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 Lily Allen to the age-old argument of the ‘too short’ school skirt. We’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both!) of these subjects or on any of the other issues covered.
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From the article: In Undercover, Sophie Okonedo plays a barrister on the verge of being appointed the head of the Crown Prosecution Service, when she discovers a terrible secret about her own husband, played by Adrian Lester. The creator of the show, Peter Moffatt, highlighted a peculiar thing in the optics of one scene: “Here was a black family sitting around the dinner table eating pasta,” he told The Guardian. “So normal and yet I had never ever, not once, seen that on mainstream TV [in the U.K.]”
From the article: “I know a lot of educated, intelligent women – both working within academia and without – and they do research some of these things. They do know (from first-hand discoveries) some of the facts that feed into the image of Fry as a purveyor of learning.”
From the article: “Although the majority of our regular opinion writers are white men, we found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. The 10 regular writers who got the most abuse were eight women (four white and four non-white) and two black men. Two of the women and one of the men were gay. And of the eight women in the “top 10”, one was Muslim and one Jewish.”
From the article: “To blithely assert that everyone enjoys the same right to free speech is like claiming that I have a right to buy a large house in north London because there is a ‘free market’. Theoretically it is possible, but life in our real world isn’t like that.”
From the article: “It isn’t just the people at Disney who display this ingrained tendency to imagine the prototypical representative of a category like ‘shopkeeper’ or ‘guard’ as a man rather than a woman. We all do it. We only have a female prototype for roles which are very heavily stereotyped as female (like ‘secretary’ or ‘witch’). By contrast, the tendency to assume that a ‘generic’ X will be male doesn’t just apply to the most stereotypically male roles (like ‘drill sergeant’ or ‘construction worker’), it applies to any role that isn’t almost exclusively reserved for women.”
The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to SkySeeker on Flickr. It shows a field of yellow sunflowers against a brilliant blue sky. In the far background a mountainous landscape can be seen. One sunflower is sharply in focus in front of the camera and the rest, slightly out of focus, behind.