The new year’s feminist web round-up

Feminist blogger Emma Frankel-Thorin shares the posts that have made her laugh and cry so far this year.

January 27, 2014 · 3 min read

EmmaHow to be a fan of problematic things – I’d like to start this month’s list off with a slightly older post. I think people do need to hear that liking problematic things does not make them a bad person. This post details how you can critique the things you like that. It’s important that you don’t ignore or defend those problems.

On Beyoncé and black feminism –  This is a great piece about Beyoncé’s much acclaimed new album & feminism.

A Year in Review –  The top 10 most racist/privileged things white feminists did in 2013

An alternative look at 2013 –  A lovely post by Sam with some guests talking about how intersectionality finally gave women of colour a voice in feminism.

‘It’s our differences, our “otherness” that binds us together’ – I love this interview with Reni Eddo-Lodge  about Intersectionality.


White singers deserve the same scrutiny for sexism as Snoop Dogg –  A lot of people have been saying this for a long time. I am glad to see it in a big name paper but exasperated that it’s been ignored for so long and continues to be so since this piece was published.

In defence of prostitutes –  Rupert Everett who is himself open about his past as a sex worker writes beautifully about the SoHo raids. He details why they were (and will continue to be) so awful.

Stop fawning over male feminists – Seriously though. Stop!

I’ve been enjoying a lot of spoken word poetry recently so here are 3 YouTube videos of my current favourites:

This next one is surprising because you start off being so angry at him but then you just want to give him a big old squeeze for getting it:

The first round of a poetry slam that T. Miller goes on to win:

Emma blogs at www.emmaquitefrankly.blogspot.co.uk @ExtraFT


Am I a modern slave?

Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change

Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity

The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics

After the virus: no return to the old economy

As the Covid recession hits, Adam Peggs lays out alternative economic proposals the Labour left should be demanding


In and against, and outside, the party

Following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education, argues Joe Guinan

A tribute to Mike Cooley

Co-creator of the Lucas Plan, Mike showed how the immense talent of workers could be deployed for social use rather than private profit, writes Phil Asquith

Build small, think big

Phillip O’Sullivan looks at the role of community energy groups in disrupting the energy status quo

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