Category: Feminism

  • Women’s boundaries and male exclusion

    Women’s boundaries and male exclusion

    I am glad my friends set boundaries and excluded me, because it taught me a valuable lesson: women have the right to say no.

  • We need to talk about sexism and Bernie Sanders

    We need to talk about sexism and Bernie Sanders

    Bernie Sanders doesn’t think a woman can be elected president. At least, that’s what Elizabeth Warren says he told her, in her own home, in December 2018. “Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate,” Warren said on Monday. “I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.” […]

  • “Roseanne” could be just the show we need – if ABC does it right

    I love Roseanne. A show about a working class white family in downstate Illinois, it has long been one of my favourites. I remember watching it with my family as a child and have seen every episode at least twice as an adult. I can quote many episodes by heart. It spoke to me and […]

  • Milo, Laurie Penny, the Lost Boys, and Toxic Masculinity

      I’ve spent a lot of the last three months calling Trump supporters and the alt-right monsters. I did so on this blog. I did so in The Independent. But there is something missing from my analysis, and it’s something Laurie Penny touched on in a much praised and much derided piece for the Pacific […]

  • In Walthamstow, Nancy Taaffe challenges Labour from the left

    Walthamstow, a quiet working class community in North-East London, is as safe a constituency as they come. Labour control the local council, and the party has held the seat consistently since the 1990s, and has only lost one election since 1972. In the 2010 election, Stella Creasy—widely touted as a possible future party leader and […]

  • So, let’s talk about Phi Kappa Psi’s statement on Jackie, the Rolling Stone article, and rape at UVA

    A lot has been made about the Rolling Stone article chronicling the rape of Jackie, who during her freshman year, alleges she was gang raped by a group of men at a University of Virginia fraternity house. Rolling Stone has since distanced itself from the story, which has kicked up a firestorm of controversy, slut-shaming, […]

  • On Rose McGowan, gay male misogyny, and why intersectionality matters

    Intersectionality. Louise Mensch thinks it’s bullshit. Caroline Criado-Perez thinks it’s bullying. Rose McGowan thinks it’s, well, we don’t know what Rose McGowan thinks it is. But her recent comments about gay men being “more sexist” than straight men, which she subsequently apologized for, demonstrate that she may not be an intersectional feminist herself. I don’t […]

  • 2014 And All That: A primer for the new year

    Right. Where was I? So here we are on Blue Monday, when the festive warmth dissipates and we suddenly realise that, without the intoxicating mix of Christmas lights and liquor, bloody hell, this weather is shit. We also realise that politics is, too. What did we miss over the holiday season? Nick Griffin went bankrupt, […]

  • Skylar’s Naughty and Nice List 2013

    It’s Christmas Eve, which means Santa’s making his rounds. While I expect coal-and hopefully some condoms-in my stocking, not all of us have been quite so naughty this year. With that, I revive a holiday tradition, and give you my naughty and nice list for 2013! 5. Katie Hopkins Whether calling X Factor winner Sam […]

  • Why James Arthur’s apology is bullshit

    I can’t believe I have to tell straight people not to say “fag” and “queer.” Seriously y’all? The words themselves send shivers down my spine, taking me back to my years spent in southeastern Kentucky, where they were regularly spewed in my direction, dripping with the vitriol of threats and intimidation. For three years I […]