December’s feminist web round-up

Recommended reads by feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin

December 19, 2013 · 3 min read

EmmaDumbing down feminism for the working class is tedious and offensive – There’s a lot of talk at the moment about feminism being too academic. I think this particular blog post is a very good explanation of how patronising it is to say that it needs to be dumbed down.

Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins: The powerful men who abuse – and lie about it – Huge trigger warning (TW) for content discussing abuse. If there’s something that recent events are hopefully teaching people, it is how easily powerful white men get away with abuse.

How to rebrand feminism and get women fired in the process – Here’s a short but very important note on one of the campaigns for rebranding feminism.

Three white college students file racial discrimination complaint against professor over lesson on structural racism – These ignorant students clearly demonstrate why we need to teach this lesson.

13 must reads for the black feminist in training – Buzzfeed has pleasantly surprised me yet again.

Can a feminist wear high heels? Is the Pope a Catholic? – This is a great post in rebuttal to a Feminist Times piece in which the editor of Feminist Times compared wearing high heels to domestic violence and self harm. I am very uncomfortable with those comparisons as well as any attempt to police people’s clothing.

As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother – Lola Okolosie on some of the failings of mainstream white feminism.

Soho police raids show why sex workers live in fear of being ‘rescued’ – Very important article on the recent SoHo raid. I am so happy to see this in a big name newspaper such as the Guardian.

The #CongoStigmata & how to fail at everything – after a trip to The Congo, US feminist Eve Ensler wrote an article (TW) that sparked a furious response on Twitter. I urge you all to read this Storify.

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


The NHS has become complicit in the exploitation of migrant workers

As a wave of strikes is planned across London, Petros Elia – an organiser with the United Voices of the World Union, outlines racist outsourcing practices that implicate some of our biggest ‘socially responsible’ employers

Global Justice Rebellion activists

It’s time to add global justice to XR’s demands

Extinction Rebellion must recognise the impacts of colonialism and capitalism, and demand a just transition for all, argues Aranyo Aarjan

Pride in an Irish border town

This summer, Irish LGBTQ campaigner Joseph Healy joined the Pride march in his home town of Newry. Here, he explains how life on the border has changed - and the stakes of Brexit installing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic


Are community land trusts a way out of the system?

People are taking charge of land and housing across the UK, posing an alternative to the commercial market. But is it enough? Hazel Sheffield reports

Real Zero

2019 has seen climate consciousness reshape the political conversation around the world, but for this new awareness to make a difference, we need to get real about targets and timescale, write Souparna Lahiri, Niclas Hällström and Rachel Rose Jackson. 

The great British land sell

Austerity and neoliberal policy-making has led to the loss of some of our greatest assets and restricted the potential for social housing. Samir Jeraj explores how this has happened and ideas of how to stop it


Radical Roots – Corbyn and the Tradition of English Radicalism

The ideas underpinning Corbynism are deeply embedded in the English radical tradition. Reclaiming this tradition can play a key part in reinvigorating our ambitions for the future. By MICHAEL CALDERBANK with HILARY WAINWRIGHT