How 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:
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Ashish Ghadiali interviews British-Iraqi rapper Kareem Dennis, aka Lowkey, about viral videos, power in the community, the Grenfell fire and writing lyrics at the cutting edge of political debate
By Hilary Wainwright
Luke Cooper reports on his recent visit to Hungary, an EU member state where democratic freedoms are no longer taken for granted
Neo-fascism is on the rise across Europe. It may have taken on a different form but its essence is the same, writes Walter Baier
Across the world, feminists are fighting the far right and fascism. We hear from activists in seven countries.
Marzena Zukowska reviews a documentary film that examines the labour behind the 2022 World Cup