I’ll keep it brief this time and let the links do the talking but, this week, you also get to enjoy a delightful depiction of people avidly consuming internet content on their smartphones in my chosen image: not quite ‘women laughing alone with salad‘ level, but the stock photo vibes are strong in this one!
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England’s Lionesses are roared on by history: now it’s time for a new legacy (Carrie Dunn, Open Democracy) From the article: “Regardless of England’s triumph, this tournament is not and cannot be the pinnacle; it is merely a stepping stone. Investment and media coverage must continue if the Lionesses are to win more trophies, but also to encourage girls and women to keep playing the world’s favourite sport for fun and fitness, and to simply enjoy watching the beautiful game as a matter of right, as their male peers have always done.
“And a formal tribute to the pioneers of the women’s game is inevitable – those still with us, and the ones we have already lost. They are the ones who literally sought out space to play when the authorities banned them. They are the ones who put up with the heckles, who gave up weeks of work, who paid for the privilege of representing their country. It is they who kept the game alive, who built the stage for Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses to step into the spotlight and shine.”
“She said: ‘It was an historic eight goal victory for England last night as the Lionesses secured their place in the quarter finals. But all starting 11 players and the five substitutes that came on to the pitch were all white. And that does point towards a lack of diversity in the women’s game in England’.”
“She was caught up in the moment of elation taking the extremely well-deserved plaudits surrounded by her team mates who worked together all tournament long believing in themselves and playing to their own strengths rather than adapting to suit their opponents.”
Anne Hathahate was rooted in misogyny – and a new generation aren’t standing for it (Meg Walters, Independent) From the article: “It’s impossible to examine this movement […] without touching on the gender bias going on with the Hathahaters or twee-scorners. After all, it’s hard to think of many male celebrities who were subject to similar levels of derision for simply being themselves. It’s clear today that it wasn’t just that we disliked earnest women – we didn’t believe in it.”
Resisting the cost of living crisis in the UK could be the tipping point for socialist solidarity (Tatiana Garavito, gal-dem)
[CN: domestic violence] From the article: “These international power shifts have something in common: they run on socialist manifestos that are built and enriched by grassroots movements and they champion a politics centred on justice. Interestingly, these wins have been sparked by the cost of living crises exacerbated by neoliberal policies and fossil fuel dependency.
“I can’t help but wonder if resisting Britain’s spiralling cost of living crisis can bring our own socialist solidarity, and if we dare to truly imagine, a long-term socialist victory.”
Queer Whore Collective: I Told My Parents That I’m A Sex Worker (Writer: Whorezontal Perspective, Polyester) From the article: “A turning point of realisation was when I watched my older cousin, who also waitressed and usually never wore makeup to anything, getting ready for work. She told me she wants the effort of putting on makeup to be worth it at least. Implying that she wouldn’t do it for free, but knows that she will make more money wearing it that evening, so is willing to invest the extra 20 minutes getting ready. I don’t think she would ever consider herself a sex worker, or anything related to it. But, like many others, like me long before I started sex working, she sure leaves her shift with more money for being unspokenly sexualised.”
Here’s How Trans People Feel About YouGov’s Survey on Trans Rights (Gemma Stone, HuffPost) From the article: “I […] spoke to jane fae, the chair of Trans Media Watch, a UK organisation advocating for accuracy and respect when reporting on trans lives. She’s filed a formal complaint accusing YouGov of including ‘misleading’ questions within the survey. For example, the public were asked if they thought ‘gender reassignment surgery’ should be available to under 16s. In reality, transitional surgeries are only available to those 18 and above.
“Fae is concerned ‘the asking of questions about alarmist scenarios that no-one is advocating is clearly designed to shape opinion on the broader issue rather than contribute to meaningful debate’.”
DHS Challenge Coins Say ‘Border Patrol Lives Matter’ (Joseph Cox, Vice) [US]
[CN: racism] From the article: “A series of challenge coins made to commemorate the Portland protests in 2020 for federal law enforcement contain phrases such as “Border Patrol Lives Matter” and a fist that resembles one often used with the Black Lives Matter movement. Another coin includes the helmet of a Star Wars Stormtrooper surrounded by the emblems of various agencies, including multiple parts of the Department of Homeland Security, according to photos of the coins posted in private Facebook Groups and then shared with Motherboard.”
This week’s links were sourced and compiled by Holly, with thanks to Alessia for recommending Girls on Tops and Polyester Zine. I will be checking them out on my travels from here!
The featured image shows four individuals studying their phones intently. From left to right: a masculine-presenting and light-skinned person of colour, who has a shaved head and is wearing a brown shirt, dark grey trousers and white earphones; a femme-presenting Black person who has dip-dyed ear-length curly hair and is wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and black-rimmed glasses; and a femme-presenting East Asian person who has long black hair tied back and is wearing a white/black/brown vertically striped shirt with capped sleeves and navy trousers. This third person is looking over at a phone held by the fourth: a femme-presenting white person who has long brown hair and is wearing a black T-shirt, open black shirt and white/grey vertically striped trousers. The people on the left appear to be concentrating and aren’t smiling, while the people on the right are smiling together.
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