Petite Jasmine was a Swedish woman murdered by her ex, who had denied her access to her children with the complicity of social services, pretty much entirely because she was a sex worker and the “Swedish Model” thus labelled her as crazy and deluded. You know the smug saying about how we can’t keep treating people like victims because then they’ll never help themselves? Maybe we should stop treating people like victims when it turns them into literal victims.
Charlotte Cooper has figured out how to take the weight cycling industry down:
I’ve saved the best until last: low cost alternatives mean that people don’t buy in to weight loss. This means that every fat clothes swap, swim, get-together, conference, party, yoga class, zine, or whatever, that you organise, no matter how small, takes apart the weight loss industry. Low cost alternatives, the bedrock of fat activism, directly threaten weight loss industry profits. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, because it needs repeating: they need us a lot more than we need them.
Must-read: Stella Young on why the involuntary sterilisation of children with disabilities must end.
I don’t know what’s worse about this heavily-massaged anti-strike email from IKEA: the smug spin, or the fact they refer to employees as “co-workers”.