Happy Sunday, chums! As always, I present a round up of things I read this week and found interesting. Maybe you’ll find it interesting, too.
Against feminist orthodoxy: why sex positivity is sex critical (Ari Silvera)- If you read one thing this week, make it this one. This is how sex positivity needs to work.
Problems with Names (Sara Ahmed)- An important piece on the importance of labelling sexism.
Lessons Learned From Menstruation Pop Quizzes While Being Intersex (Claudia)- Fun, tongue-in-cheek piece from an intersex woman about the ubiquitous assumption that all women must menstruate.
Getting to trans 101 (roseannastar)- On what “cis” means. Shit that shouldn’t need saying, said well.
Gender and sex (bangbangbeautiful)- Really good smackdown of biological sex, as it applies to humans and other animals.
5 Election Poster Campaigns the Parties Wish You’d Forget (Novara)- A reminder that Ukip aren’t the only ones preying on racism and homophobia.
On Poverty (Paul Dean)- Excellent personal piece on living in precarity.
Women. Comics. Some thoughts. (Marjorie Liu)- A call-out about sexual harassment in the comic book industry.
GitHub: sexism, bullying, harassment, and a curiously clean sweep. (Okwonga)- Analysis of the sexist climate at GitHub
Company’s response to outrage over its sexist T-shirt only makes things worse (Gavia Baker-Whitelaw)- Seriously, geeks, sort out the sexism problem, yeah?
Before Batgirl, weirder than Wonder Woman: lost superheroines of the pre-code era (Saladin Ahmed)- 60 years ago, and more, there were women in comics. This post celebrates them.
Mental illness: not a flavor, not an excuse (Shoshana Kessock)- A constructive call-out on the use of mental illness in gaming.
And finally, cats in places cats shouldn’t really be.