Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s time for another weekly round-up where The F-Word editors share (what they 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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Postpartum depression survivors on pandemic parenting (Lynn Shattuck, al-Jazeera)

Far-Right Men Have Been Storming Homeless Hotels To Harass Asylum Seekers (Nadine White, HuffPost)

Coronavirus: Teens’ anxiety levels dropped during pandemic, study finds (BBC News)

From the article:
“Ms Widnall said pupils who felt least connected to school before lockdown saw a larger decrease in anxiety, raising questions about how the school environment affects some younger teenagers’ mental well-being.”

Is Capitalism to Blame for Covid-19? (Aaron Bastani, Novara Media)

From the article:
“Sickness may be a natural feature of life, but the history of infectious diseases is intimately connected to the history of production and trade. The more our world experiences a compression of time and space, the more likely it is to endure plague and pandemic.”

How We Ran A Mutual Aid Fund (Swarm Collective)

Bolu Babalola on the transformative power of seeing black women love and be loved (Kemi Alemoru, gal-dem)

A message to TikTok parents who use my face to make their kids cry (Melissa Blake, Refinery29)

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Let Ideas Compete on Flickr. It is a close-up photograph of a pile of red, orange, yellow and green autumn leaves.