Russian government bans transgender people from driving

And other recommended reads from feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin

January 26, 2015 · 3 min read

Russian government bans transgender people from driving – Not to detract from our own issues of transphobia here in the UK but this is really quite something.

Social media, online dating and Twitter pals: In defence of the internet – This is very beautifully written by a close friend of mine. Coincidentally we met through Twitter.

Woman brilliantly shuts down man who accuses her of lying on OkCupid – This man got owned and it was glorious!

Trolls and martyrdom: Je ne suis pas charlie – Although I too am absolutely horrified by the attacks, I will also not defend a racist publication.

One student’s tweets call out the biggest hypocrites marching for free speech in paris – Silly, clickbait title but excellent series of tweets on hypocrisy among world leaders regarding recent events in Paris.


After the Paris attacks against Jews, some questions for the rest of the left – Silence from the left is pushing many of us away.

Trans life: getting the haircut you want isn’t always cut and dried – This is an absolutely wonderful barbers frequented and recommended by most people I know.

Now that white people have declared ‘bae’ over, black people can use it in peace – Majority culture’s adoption of the word, stolen from African American vernacular, distorted it to the point of misuse and meaninglessness.

Friends (sitcom): Where are they now? – Something a little more light hearted. I think it makes some really good points whilst also making me giggle.

EmmaEmma blogs at: www.emmaquitefrankly.blogspot.co.uk and Tweets: @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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