Weekly round up and open thread

Welcome to this week’s round up and open thread! Here are links to things we’ve found interesting over the week but haven’t been able to post about yet. Chat away in the comments or suggest other links.

Linking doesn’t imply endorsement.

Black Womanhood, Asexuality and Agency (Gradient Lair)

Inside The Work Programme And Why It Doesn’t Work (Welfare News Service)

Rape culture at university needs urgent attention (Guardian) (Content Note: rape and sexual violence; drink spiking)

Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry (Little Drops)

Dear Spotted: Loughborough Library (The Epinal)

This Josh Whedon thing has me seriously pissed off… (Ramble on, Amazon)

Porn’s influence is real. Sex education is the answer (Guardian CiF)

New Study Suggests Link Between Experiences of Discrimination and Suicide Attempts Among Transgender People (The Williams Institute)

A word to white women (Open Democracy)

Sex Law Expert Belinda Brooks-Gordon: Why the Nordic Model of Prostitution Does Not Work (International Business Times)

REPORT: “Transgender activism in Russia” by Yana Sitnikova (Freedom Requires Wings)

Last night, the House of Lords let down our young women (sian and crooked rib) (Content Note: descriptions of sexual harassment)

What Drives So Many Trans* People To Suicide? (Slate)

I was raped – and I’m sick of hearing about false allegations (unstable utterances) (Content Note: rape, sexual assault, victim blaming)

Handling of female asylum seekers ‘puts UK to shame’ (The Independent)

An Open Letter to the XOJane Writer Who Cried About a Black Woman in Her Yoga Class (A black girl’s guide to weight loss)

Dear Daddy, you must accept I’m a lesbian: Gigi Chao pens plea in open letter to tycoon father (South China Morning Post)

Female genital mutilation affects a fifth of young girls in sub-Saharan Africa (Guardian)

Disney Introduces A Gay Couple On A Kids’ Show, Confusing Children Everywhere. Wait, No… (Upworthy)

Characters Who Have, or Just Think About Having Abortions Often Die (Slate)

House of Lords votes against mandatory sex and relationship education in schools (Pink News)

Diversity monitoring service will show broadcasters if they are hitting targets (Guardian)

Violence against women: help us build a global picture (Guardian)

UK brothers were ‘having a laugh’ when attacking trans woman, avoid prison (Gay Star News)

Feminist Street Art of Cairo (Scoop Empire)

Superdrug pull plug on Celebrity Weight Scales launch following public backlash (The Independent)

An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow (The New York Times) (Content Note: child sexual abuse)

‘Silly girl’: Tories in sexism row over ousted MP (politics.co.uk)

Sex worker hotline could close unless urgent funding found (Manchester Evening News)

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