Philippa rounds up the posts, articles and stories we couldn’t write about this week. From rape prosecutors to D. H. Lawrence to No More Page 3 to the inevitable Thatcher stories.
It’s the start of the week, so where better to start than with a round-up of the posts, comments and situations that we haven’t had the spoons, capacity, time or expertise to comment on here at the F-Word.
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- From the Belfast Telegraph, Teenager boasts about an alleged rape on Facebook … how could 1,200 people ‘like’ this?
- The police are going back over cases of female genital mutilation, as the CPS considers using conspiracy charges against perpetrators in bid to bring first prosecution, by Paul Calahan and Brian Brady in the Independent.
- Jane Corbin, for BBC News, asks, “Are Sharia councils failing vulnerable women?”
- Stavvers takes on the question of When silencing isn’t silencing and sisterhood isn’t sisterhood
- Shulamith Firestone helped to create a new society. But she couldn’t live in it, as Susan Faludi explains in Death of a Revolutionary
- ‘Gay? Prove it then – have you read any Oscar Wilde?’: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers inappropriate questions: Jerome Taylor writes about the case at The Independent.
- Rachael at the Social Justice League has written a really interesting and thought-provoking article about “nice” versus “good”: The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good
- Rehtaeh Parsons was allegedly gang raped by four boys when she was 15. A photograph of the assault circulated around her school and her friends, and the police didn’t charge anybody with a crime. Kevin Morris at Mashable wrote about her very sad death this week, due to suicide: Teen Commits Suicide After Photo of Alleged Rape Goes Viral
- Christie Elan-Cane explains the latest, and tells that the Identity & Passport Service is rejecting ‘X’ passports
- For the Guardian, Bim Adewunmi talks about Artist-activist Liz Crow’s ‘bed-out’ for disabled rights
- Angi Becker Stevens writes for Everyday Feminism about Growing Up A Tomboy
- Put Your Shirts Back On, Ladies – The case against Femen, from Foreign Policy (Registration required)
- Baring Teeth wrote “Shut Up and Take Action!” No, Shut Up and Listen! about disablism in the animal rights movement, and a lot of it can be applied to feminist activism too.
- Lily writes, Armpit Hair vs Wedding Day, about being “un-asked” to be her friend’s bridesmaid if she refused to shave her pits.
- At the Oxford Student Online, Conference 2013 shows an NUS in crisis
- Nico Long for HuffPost Gay Voices, writes about why We Need to Give Up Transphobia (Content note: this does contain descriptions of transphobia)
- In the Guardian Books, Alison Flood writes about an academic’s discovery of an article penned by Lawrence, who says it reveals his ‘modern’ attitude to gender issues, in DH Lawrence manuscript shows ‘enlightened’ attitude to women
- From The Rambling Girl, THE CONSENT DEBACLE: a lesson on how to suck eggs
- Flavia Tamara Dzodan writes about US-centrism and inhabiting a non-space in #femfuture at Red Light Voices
- By our very own Jess, Out of the darkness at Inside Housing
- Deborah Copaken Kogan writes about the Orange Prize for Fiction in My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters
- The pros and cons of going braless, in which Emer O’Toole discusses research about sagging breasts
- For the Guardian, Amelia Gentleman writes a moving and powerful piece about how rape victims are treated in court, especially with regard to Frances Andrade who committed suicide after giving evidence: Prosecuting sexual assault: ‘Raped all over again’
- I found this blog post by Gemma Ahearne really thought-provoking, and it certainly posed some questions I don’t know the answer to: My problem with ‘No More Page 3′
- Nimue Brown writes about depression, anxiety and Psychological violence in Druid Life.
The Inevitable Thatcher Section
- Starting with the breaking news, Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies, aged 87 on BBC Politics
- Hampshire Feminist Collective have written an An open letter to American feminists on the death of Margaret Thatcher, challenging the perception that Thatcher was any kind of feminist inspiration
- At Workers’ Liberty, Jill Mountford writes Thatcher was a class-fighter, not a bitch.
And to close, enjoy Yuja Wang playing Rimsky-Korsakoff’s Flight of the Bumble-Bee fiendishly quickly. Her hands are a blur!
[The image is a photograph of the front cover of Woman magazine from 1955. It is captioned “World’s greatest magazine for women” and cost 4 1/2D. It features a woman dressed in 1950s clothing and the headlines, “Beauty at your fingertips”, “Two colourful jumpers to knit” and “Wooden spoon club supper snacks”. It was made available by Vince Connare and is used under a Creative Commons Licence]