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


Immigrants stand up

With casual xenophobia a comedy circuit blight, No Direction Home is a welcome tonic. Here, five troupe members explain the uses and power of laughter – and tell us some jokes

Building power through retrofit

Municipal-led retrofit can play a vital role in tackling both economic inequality and the climate crisis whilst helping build a transformative social movement, argues Alex King

Lower league football needs democratic ownership, not a salary cap

It is only through fundamental reform of how clubs are owned, bought, and sold that we can begin to return football to the fans argues Jonty Leibowitz


The World Transformed is back – and it’s never been needed more

#TWT20 is officially open for registration. Hope Worsdale writes about why it's returning as a digital-first, month-long festival this September

Debt cancellation is vital for global recovery

Cancelling debt for poor countries is desperately needed to shore up public health systems, social protections and address global structural inequality writes Claudia Webbe MP

The rise of comedian politicians

As more and more comedians find success in the political arena, Rhian Jones lists some of the most prominent examples of satirists turned statesmen