9 ways to be in solidarity with sex workers

And other recommended reads from feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin this month.

February 26, 2014 · 3 min read

EmmaSomething to listen to while you browse these links – Maimouna Youssef is a Grammy nominated singer, emcee, songwriter and poet. Enjoy this cover of ‘Royals’ by Lorde.

9 ways to be in solidarity with sex workers – “the disgust with which our culture regards whores is very old and runs very deep, and our radical communities are not immune to this”

Balancing without a net  –  how social media provides vital support for people who are disabled.

Why #ibelieveher is so vital –  I don’t feel I have anything to add to this other than I always believe victims and survivors of abuse.

A fun guide to gender – an excellent cartoon.

So you care about Sochi – I get very tired of seeing disingenuous allies showing disdain for the homophobia that is happening ‘over there’. Especially when a lot of them are ignoring what the LGBTQ movements in those other countries actually want. Ally voices should never be louder than the ones whom the issue actually affects.

A word to white women – a succinct piece on what people mean when they talk about white feminism.

The Just World Fallacy – sometimes great quotes come along and really make you think, this is without a doubt one of them.

Black female too-muchness: between hypersexual norms and respectable exceptions –  this piece has had a mixed response from friends when I posted it, which is partly why I wanted to include it. I found this very interesting although some of it has been said before. It certainly made me think.

Feminism can save France from Islam: that’s the real message of Majorité Opprimée –  the above piece explains pretty perfectly my own discomfort with Majorité Opprimée. On top of which I’m uncomfortable with video’s reversing sexism to show men experiencing what women experience. I feel it centres men in a discussion which shouldn’t and takes away from teaching men that they should learn to listen and believe women when they talk about their lives.

Emma blogs at www.emmaquitefrankly.blogspot.co.uk @ExtraFT



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The global networks of neofascism

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‘We are confronted by the threat of civil war’

Edgardo Lander talks to Red Pepper about the mounting tensions in Venezuela


Gilets Jaunes and the security state

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Criminalising political opposition in Catalonia

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The age of environmental breakdown

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