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.

A letter from a working mother to a stay-at-home mother, and vice versa (The Healthy Doctor)

Action alert from the ECP: stop attacks, arrests and evictions!(Sex Worker Open University)

‘Abortion will make women child sex abusers’ independent clinics warn(Telegraph)

A Montana school just fired a teacher for getting pregnant. That actually happens all the time (Mother Jones)

Seriously ill lesbian asylum seeker deported by UK to Uganda (Gay Star News)

Where is it illegal to be gay? (BBC)

Transgender comedian Avery Edison held at Toronto airport, tweets her way through (Toronto Life)Avery’s tweets are storified here – and it’s a very tough read.

Parliamentary debate on toys and gender (Let Toys be Toys)

Little girl from the LEGO ad is all grown up, and she’s got something to say (Woman You Should Know)

Class Consciousness: “The Viz characters The Fat Slags may have been fatshaming among other things, but they were real. San and Tray are out in our town centers and whilst they would probably glass you if you suggested that their behaviour was radical, it is in a society that has always policed female expressions of sexuality.” (Sometimes, it’s just a cigar)

Smoking in cars: the hidden agenda behind the ban (Guardian)

We’re a wealthy country… money’s no object…(Jane Young)

What to do when you meet an able bodied person(That Crazy Crippled Chick)

10 things trans men in your life want you to know(FTM Magazine)

Interview with Italian filmmaker Vanessa Crocini for Get Together Girls (Julene’s Daily Commentary at Women for Action)

Facebook now lets you select a custom gender on your profile (The Next Web)

Facebook should remove all gender options instead (Guardian)

“Long and confusing” embroidered rants from a 19th century workhouse join Norfolk exhibition(Culture 24)

After Dave Lee Travis and William Roache, the time for calm analysis is now (Guardian)

What the media need to know about trans people: Roundtable discussion with Sady Doyle, Emily McAvan, Katherine Cross and Jos Truitt (In These Times)

Ellen Page comes out as gay (The Hollywood Reporter)

World Cup 2014: is Brazil’s sex industry crackdown a threat to human rights?(Guardian)

The Feministing Five: Janet Mock (Feministing)

Sexism soars in Michael Gove’s Department for Education after it almost halves funding on equality and diversity


White feminists vs white feminism(Between The Lines)

Afghan government to rewrite ‘anti-women’ law (Al Jazeera English)

With porn filters going oh so well, UK roars ahead in expanding them to include ‘extremist’ content (Techdirt)

23-year-old woman grows beard, says she feels more feminine than ever (BuzzFeed)

Women break an olympic barrier, keep reproductive organs intact(The Nation)

UK Government pays sex clubs to employ teenage girls (International Business Times)

It’s time to end the long history of feminism failing transgender women(Bitch Magazine)

Photo of daisy flowers with white petals and a yellow centre. Picture taken by Flickr user niallkennedy. Used under a Creative Commons Licence.

Editor’s note: This article was published before Elliot Page came out as trans, with he/they pronouns.