Link List #105: Impossible burgers, the world’s first genderless voice, and Beto O’Rourke’s big secret - Friends of Friends / Freunde von Freunden (FvF)

Link List #105: Impossible burgers, the world’s first genderless voice, and Beto O’Rourke’s big secret


This week we’ve been reading about how impossible burgers might not be as eco-friendly as we think, the hacking history of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, and why the view of radical feminist Andrea Dworkin as a manhater is potentially unjustified.


    • 1 The Muslim Vibe interviews spoken word artist Suhaiymah (aka The Brown Hijabi) and creative artist Ishtar Al-Shamman on why we should focus less on the physical hijab as an instrument of female oppression and more on real world issues such as poverty, racism, and misogyny.
    • 2 Say goodbye to the sultry female tones of Siri and Alexa, and hello to Q, the world’s first virtual assistant with a genderless voice. It’s Nice That takes a look at the new gadget currently being developed by Virtue in association with Copenhagen Pride and looks at how Q will combat gender bias by being inclusive of non-binary individuals.
    • 3 The new “impossible burger,” which combines the incomparable taste of meat with the ethical benefits of veganism, may seem like the perfect solution for people wanting to improve their health and help the environment—but is this new fast food fad is all it’s cracked up to be? Find out more on The Guardian.
    • 4 An anthology published by MIT press has pushed the work of the radical feminist Andrea Dworkin into the spotlight once again. This article in The New York Times gives an overview of Dworkin’s career and asserts that the simplistic reading of the author as a man-hater can only be sustained by not reading what she actually wrote.
    • 5 Beto O’Rourke has just entered the race for president, and in what seems to be a recurring theme in American politics, new information has emerged about the former Texas Congressman’s questionable teenage exploits. Writing for Reuters, Joseph Menn digs into the Democratic candidate’s connection to the oldest group of hackers in U.S. history.
    • 6 Three years after the Calais refugee camp known as The Jungle was torn apart by French authorities, artists such as the British sculptor Anish Kapoor are making new work from materials rescued from the rubble. These new creations will be auctioned in London throughout the month to generate funds for migrant charities, reports Dazed Digital.

Hopefully you enjoyed the reads from this week’s Link List, but if you’ve still got an internet itch to scratch, you can find more here.

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Text: Emily May
Photography: Geraldine van Wessem