Weekly round-up and open thread


This week’s weekly round-up is up slightly later due to the Regular Content Editor enjoying a lovely weekend away – followed by a not so lovely day of navigating her way around various public transport related nightmares! Hope you all enjoy these links regardless.

As usual, linking does not automatically mean agreement/endorsement from The F-Word and some links may be triggering. We always love to hear your thoughts on any topics covered and you are very welcome to post your own links to the comments section if you feel we’ve missed anything.

Suffragettes didn’t suffer for Kate Middleton’s right to wear a dress twice (The Guardian)

From the article: “Patsy Kensit has this month made feminists engage in a communal eye-roll by suggesting in an interview with Stylist magazine that Kate Middleton is ‘the suffragette of our generation’; not for any political reason but because, by wearing the same outfit in public more than once, Kate has liberated the sisterhood from the hideous pressures of feeling they can’t wear the same dress twice.”

“My Daughter Is Too Fat!”: The Dangers Of Unrealistic Childhood Body Image (Ravishly)

From the article: “It was the summer of 2010, and I was pregnant with my third child. While working at a school for special needs children in Westchester, New York, I chatted with a Physical Therapist during our lunch break–and heard a story that has haunted me ever since …”

Emerging into the Light: A History of Postnatal Mental Health (Keeping it Eclectic)

From the article: “While I do believe that we are making strides in greater public awareness of perinatal mental ill-health, this is a recent development and, unfortunately, as a result, people sometimes assume that postnatal depression (or anxiety or psychosis) is a new phenomenon …”

Female bestselling authors who nailed their biggest novel under the age of 30 (Stylist)

Katie Hopkins calling migrants vermin recalls the darkest events of history (The Guardian)

Want to Help People Be Healthier? 4 Reasons to Change the Food Industry Instead of Fat-Shaming (Everyday Feminism)

No more “gal pals”: why do we assume lesbians are confused, attention-seeking, or man-boycotting straight women? (New Statesman)

From the article: “There’s this lingering notion that lesbians are just women going through an experimental phase, in which they finger their closest mates. The same certainly doesn’t apply to gay men, around whom there’s hardly ever any perceived ambiguity.”

Op-ed: Michfest’s Founder Chose to Shut Down Rather Than Change With the Times (Advocate)

From the article: “This magical, transformative female utopia has been around 40 years, and this year will be its last. I’m talking, of course, about the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, the (mostly lesbian) feminist music festival once called the ‘women’s Woodstock,’ which is built up over a month in the summer by women, who then staff, run, and attend a week of music, crafts, workshops, games, sex, and laughter.”

Are We Letting One Big Group of Men Off the Hook for Misogyny (Everyday Feminism)

Mental-health care is failing new mothers and pregnant women, says NSPCC (The National)

“‘Are you beach body ready?’ backlash: Protein World boss labels feminist campaigners ‘terrorists'” (The Independent)

Feminism doesn’t need more inspiration – it needs more anger (Quartz)

From the article: “But this won’t be the century of women if women don’t make it one. If women continue to show up for work, loyal and productive, even if they see their paycheck smaller and their promotions scarcer than men’s; if they still run their homes, even when the chores are divided, they’re usually the ones running the show; if they keep pushing their god-given gift of multitasking to the very limit and a bit beyond.”

#thisdoesntmeanyes: how a new campaign is tackling the myth of consent, once and for all (New Statesman)

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