Feminist web round-up

Feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin tells us what she's been reading online this month.

October 30, 2013 · 3 min read

EmmaModeling consent – This was a very sweet read on one of the ways we could consider modelling consent. Consent and emotions within sex is something that needs to be taught to people from a young age.

Throne room of the damned – I loved this as an illustration of how we should love our bodies in every shape and form. There is no ideal form or colour that we should worship.

Feminists are not responsible for educating men – On the Canadian blog Feminist Current.

Friends – Polyamory is something I only quite recently came across and therefore have little understanding of. I am currently learning about it from people who are in polyamorous relationships. This blogpost was lovely not only in regards to female friendship but in how it challenges our view as women ‘competing’ for men.

The patriarchy’s greatest victory – Jay breaks down the ideas of ‘attractiveness privilege’.

Ladies Last: 8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For – Women erased as inventors? I’m shocked I tell you, shocked.

Migrants tragic death toll in Lampedusa, Italy: only 6 out of 100+ women survived – Flavia clearly demonstrates why the Lampedusa tragedy is a feminist issue.

Family of Colorado trans kid targeted by harassment hoax speaks up – There is a group within feminism who are trans exclusionary (TERF). There are some powerful women and feminists who exclude and threaten trans women by debating their right to exist. It is important to me that feminism is fully intersectional. This is why I believe that the story about a young trans woman being falsely accused of harassing students is a deeply feminist issue.

Female black scientist speaks out – It is not news that women especially women of colour (WOC) face a huge amount of bigotry and exclusion within the scientific community but this absolutely has to stop. I find it absolutely abhorrent that a woman or any person would be treated like this.

Dear David Blunkett – Stavvers wrote David Blunkett an open letter. Apparently it made him sad.

And finally, this is one of my favourite ever Pick Up Artist comic strips.

Read Emma’s blog at www.emmaquitefrankly.blogspot.co.uk or find Emma on Twitter: @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