Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s the first round-up of the new year but also the final one for me – for a while anyway. I’ve been working for The F-Word in a regular content editing capacity for almost six years now and, while I’ve enjoyed my role, it’s time to take a break. The round-ups will still continue going forward thanks to other members of TFW team kindly agreeing to step in for the the time being. Hopefully I will be back on the site in one capacity or another at some point soon!

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Roe v Wade US abortion rights lawyer Sarah Weddington dies (BBC News)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dead: anti-apartheid activists long history supporting LGBT+ rights (Jasmine Andersson, iNews)

Nineteen Eighty-Four, Julia and the unstoppable rise of the feminist literary retelling (Donna Mackay-Smith, iNews)

For Labour and the Conservatives, racism is really all about reputation management (Nesrine Malik, Guardian)

From the article:
“There is a sort of sickening relief in seeing those sentiments – expressed behind closed doors – spelled out so matter of factly; in knowing for certain that concerns about racial injustice aren’t taken seriously not because they’re not believed but because they rock the boat. Indeed, the smothering of a broad, progressive race policy 20 years ago tells us much about where we are today, with a government proudly hostile to interrogating the true state of race relations.”

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to shizo on Flickr. It is a photograph of numerous colourful fireworks over a dark landscape.