

David Davies, Conservative MP: ‘I may well be wrong’ (Guardian, Politics)

Charity’s insolvency leaves homeless people without support (Guardian, via ‘Big Society = B.S. (Bull Sh*T) Campaign to Stop it & Save our Services’ on Facebook)

Can You Be Too Sexy For Your Job? The Iowa Supreme Court Says Yes {Forbes)

‘Amanat’ gang-rape case: massive protests in Delhi, clashes with police (NDTV)

Supermarket sweep across Argentina (Libcom)

Two people have been killed, dozens injured, and at least 137 arrests have been made in several poverty stricken cities across Argentina, during an outbreak of mass lootings at supermarkets.

Why the ‘nice guys commit rape too’ conversation is not helpful (Guardian)

The scapegoating of Nancy Lanza (Guardian, via The Philippa Daily)

Plebgate: If the police can do this to a Government minister, what hope is there for black kids from Brixton? (The Independent, see above)

Twas The Not So Big Society Before Christmas (The Not So Big Society)

Riot Grrrls (BBC Radio 4, available to listen to until 25 December 2012)

Thanks Helen G for the heads-up on this!

Why feminists sometimes forget to say thank you (New Statesman)

Finally, this week’s closing track is ‘Running‘ by Jessie Ware. This lush piece of 1980s-influenced electronic soul pop got the attention it deserved when Disclosure’s excellent deep house treatment was picked up on by Annie Mac back in February this year:

Image description: A slice of pineapple cake, garnished with three glacier cherries and a pineapple ring, on a white plate against a white background with a just visible purple item (possibly a macaroon?) and green cake decoration. By bunchofpants, shared under a creative commons licence.

YouTube Description: Red curtain backdrop. Jessie Ware in front, looking to her right. She is all in black, with her hair in a bun and her arms are stretched across a yellow/gold leather sofa.

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