The Week on Sunday (weekly)

  • Here’s an idea. Take your pathetic, meaningless, mind-blowingly expensive and stomach-churningly patronising Women’s Day and cancel it. Cancel the entire idea of “women’s month”. Tell me, what is the FUCKING point?
    Trash that ridiculous, pointless, bloated Dept of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (how’s that for neatly categorising us little ladies — not only does possession of a vagina constitute a disability, but vagina-owners are as powerless and lacking in agency as children). It’s no more than a particularly sanctimonious event-planning agency. The departmental mission? “Ooh, women and children are getting raped and abused, they bear the brunt of criminally lousy education and brutal poverty: LET THEM EAT CUPCAKES! Plus we’ll throw in some glossy leaflets, and send someone in a designer suit to pat heads and make a speech full of platitudes before we jet off for another shopping trip er international conference.”

    tags: WomensDay SouthAfrica

  • There has been an obvious campaign to white-wash the Uprising, to turn it into anything but resistance to the deeply white supremacist nature of this country. This is part of a complex process that the white power structure has been implementing to blunt the effectiveness of Black resistance since the 1980s (and before, as it’s a centuries long tactic!), and unfortunately it has been more or less successful in this regard

    tags: London Riots Youth Uprisings Police_Brutality

  • This is the fourth part in a series about how girls and women can navigate a culture that treats them like sex objects. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

    tags: Sexual_Objectification

  • There was some discussion on Twitter yesterday about the idea of #invitingin rather than coming out.  I’m reminded again of Hasan El-Menyawi’s brilliant piece, “Activism from the Closet,” in which he argues for coalition building in Egypt and elsewhere that focuses on bringing those with similar interests into the “closet” (envisioned as a safe space for community-building), rather than forcing queers out into a hostile public space.  He describes an “expanding closet,” where unlikely coalitions form between all sorts of issue-focused groups until the closet encompasses most of society.

    tags: LGBTI Organising Movements Coming_out

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