Remembering Maya Angelou

And other online reads recommended by feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin.

July 3, 2014 · 3 min read

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Elliot Rodger and the price of  toxic masculinity – We need to talk about the men who hate women, we need to talk about toxic masculinity.

Not all men – This is a great piece about people who continuously derail the conversation by saying ‘not all men’. Society must take a shared responsibility to end violence against women.

Domestic violence and the difference between attacks on women and attacks on men – I watched this viral advert recently and thought that they had probably presented the figures somewhat dishonestly. It turns out they had. This is a good response.

A comic about people’s worst fears

Tribute to Maya Angelou, a phenomenal woman – I was deeply saddened by Dr Maya Angelou’s passing.

How my Korean mother gave me the courage to transition – The loving support this mother gave her daughter brought tears to my eyes.

Senior Met advisor says rape has been ‘decriminalised’ – Vulnerable women ‘face almost unsurmountable obstacles to justice’.

An open letter – Please stop playing ‘devil’s advocate’.

They’re not really sex chromosomes – A little bit of misinformation is a dangerous thing and can feed into bigoted ideas. This is an important piece on what we’ve come to learn about chromosomes.

Jacob Tobia: Why I’m genderqueer, professional and unafraid – This person is just amazing!

Black feminists: the social context of micro aggressions – If you don’t understand what people mean by ‘micro aggressions’ this is a great piece.

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