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.
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
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.
'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.