Weekly round up and open thread

leaf.jpgWelcome to this week’s round up of links that The F-Word team have found interesting in the past seven days!

Linking does not equal endorsement – some of these stories might not represent a feminist utopia, so proceed with caution and don’t shoot the messenger. We try to put trigger warnings where appropriate but please take care if any titles seem ambiguous.

Why Adele was right to ignore Bob Geldof and Band Aid (Telegraph)

A Group Of West African Artists Recorded A Song About Ebola And It Is Beautiful (Buzzfeed)

Oxford Abortion Debate Between Two Male Journalists Cancelled Due To “Security Concerns” (Buzzfeed)

Julien Blanc apologises: ‘I am the most hated man in the world’ (Telegraph) (discussion of sexual assault and violence)

Julien Blanc: UK denies visa to ‘pick-up artist’ (discussion of sexual assault and violence)

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Critique is Resistance; Resistance is Revolution (Autostraddle)

The History of Women in Geek Culture Should Not Be Overlooked (Bitch Magazine)

Barbie F*cks It Up Again (Pamela Ribon, Gizmodo)

Nearly half of young transgender people have attempted suicide – UK survey (Guardian) (suicide discussion, reference to transphobia)

Why we should all celebrate life on this Transgender Day of Remembrance (Guardian CiF)

What is “Plus-Size” Anyway? (Bitch Magazine)

New York Authorities Are Taking A Stand Against Men Who Sit With Their Legs Wide Open On Subway (AKA Man Spreaders) (The Huffington Post)

Bill Cosby and the rape accusers: stop looking away and start believing women (Guardian CiF) (rape and sexual assualt)

The image is by Marilylle Soveran and is used under a creative commons licence. It shows a small leaf yellowed by Autumn, attached to a twig like branch going diagonally across the frame. The background shows out of focus clouds in a blue sky.