The Round-Up: July 30, 2013
- Anthea Butler at RH Reality Check gives some history on women of colour and feminism, and suggests a way to move forward.
- A new study out of UBC found women in rural B.C. are suffering from a steep decline in access to abortion services over the past decade (via the Globe and Mail).
- The Raw Story reports that a 21-year-old man has been arrested in London for sending rape and death threats (via Twitter) to an activist who successfully campaigned to get Jane Austen on a new British bank note. Within a day of lobbying, Twitter committed to test ways to simplify reporting abusive and threatening tweets.
- Elizabeth Plank at policymic has a brilliant article calling out the sexism in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”.
- I read a lot of coverage of last week’s San Diego Comic Con, but this was one of the best and most powerful articles I read. It’s by Kate Conway at xojane on an amazing panel of women like Michelle Rodriguez and Katee Sackhoff calling out sexism in geek culture and Hollywood.
- A woman in Iowa was recently fired for being “too beautiful” and therefore a threatening distraction for her boss. At the New York Times, Michael Kimmel writes about how the decision is based on men’s definition of female beauty as the deciding factor. And Soraya Chemaly at Role Reboot talks about how this is far from an isolated case.
- The manager of the Toronto Plaza Hotel called the hotel’s striking workers, mostly women of colour, “animals”. The workers have been on strike for eight weeks, fighting the hotel’s attempt to cut wages by 28% and eliminate all benefits (via USW).