After a Christmas/New Year hiatus, the weekly round-up returns with a selection of the best/most interesting articles and news stories from the past couple of weeks chosen by The F-Word team
Happy New Year to all readers of The F-Word. The weekly round-up has been on hiatus over Christmas but it’s back now with (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles from the previous couple of weeks. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in our chosen links.
As always, linking to articles does not mean endorsement from The F-Word and certain links may be triggering. We welcome debate in the comments section and on Facebook/Twitter but remind readers that any comments containing sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or disablist language will be deleted immediately.
If you notice that we’ve missed out any important articles from the past week, feel free to let us know.
Sandy Stone on Living Among Lesbian Separatists as a Trans Woman in the 70s (Zackary Drucker, Broadly, Vice)
Santa Gender Outrage? How Outrage is Used to Manipulate You (The Crisis Control Group)
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Grants Clemency To 11 People, Cyntoia Brown Not Among Them (Vinciane Ngomsi, Blavity)
Why everyone should include pronouns in their email signature (Jamie Wareham, Gay Star News)
From the article: “DIVA, Curve, Autostraddle, LOTL, Tagg, Lez Spread The Word, DapperQ and GO Magazine believe that trans women are women and that trans people belong in our community. We do not think supporting trans women erases our lesbian identities; rather we are enriched by trans friends and lovers, parents, children, colleagues and siblings.
“We strongly condemn writers and editors who seek to foster division and hate within the LGBTQI community with trans misogynistic content, and who believe “lesbian” is an identity for them alone to define. We condemn male-owned media companies who profit from the traffic generated by these controversies…”
How to be a Genderqueer Feminist (Buzzfeed)
A lyrical history of Girl Power (Cazz Blase, Medium)
From the article: “In 2018, #MeToo has not impacted upon the music industry in the way it has film or politics, but the year has seen a flurry of explicitly feminist musical content, often from quite unexpected quarters. If previously unpolitical artists are finding their voices, it’s odd to say the least that a pop band who previously claimed girl power should now be disowning it.”
‘I’m the Shy Boy’: Remembering Pete Shelly of Buzzcocks (David Wilkinson, New Socialist)
From the article: “Shelley’s output actually feels ahead of the curve in its celebration of ‘anything goes’. The absence of gendered pronouns in many Buzzcocks songs, for example, maximises the potential for empathy and solidarity. ‘I enjoy writing songs that do not exclude anyone’, Shelley told the NME in 1977. ‘The only people they exclude are people who don’t know anything about love.'”
Kate Osamor and the insidious and dangerous racism from the left (Ava Vidal, Media Diversified)
Loving a woman doesn’t mean she owes you anything (Sali Hughes, The Pool)
Women and ageing: ‘I’ve developed the courage to live my own truth’ – picture essay (Neha Kale and Isabella Moore, Guardian)
If Men Fear You, Let Them (It’s not personal, Bust)
It’s not just white incels. We need to talk about the Black Manosphere, too (Aaron Fountain, black youth project)
I’m Honestly Fed Up With All The Bad News So I Illustrated The Best News Of 2018 (And Recent Years) (BoredPanda, via Mama Cash)
2018’s Best Books About Bodies (Bitch Media)
‘I can be myself’: the British Asian girls who found freedom in cricket (Sally Weale, Guardian)
Women forced into marriage overseas asked to repay cost of return to UK (Mattha Busby and Frances Perraudin, Guardian)
Gay activists call on people to halt planes in bid to save asylum seekers (Joe Morgan, Gay Star News)
“My mother didn’t teach me about equality between the sexes. It did not exist for us” (Emma Glass, The Pool)
From the article: “We are here to talk about feminism and identity. Somehow, I have been deemed qualified and valuable to this discussion. I am lost in this room. Not because I feel that I don’t belong – I believe I do. I am educated, I can speak, I am a feminist. But, as I hear about the strong sense of identity these glorious women have inherited from their mothers, I begin to feel a sudden overwhelming sense of sadness that I find hard to explain.”
The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Sergio on Flickr. It is a photograph of a string of fairy lights up close with others in the background creating a warm glow.