This week’s round-up is a fortnightly round-up with links from the past two weeks. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in the articles we’ve picked.
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From the article: “They are looking for evidence about what reforms are needed. The key word is “evidence”. This means you need to be able to support what you write. For that reason, personal stories are the strongest.
“If you’ve applied for legal gender recognition in the UK, then you may want to write about how you found the process, and how it could be improved. If you haven’t applied for legal gender recognition, then you may want to write about what has influenced your decision, what impact not having legal gender recognition has on your life, and what improvements could be made to the process which would enable you to apply. This is particularly important if you’re a non-binary person or someone who is under 18.”
From the article: “We’re starting to have those conversations and it’s messy, because it’s stuff that we haven’t reckoned with, ever,” she says. “Like, everyone has always known not to grab an ass, or to not say point blank, ‘You’re a woman – you’re not fucking funny.’ But even just 10 years ago, no one would have talked about a cultural problem in comedy.” Tampon law makes Scotland first nation to provide free period products for all (Irish Times)
From the article: “Like [Juliet] Jacques, both [Shon] Faye and [Paris] Lees are withdrawing from the media due to the toll it takes on their mental health. This means transgender people are going unheard in the mainstream media, and the debate continues to be had by white women centring their own experience as it purports to trans lives.”
From the article: “‘If a person has ugly thoughts it begins to show on the face,’ Roald Dahl wrote in The Twits. Except, of course, that is nonsense. I don’t believe for a moment that any of us actually thinks there is any correlation between looks and character. So why do we still allow and amplify this lazy trope?”
The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Kikasz on Flickr. It is a photograph of snowy ground and the wooden slats of a house or shed; each of the slats have been painted a different colour, although some are slightly faded and stained.