Things I read this week that I found interesting

Confession: I did not read many things this week.

Depression Part Two (Hyperbole and a Half)- A witty, moving illustrated account of Ally Brosh’s personal struggle with depression. I related to it a lot. It’s been all over the internets, but if you haven’t read it yet, go and do it now.

What’s so funny about saying white culture has a problem with abuse?What’s so funny about saying white culture has a problem with abuse? (Ally Fogg)- They do. They really, really do.

Survivor secrets: sexually responding to the abuse (Toranse)- A really important piece, although comes with an enormous content note for child sexual abuse and the psychological effects.

Why Are Feminists Calling the Writer Of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ a Racist? (Danielle Paradis)- White women in talking over women of colour shocker.

The Troubling Viral Trend of the “Hilarious” Black Neighbor (Aisha Harris)- Yeah, it’s pretty prevalent.

And finally, who cares if I don’t have many links this week. KITTEN CAM IS BACK WITH SOME BRAND NEW TINY KITTENS. They are only four days old. And they’re amazing.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

A little late this week, because I had a dancing-induced hangover this week.

Abortion. On demand. (Aoife O’Riordan)- What does abortion on demand really mean? An exploration of this, and why the womb-botherers are so down on the whole idea.

How white supremacy works (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- Reni tackles what white supremacy is and how it manifests. A must-read for any white people who think white supremacy just involves the KKK.

Trans women in feminism: nothing about us without us (Celeste R West)- Spells out a really important position while debunking transphobia. An important read.

The Nude: Why? (G.Bénard)- An analysis of society’s hang-up on nudity in art, featuring some absolutely beautiful nudes.

Let Spare Rib reflect all the richness of online feminism (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- There’s been a lot of sneering at online feminism in the wake of the announcement Spare Rib magazine is coming back. Reni celebrates online feminism.

I might be glad about the return of Spare Rib – but let’s not pretend online feminism isn’t vital (sian and crooked rib)- Sian also celebrates online feminism, because it really is vital, yo.

Natural Allies (itsjustahobby)- Jem highlights similarities in oppressions experienced by trans women and sex workers. A thought-provoking piece.

9 Things Not to Say to Someone with Mental Illness (siaware)- A list of phrases which are thoroughly unhelpful when expressing your support of people with mental health problems. I think I’ve been guilty of most of them, so I found the suggestions of what to say instead really helpful.

Open Your Mind to the New Psychedelic Science (Wired)- A report on the Psychedelic Science conference, and the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.

And finally, big cats are just cats after all, and therefore really love laser pointers.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

You know the drill by now.

Insurrections at the intersections: feminism, intersectionality and anarchism (Abbey Volcano and J Rogue)- A really good critique of what is lacking from intersectionality. A must-read, it’ll only make us stronger.

A slightly different plea for unity (Blue Laser)- Dear friends, this is a manifesto for unity. Read it, share it, live by it.

Choice, neoliberal, libertarian feminism and intersectionality bullies (Flavia Dzodan)- Flavia critiques a dominant model of feminism and how women erased from this model are labelled bullies.

What I mean when I say I’m sex critical (Kitty Stryker)- Kitty identifies and outlines her critique of sex and sex positivity. Sex critical strikes me as a very useful frame of reference.

Embracing uncertainty: What does it really mean? (Rewriting the Rules)- Meg Barker discusses embracing uncertainty in relationships, and what it means to do it.

Let’s Have a Conversation About Compromise and Consent (Writing from Factor X)- An interesting critique of enthusiastic consent, from an asexual perspective, highlighting things I’d never given much thought before.

Ally club (thisisthinprivilege)- A useful set of rules for allies, presented in a fun way.

“We’re not all like that” (Loud & Proud)- On why white allies shouldn’t just pop up saying “we’re not all like that”.

“White People Fatigue Syndrome” (The Feminist Griote)- An excellent piece on how exhausting it can be supporting white allies. So, white allies, let’s try to get better.

Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington (itsjustahobby)- Some anti sex work feminists ask “but what if your daughter wanted to be a sex worker?” Jem hands them their arses.

If you’re mentally ill, you can’t make decisions of your own free will (Fat and Sassy)- Unpicking further oppressions in an anti sex work line.

Deciphering the Anti Intersectional White Feminists and TERFS (Sam Ambreen)- A handy translation guide.

Why The Trans Community Hates Dr. Janice G. Raymond (TransGriot)- A reminder of just how long the nastiness from TERFs has been around.

“Lesbian” is not a dirty word (Thé Tulloch)- On erasure of the lesbian contribution to feminism.

I’m staying (Mister Gryphon)- A personal account of discovery of gender and sexual identity.

A Generation of Voyeurs (Red Headed League)- An analysis of online feminism and how it can work.

This is what rape culture looks like (Maeve)- Maeve bravely analyses a few samples of shit Ched Evans fans say.

A defence of twitter feminism (zedkat)- Sneering at Twitter feminists seems to be a hobby among the commentariat. Zed writes a defence, with reference to a very tangible victory.


Things I read this week that I found interesting

It’s weekly round-up time again. Here are the things I read this week that interested me. Please leave me more things.

Call out culture: what we can learn from ‘To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang’ (Reni Eddo-Lodge)- Take a bit of time out to read Reni’s analysis and watch both videos. I did, and I emerged a hell of a lot smarter.

The disposable academic (The Economist)-  A deep critique of the science PhD system. This article came out while I was doing my PhD, but I never read it then. I sometimes wonder if things would have changed had I read it at the time: would I have got out earlier?

Thatcher’s Funeral – From the Most Vulnerable of All (Diary of a Benefits Scrounger)- Read this. Get angry.

on the flipside. (Arched Eyebrow)- A very honest discussion of the impact of fatphobia.

Dear Kate Nash (A Glasgow Sex Worker)- A sex worker calls Kate Nash out on oppressive language. Kate Nash responds… poorly.

My Emcee Battle Against the Disney Princesses (Anya de Leon)- This amazing woman has found a creative solution to protecting her daughter from internalising Disney Princess narratives.

On “Nice” Rapists (Raised on a diet of broken biscuits)- One of those posts that I wish didn’t need to be written, but it puts the point very eloquently.

Stop posting that Dove ad: “Real beauty” campaign is not feminist (Erin Keane)- Dove are at it again, and it’s still that same old shit.

I’m Not Racist But.. Top 10 (Left at the Lights)- Just a small sampling of racist comments that Sam Ambreen has heard.

The hierarchy of oppression (fearlessknits)- Interesting discussion of sex, gender and how we can fight the good fight.

Taking a long hard look in the mirror…Or why Tefs need to think about what they fear. (itsjustahobby)- A very interesting theory on trans-exclusionary feminists.

An unfortunately Islamophobic defence of New Atheism against claims of Islamophobia (Frightful Spitefuel)- New Atheists. Eurgh. I just can’t. Luckily, Spitefuel did.

Oh ye cannae shove your Gramsci off the bus (Ally Fogg)- An analysis of calling out, with reference to Gramsci.

And finally, if you’re old enough to remember Round The Twist, and you use Twitter, you’ll love this.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

I have read some things, some of which were not even written this week. I found them interesting. Maybe you will too. Please link me to other things I may find interesting.

A feminist guide to celebrating Thatcher’s demise (Angry Women of Liverpool)- How to be happy Thatcher’s dead without being oppressive to women. I think I am just a little bit in love with this post.

Obituary (Pere Lebrun)- This is such a beautiful piece of writing.

Obituary for Margaret Hilda Thatcher (National Union of Mineworkers)- I don’t think these miners thought much of Thatcher…

Naomi Beecroft at the NUS VP hustings (video)- In which the amazing Naomi calls out the SWP for rape apologism, while looking fabulous. She’s getting a lot of shit for this, and she shouldn’t. It needed saying, and she said it so eloquently.

The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good (Social Justice League)- Oh my goodness, a thousand times this.

Depression and Suicide Amongst Radicals and Anarchists (Nihilo Zero)- An important piece on mental health in radical circles. Libcom are currently working on a producing a resource about this issue, and are seeking submissions.

Femen’s obsession with nudity feeds a racist colonial feminism (Chitra Nagarajan)- On how Femen should take a lead from the women they are trying to save, rather than trying to lead.

Legal authorities edge toward sanctioning trans murder (Jane Fae)- Jane writes on the horrifying implications of some recent legal rulings.

Your Story Already Sucks: An Open Letter To Tourist Journalists (Charlotte Shane)- A blistering riposte to mainstream journalists reporting on sex work.

The Bad Wolfed Clara Theory (Wholligan)- Just about the most compelling theory about the current series of Doctor Who I’ve seen.

East African women on FGM: “Sometimes they just call you lazy.” (Okwonga)- Interviews with women who have undergone FGM, talking about their attitude to the procedure in their own words.

Finding my voice (itsjustahobby)- Heartbreaking account of rape from a sex worker trying to reclaim narratives.

Five Years, My Story (musings of a rose)- Another heartbreaking story, this time of what rape does to you.

Death of a revolutionary (Susan Faludi)- A long piece about the life and death of Shulamith Firestone.

And finally, your computer is sad.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

Here is a selection of things that I read this week which I found interesting, and perhaps you will too. Please drop me more links of interesting things.

‘We’re all in it together’: The assimilation of queer into the crisis population (Lucy Freedman)- An excellent post on pacifying the non-radical queer community in times of economic crisis.

I don’t need white saviours to try and rescue me from my oppression (Not your ex/rotic)- A marvellous take on Femen’s “topless jihad” from a Muslim woman.

“The revolution starts in the ATOS smoking area” – on welfare, addiction, and dependency (Ramona’s blog)- A brilliant, brilliant piece on addiction and the benefits system.

Anti-trans fuckery in feminism (Steel Thunder)- Gloriously sweary takedown of trans exclusionary feminism.

Finishing CBT (zedkat)- A very honest personal account of CBT, worth reading it if you are considering CBT.

My 1980 Raymond piece by request… (Roz Kaveney)- A piece written more than 30 years ago against trans exclusionary feminism, which is still frighteningly relevant.

Sexism at the border: A personal account (Clay Nikiforuk)- Border patrol are shitlords. Here’s a story about why.

Men buy sex for many reasons – as a sex worker, I can tell you they don’t deserve to be criminalised (Laura Lee)- A sex worker explains why she is against “the Swedish model”.

Support for the evicted Sussex students (Guardian letters)- A letter of support for Occupy Sussex students.

Baking a Hello World Cake (Products of Mike’s Mind)- This cake is incredible. It is a program that prints “hello world”. And it’s also a quite-yummy cake.

Reno calls a domestic violence hotline: The MRA Reality Distortion Field in action (manboobz)- An MRA decided to prank call a DV hotline, and then claim he was the oppressed one. Manboobz give him the smackdown.

Don’t use Mick Philpott’s case as a stick to bash polyamory (Charlie Hallam)- Charlie smashes some myths about polyamory.

OPEN CALL! to current interns, volunteers and casual workers… (Precarious Workers Brigade)- Are you a precarious worker in art? If so, please participate in this project!

Open Letter to the Telegraph (Diary of a Benefit Scrounger)- A smashing of some myths about benefits.

Funny for not much money (Tiernan Douieb)- How the recession has impacted on comedy and comedians.

The Story So Far — April 4th Joey Barton, Marseille owes apology to transgender community for hurtful remarks (Richard Whitall)- Calling out transphobia in a place you wouldn’t necessarily expect–on a football blog.

More on Consent (The Polyamorous Misanthrope)- On consent and dominance.

Talking about my abortion (Molly Crabapple)- A very honest personal account of an abortion.

And finally, check out the Hawkeye initiative, with Hawkeye replicating female poses. Brings strange feelings as while it does show how ludicrously gendered comic book characters are, it’s also a little bit sexy.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

I read things, and I read some things this week and found them interesting. Perhaps you will too. Please share me links and things.

Sisterhood (stillicides)- Absolutely amazing piece on “feminist infighting” and how that’s OK, because sisters fight. Smart, smart words.

On allies, silencing and privilege (Philippa Willitts)- On when allies do need to shut up.

Let’s Talk About Names: Flavia (Flavia Dzodan)- Powerful piece as Flavia talks about the privilege of having a name.

Bearing Witness: Ethical alternatives to ‘being’ an ally (FeministPlus)- A very interesting idea for something to enhance–or replace–being an ally.

I do not think like you think. Thoughts on being non-neurotypical. (fearlessknits)- A very personal perspective on the experience of being non-neurotypical. Well worth a read, particularly if you want to understand neurotypicality a bit better.

The Day I Taught How Not to Rape (Accidental Devotional)- A teacher’s perspective on teenagers’ understanding of consent and processing of the Steubenville rape.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun Apology For Using Female Writers (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)- A tongue-in-cheek apology for using female writers.

“Crazy Trans Woman” Syndrome (Odofemi)- Sometimes voices are silenced within communities. This blog talks about the problem within the trans community.

Why Are Sex Workers Left Out Of the Violence Against Women Conversation? (Kate Zen)- A call for the inclusion of sex workers in discussions about violence against women.

Sex work and demand (itsjustahobby)- On why demand won’t just magically vanish for sex work.

“Why not just wear a burqa”: Experiences of ethnic minority women writing online (Asiya Islam et al)- Five accounts of intersecting bullshit flung at women of colour writing online.

Reports surface of rape and torture in Iraq (Michele Lent Hirst)- Rape has been a prevalent aspect of torture in Iraq in the last ten years.

All bodies are beautiful? (Anytime Yoga)- On the maxim “all bodies are beautiful” and how that actually doesn’t matter.

Weaponising workfare (Aaron Peters)- An essay on workfare.

The Fast-Food Feminism of the Topless Femen (Le Monde Diplomatique)- Post highlighting terrible politics within the Femen movement. And it gets worse, from this account from a woman who left Femen Brazil.

And finally, why not cheer up with some pictures of hot men and cats that look like them? I still don’t understand Tumblr, but I think this might be what it was invented for.



Things I read this week that I found interesting

I read some things. They interested me. Maybe they’ll interest you too. Here they are. Please leave me more things.

Her Name was Lucy Meadows: the consequences of transphobic press monstering (Sarah Noble)- Beautifully-written and moving piece on Lucy Meadows and transphobia in the media. A must-read.

Showing too much (Philippa Willitts)- There’s been some very good things on blogs and the mainstream media, but with too many triggering descriptions and images, and possible invasions of the privacy of dead people. Philippa outlines the problem. Gave me pause for thought and made me remove one of the links which I was going to include in this round-up.

Yet another blog about trigger warnings (zedkat)- A very useful resource on the function of trigger warnings/content notes, and how to use them.

Don’t like the Mean Girls’ table? Check out the rest of the room (CN Lester)- Bang-on, and somewhat politer takedown of that awful NS piece about the “Online Wimmin Mob”.

For the mob (Pierce Penniless)- An exploration of what the mob is, and pondering why ostensibly left-wing commentators are using the term.

Standing with Adria (Feministe)- An expression of solidarity for a woman fired for publicly taking a stance against sexism.

Sex Worker or Therapist? (Psychology Tomorrow)- A piece censored by Psychology Today on the therapeutic role sex workers can play.

The postmortem portraits of Phineas Gage (MindHacks)- Anybody who has taken a psychology or neuroscience class will have likely heard of Phineas Gage, and his frontal lobe. A look at how pictures of his brain have changed over time.

They call it climbing and we call it visibility (Bethany Black)- On trans visibility and being out.

Against “rape prevention advice”: a radio debate (TMP)- Does what it says on the tin, well worth a listen.

Richard O’Brien: ‘I’m 70% man’ (BBC)- In which Richard O’Brien talks about gender identity, and it’s interesting. Skip everything after the picture of the Rocky Horror Show cast, as it’s treating gender identity like it’s some sort of debate.

The domestic abusers lobby (Jill Filipovic)- The NRA are actively lobbying for a law which would make it easier for domestic abusers to kill their partners.

In Which I Was Not Relieved By Comedy (Kawai Odoom)- An analysis of the awfulness of Comic Relief.

Getting With Girls Like Us: A Radical Guide to Dating Trans* Women for Cis Women (Autostraddle)- Another Ronseal, but very, very useful.

This is white history– For all those complaining that there’s no White History Month, here you are: the history of the horrors white people have inflicted over the centuries.

And finally, a little bit of misandry to brighten your day.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

It’s that time of the week again. Here are some things that I read that I found interesting. Some of which weren’t even written this week. As always, drop me any links you think may interest me in the comments.

Public Order in the Gallery (This Day)- Wail writes beautifully on the experience of sitting in the public gallery at a trial, and the enforced passivity demanded by judges.

Alfie Meadows and Zak King are not guilty: now it’s time for police behaviour to be scrutinised (Petra Davis)- A discussion of the context of Alfie and Zak’s trial, and the implications.

The Hour of Power, 10th March (Nina Power & James Butler)- Radio show, discussing revenge. Even if you don’t listen to the whole hour, the first 7 minutes or so are cathartically raw.

How to do madness: An illustrated guide (zedkat)- an exploration of stock images used to illustrate discussions of mental health.

Brendan O’Neill and the feminist left’s lack of ‘ambition’ (ITISIWHOWILLIT)- That weeping syphilitic chode has been at it again. A feminist who isn’t me provides smackdown.

do your homework (or, what goes wrong when writers don’t… and then write about kink) (SexGeek)- There’s been some terrible writing about BDSM around. SexGeek provides detailed analysis and busts some myths.

Sex workers get raped too, but the resources to help them can be hard to find (Jessie Nicole)- Violence against sex workers is rife. There are a lot of barriers, but also solutions to this problem.

And finally, I’ve been burning through Game of Thrones once again in anticipation of the third season. I’ve been really bothered by something (well, apart from the obvious, like the rape, the misogyny, the racism, etc): how the seasons work, with those superlong seasons. It’s kind of fucked up. I suspected it might be something to do with wobbly axial tilt of the planet they live on, and so does this article, which also provides other food for thought.

Things I read this week that I found interesting

It’s that time of the week again. Here’s some things I read this week, even if they weren’t necessarily written this week. As always, drop things in the comments that I might like.

Alfie Meadows and Zak King found not guilty! (Defend the Right to Protest)- Just about the best news I’ve heard all week. These two lovely young people, after a two year ordeal, were found unanimously not guilty by the jury. The fight for justice for what the state did to them has just begun.

Another post about rape, assault and yet more excuses (Glosswitch)- Glosswitch identifies an area of rape apologism which is trotted out altogether too frequently.

We need to face up to hatred of prostitutes – among feminists, too (Hannah Betts)- An excellent post on prejudice against sex workers and how it manifests, and its impact.

Yo as a Pronoun (Grammar Girl)- Kids in Baltimore are using a gender-neutral pronoun: “Yo”. Here’s how it works.

Cameron pours his curves into suit for Europe speech (NewsBiscuit)- Spot-on satire of how the media like to report women appearing in public.

New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May Be Good for You (Scientific American)- Short–but highly uncritical–overview of the research into polyamory. Check the last paragraph for some particularly uncritical reporting.

The Luxury of Surprise: Gender and Online Abuse (quiteirregular)- A man writes about how surprising online abuse is to him, and how this is a luxury.

[untitled]– Very sweet little webcomic detailing how terrible we are at talking about mental health problems as a society.

And finally, this is, quite simply, the funniest joke ever written.