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A Week in Links #12

January 15, 2011

I don’t exactly do this weekly, so some links are old, but still worth reading I think.  And there are too many of them.

  • The Babylon Tales I’ve only just discovered this blog and it is fantastic.  I can’t specify a post as they all make me laugh a lot.
  • Beckicksle My lovely friend Becca, who I have known for a long time but never met in real life, has written an inspiring post regarding her mental health.  It is so hard to do this, and I am so proud of her.
  • Hyperbole and a Half Another new blog to me, which will quite literally steal your time.  It is indescribable – go look.
  • Sue Marsh details how ‘Sick and Disabled people are now facing cuts of up to a third in their incomes.’  This isn’t abstract, this is what has already been legislated by the tory government.  It is vile.  An October article in the Guardian spells out some of the other attacks.
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband responds to the tory government, but seems to forget to mention how the most vulnerable people around him are being hit over the head with a sledgehammer.  Perhaps he doesn’t see us, perhaps he is quite happy that the Tories are continuing Labour’s punishing policies.  Thanks Ed – don’t ask for my vote again.
  • BBC World Book Club Bernard Schlink talks about The Reader.  One of the few books which is complemented and added to by its movie version.

Now for the music:


5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2011 12:51

    Thankyou, you beautiful lady. Such kind words. And I’m not always as brave, I published a post last week and deleted it after a few comments – a bit too shocking and not so calmly or positively written ;)

    Becca xx

  2. January 16, 2011 18:52

    An exhaustive (!) series of excellent links, thanks!

    Thanks in particular for the link to the study about transgender children. I was cross-dressing aged 4 and suspect my life would have been very different had I grown up in a society that was more accepting of genderqueer identities. There are many people of my age (late thirties, early forties) still wrestling with their gender identities and suffering deeply because they grew up unable to express what they have always known was “different” about them. We’ve made some progress over the decades but when the Prime Minister thinks it is acceptable to make transphobic jokes during PMQs then we should know we still have a very long way to go. It saddens me to think of the new generation growing up confused and lonely and isolated but I hope that increased discussion online is at least helping create safe virtual spaces that did not exist when I was a child.

    • January 16, 2011 20:09

      Thank you Tim, appreciated.

      Yes there has been progress regarding awareness and also basic rights in law, but I think there is so much that has also gone backwards. In the early 70s my brother and I would wear the same clothes. Nowadays children’s clothes and toys are strictly gendered by colour. It’s a brave child who tries to defy this. I think it’s much more acceptable to parents that children ‘cross-dress’ at young ages, but this soon becomes forbidden.

      I believe that work is being done to educate teachers about gender identity. Something that isn’t done in primary schools at all at the moment. I hope this comes to fruition very soon.

      I missed Cameron’s transphobia – when was this?

  3. January 17, 2011 00:04

    Thank you, earwicga. I hope so too.

    The comment was lost in the drama of the student fees debate.

    “Jack Dromey (Birmingham, Erdington) (Lab): Is the Prime Minister aware that Parliament may have been infiltrated by an imposter? The Deputy Prime Minister- [Interruption.] The Deputy Prime Minister has said he will vote to treble tuition fees and abolish the education maintenance allowance. Before the general election the leader of the Liberal Democrats said he would vote to abolish tuition fees and keep the EMA. [Interruption.] Can the Prime Minister- [Interruption.]

    Mr Speaker: Order. The hon. Gentleman will have a chance to finish his question without chuntering and shouting from a sedentary position. The last sentence please.

    Jack Dromey: Can the Prime Minister tell the House this: are there two Nick Cleggs?

    The Prime Minister: I have to say that the hon. Gentleman has the unique qualification of being one of the brothers who was selected on an all-women shortlist-next time he comes in he should dress properly.”

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101208/debtext/101208-0001.htm#10120866000924

    As Riki Wilchins wrote in Genderqueer, “”Men in dresses’” isn’t the next hit movie: It’s a punch line in the next joke.”

    The fact that this was aggressive and humiliating enough to derail the question says it all.

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