I think I’ve been busy. I don’t really know, to be honest, but I DO know that I’ve not had time to update at all. Also: Monday feminist roundups are now going to be posted on Fridays. They’re now, erm, Friday feminist roundups. To make up for not posting any for a while, there’s a double edition this week. There are, at time of writing, 2,620 unread items on my RSS reader. There’s no point in pretending I’m going to read more than about 30 of them.
- I’m Not Like A Regular Feminist, I’m A Cool Feminist (thoughtcatalog.com). It’s satire that works on some (but not every) level.
- How “mummy feminism” can get it wrong (newstatesman).
- Can a feminist ever support the sex industry? (newstatesman)
- Trying To Be an Ally: Thinking About Hejab, Muslim Invisibility, and the Casual Hatred that is Cultural Appropriation (amptoons).
- Why Mumsnet and social media are important new forums for feminism (commentisfree).
- Feminism doesn’t need a rebrand (helzfeminism).
On sexualisation and rape culture:
- Girls shouldn’t feel like they have to “perform like pornstars” (newstatesman). “In 2013, girls in Britain feel like they have to “look and perform like porn stars” to be “liked and valued by boys”, research from the NSPCC has said today.”
- Following Michael Le Vell’s acquittal, here’s an excellent piece from sianandcrookedrib on rape myths: On two dangerous and persistent rape myths. This really cannot be reiterated often enough.
- Acting Older Isn’t Being Older: How We Fail Young Rape Victims (thenation). “Sexualization of young girls is not just something that happens as part of abuse, it’s something that’s part of their everyday lives. A report from the American Psychological Association shows that even the personal relationships girls have with peers, parents and teachers can contribute to this sexualization through daily interactions.”
- “Not guilty” does not mean she lied (thefword). (Also on the Le Vell case.)
- There is no great stigma attached to being a rapist (newstatesman)
On everyday sexism and misogyny:
- Men must stand against this misogyny (thefword).
- How to prove you’re a misogynist in 10 easy tweets (therealsgm).
And speaking of that, and lastly for now, it’s old news by now that Caroline Criado-Perez deactivated her twitter account (temporarily) because she couldn’t take the abuse she was receiving any longer. And who can blame her. Here’s Caroline’s own story. Also, here is a recent speech from Caroline.