New Statesman | Violation after violation: why did Ireland force a woman on hunger strike to bear her rapist’s child?

August 17, 2014
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No-platforming and Newsnight

August 12, 2014
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Sorry, Newsnight. When your researcher rang up yesterday and said, “We’re planning a debate on whether it makes sense to talk about ‘brain sex’ regarding the Kellie Maloney news, would you like to come on?” it was wrong of me to say childcare commitments were stopping me. I mean, finding someone to look after my […]

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Labels and politics

August 4, 2014
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There’s an interesting passage on the use of labels to define political classes in trans activist Julia Serano’s book Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive – interesting, because while Serano rejects any definition of “woman” that she considers “essentialist” (i.e. that relates to human females rather than to a sense of individual identity), […]

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Be that you are: on gender as class

August 1, 2014
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“Be that you are, That is, a woman; if you be more, you’re none; If you be one, as you are well express’d By all external warrants, show it now, By putting on the destined livery.” – Shakespeare, Measure for Measure Be that you are. The impossibility of that phase – delivered by the corrupt […]

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How TERF works

July 28, 2014
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Pay attention, if you’re not already neck-deep in the gender wars of online feminism. TERF is an acronym for “Trans Exclusive Radical Feminist” that its users claim is applied purely descriptively. Critics of the term point out that it is not used neutrally, but in all cases pejoratively: TERF is a curse word used solely […]

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“Decent of you to allow that I may be a real person after all”

July 20, 2014
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Catherine Storr’s novel Marianne Dreams is a story about a girl whose drawings have the ability to direct her dreams – and whose dreams in turn have the ability to direct real life, though they do so in obscure and unpredictable ways. She has the problem of all responsible artists: her work doesn’t only represent […]

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A hot woman on a magazine cover

June 24, 2014
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The revolution came to me as a hot woman on a magazine cover. The revolution came to me in high-high heels with legs totteringly crossed. The revolution wore a tight-tight dress, with breasts thrust forward and shoulders pulled back, facing down the camera but pouting seductively. The revolution’s hair was long, blonde and tonged; the […]

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