Round-Up: Oct. 27, 2014
- Here are a couple of good articles that raise important questions about Jian Ghomeshi’s situation in relation to BDSM culture, victim-blaming, and the situation women face when considering whether to report their attacks (Links to Sex Geek, The Huffington Post, and The Overcast).
- A feature article in the Queen’s University Journal explores the continuing barriers to abortion access in Canada, with a particular focus on Kingston, Ontario.
- So much has been written about GamerGate, the movement that has spawned vicious misogynist harassment and threats against Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu and others. Instead of linking to them all, I recommend this GamerGate round-up by Brutal reason, which hits most of the highlights.
- One that it doesn’t include, though, is Katherine Cross’ excellent response at Feministing, “How GamerGates’ Misogynistic Policing of ‘Gamer Identity’ Degrades the Whole Gaming Community.”
- I’ve seen a lot of people sharing FCKH8’s video of little girls dropping “f-bombs for feminism.” But Anne Theriault at The Belle Jar has some good reasons why she’s less than impressed.
- What are the implications of Silicon Valley companies offering female employees the ability to freeze their eggs as a perk of employment? Marcy Darnovsky at RH Reality Check says these policies are promoting questionable procedures while failing to get at the real changes that are needed for work-life balance and equality.
- Jessica Valenti looks at the latest statistics on housework and says it’s time for men to “just do the goddamn dishes” (The Guardian).
- Meet Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first open trans woman firefighter (ROYGBIV at Jezebel).
- Amanda Taub argues California’s “yes means yes” law has so much more potential than just simply encouraging communication around consent to prevent rape (Vox).