#womenwrites: on disability, gender, and women writers

Black British writing: a tribute to Buchi Emecheta by Eashani Chavda 

… Whilst black writing had soared overseas in conjunction with the civil rights movement in America, its progress in Britain was much more gradual and largely lead by men. Despite this, Buchi Emecheta is up there with Samuel Selvon, Stuart Hall, Joan Riley (to name just a few) as a great pioneer of black British writing. While male writers covered topics of class and racism in mid-20th Century Britain, Buchi highlighted the plight of black women in Britain and the double-colonisation they faced. While intersectionality has become a buzzword for feminists today, Buchi approached the topic of misogynoir back in the 1970s. The struggle of black migrant women following the Windrush era, and the layers of oppression they faced were fluently articulated in Buchi’s writing. The social realities she depicted in her novels were felt by a large community of women, who being isolated in their own homes, workplaces and on the bleak streets of London, could finally feel some relief in knowing that they were not alone. Not only did she expose the racial, gendered and classist discrimination of 20th Century Britain, Buchi defied patriarchal structures within the Nigerian community, all whilst taking great pride in her culture and her blackness. …

Why I’m raising my kids to know their sex, not their gender by J.J Barnes  via @FeministCurrent

In January 2017, the BBC aired a controversial documentary called, “Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?” which explored the doctrine that children know best when it comes to their “gender identity,” and that we should accept their beliefs without question. Following the airing of this documentary, the BBC came under fire from trans activists, who claimed the documentary would spark prejudice and lead to the social rejection of “trans kids.”

As the mother of a four-year-old girl and a 10-month-old girl, and step-mother to a four-year-old boy, I find the limited discourse around “trans kids” troubling. As I watch my children growing, learning, changing, and exploring, the idea of allowing them to make such a life-changing choice, so young, without question, is abhorrent. …

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a high-street shop, asking it to dress her by @salihughes

Dear British high-street retailers,

I am a 42-year-old woman with an upcoming awards ceremony, three weddings (one my own), several important work engagements, a holiday in the unreliable British climate and some pottering about, doing bugger all. I have spent weeks browsing your wares, both online and in your bricks-and-mortar stores. My question for you is this: where, in the past five years, have all the clothes gone?

Let’s begin with sleeves, for these cast a shadow over my entire shopping experience. Despite your apparent belief that my life is one long high-school prom, I would always like to cover my arms, at least to just beyond the elbow. I would not like capped sleeves to highlight the fact that I’ve lifted one kettlebell in my life, nor a bandeau top that precludes me from wearing a bra. I don’t want to pick up any more nice-seeming dresses, only to find the entire back of it missing. …

How I Got My Agent & Why You Should Never Give Up The Dream  via @Sabina_Writer

It’s been over a year since I last posted and what a year it’s been. There have been moments of despair, but more importantly there have been triumphs and those have made all the other stuff seem insignificant.

So, I want to share the journey that brought me here, mainly because I found some much-needed encouragement in reading about the journeys of others and I hope that someone might find that same kind of hope from reading about mine. …

Fleshing Out a Narrative of Illness: Notes on the Flesh  by Shahd Alshammari

… As someone who was struggled with Multiple Sclerosis for more than a decade, l chose to take up the task of writing the illness narrative. This began with my introduction to the works of Nancy Mairs and Audre Lorde. Mairs gave me a beacon of hope. She had written about her transition from English professor to a writer dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. She had George, though, her partner, who remained witness to her journey with Multiple Sclerosis. I was alone. I realised that being alone in the face of a brutal illness is not where I wanted to be. I picked up Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals. I read her work and found myself dwelling in her insistence on intersectionality, and on writing the effects of race, gender, sexuality, and disability in one (or even multiple) voices. Writing Notes on the Flesh proved to be a daunting task. I was writing based on my imagination, but also on and through my own bodily experiences. The distinction between fiction and nonfiction, real or imagined, past and present, no longer phased me. What I wanted was a collection of voices that expressed what it was like to be ill, in love, and vulnerable. …

#womenwrites: on feminism, gender, sexism, and women’s health

If this is feminism… by Kelly Oliver

Bill C-16 misunderstands what gender is and how it harms women under patriarchy via @FeministCurrent

Women in Labor Stop Pushing, See Amazing Results by Kama Lee Jackson

A very British sexism  by @wordspinster

Grasping Things at the Root: On Young Women & Radical Feminism  via @ClaireShrugged (French translation here. )

Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men by 

You aren’t imagining it, #WonderWoman really isn’t being well promoted by Donna Dickens  via @UPROXX

 

My article Radical Feminism and the Accusation of Gender Essentialism has been translated into French. Thank you to TradFem for the translation.

And, my daughter’s art on her blog Generation Why (named for the first book of the new Ms Marvel featuring Kamila Khan).

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#womenwrites

The Sex Delusion by Jeni Harvey  (@GappyTales

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ offers a terrifying warning, but the hijacking of feminism is just as dangerous  by Gail Dines

The Overlooked Black Women Who Altered the Course of Feminist Art by Yelena Keller  via @artsy

When Motherhood Wasn’t in the Cards  by Stephanie Gates

Police told to ‘stop pushing responsibility’ for domestic violence prosecutions onto victims by Harriet Agerholm

Grasping Things at the Root: On Young Women & Radical Feminism  via @ClaireShrugged

News media still protect powerful men accused of sexual misconduct by Lindsey Bluebell  via @ConversationUK

Let’s not kid ourselves that ‘stealthing’ is a trend. It is rape by Vonny Moyes

Media reporting and violence against women: why we need to talk about the Navy  via @WritetoENDVAW

#womenwrites – abortion, pregnancy, anxiety & women’s health

MP accuses BAME book prize of discrimination by @sunnysingh_n6  via @WritersofColour

In the Oppression Olympics, women always lose by Jo Bartosch via @FeministCurrent

The Amateur Abortionists – The Story of Jane by Kate Manning in New York Times

Pregnant women are being legally pimped out for sex – this is the lowest form of capitalism by Julie Bindel

Why We Need to Take ‘High-Functioning’ Anxiety Seriously by Erica Chau  via @TheMightySite

An Example of Capitalism Literally Milking the Poor: Julie Bindel

The last story you will ever need to read about Rachel Dolezal. by Ijeoma Oluo

If you think “sex work is work”, how can you be against sex for rent? by @glosswitch

We know abuse when we see it, unless it’s women who are being hurt by Gail Dines via @FeministCurrent

Hysteria, Witches, and The Wandering Uterus: A Brief History By Terri Kapsalis  via @lithub

#womenwrites

“reflections on writing ‘self’…while free-falling through words and memories” by @MaraiLarasi

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future by Naomi Alderman

Thousands of domestic violence victims withdraw support for charges against abusers after Government cuts by Harriet Agerholm

No country for women, on death row for self-defence in the UAE via @WritersofColour

The Radical Feminist Aesthetic Of “The Handmaid’s Tale” via @annehelen

If ‘inclusivity’ is a priority, let men make their washrooms ‘gender-neutral’  via @FeministCurrent

Hysteria, Witches, and The Wandering Uterus: A Brief History via @lithub

What’s the point of a literature festival? | Bare Lit 2017  via @WritersofColour

The Thing about Toilets at Not the News in Brief

#womenswrites: on misogyny, reproductive justice and male violence

Feminism That Doesn’t Challenge Male Entitlement Isn’t Feminism by Caitlin Roper

The third wave’s tokenization of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is anything but intersectional  by 

The Misogyny Of Modern Feminism by Jeni Harvey

Five benefits cuts are being introduced today: how do they affect you? by Frances Ryan

My daughter’s birth via @LucyAllenFWR

Music education is now only for the white and the wealthy by Charlotte C Gill

Why our charities refuse to do have anything to do with the Rape Clause by Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis Scotland and Marsha Scott of Scottish Women’s Aid

#womenwrites – on misogyny, racism, disablism and male violence

Theo and the distinctly sexual flavour of French racism by @KGuilaine  via @WritersofColour

This is not the way Milo Yiannopoulos should have gone down by Natasha Chart

The parallels between Scottish nationalism and racism are clear | Claire Heuchan

Pride, prejudice and pedantry by @wordspinster

Eurostar Tried To Charge This Woman An Extra ‘Luggage’ Fee For Her Wheelchair  via @Fi_Rutherford

‘It wasn’t a home, it was a prison’: Former residents from Tuam mother and baby home react (via @thejournal_ie)

Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World  by @caitlin_roper

How should we teach children about contested histories? by @farahelahi via @WritersofColour

How the political correctness debate is being manufactured  via @Slutocrat

‘Gestators,’ ‘hosts,’ and ‘pregnant people’: The bipartisan pact to erase women by RAQUEL ROSARIO SANCHEZ  via @FeministCurrent

On individualist lifestylism and woman-blaming: musings on recent attacks at Liberation is Life

 

#womenwrites – on feminism, male violence, the Women’s March and abortion rights

How Michelle Obama expanded the definition of a first lady by Margo Jefferson

Hollywood must realise that Passengers flopped because of its creepy male protagonist BY Amy Jones

New Year’s femicide in Brazil reminds us what feminism is fighting for by Raquel Rosario Sanchez

Star Wars: Rogue One places Asian heroes at the core of its revolution  by @KellyKanayama

A man who didn’t talk to his wife would not be funny. He would be an abuser | Lola Okolosie

The Black Woman’s “Women’s March” Problem: It Ain’t Just White Folks by Ree Walker

Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration will. by Alicia Garza

I’m so glad to spoil this film for you | Victoria Coren Mitchell

The unbearable whiteness of history by @JENDELLA  via @WritersofColour

You Not ‘Bout No Life: The Logical Fallacy of the Anti-Abortion Conservative & The Reason Trump and His Cronies Can Go Choke on a Communion Wafer  via @writermrsmith

#womenwrites

UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers by Sandra Saville

Why do we still make girls wear skirts and dresses as school uniform? by Amanda Merger

Babette Cole, anarchic creator of Princess Smartypants, dies at 66 by Danuta Kean

First Class Racism by Jamelia

Lesbian Anxieties, Queer Erasures: The Problem with Terms Like ‘Subversive Femme’  via @LucyAllenFWR

Generation treat yo’ self: the problem with ‘self-care’ by Arwa Mahdawi

Response to ‘Transgender Kids:Who Knows Best‘  via @fairplaywomen

TRIGGER WARNING by @extreme_crochet http://buff.ly/2jFtCBH

The Importance of Recognizing the Murder of Women as a Hate Crime  by Zoe Holman via @broadly

Me and my accent(s) by Sara Salem

Liberal feminists ushered Ivanka Trump into the White House by by RAQUEL ROSARIO SANCHEZ  via @FeministCurrent

Remembering Carrie Fisher and Jill Saward

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Carrie Fisher showed the way. I want to acknowledge my own mental struggles | Deborah Orr

“I Wanted To Disappear Until Carrie Fisher Showed Me A Naked, Noisy Life” by Kerry Neville

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-09-41-04Carrie Fisher’s last Harrison Ford story isn’t romantic, it’s tragic by Tasha Robinson

General Leia Organa Is The Hero We Need Right Now by @anne_theriault

Carrie Fisher Brought The Force to All by Joelle Monique

Carrie Fisher: an iconic princess who became a powerful queen by Daisy Buchanan

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Remembering Jill Saward by @UnderstandingSV

Thank you, Jill Saward, for all you did  by @zoe_beaty

Remembering Jill Saward by Linda Riley

Remembering Jill Saward by Dr. Kate Cook

The great legacy British sexual assault activist Jill Saward leaves behind  by Jane Gilmour via @DailyLifeAU

Jill Saward obituary  by Julie Bindel