It’s time for another weekly round-up with The F-Word’s picks of the most interesting and important articles from the previous seven days

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Afghan women fear the Taliban will bring back harsh restrictions, such as barring them from work, and punish rule-breakers with stonings (Sinéad Baker, Business Insider)

(Also see this Tweet thread: https://twitter.com/thisisinsider/status/1427303503039504384?s=20.)

‘For as long as we can’: reporting as an Afghan woman as the Taliban advance (Ruchi Kumar, Guardian)

From the article: “It is often the case that stories of Afghan women are decided by Afghan men or international journalists in the outside world. And while our presence in Afghan media is celebrated as an example of ‘women’s empowerment’, not much attention or space is given to us for defining what story should be covered” (quote from journalist, Zahra Joya).

Artists pull work from Whitworth gallery after Palestine statement removal (The Guardian)

Your Ableism Is Showing (Touretteshero)

From the article: “Not everybody will be familiar with the plots of Shakespeare’s plays. Content warnings are for giving people the information they need so they can make informed decisions for themselves. If you don’t need them, ignore them, but don’t judge those who do. We expect and accept information before and after TV programmes, and we have age restrictions for films – so why should theatre be any different?”

‘I feel like it’s quite shaky acceptance’: trans kids and the fight for inclusion (Shon Faye, The Guardian)

From the article: “For many trans people, experiences of shame, suppression and discrimination start early in life, often in their family home. If the existence of adult trans people has become increasingly accepted, even normalised, in recent decades, the same isn’t true for trans children, whose existence is more often disputed, and who risk censure, or even punishment, from adults for expressing their trans identity. In Britain, the national conversation about trans children, driven by the media, focuses on the question of why children are trans (or, in some cases, whether trans children exist at all).”

Love Island’s Megan Barton-Hanson Condemns OnlyFans Explicit Content Ban (Ruby Lott-Lavigna, Vice)

From the article: “‘It feels like this is a big slap in the face,’ Laura Watson from the English Collective of Prostitutes said. ‘OnlyFans have made a lot of profit from sex workers specifically in the last year and a half when many women turned to that platform specifically to keep afloat during the pandemic when their income was completely cut off overnight.'”

Afghan director Sahraa Karimi recounts escape from Kabul (Cristina Burack, Deutsche Welle [DW])


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