I am 23 years old and only started being interested in politics about 3 years ago, when I took a political philosophy module in my second year at university. Before that, I had no interest in it, I thought it was a 'hobby' of older people, like gardening, jigsaws and eating spam. So when people frowned at me for … Continue reading For young people annoyed at being told to vote.
The members of the royal family William, Kate and Harry, addressing the effects of losing a mother at a young age on mental health has been received as an admirable and hugely helpful gift to the fight to end stigma around mental illness. But, as someone who believes the current mental health crisis is intimately … Continue reading This mental health revolution will fail if it’s too individualistic.
Everyone hates the "Free Speech Bus". I guess it is a shit name. Emblazoned with the statements - which we must admit, would be read as trivial truths a couple of decades ago - "It's biology. Boys are boys... and always will be. Girls are girls... and always will be". At first glance it looks … Continue reading The difference between the “Free-Speech Bus” and Radical Feminism.
Here, from Huffington Post, we have "Don't you dare use women's rights to question men and whatever they want to do". This is a response to Trump retracting his promise to enshrine bathroom laws - that individuals can use the toilets corresponding to their 'gender identity' rather than sex - in federal law, instead leaving the … Continue reading The bathroom bill is the destruction of feminism from the inside out.
This week we saw Ewan McGregor refuse to appear on Good Morning Britain alongside Piers Morgan due to his comments on the women's marches in protest of Trump's inauguration. Morgan immediately began an argument so bitter and incensed that it made up for the fact it was all one-sided. I quite liked McGregor's actions given how harmful … Continue reading It’s disgusting that men are using other men’s misogyny as ‘gotcha’ points in their spats.
The left have lost so, so much. We haven't just lost to the right, we've lost to men we'd consider shooting in the face if we were alone with them to save humanity. Through his dismissal of climate change, basic human rights and reality, Trump puts the future of mankind as we know it in … Continue reading The left needs to get some teeth in 2017
'Post-Truth' has been declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, and lavishly applied to the world of politics in the forms of 'post-truth politics' and 'post-truth politicians'. The dictionary defines the adjective as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal … Continue reading ‘Post-Truth Politics’ and Emotion
I have found the outcry over FIFA banning the poppy due to their ban on all political (as well as religious and commercial) messages, strange to listen to. I thought, 'wow, what a privilege'. To have a highly emotional deeply held moral belief be defended as a sort of fundamental human kindness, deeper than politics, deeper … Continue reading The Poppy is Political, because Morality is.
We can write about the elements which have come together to get Trump elected 45th President of the US for years - and we will. I suspect a lot of them will be political, sociological and psychological. So here are a few philosophical ones I see, and which irritate me. It's all subjective. I don't … Continue reading Philosophical soundbites which I think are helping horrible ideology win.
On the surface, it looks like a good time for women. Victims of rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and men's creepiness in general seem to finally be listened to, granted headlines and airtime and taken seriously. But why now? Why are men deciding to talk about this - with a heavy accompaniment of their own clear … Continue reading This dramatic moral frenzy men are having about the likes of Savile and Trump, is an insult to women.