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.

Domestic violence services ‘at breaking point’ (BBC)

The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are ‘better at map reading’ (Independent)Also see this article (The Conversation)

No girls allowed: Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys(Polygon)

If physical diseases were treated like mental illness (Imgur)

“Child Taken from Womb by Social Services” – What is going on? (Scriptonite Daily)

It’s not the caesarean but the adoption that is an act of violence(Guardian)

How mothers with mental health issues are forced to give up their children(Guardian)

French lower house backs new prostitution law(Reuters)

The radical ideological background of slave women suspects (with comment from a leading cult and mind control expert)(Telegraph)

Lambeth’s political cult: the lessons (Open Democracy)

Trigger warning: includes discussion of rape and child abuse What Jezebel Gets Wrong About R Kelly (Colorlines)

Police officer accused of assaulting student at University of London protest (Guardian)

Young people ‘angry at sexist peer culture in Wales’ researchers say


On the brothel raids in Soho (girlonthenet)

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela dies (BBC )

How Nelson Mandela helped free the women of South Africa (Telegraph)

Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel(OKWONGA)

Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then(The Daily Beast)

Lulu: Fake feminism for the ‘hashtag generation’.A new app, wrought with vulgarity and lack of empathy, showcases the worst of female empowerment. (AlJazeera)

This is not intersectionality (Glosswatch)

Multiple arrests as hundreds of student protesters clash with police in central London(Telegraph)

Content note: includes transphobic language andhate speech Hey, she was just a ho: Sick bid by killer’s lawyer (New York Post)

Content Note: includes transphobia and violence Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims (LGBTQ Nation)

Women MPs ‘face sexist gestures’ in the Commons (BBC)

Down Under Feminists’ Carnival LXVII (Kiwiana (inked))

Content Note: fat Hatred, diet Talk, doctor indifference Thoughts of Self-HarmSeven Scenes with Doctors (Shakesville)

24 Years On: Never Forgetting the Montreal Massacre(Ms Magazine)

Policewoman jailed after falsely claiming prosecutors had dropped rape case (Independent)

WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison: ‘How can you take Pierre Omidyar seriously?'(Guardian)

About queer women, families and holidays (Black Girl Dangerous)

Content note: brief reference to child smacking Gendered toys – a transgendered perspective (Let Toys Be Toys)

Childlessness is a political, as well as deeply personal, issue(Guardian)

Grace Hopper, ‘mother’ of Cobol, lands a Google doodle(Guardian)

Second woman faces deportation after sex claim against Yarl’s Wood staff (Guardian)

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