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Yarl’s Wood sex abuse allegations

And other recommended reads from feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin over the last month.
2 June 2014


Video: Yarl's Wood sex abuse allegations, 'They are treating us like animals' – This is just absolutely horrendous (Trigger Warning for rape, abuse, exploitation, harassment, attempted suicide)

Claudia is intersex, let’s talk about it - Because Western society is obsessed with making people fit the binary.

Why sex positivity is sex critical - It’s important that those who are sex positive still remain critical.

Why I won’t support Live Below the Line - This global campaign calls for people to practise living on £1 a day. I’m very sceptical about poverty tourism. I generally find it cruel & heartless.

Some women have more than one abortion and we should listen to them - We need to be better at offering a range of birth control options to those who need it.

Can a picture of a banana fight racism? - Many of these campaigns come from a good place but we must question how useful they really are.

Why grammar snobbery has no place in the movement - I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently and this article sums up my thoughts well.

There is no hierarchy of oppressions - This is an older piece but still very relevant. For a person who experiences many axis of oppression separating them into neat little boxes just isn’t doable.

Guest Columnist:  Molli Desi - An honest account of a sex worker being rescued and how it was more detrimental than being allowed to do her work.

The origins of 'privilege' - This is the person who wrote the extensive 'white privilege theory' list.

Portraits of genderqueer nation - This is a beautiful set of photographs. Unfortunately all of the photographs are of white genderqueer people, which doesn’t paint an accurate picture of a 'genderqueer generation'.

Liberal dude erotica - This is quite hilarious, sadly I recognised many men I’ve met in it.

Video: #everyBODYisflawless in this body-positive Beyonce remake - I love a bit of body positivity.

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Chris 2 June 2014, 18.13

Trigger warnings are nothing but a fad that’s popular with people who don’t understand mental illness.

Emma Frankel-Thorin 3 June 2014, 14.23

Hi Chris,

As someone who is mentally ill and has experienced a lot of trauma I find Trigger warnings invaluable. Apparently you don’t understand how a small act of kindness can mean the world to some people. Either that or you just don’t care.

Have a nice day,


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