Weekly round-up and open thread

This week’s round-up is a fortnightly round-up with links from the past two weeks. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in the articles we’ve picked.

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 couple of weeks, feel free to let us know.

Mexico teen rape cases: Women protest against police violence (BBC News)

IMDb finally allows trans actors to remove their deadname (Reiss Smith, Pink News)

I have some important things to tell transgender kids – today, right now, you’re perfect (First Dog on the Moon) [comic strip]

Shulamith Firestone: why the radical feminist who wanted to abolish pregnancy remains relevant (Victoria Margree, The Conversation)

From the article: “When the writer Shulamith Firestone published her feminist manifesto, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, in 1970, it became a publishing sensation. Half a century later, it’s her call for the development of artificial wombs for which she has become, often mockingly, remembered.

“But with abortion rights and reproductive technologies both urgent issues today, her arguments about the exploitation of women’s reproductive labour remain very relevant…”

I’m glad I called out Citizens Advice’s racist training – but it’s just the tip of the charity sector iceberg (Fatima Iftikharn, gal-dem)

From the article: “Citizens Advice is a crucial service for many, providing support to people coming to them at extremely vulnerable moments in their lives. With growing numbers of ethnic minorities living in poverty, and therefore more likely to need their services, this training conflated diverse people and communities, imposing dangerous stereotypes like ‘a cultural focus on honour and shame’ and ‘an intrinsically cash-centric culture’. This indicates not only an institutionally racist perspective, but also an organisation disconnected to those who need their support the most. How much disservice will our communities have to face before something changes?”

London Hughes: ‘If I was a white dude, would I be at the Edinburgh Fringe or would I be selling out arenas?’ (Alice Jones, i News)

Edinburgh Fringe female performers ‘sexually harassed’ (BBC News)

Eni Aluko: ‘We all have moments in life when our morals are called into question’ (The Guardian)

From the article: “In August 2017, Aluko told her side of the story to Daniel Taylor of the Guardian (she is now a columnist for the sports pages of this paper). She revealed that Sampson had made the Ebola comment and asked an unnamed mixed-race England player how many times she had been arrested. A month later, Spence told the FA that she was the player in question and that everything Aluko had said was true. The Professional Footballers’ Association called for a new investigation, accusing the FA of holding a ‘sham’ review that was ‘not designed to establish the truth, but intended to protect Mark Sampson’.”

Dear Parents, Please Talk to Your Kids About Their Classmates With Disabilities (Katie Campbell, The Mighty)

BASW statement on tragic death of social care professional (British Association of Social Workers)

[​Murder of Belinda Rose whilst on duty highlights danger faced by care providing sectors]

Why are queer people so mean to each other? (Kai Cheng Thom, Xtra)

From the article: “What happens to a community of people who have been raised with sensation of constant, looming danger, of being fundamentally wrong in the way we love and express ourselves? What impact might that collective trauma have upon our bodies and spirits?”

‘Have you noticed white people never move out of your way?’ The politics of the pavement (Haja Marie Kanu, gal-dem)


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