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.

Marital Rape Case Shows the Ugly Truth About the Battle for Women’s Rights in India (Policy Mic)

“It’s not only steps that keep us out”: mainstream feminism must stop ignoring disabled women(New Statesman)

Are opera singers now to be judged on their looks not their voice? (Guardian)

“Men explaining things to me had been happening my whole life”: The author behind “mansplaining” on the origin of her famous term (Salon)

Who Is a Feminist Now? (The New York Times)

Learn how you can sell without being sexist in 30 seconds (Khurpi)

Sun executives to meet transgender group after Kate Stone furore (Guardian)

Carl Sargeant’s passion for social justice and women’s rights was shaped by a childhood shattered by a steelworks closure. Daniel Douglas reports on how the Welsh housing minister is using his convictions to radically reform the sector (Inside Housing)

Witch doctors arrested after albino woman murdered ‘for potions’ in Tanzania (Independent)

Arcade Fire Interview: ‘We Exist’ Sends Message to the Mainstream (The Advocate)

Transgender children know their identity. Bigots in the media don’t (The Observer)

Iggy Azalea wants fans to stop trying to finger her(Stereogum)

BNP leader Nick Griffin loses North West Euro seat (BBC)

Guess how many female writers are joining ‘Doctor Who’ this season (The Daily Dot)

Ched Evans: Convicted rapist ‘to return to Sheffield United on £3 million deal’ (Wales Online)

Trigger Warning: The following six links about the Elliot Rodger story include depictions of violence against women.

California drive-by shootings: Seven dead after gunman goes on rampage near Santa Barbara university (Independent)

Elliot Rodger, Gunman in California Mass Shooting, was influenced by the “Men’s Rights Movement” (Daily Kos)

“No. We have no evidence yet that he suffered from any kind of mental illness or was under any sort of treatment. Immediately claiming that with no proof to back that fact up leads to the further stigmatization of the mentally ill, and contributes to the (incorrect) assumption that mental illness equals violence, and vice versa.

We don’t know whether Elliot Rodger was mentally ill. What we do know is that he was a Men’s Rights Activist, or MRA.” (The Belle Jar)

Elliot Rodger’s California shooting spree: further proof that misogyny kills (Guardian)

Hours After UCSB Shooting, Man Allegedly Shot At Women For Refusing To Have Sex With Him (ThinkProgress)

Pick-Up Artist Site On Mass Shooting: ‘More People Will Die Unless You Give Men Sexual Options'(ThinkProgress)

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