Tag: 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • Tom Daley didn’t come out as gay. Stop lying. (Or, On Biphobia)

    Good on Tom Daley. In coming out, he’s shown more courage than some men twice his age. It’s a monumental announcement, with Owen Jones marking how far we’ve come in such a short time, while elsewhere at the Independent, they celebrate the number of professional athletes coming out of the closet. Yes, it’s a very […]

  • 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 […]

  • #NNSexism: Newsnight illustrates the rise, Twitter the need, of digital feminism

    Last night, Fi Glover had an excellent piece on BBC’s Newsnight about digital feminism and the future of women’s liberation in the 21st century. She profiled Laura Bates’ “Everyday Sexism Project”, the media’s fascination with and objectification of breasts, including Amanda Palmer’s Glastonbury nip slip, as well as the objectification of black women’s bodies. The […]