Weekly round-up and open thread, Monday 29th April 2013


Here’s our regular round-up of things that struck us as interesting this week, and that we didn’t have time to blog about. As always, linking here doesn’t necessarily imply endorsement, and please be aware that these links take you outside TFW to other sites where there may be content you could find triggering.

Image is of Dame Helen Mirren, who won Best Actress at last night’s Olivier Awards. (Image courtesy of HelenMirrennews on Flickr.)

Amnesty: Why so many initial asylum decisions are overturned on appeal in the UK

GayStarNews: Girl, 7, writes poem for her dead trans teacher

Spark Summit: Teaching Men Rape Prevention Actually Works

Telegraph: Hundreds of sex offenders escape with cautions

Zedkat: Letter to ITV regarding Ched Evans broadcast

Telegraph: Dalai Lama: I would be pleased if my successor was female

100 per cent men

OpenDemocracy: Nude protests and political contradictions

Elle: Kim Gordon sounds off

Telegraph: Tanni Grey-Thompson offered Sport England job but vetoed by Number Ten

Meloukhia: Accessibility should not be an afterthought

Guardian: David Cameron gave me ‘soft, girly’ job, says public health minister

Black Girl Dangerous: Hey, White Liberals: A Word On The Boston Bombings, The Suffering Of White Children, And The Erosion of Empathy

Miss Representation: Women are not their own worst beauty critics

Vulture: Leading men age but their love interests don’t

Racialicious: To (All) the White Girls Who Didn’t Get Into The College Of Their Dreams

Telegraph: Pop musician Grimes attacks sexism in the industry

AlterNet: School Principal Discouraged Teen Girl from Reporting Sexual Assault Because It Would Ruin Attacker’s Basketball Career

Huffington Post: Brian Sims, Pennsylvania Democrat, On Abortion: We Did Not ‘Swear To Uphold The Bible’

HetPat: Consensual sex and rape: It’s really bloody simple.

The Nation: In Rape Tragedies, the Shame Is Ours

Think Progress: University Of Arizona Student Tells Women: ‘You Deserve Rape’

New Statesman: Wikipedia wars: are there really novelists and ‘women novelists’?

A Gentleman and a Scholar: Twenty-One questions on trans issues answered

Guardian: Woman raped twice at Occupy London protest camp, court hears

Telegraph: I went under the knife like Louise Mensch and the haters can go hate

GayStarNews: World’s first openly lesbian prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir quits politics

The Star: PIP victim: I feel I was poisoned

Guardian: Meet the women doing ‘men’s work’

ACLU: Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

OUP blog: The illusion of “choice”

Polycymic: Virgin is Going to Turn Your Flight Into a Creepy Bar You Can’t Leave

Feminist Sonar: Beauty standards and disability

Chick Advisor: We tried it – the Diva Cup

TUC: One in four disabled rail passengers has suffered a hate crime or abuse, poll reveals

Sian and Crooked Rib: I might be glad about the return of Spare Rib – but let’s not pretend online feminism isn’t vital

Guardian: Girl, 14, forced to become pregnant with donor sperm bought by mother