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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Does Your Daughter Know It’s OK To Be Angry? (Role Reboot)

My Father, the Creeper Who Tries to Have Sex With My Friends (Broadly)

Love and regret: mothers who wish they’d never had children (The Guardian)

Only one fifth of UK film workers were female in 2015, study finds (The Guardian)

You can read Ania Ostrowska’s piece on a similar topic here on the F-Word: Calling the shots, calling out gender bias in film industry

Monday Musings – Allrecipes, gender, and culinary mediocrity (NEEACH)

The above was written by Liz Smith, who has previously written for the F-Word. You can read more by her HERE.

Shisha Bars, Hoops and Hijabs: The Lives of London’s ‘Hounslow Girls’ (Vice)

My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Hollywood Reporter)

Receptionist ‘sent home from PwC for not wearing high heels’ (The Guardian)

There is an epidemic of missing women and girls of colour in the UK (Media Diversified)

Andi Zeisler of Bitch magazine: ‘Feminism isn’t supposed to be fun’ (The Guardian)

Stress, social media and Sheridan Smith (The Pool)

The Unhealthy Truth Behind ‘Wellness’ and ‘Clean Eating’ (Vice)

Why I won’t be seeing Woody Allen’s new film (The Guardian)

The New Chauvinists try to defend women – but who will defend us from them? (New Statesman)

Here’s What Happens When We Erase Bisexuality – And How You Can Be a Better Ally (Everyday Feminism)

Azealia Banks’ Twitter Ban Reminds Us Freedom of Speech is For Whites Only (The Establishment)

From the article: “…it seems clear that freedom of speech and hate speech are simply defined by whoever has the power. White supremacy has the power, and therefore it has privilege to determine who is racist and who is “racially insensitive” or “impassioned.” This means that we can universally celebrate a Black celebrity being checked for her verbal abuse against another celebrity, but be challenged and gaslighted if we dare step up to authority and demand it be punished for the abuses we’ve suffered at its hands.”

Are heart attack symptoms sexist? (The Conversation)

From the article: “Women are much less likely to complain of chest pain than men. Women are more likely to experience other heart attack symptoms: back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, indigestion or fatigue. […] Treatment for heart problems is most effective if given quickly and delays can have serious consequences. It has been shown that women take longer to seek help for symptoms than men, and that medical staff can take longer to start treating women.”

Fat Activism, Class and The Left (Obesity Timebomb)

From the article: “Working class people are especially vulnerable to being eaten up by the predatory weight loss industry. This is made up of highly capitalist companies that create dependent customers who blame themselves when the product inevitably fails. It is working class women who are fodder for this industry, and it is this group who are dying or suffering as a result of popular Very Low Calorie Diets advertised on TV in the New Year and during swimsuit season. We are pulled in by ideas of respectability, personal responsibility, good citizenship, class mobility.”

This Fashion Designer’s Shoot For Her Latest Collection Features Transgender Women And It Is Beautiful (Buzzfeed)

A Remarkable Life: One 95-Year-Old Shares Her Hope For Fellow Trans People (Refinery29)

Anti-EU campaign chief wants NHS privatised (Independent)

Statement from Kathryn Borel on Jian Ghomeshi (The Globe and Mail)

[Content note: sexual assault, sexual harrassment.]

From the article: “In a perfect world, people who commit sexual assaults would be convicted for their crimes. Jian Ghomeshi is guilty of having done the things that I’ve outlined today. So when it was presented to me that the defence would be offering us an apology, I was prepared to forego the trial. It seemed like the clearest path to the truth. A trial would have maintained his lie, the lie that he was not guilty, and it would have further subjected me to the very same pattern of abuse that I’m currently trying to stop.”

Deaf People Don’t Need New Communication Tools—Everyone Else Does (The Establishment)

From the article: “Hearing friends, I have one question: Why does everything in our society have to cater to you?”

Waitress forced to wear high heels at work shares photo of her bleeding feet (Independent)

Authors Marlon James and Nicole Dennis-Benn on Being Queer and Jamaican (Out)

Aboriginal women’s lives really do matter (The Drum)

“Violence against Aboriginal women and their children is at epidemic levels. If you are an Aboriginal women you are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised and 10 times more likely to be killed by someone who purports to love you. It is important to note that as with Lynette, the Aboriginal women we work with are hurt by men from many different cultures and backgrounds. Talking about violence against our women is not about pointing the finger at Aboriginal men. This is about addressing men’s violence against women and the system that is failing the women it should be working hardest to support.”

Selfcare as Warfare (feministkilljoys)

‘Bathroom bills’ are an attempt to eliminate transgender people from public space (Telegraph)

Ghanaian Gay Rights Activist on why she Rejected the Queen’s Honour (Kuchu Times)

Why Lemonade And bell hooks Prove We Need More Than One Form Of Black Feminism (Black Ballad)

‘Glass ceiling’ for women in British theatre: Shows by female playwrights are in smaller venues, have shorter runs and cheaper tickets (The Telegraph)

On Watching ‘White Feminist’ TV When You’re A Black Girl (Huffington Post)

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