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 from the previous seven days. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in our chosen links, which include everything from pink sweets to Donald Trump.

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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.

The Problem with the Concept of a ‘Good Immigrant’ (Vice)

From the article: “A bit later, his studies paid off, and he became a math teacher. And then something weird happened. It was like the volume on his otherness had been abruptly turned down and something else had been turned up. Abusive comments became less frequent. Hassle evaporated. He became respected, almost revered. He always swears that even the bricks and mortar of our little semi-detached house seemed to take on new meaning. ‘Some foreigners live there’ became ‘a teacher lives there.'”

If Labour keeps telling working class people they’re saying the wrong thing, they’ll start talking to Theresa May (The Independent)

From the article: “Everyone has Google, but not everyone has been given the tools to educate themselves. You might have missed the memo on the ins and outs of intersectionality if you didn’t have an expensive private education.”

Why We Need To Stop Calling Women “Girls” (Bustle)

How pink sweets are challenging gender prejudice in south Asian communities (the Guardian)

From the article: “Diaspora communities tend to hold on to customs stubbornly, and we want them to analyse the gender bias in them.”

Honey G’s X Factor act isn’t funny. It’s modern-day blackface (The Guardian)

Why I’m Scared Of White Women (The Establishment)

From the article: “Living most of my life as a Black boy, raised by Black women, I was instilled with an appreciation and respect for women. I was never taught there was something a woman could not do, nor was there anything I should not be expected to do as a boy. Gender equality never felt like a hard thing to wrap my head around. But in the popular conversation, gender equality and feminism are so geared toward white sensibilities that people like me are not only marginalized as allies, but actively endangered.”

Gender pay gap is widest during workers’ 50s, analysis shows (The Guardian)

Gina Miller: the woman taking on Theresa May over article 5 (The Guardian)

Justice should never be done like it was in the Ched Evans rape trial (The Independent)

From the article: “Ched Evans was found not guilty today, but the wave of misogyny that was unleashed by his supporters across social media didn’t make me feel optimistic about society. Nor did I find it heartening that the court case involved discussion of the woman’s sex life, given by two people she’d had relationships with in the past.”

Miscarriage And The 12-Week Rule: Carrying Grief Alone (Scary Mommy)

From the article: “Often times, it is death that only one person feels or even knows about, and carries alone. That would be thanks to the 12-week rule our culture embraces.”

Why Celebrate World Mental Health Day? (Feminism in India)

Where is the love? (The queerness)

From the article: “Romantic orientations are as complex and diverse as sexual orientations. Our language needs to include that and one basic step would be to acknowledge the fact that not all homosexual people are homoromantic, just as not all bisexual people are biromantic, pansexual people panromantic, asexual people aromantic, and heterosexual people heteroromantic and so forth.”

I’m childfree, and I don’t mind sitting next to your baby on a plane (Last year’s girl)

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Obsession With Clinton’s ‘Stamina’? (The New York Times Magazine)

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to New Women New Yorkers on Flickr. It shows some street art; an image of a person wearing a veil which covers their hair. Their expression is a bit wistful, but a slight smile plays across their lips. Above them it reads ‘Love People’ (with a heart used in place of the word ‘love’).