It’s been a while since the last weekly round-up from The F-Word. Here’s one to keep you reading through these strange and uncertain times with site editor favourites from the last few weeks.
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From the article: “It’s an age-old trope. Sex workers as the ultimate vectors of disease. In the 19th Century, Britain’s contagious diseases act allowed any woman suspected of selling sex to be subjected to a forced examination. During the Second World War, sex workers were cast as predatory petri dishes, malignant spreaders of STIs among the guiltless troops.”
From the article: “[N]ow “Karen is a slur” has logged on to become the latest example of white women not knowing how to read the room and most certainly having so much extra time on their hands in this age of social distancing that they must fabricate a crumb of oppression—which is crucial to maintaining the illusion that is their collective fragility and maintaining the balancing out that is their perpetual victimhood.”
From the article: “The ridiculous irony is that many of us disabled people are experts in this new terrain we all find ourselves in. Yet instead of being consulted, involved, listened to and leading, we find ourselves shoved once more to the back of the queue as the clocks roll back 40 years and all that we campaigned for is lost.”
The image is entitled “Isolation” and is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Fabio Barbato on Flickr. It is a photograph of an older person standing alone in the window of what appears to be a flat block. They have tightly curled grey hair and they are wearing a blue dressing-gown with a pink floral pattern. They are reaching out of the window towards a pigeon that is perched on the window ledge. A houseplant sits next to the person on the window sill.