Welcome to the F-Word’s first weekly round-up of 2016! I’m referring to this as a ‘bumper round-up’ because it actually contains links from the past fortnight (and ‘bumper round-up’ sounds better than ‘I forgot my password for the sixth time and so couldn’t log in to post last week – whoops.’)
All the links listed are chosen by the F-Word editors & team members and vary between things we think are awesome and things that have caused us a fair amount of feminist rage. We’d love for you to get involved and discuss issues raised in any of the articles we link to, so please do feel free to start up (friendly) conversation in the comments section below or on our Facebook/Twitter pages. You’re also very welcome to share other links if you feel we’ve missed a key article from the past fortnight and would like to talk about it.
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My personal highlight from the last two weeks in feminist news has been discussion about the new Star Wars film and, in particular, the character of Rey. I encourage you to read Nick Beard’s amazing piece for the F-Word – ‘Star Wars has always been a girls’ thing too’ – as well as the other articles below. Enjoy!
From the article: “Apart from being based on naïve and simplistic ideas about how language works, the other big problem with the ‘women, stop undermining yourselves’ approach is that it presupposes a deficit model of women’s language-use. If women use the word ‘sorry’ more than men (and by the way, that’s a genuine ‘if’: I’m not aware of any compelling evidence they do), that can only mean that women are over-using ‘sorry’, apologizing when it isn’t necessary or appropriate. The alternative interpretation—that men are under-using ‘sorry’ because they don’t always apologise when the circumstances demand it —is surely no less logical or plausible, but somehow it never comes up.”
From the article: “So let me be clear: sexual violence is never, ever acceptable. Not for cultural reasons. Not for religious reasons. Not because the perpetrators are really angry and disenfranchised. There can be no quarter for systemic misogyny. And if we’re serious about that, there’s not a country or culture on earth that won’t have to take a long, hard look at itself. I stand with the many, many Muslim, Arab, Asian and immigrant feminists organising against sexism and misogyny within and beyond their own communities. Nobody seems to have thought to ask them how best to deal with systemic sexual violence – even though attacks on Muslim women have increased since the terrorist attacks in Paris last year.”
At a glossy hotel in Barcelona, I found the unicorn of pornography (By Tanya Gold, New Statesman) The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Heather Paul. It shows the actor Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, at San Diego Comic Con. In the photograph, Daisy is smiling broadly with her head turned slightly to the side. She appears to be wearing a blue V-neck top or dress, and is sat in front of a microphone. Her hair is arranged in French plaits. The San Diego Comic Con logo can be seen on a banner behind her.