Expanded bumholes, unexpanded minds

January 24, 2015
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Margaret Atwood got something wrong in the generally impeccable Handmaid’s Tale. When she imagined the reproductive dystopia of Gilead, she saw a world where backlash theologians had allied with anti-porn feminists to create a state that was hostile to non-reproductive sexuality in all its forms. What has actually happened in America between the novel’s 1985 […]

Posted in: feminism

New Statesman | The “return” of Page 3: the Sun revels in the chance to make women with opinions look stupid

January 22, 2015
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http://www.newstatesman.com/media/2015/01/return-page-3-sun-revels-chance-make-women-opinions-look-stupid

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New Statesman | As we approach a general election, Thomas Cromwell is exactly who we need on our screens

January 21, 2015
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New Statesman | Razors pain you: what Dorothy Parker teaches us about our addiction to female suffering

January 13, 2015
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http://www.newstatesman.com/sarah-ditum/2015/01/razors-pain-you-what-dorothy-parker-teaches-us-about-our-addiction-female

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Satire, free speech, “ands” and “buts”

January 11, 2015
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It’s not a “but”. It should never be a “but”, it’s an “and”. “But” is a hinge that folds back on itself and disavows what came before. “I believe in free speech, but Charlie Hebdo published racist cartoons,” “terrorism is abhorrent, but Charlie Hebdo published racist cartoons”: the “but” establishes a relationship between the two […]

Posted in: comedy, Film

If you believe trans lives matter, don’t share Leelah Alcorn’s suicide note on social media

January 1, 2015
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http://www.newstatesman.com/sarah-ditum/2015/01/if-you-believe-trans-lives-matter-dont-share-leelah-alcorns-suicide-note-social

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10 of the best from 2014

December 17, 2014
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2014 has been a pretty good year for me and writing. There are three reasons for that. First, I’ve had the attentions of an outstanding editorial team – Helen Lewis and Caroline Crampton at the New Statesman, who say yes bravely and no wisely and whose suggestions often turn into my best ideas. Second, I’ve been […]

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