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.

Female NHS staff at risk due to not being able to ‘access protective gear correctly sized for women’ (Maya Oppenheim, Independent)

Harassment fears as students post extreme pornography in online lectures (David Batty, The Guardian)

Sexism on the Covid-19 frontline: ‘PPE is made for a 6ft 3in rugby player’ (Alexandra Topping, The Guardian)

Charges and cautions for domestic violence rise by 24% in London (Vikram Dodd, The Guardian)

BAME Labour members raise alarm over treatment of black MPs (Sienna Rodgers, Labour list)

Our statement on Liz Truss MP’s evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee (LGBT Foundation)

From the article: “We are concerned about any move which would further marginalise trans adults in society, a group which already faces discrimination, inequality and barriers to accessing basic healthcare which many take for granted.

“We are also particularly worried that the Gillick Competency will be unpicked or watered down. This is a framework which has for many years been the cornerstone of successfully advocating for the rights and health of young people.”

Sex Work in the Time of COVID-19: A Chat with Tequila Mockingbird (Addison Herron-Wheeler, Bust)

From the article: “Through her studio, Purple Door Productions, Colorado content creator and performer Tequila Mockingbird provides a judgement-free safe space for folks who want to shine in porn or entertainment. In addition to promoting her own work as a model and video star, she promotes others and provides video and photo services to her clients. We chatted with Tequila about what the industry looks like right now and how we can still show support.”

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to NDNWITHALEICA on Flickr. It is a black and white photograph of two people walking towards the camera. Both are wearing face masks over their mouths and noses. The person on the left of the photo has wavy shoulder-length hair and is wearing glasses, a denim jacket, crop top and jeans. The person on the right has their hair tucked behind their ears and is wearing a leather jacket and dark coloured jeans or jogging bottoms.