Weekly round-up and open thread, 4 March 2013

Welcome to this week’s round-up of the articles and blog pieces we’ve been reading over the past week. If you have a link or comment that doesn’t fit anywhere else and would like to share it, feel free to drop it in the comments here…

NB: A note will be added when the content is not adequately indicated in the title of an article. However, you are advised to use your discretion and approach the links with caution, as round-up posts contain links to external websites and blogs we have no control over. Along with this, 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.

Life as the spouse of a suspected al-Qaida terrorist (Guardian, CiF)

Questions for Clegg after Lord Rennard statement (Channel4 News)

Lord Rennard sex scandal: sexism is rife in Parliament (Telegraph)
Also see Laura’s post here.

Petition to The Sun: Apologise for the distasteful front cover of Reeva Steenkamp (change.org)
Also see Carrie’s post here.

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter- Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum (Refugee Council)

Fighting For Justice: How the Police Perpetuate Transphobia (Marxist Queen)

BBC chief said working mothers ‘should not hold senior positions’, tribunal hears (Telegraph)
NB: The man pictured is the whistleblower, Byron Myers, and not the CEO who made the comments in question.

Petition to The Home Office: Grant Nigerian lesbian Glory Metfyean permission to stay in the UK (change.org)

9 Sexist Things That Happened At The Oscars (Buzzfeed)

Sexism Fatigue: When Seth MacFarlane Is a Complete Ass and You Don’t Even Notice (Lindy West at Jezebel)
References rape scenes in films. Also see Pippa’s post here.

Paralympics stars express concern over losing disability allowance (Guardian)

None of these women are asking for it (Stop Asking Where I’m From)

How Not To Be A Dick To Your Disabled Friend (xoJane)

Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg: Executive Women Keep Other Women Down (PhD in parenting)

Rape victim ‘pressured by police to drop claim against man who later killed’ (Guardian)

The Sexist World of Student Elections (Salma Haidrani at Huffington Post Students)

Maternity matters (Inside Housing)

Police failed to investigate sex attacks across six London boroughs (Guardian)

Councillor considers resignation over disabled comment (BBC News Cornwall)

Councillor Who Said Children With Disabilities Should “Be Put Down” Resigns (Planet of the Blind)

The ‘Bedroom Tax’ Debate (John Leighton)

Wonder Women: “respectable” women destroy Manchester art & change politics (creativetourist.com)
Manchester Art Gallery, City Centre, Manchester, 3 March 2013-4 April 2013

Some Views From 30,000 Feet (Challenging Tertullian)

The Thing About Being A Little Black Girl In the World: For Quvenzhané Wallis (Black Girl Dangerous)

Shane and Maggie by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz (Fotovisura)
From the article: “I had been photographing a couple, Shane and Maggie, since September. I had originally intended the story to focus on the difficulties felons face once being released from incarceration. My intention was to paint a portrait of the catch-22 many individuals find themselves in upon release, the metaphorical prison of a stigma they can never seem to escape. The story changed dramatically when one night, Shane and Maggie got into a fight. Shane began to physically abuse Maggie…”

Stick Figures and Stick Figures Who Parent (Sociological Images)

Oona King, Tessa Jowell, Angela Eagle and others on sexism in Westminster (Interviews by Homa Khaleeli, Guardian)

“The computer made us make rape jokes” is the new “the dog ate my homework” (Martin Belam)

‘Keep Calm’ rape T-shirts taken off site (Independent)

“Yes, but do you really like submissive men?” (Sterile Monstress)

This Story Stinks (New York Times Sunday Review)

‘Misxgyny Drxp Dead’ EP – released on International Women’s Day (Planningtorock)

Why do the police deal with rape cases so badly? (Guardian, CiF)

Violence against women won’t just disappear – but progress is possible (Guardian, CiF)

Men, we can’t plead ignorance on sexism any longer (Telegraph, Women)

Why Getting Your Girl Outside Is So, So, Important (Adventure Tykes)


Finally, this week’s closing track is Delia Derbyshire‘s ‘Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO’. Very much ahead of its time and arguably influential on present-day acts like Gaggle and The Knife, this was written as theme for an episode of Out of the Unknown.

Also worth checking out is this very short pre-techno clip from Derbyshire. Unbelievable that it’s from 1963!

Image description: This shows a selection of liquorice allsorts against a blank background: two long black liquorice rolls with white paste in the middle, two aniseed circles with balls of blue sugar on the outside, one pink liquorice-middled coconut circle on top of a yellow liquorice-middled coconut circle and one three layered white candy/liquorice/brown candy square on top of one three layered white candy/ liquorice/orange candy square. This is by Jo Munday and is shared under a 2.0 Generic Creative Commons (2.0) license.

Static YouTube description: Black and white shot of Delia Derbyshire working in the studio.

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