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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.

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.

Women-only street market opens in London (Winnie Agbonlahor, BBC News)

The Lib Dems helped wreck my 20s. Young voters, beware (Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, The Guardian)

Feminism for the 1% (Amelia Horgan, Tribune)

From the article: “Boss-bitch feminism is not bad because not all women are bosses. It’s bad because it legitimises exploitation. It uses the pretence of emancipation to justify oppression and twists the meaning of feminism into something unrecognisable. Feminism is a movement for the coordination of women for their emancipation as women. If feminism is just women doing stuff with other women vaguely involved, this life-saving capacity is lost.”

Historian Jade Bentil on Black British Feminism & Doing Justice to Everyday Black Women’s Lives (Paula Akpan, Bustle)

From the article: “When I think about anti-imperialism for Black women activists, I think about how they weren’t trying to be a national group in Britain because it always had a larger scope than that. For someone to belong to a national, “imagined” group or community, someone else has to be kept out and positioned as “other”, usually through violent means. They were actually saying that we’re going to have a global vision of liberation and Black womanhood and we’re going to use this position in Britain as a way to think about anti-imperialism, rather than investing in the myth of Britishness.”

How austerity targeted… Northern cities (Alex Niven, Huck Magazine)

Oxford Union debate: Blind student ‘violently’ pulled from seat (BBC News)

Swinson says language of Prince Andrew on sex ‘very troubling’ (Mattha Busby, The Guardian)

From the article: “Aspects of Andrew’s language were ‘very difficult’ to hear, Swinson added, citing his use of the word ‘unbecoming’ to discuss sexual abuse and challenging him over his remark that sex for a man was ‘a positive act’. ‘That would suggest for a woman it is not a positive act,’ she said. ‘Actually, it’s a positive act for anybody, man or woman to have sex, because if it’s not a positive act, then there is not that consent, and that’s rape.'”

The Trans Obituaries Project: Honoring the Trans Women of Colour Lost in 2019 [in the USA] (Raquel Willis, Out)

From the article: “This year, we’ve lost far too many souls to violence. As their deaths were shared with the world, their humanity was lost — reducing them to tragic statistics, empty platitudes, and talking points. We felt it important to elevate the group who is most impacted by the epidemic: transgender women of color. Now, we honor those who have been reported as victims of violence with the obituaries they deserved.”

Black women suffer from eating disorders too, stop pushing us out of those conversations (Clarkisha Kent, Wear Your Voice)

From the article: “My body as a Black woman is not allowed to exist as is. It seems like an exaggeration, but it really isn’t, considering how every body type you can imagine on a Black woman seems to inspire disgust.”

Mark Sampson: Stevenage caretaker charged with using racist language by FA (BBC Sport)

From the article: “Sampson was sacked by England in 2017 after evidence of ‘inappropriate and unacceptable’ behaviour with female players in a previous role. Before his dismissal, Sampson had that year been cleared of wrongdoing following discrimination allegations made by England players, including then Chelsea and Lionesses striker Eniola Aluko. The FA then apologised to Aluko and England team-mate Drew Spence for Sampson’s racially discriminatory remarks after an independent barrister ruled he made unacceptable ‘ill-judged attempts at humour’ on two occasions.”

Martyrs: What price do women have to pay when we ask them to share their stories? (Ellen Coyne, JOE)

From the article: “The perceived wisdom is that women who shared their stories helped to secure modern reproductive rights for Ireland. But when the negative consequences of the Eighth Amendment were so well-known for so long, it is at least worth asking if those women should have had to do that.”

All migrants deserve support – not just the ‘good’ ones (Furaha Asani, The Guardian)

From the article: “It is heartening to see greater public awareness around the injustices migrants face, but our outrage is still often selective. This is partly because we overlook important considerations, such as the foundational role colonialism and present-day coloniality play in migration. Ambalavaner Sivanandan once succinctly stated: ‘We are here because you were there.’ Meanwhile, homophobic laws, which in many countries are a colonial import, may lead to people seeking refuge in countries with more inclusive laws. ‘Western geopolitics’ have also contributed to the destabilisation of some of the countries from which migrants flee. When we divorce these historical narratives from our everyday conversations around migration, we ignore the real reasons why so many people with less privilege than me are forced to migrate.”

A definitive list of everyone who can vote in the UK general election (Micha Frazer-Carroll, gal-dem)

Stop Using The Phrase “Sex Act Gone Wrong” (Jenn Selby, Refinery29)

Judging a person on their spelling and grammar reveals more about you than it does about them (Joanna Whitehead, Independent)

This article is by Joanna Whitehead, previously music editor and rotating editor for The F-Word. You can find more from her HERE.

From the article: “I know a man who’s a painter and decorator by trade. He’s been involved with Labour activism for over 30 years and wakes up every morning at 5am to wade through hefty political and historical tomes that I wouldn’t even attempt to understand. He can explain the plight of the Palestinian people or the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland with clarity and nuance. He’s one of the most intelligent people I know – but his spelling is atrocious. Do you see where I’m going with this? … By reducing intelligence to someone’s ability to spell ‘definitely’ correctly – one of the top words in the English language that people consistently struggle with – we’re doing ourselves a huge disservice.”

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Giuseppe on Flickr. It is a black and white photograph of somebody sat at the end of a wooden jetty, with what appears to be a lake in front of them. The photograph is taken from a distance but it’s still possible to see that the person has short-ish hair above their shoulders, and that they are wearing a dark coloured vest top and a patterned skirt or shorts. They are looking down as if gazing at the water, or perhaps reading a book on their lap.