- We Need To Talk About The General Election Victoria Coren Mitchell Elle UK – A personal hero of mine and one of my favourite columnists, VCM tackles issues of feminism within big topics like elections in a non condescending and easily accessible way.
- Hands Off Our Collective Lady Parts! Lucy Mangan Stylist – I’ll admit it’s a bit glossy/advert-y for me, but Stylist do have some great articles, like this one in the most recent issue. Not only does the whole issue tackle the concept of women CEOs (Ft. Queenie herself) but LM’s article eruditely points out how so much of what we talk about with women is framed within the context of ‘women are put on Earth to be baby makers’, and without that context any talk of vaginas or women’s health is taboo.
- School that banned skirts because they ‘distracted teachers’ now bans tight trousers Ollie McAteer Metro – Okay, so this free paper usually makes me roll my eyes but I spied this article over someone’s shoulder, and had to pick up a copy to properly examine. I liked that OM didn’t offer his own opinion on the girl’s legs, and I also liked that these issues are being raised for every day people to read without the usual ‘man hating feminist’ tag line attached to them. Our daughters, young impressionable women, are being body shamed. I dislike that the article doesn’t agree with ft. young woman Harriet Dale.
“It’s really uncomfortable to think you could be walking around the corridors and teachers will be looking you up and down. I’m not the only person who feels that way.”
- Labour London Mayoral Candidate Comments Sophie Walker Women’s Equality Party – If / when (fingers crossed) I get my visa, the first thing I’m doing is joining the WE party. Anyway. I like this statement because it’s not angry, it’s just informative. I do however wish there was more intersectionality within the WE.
- NYPD officers tackle retired tennis star James Blake after mistaking him for suspect Marissa Payne Washington Post (and everywhere else in NYC) – Another incident of police violence and abuse of power, racial profiling (potentially, Blake himself says “I don’t know if it’s as simple as that”. Regardless, the NYPD (and PD’s all over America) are exercising a ridiculous amount of force, particularly against African Americans. It’s everyones responsibility to speak up when things like this, street harassment, and injustices take place. And for those with Clout like Blake: “The real problem is that I was tackled for no reason and that happens to a lot of people who don’t have a media outlet to voice that to.”
So there you have it. Five of my favourite things I’ve read this week. What are some of yours?