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. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in our chosen links!

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

Femmephobia in the Queer Scene (Screaming Violets)

From the article: “After the initial shock of it, I felt a wave of anger and humiliation spread over me. I’m sat there in a dress, boots and turquoise eyeliner, obviously, unhideably femme (suddenly TOO obviously), being humiliated by this woman – who’s allegedly on my fucking side – and the laughter of the audience – who are allegedly my fucking community.”

Gender balance is back on the agenda but can women get elected in 2016? (The Conversation)

Thousands Of Women LOVE This Poem Calling Out What Men Don’t Know About Body Hair (Buzzfeed)

‘Me-ternity leave’ is not the answer to stress and burnout at work (The Guardian)

After Ruth Davidson’s triumph in Scotland, she didn’t deserve this sexist tweet from one of her own supporters (The Independent)

Woman who defied 300 neo-Nazis at Swedish rally speaks of anger (The Guardian)

Teenage Refugees Tell Us the Horrors They’ve Been Through to Get to Europe (Vice)

Sadiq Khan’s victory won’t end Islamophobia, but it offers hope (The Guardian)

BADD 2016: Legitimate Disability (Diary of a Goldfish)

If you enjoyed the above piece, you might also be interested in reading D H Kelly’s recent piece for The F-Word, We need to avoid disablism when we talk about abortion.

Hadley Freeman: it’s time the left faced up to antisemitism (The Guardian)

Are British women being punished for having a sex life? (The Pool)

The ‘perfect body’ is a lie. I believed it for a long time and let it shrink my life (The Guardian)

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Bardia Photography. It shows a number of yellow-headed dandelions against a lush, green backdrop.