'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.
I don't like to say that mental illness is like physical illness, or disease. When I think of ill people, I see patients in hospitals lying in beds, wired up, the truth of their bodily condition beeping out of machines, externalised and publicised for any trained ear. Doctors do not particularly need to know them to … Continue reading Choice and Identity in Mental Illness.
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.
The democracy of the situation we found ourselves in is something which is being flung from both sides. Remainers are, of course, shocked and upset this morning. Myself included. Hearing a far right racist politician talk about the dawn of a new independence day has induced in me such intense feelings of dystopia and alienation that … Continue reading The democracy of Brexit
We have a situation where an awful lot of democrats who supported Bernie Sanders, now have to decide whether to redirect their support to Clinton in order to secure the contender who isn't Donald Trump. I am not disputing for a second that voting for Trump is racist. But given the everything, is it still … Continue reading Is voting for Clinton still too racist?
The friendships I value the most are ones in which vulnerability has played a big part. When the other person has parts of themselves offered up on the line. Raw unfiltered words from a friend to me is what keeps the existential loneliness bay. I understand it’s very difficult to wear your vulnerability with pride. Me … Continue reading The Attractiveness of Vulnerability
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