A fortnight’s worth of interesting links from around the web chosen by The F-Word team

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.

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 couple of weeks, feel free to let us know.

The GRA inquiry: What is it and how can you respond? (TransActual)

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.”

New equalities commissioner attacked ‘modern feminism’ and #MeToo ( Chaminda Jayanetti, The Guardian)

Why Women Like Men Who Wear Dresses (Jessica Valenti, Gen, Medium)

From the article: “Sometimes we just want to see sexy people in beautiful clothes.”

False Labor (Lena Dunham, Harper’s)

Rachel Bloom: ‘Ten years ago, no one would have talked about a cultural problem in comedy’ (Sian Cain, The Guardian)

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)

Inside the Great British TERF War (Hannah Ewens, Vice)

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.”

Black public figures urge airlines not to carry out Home Office deportation (Diane Taylor, Guardian)

Trans teen in legal action over gender clinic wait (Ben Hunte, BBC News)

It was hard not to laugh at Rudy Giuliani’s hair malfunction – but it’s time to stop equating looks with character (Emma Beddington, Guardian)

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?”

‘If I’m not in on Friday, I might be dead’: Chilling facts about UK femicide(Yvonne Roberts, The Guardian)

Please note that the “Femicide Census” mentioned in the above article appears to have severe limitations due to the fact that it omits the deaths of trans women and, instead (perhaps tellingly) includes a section on (supposed) trans women murderers. This is not mentioned in the article. You can read more about the limitations of this census on Reddit, here: https://www.reddit.com/r/transgenderUK/comments/k203j2/femicide_census_removes_trans_women_from_the/.


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.