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.
There's a thread of an eerily similar theme running through all the highly publicized liberal feminist messages and associated campaigns which are just, basically, very cringing. I couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly that theme was, but I've realised that it's simply that they're not radical - they don't and won't change any … Continue reading When feminism is cringing, it’s because it’s not radical. We can tell.
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.
As a radical feminist living and learning from an online radfem community, I'm always aiming to uncover male-influence on our societal and psychological structures so that they can be questioned. One such area that I believe has been influenced by a domination of men in philosophy is our general moral thinking and approach to ethical … Continue reading Male influence on mainstream moral thought: why it’s okay to punch nazis.
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.
This post is essentially a part two to my last post, but focusing on how the left is dealing with gender. I spoke about how the left have essentially not been confrontational enough in the face of ruthless discrimination and underhand tactics from the right. But there is one area in which the left are really out-doing … Continue reading The left needs teeth in 2017 pt. II: GENDER.
I'm a massive fan of doom and gloom, but recently I've had some soppy thoughts about being a woman which I'd like to stretch out properly and shove into people's minds like fast food leaflets through letterboxes. After fully digesting how manufactured and essentially unnecessary the anguish and discomfort of my adolescence was, I quite … Continue reading The silver lining to being an oppressed woman.
Speaking with my friend A, she told me how her own writing on some feminist issues was making her uncomfortable. She is writing about women who are trafficked from poorer circumstances to rich white ones, and forced into domestic labour such as caring for others’ children and households. In her attack of these practices, she … Continue reading Believing prostitution is inherently harmful to women isn’t sexist, it’s proper recognition of their emotional lives.
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.
I’m feeling politically tired recently, things are getting so dystopian. Naturally, I turn my observing eye to men. Now that Donald Trump is the republican nominee to beat, and that he isn’t “positively light years” from the white house, I'd like to propose that now, finally, we stop listening to white men’s solemn political predictions. You know … Continue reading Political Pessimism