Weekly round-up and open thread

kite at Cleethorpes.jpg

Hello and welcome to the weekly round-up and open thread! Below are some recent news stories that caught the attention of The F Word Collective this week (linking does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement by members of the collective or the author of this post). Please note that these links range from “ooh yay!” to “very interesting” to *headdesk to very sad or rage-enducing, and some articles may be triggering. Want to discuss these topics or add your own? Please comment below!

How Michael Gove’s reforms drove me out of teaching (The Guardian)

Next Time Someone Says Women Aren’t Victims Of Harassment, Show Them This. (Tikld)

How (Not) To React to Anti-Feminist Women (The Vagenda)

Women, misogyny and the internet: beyond a Mary Beard prize (Guardian Comment)

Why Young Girls Aren’t Speaking Out About Rape (The Vagenda)

Bearded British Sikh woman selected for portrait series celebrating 60 of the best beards from all over the world (IBN Live)

23 Female Cartoonists On Drawing Their Bodies (Buzzfeed)

Full disclosure for the next two links: I research menstruation and design SRE education resources, and happen to be quoted in the first article, and a resource I designed and helped research for the Sex Education Forum is discussed in the second.

We need to talk about periods (The Independent)

Gay bingo! Game that gets pupils to rate favourite TV shows on equality (Daily Mail)

It’s a sad way to end this post, but here are two thoughtful reflections on the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, and talking points around mental health and suicide:


The Death of Robin Williams, And What Suicide Isn’t (Blog Her)


Hearing about the death of Robin Williams had a profound effect on me. (Tumblr)

Photo description: The photo is by Chella Quint and has been used with permission: all rights reserved. It depicts a plastic kite with a colourful swirl pattern flying in the foreground on Cleethorpes beach, with a seagull flying in the top right corner and a big wheel and other fairground rides in silhouette in the distance. The tide is out, it is approaching sunset, and the amusements and streetlights are silhouetted along the promenade on the left.