Welcome to the weekly Lashings links round up! Feel free to add your own links in the comments, with a brief description and trigger warnings if appropriate.
[TW for rape, violence, killing]
Via The Angry Black Woman: In 2008 a woman in Makkapurva, Uttar Pradesh, fought back against a man who attempted to rape her, beheading him. We don't hear a lot of mainstream coverage about stories such as this, and I think this commenter's points might suggest why:
Rapists should know about this story, the story of the woman in Bangladesh who cut off the penis of a man who tried to rape her, and the story of a woman in Spain who killed her daughter’s rapist by lighting him on fire... Before a rapist forces himself (although not all are men) on someone, he should remember that this person might be the woman in Lucknow or Bangladesh, or have a mother like the woman in Spain. They should be afraid of us, not us of them.
Practical Androgyny is a site devoted to the practicalities of ambiguous gender presentation within a binary gendered society.
"Practical Androgyny is a resource for both those who are comfortably androgynous but struggle with the pressures of the binary gender system, and for those who are gender dysphoric and wish to explore the possibilities of gender ambiguity. This site does not focus on the details of gender identity but on the practical aspects of living with, or obtaining, an appearance that defies gender classification."
[TW for fat hatred, body policing]
Dancer Ragen Chastain on The Trouble With Proving It: analysis of the ways in which body policers refuse to accept the good health and athleticism of a fat person, even when presented with documentary evidence to the contrary.
And there it was, staring me in the face. The truth. The reason that “proving it” will never work and the proof that I was wasting my time. Their core belief is that accomplishments only count if you’re thin, so since I’m fat no amount of proving it will ever be enough. Also, I realized that these are adults who resort to name calling and that I was spending a lot of my time trying to prove things to people for whom I have no respect.Chastain also asks for readers who identify as fat and athletic to post their own videos and images in the comments.