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 Socialist Olympics of 1936

Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.

Review – You’re History: The Twelve Strangest Women in Music

Lesley Chow argues for a new kind of music criticism that re-evaluates women musicians and "meaningless" music, writes Rhian E Jones

Lying through their legacy-speak

Olympic ‘legacy’ has greased the path for enormous, upward transfer of wealth to the global propertied classes, writes Jules Boykoff


SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett

Failure to deliver

Major financial institutions have cited Deliveroo’s employment practices for its disastrous public share launch. Alice Martin and Tom Powdrill look at what went wrong and what it might mean for workers’ rights

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

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