Weekly round-up and open thread

Welcome to another weekly round-up, where we share (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles and essays from the previous seven days. This week’s collection of links includes everything from a celebration of women’s cycling to Zara’s “ungendered” clothing line. We’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both!) of these subjects or on any of the other issues covered.

As always, linking to articles does not mean endorsement from the F-Word and certain links may be triggering. We welcome debate in the comments section and on Facebook/Twitter but remind readers that any comments containing sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or disablist language will be deleted immediately.

If you notice that we’ve missed out any important articles from the past week, feel free to let us know.

A Month of Celebrating Women’s Cycling at the Co-op (Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative)

From the article: “Over the next month, we’re celebrating women’s cycling here at the Co-op. Why? Because in the wonderful world of cycling, women’s cycling takes a back seat … Professional female cyclists are paid much less than their male counterparts, with many of them working part time as well as racing in order to keep doing what they do. The prize money they receive is also much lower, women’s cycling receives much less media coverage, and in general there is far less funding and far fewer opportunities.”

If this article is of interest to you, you might also like to read Liz Smith’s recent review of Nicole Cooke’s biography HERE.

“Magic in North America”: The Harry Potter franchise veers too close to home (Native Appropriations)

What can the high street learn from Zara’s ungendered backlash? (Vice)

Terrifyingly, according to the World Health Organisation definition, the UK no longer has an NHS (The Independent)

Trans Men Need the Competent Fertility Care I Never Got (The Advocate)

Unfair and lovely: South Asian women dare to be dark (Global Post)

Trying to scare women away from travelling alone won’t keep them safe (Quartz)

She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings’ (New York Times)

We support Jeremy Corbyn on decriminalisation (English Collective of Prostitutes at Open Democracy)

Phoenix Goddess Temple Proves Need for Sex Worker Solidarity (Harlot)

Here’s how you can help the ‘Reverse ESA cut’ petition (Vox)

About Joan Bakewell … (Medium)

The Orientalist narrative and erasure in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (Bitch)

The image is used under creative commons with thanks to Brian Townsley on Flickr. It is an image from Santos Women’s Tour 2015 and shows five cyclists tackling a steep climb. They are all wearing helmets, sunglasses and have their heads bent in determination.