Harder than Latin or Greek

April 13, 2014
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He turned away; he didn’t feel he could bear it. He was terribly afraid that happiness might be a habit, or a quality knitted into the temperament; or it might be something you learn when you’re a child, a kind of language, harder than Latin or Greek, that you should have a good grasp on […]

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Emails to Roz Kaveney on the issue of no platform policy

March 18, 2014
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Yesterday, I emailed Roz Kaveney to request a quote for this New Statesman article on the subject of no platform policies. Kaveney has subsequently tweeted to say that I requested “an immediate response”, the implication being that she was not given enough time to compile the materials in support of her position or that it […]

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Hollering back to Paris Lees

March 6, 2014
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One day, I was beeped by a driver. Actually, this happens moderately often, generally when I’m running. The car horn is the universal language of street harassment. We all know what it means from the day it starts, and it starts when we’re girls, not even teenagers: “I am looking at you. You are something […]

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Who do you listen to?

February 24, 2014
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There’s one guaranteed pro-sex-work response whenever you write something unenthusiastic about prostitution, and that response is: listen to sex workers. It was the dominant theme of critical replies to my review of Melissa Gira Grant’s Playing the Whore: listen to sex workers, then you’ll see how wrong you are. In some ways it’s a peculiar logic […]

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Bad-faith justice: ethics of the call-out

February 23, 2014
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This is a guest post by Jane Clare Jones, philosopher, feminist and person who really, really likes Doctor Who. A couple of years back – a week after she coined the slogan that would inspire an internet feminist revolution – Flavia Dzodan wrote a piece for Tiger Beatdown dedicated to skewering the “toxic” nature of “the collective dance […]

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In the company of men

February 22, 2014
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Self-Made Man: My Year Disguised as a Man, Norah Vincent (Atlantic, 2006; £7.99) Self-Made Man – Norah Vincent’s memoir of living as a man for 18 months – is billed as affectionate and tender towards men according to the blurbs, but all I could think of while reading it was Germaine Greer’s dictum: “women have […]

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Toying with politics

February 16, 2014
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Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, Melissa Gira Grant (Verso, 2014; £8.99) The cover of this manifesto on sex work shows three cogs in three fleshy tones, a penetrable central socket in each and high-heeled legs sprouting from them as they appear to grind against each other in a mechanically impossible formation, with […]

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