Weekly round-up and open thread


Welcome to this week’s round-up and open thread. The following are links that we have found that might interest you. If you have found anything that you think other readers will enjoy please add links in the comments section below. As usual, please note that a link here doesn’t imply endorsement or agreement, and some links might be triggering.

Don’t write first world war women out of history (Guardian)

Put out the red light (Inside Housing)

Teaching union furious as Islamic free school staff are told they must wear hijab even if they are not Muslim


Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: Why I have gone on hunger strike (Guardian)

Massachusetts woman may be forced to share parental rights with her rapist (Circa)

All UCL staff, including cleaners, are now paid the London Living Wage. But outsourcing, the root cause of the problem, remains on campus.(UCL living wage campaign)

Professor feminism is back at it (Red Light Politics)

Left Out In The Cold: Sex Workers at Notts Women’s Conference What happened when SWOU tried to attend #NWC2013. Statement from the organisers here and here.

Lovers to have sex in front of studio audience on new Mariella Frostrup show


How not to be a UniLad (Guardian)

Everyday Prisons – Women’s Lives Under Occupation (Media Diversity UK)

I think I’m in an emotionally abusive relationship… with the tech community (Geek Feminism Blog)

Tech Bros are Losing (In These Times)

The Times drops Libby Purves as chief theatre critic (Guardian)

“Boys’ rites of passage” my arse (Beth Granter)

Nine Out Of Ten Men Say They Fake An Interest In Sports(Disinformation)

Gender as Non-Fiction (The Atlantic)

Why is God suddenly so big in the schools we all pay for?(Guardian)

Why Do Many “Breaking Bad” Fans Love Walter White But Hate Skyler?(Bitch Magazine)

Bitch, Make Me 300 Sandwiches, Orders Beautiful Woman’s Boyfriend (Gawker)

Violence against women starts with school stereotypes (The Conversation)

Children’s views on gender and jobs (CBBC Newsround)

We Should all be Worried About GTA’s Strip Clubs (International Business Times)

NSWP Response To Equality Now Attack On UN Recommendation Calling For Decriminalisation Of Sex Work

Norwegian company launches “eggs for boys” and “eggs for girls” (Boing Boing)

Famed Italian pasta maker Barilla: Gays can eat someone else’s pasta(America Blog)

The Internet gender gap is wider than you think (Daily Dot)

The Inside Story Of The Feminists Who Fooled Us Into Thinking Playboy Cared About Consent(Think Progress)

US college student arrested for hacking the webcams of women to extort nude photos & videos (Hacker News)

I am Not Sex Positive: A Riff On the Collusion Between Sex Positivity and the Carceral State(Arrianna Marie’s Blog)

26 Male Survivors Of Sexual Assault Quoting The People Who Attacked Them(Buzz Feed)

‘Breast ironing’: Girls ‘have chests flattened out’ to disguise the onset of puberty


The rise and fall of America’s most infamous ‘male feminist’: Hugo Schwyzer (Telegraph)

Model ‘punches’ Femen protesters who storm catwalk during Paris fashion week (Independent)

Women: want to become a writer, artist or academic? Don’t bother (Guardian)

Michael Le Vell’s acquittal is no reason to give rape defendants anonymity(Guardian)

Gaming comunity: we need to talk (again) (D.A.White)

Men’s Rights Activist Says Anti-Date Rape Seminars Isolate College Males (Huffington Post)

IVF: ‘Where’s all that grief going?'(Guardian)

Eric Pickles tells survivor of alleged child abuse: ‘Adjust your medication’ (Independent)

Women’s rights supporters condemn Saudi Arabia as activists ordered to jail(Guardian)

On Victoria Coren’s plea for nuance in our understanding of Polanski’s rape of Samantha Geimer(Ending Victimisation and Blame)

Driving affects ovaries and pelvis, Saudi sheikh warns women (Al Arabiya)

Transgender journalist at Eurogamer Expo called “it” on stage at Microsoft stage event(NeoGAF)

London Remembers over 10,000 dead after Atos Work Capablity Tests(Demotix)

We can’t afford welfare for disabled people, but apparently we can afford a marriage tax break


Ten tips to help our daughters change the world (Guardian)

Photo shows a pink waterlilly plant in a pond at Highnam House. Picture from my own collection