This week’s selection of interesting links from around the web chosen by the F-Word team
It’s time for 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 the articles we’ve picked.
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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.
We’ve lost our boy (Fat Gay Vegan)
From the article: “Morrissey saved my life with his music, but you have got to be fucking joking if you think that means I am going to sit around and not say anything about his outrageous statements laced with the language of the far-right. People who perpetuate racism by using hateful language need to be held accountable, not celebrated. Morrissey’s dedication to saving animals does not give him a free pass when it comes to the promotion of For Britain. His cultural legacy does not make space for him to perpetuate dangerous ideas without serious and determined critique.”
From the article: “Of course it’s damn near impossible to view yourself as a sexual being when you’ve been so trapped in self-destruction. In order to feel your own sexuality you have to feel connected to your body, and you’ve just spent a long time trying to wipe your body out of existence pound by pound, punishing yourself, and denying yourself the most basic of bodily pleasures: nourishment. So how do you heal from that? I think you start by getting back in touch with your own body and re-acquainting yourself with the sensations of living.”
Woman’s bad mood CURED by random bloke telling her to ‘smile’ (The Rochdale Herald)
“Not technically beautiful, she has an engaging laugh”: 35 years of being described by men (Tracey Thorn writing in the New Statesman)
The week that took Windrush from low-profile investigation to national scandal (Amelia Gentleman, Guardian)
Diane Abbott calls for trans solidarity at fundraiser for London LGBT+ centre (Jake Hall, indy100)
As a trans woman of colour, my words are met with silence (Miss Blanks, Guardian)
From the article: “When we talk about #MeToo, we must always remember to honour the true origins of the campaign. Like many other social justice movements, it rose from the struggles of black women and was co-opted by white women.”
I Don’t Get Weighed at the Doctor’s Office—and You Don’t Have to, Either (Melissa A. Fabello, Self)
From the article: “There is undue respect for thin bodies in our culture, so the scale isn’t forced on me. My body, at first glance, isn’t inherently seen as a problem to be solved. But for people of size, requesting not to be weighed will likely be met with far more derision and suspicion.”
There Are No Winners in The Belfast Rugby Rape Trial (Ireland’s AdvoKate)
The image is used under a creative commons license and attributed to Siddharth Mallya (Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22440687). It shows a branch of cherry blossom against a setting sun.