Monday feminist roundup (8th July 2013)
From the last seven days:
- This is a brilliant piece: How we ‘other’ sexual assault to ignore our own norms of abuse (commentisfree). Quote: Mob sexual violence, however, carries a certain brand of particularity as a near-explicit political tool used to discourage women, who make up nearly half of the total population, from attending demonstrations.
- If you missed it last week, Dr, Christian Jessen (of Embarrassing Bodies and other, similarly shaming fame) was next in a long line of “celebrities” who wants to talk about [the minuscule number of] false rape accusations rather than [the abhorrently huge prevalence of] rape. Glosswitch discusses.
- Marion Bartoli faced an unbelievable slew of misogynistic abuse on Saturday when she won the Wimbledon women’s singles title. Here is just some of it (thefword).
- Ireland’s push to legalise abortion continues (feministsforchoice). I have to say, I didn’t think we’d ever see the day when we even got this far.
- Women and Spirituality: Debunking Myths About Mormonism (again, feministsforchoice). I’m not one for “spirituality” but I’m all in favour of breaking down the stereotypes we have of religion’s impact on women by listening to those women.
- Comment is Free has a piece about address ethnic inequalities in the British media. Yes. #intersectionality
- Again on Comment is Free: Feminists should be free to disagree without being branded ‘disloyal’. Anyone who spends any time on feminist/ feminism discussions on twitter will know that that’s not the case.
- Labour to call for an assessment of how cuts have hit disabled people (liberalconspiracy). I’m not naive enough to think that any austerity measures will be reversed but the more solid data we have about what this government has done, the better. So, again, yes. #intersectionality
- I thought she was serious for a moment. Great tongue-in-cheek here: There’s no sexism in gaming (newstateman).
- Global Outrage: More Than 1/3 of World’s Women Suffer Physical or Sexual Violence (alternet). Quote: The UN World Health Organization claims the problem is so widespread that it is now considered a global public health problem.