Julia Long’s Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Pornography Feminism

I think it’s patently obvious to anyone who’s read a single post on my blog that I am most emphatically an anti-porn feminist. I believe that Robin Morgan was correct when she said “pornography is the theory, rape is the practise.”* I support Dworkin’s thesis that porn isn’t just the representation of VAW but that … Continue reading Julia Long’s Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Pornography Feminism

Read Women 2012

You can purchase all of these books from Amazon or News from Nowhere Radical & Cooperative Bookshop Recommended books are preceded with a * Highly recommended books are in bold Books I loathed are preceded with a – These were first published under the title #ReadingOnlyBooksWrittenByWomen December: Sue Townsend’s The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year Marian … Continue reading Read Women 2012

The No-Platforming of Feminists

Today, the Guardian published an open letter written by Bea Campbell about the no-platforming of feminists at universities. I signed the letter because I am increasingly concerned by the silencing of dissenting views– particularly by women – on university campuses. It is absolutely essential that universities remain spaces which challenge orthodoxy. Students are spoon-fed heteronormative, white supremacist history … Continue reading The No-Platforming of Feminists

Ethical Porn: The Sources

I made the decision not to include direct links to radical feminist blogs in my New Internationalist piece in March because of violent, creepy men. In my experience, left wing dudebros can be some of the most aggressive and nasty when disagreeing with women. I believe pornography and prostitution constitute violence against women. Below is a … Continue reading Ethical Porn: The Sources

#ReadingonlyBooksWrittenByWomen : On Pornography and Prostitution

I’ve been enjoying theme reading these past few months: February was Black History Month in North America and March was, obviously, a celebration of women’s history. This month I’m going to read feminist critiques of prostitution and pornography. As ever, I probably won’t make it through the whole list but these are the texts I … Continue reading #ReadingonlyBooksWrittenByWomen : On Pornography and Prostitution

My Favourite Books of 2012 (Some Spoilers)

I know that everyone does this and blah, blah, blah but I genuinely don’t care. I recommend books to everyone, even if they don’t actually read books [or pseudo-intellectualise by parroting reviews from the Times Literary Supplement which some men might want to remember is not only available on subscription to those middle aged white … Continue reading My Favourite Books of 2012 (Some Spoilers)

Apparently, "my politics" are the problem: Mumsnet, Vagenda and Feminism

I’ve been struggling to write a proper response to Holly Baxter’s guest blog for Mumsnet. I remain incredibly saddened that Mumsnet chose to run this particular blogpost by Holly Baxter from Vagenda as part of the 16 Days of Activism on VAW.* I am unhappy that they linked my bloghop, which I intended to be a celebration of women’s … Continue reading Apparently, "my politics" are the problem: Mumsnet, Vagenda and Feminism

A Bunch of Men Were Asked to Leave A Movie.

UPDATE: There appears to have been some quite serious inaccurate representations in the Comment is Free article written by Marta Owczarek. I wrote this post based on the information in the article, as such, there are some inaccurate statements within my post concerning what actually happened after the premier of Myriam Fougere’s Lesbiana – A Parallel Revolution. I was going to … Continue reading A Bunch of Men Were Asked to Leave A Movie.

Read Women 2016

December Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon Karen Stote’s An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilisation of Aboriginal Women Isabel Allende’s The House of Spirits Irene Nemirovsky’s Daniel Golder Irene Nemirovsky’s  Suite Francaise Margo Jefferson’s Negroland – a memoir Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia Jeanette Winterson’s Tanglewreck … Continue reading Read Women 2016

2015

I was thrilled to see Noma Dumezweni cast as Hermione Granger in the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. However I was disturbed by Rowling’s ipso facto attempt to ‘universalise’ Hermione to cut across racial, ethnic and thus, historical faultlines. Here go some thoughts