Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s time for another (slightly late!) 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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Colourism: community racism (Samihah Mudabbir, Shared Cultural Heritage)

Female doctors in menopause retiring early due to sexism, says study (Amelia Hill, The Guardian)

The Next Wave in the #METOO Movement, Listening to Victims’ Voices in Circus (CircusTalk)

UK’s women’s refuges turn away victims who speak no English (Hannah Summers, The Observer)
CN: distressing content and does include some details of abuse.

Black Lives Matter group offers rural people ‘insight into prejudice’ (Aamna Mohdin and Lucy Campbell, The Guardian)

From the article: “‘This toolkit is about getting people who are not racist to become anti-racist, especially for people who live in rural areas who might be thinking we don’t have that much racism around here…'”

Consent and Choice in Survival Sex Work (gswer23)

From the article: “If like me, you are a sex worker, your income is solely dependent upon such. You may have spent years gaining regular clients which keeps you safer due to more trust and knowing a lot of information about them, which you can use if something goes wrong and you need to report them. Now, suddenly, the Nordic Model comes in, but your outgoings are still there and perhaps your drug dealer needs paying. Regardless, you will still withdraw and rattle from drugs and that isn’t going away either. Your good clients have gone because they don’t wanna get arrested.”

Disabled people can’t be cannon fodder for Boris Johnson’s economic recovery plan (Frances Ryan, The Guardian)

From the article: “There needs to be an independent inquiry in the coming months into the deaths of disabled people from coronavirus, including the intersection with race and class. Council-run schemes to deliver food and medicine should be continued for those who need it, while furlough has to be extended past October if ‘extremely vulnerable’ employees can’t work safely. Disabled people should not be cannon fodder for Boris Johnson’s economic recovery plans.”

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Thomas Hawk on Flickr. It shows four ice cream cones, filled with pink ice cream, stood in a row against a pink background.