Weekly round-up and open thread

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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There’s a Weird, Sexist Problem in Fantasy That We Need to Talk About (Bookriot)

Judith Butler: the backlash against “gender ideology” must stop (New Statesman)

From the article: “Teaching gender is not indoctrination: it does not tell a person how to live; it opens up the possibility for young people to find their own way in a world that often confronts them with narrow and cruel social norms. To affirm gender diversity is therefore not destructive: it affirms human complexity and creates a space for people to find their own way within this complexity.”

Sex Toy Maker, Stripped Of Award By CES, Says Big Tech Show Has Major Gender Bias (P.J. Bednarski, MediaPost) [US]

I was discharged from the military for being trans. I’m losing hope of ever serving again (Riley Dosh, Vox) [US]

Derby woman calls Diane Abbott’s Question Time treatment ‘definitely racial’ (Zena Hawley, Derbyshire Live)

From the article: “Denise Richards was in the audience for the recording of last Thursday’s show at Derby’s Roundhouse…

“…[Ms Richards said] the audience was whipped into a frenzy ahead of the recording and that Ms Bruce’s comment led to a great deal of mirth among the panel and the audience before the programme started…”

Graham Linehan’s Terrifying Transgender Obsession (Phaylen Fairchild, Medium)

From the article: “He has introduced himself as the Great Straight Male Hope of women, especially lesbians, who he works diligently to convince suffer indelibly as a result of transgender women being allowed to exist.”

UAE’s gender equality awards won entirely by men (The Guardian)

From the article: “Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have been ridiculed after it emerged that all of the winners of an initiative designed to foster gender equality in the workplace were men.”

“However, according to rights groups, gender discrimination is still an entrenched problem across the UAE, particularly in the legal system, which prioritises men’s rights in family and personal status matters such as marriage, divorce and custody of children. UAE law also permits domestic violence as long as the assault does not exceed the limits set by Islamic law.”

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