It’s bad enough when Andrea Dworkin and assorted anti-porn feminist followers seek to write out the personhood of female sex workers .But when men start doing this it’s a shameless appropriation and a mirror of the way less ‘feminist’ men talk about women
Lindsey German is on the side of taking rape seriously here because Strauss-Kahn is of the big bad IMF and PS are a centre-left party, not America-kicking, conspiracy-busting internet cowboys.
The BBC have released an internal police briefing for the education protests of December 8 & 9 last year. Here are some hilarious excerpts, with translation for those fortunate enough not to have had a run-in with the boys in blue recently.
Feminists must oppose ‘sexualisation’ being used by conservatives to bolster ideas of the innocence (read: non-sexuality) of teenagers, frequently used to deny them sex education and sexualities.
Banks aren’t like Topshop. No one ‘needs’, on a fundamental, day-to-day, life-sustaining level to go buy some jeans in Oxford Street. But we’re forced to rely on banks, and, the worse off we are, on the physical spaces of highstreet branches
Drawing the ‘journalist’ line – deciding who should be subject to the kind of demands I’m coming to – gets complicated, and it’s a question those of us who write publicly and participate as activists can’t ignore.
Acknowledging the existence of multiple voices and networks and viewpoints is meaningless while one voice – the journalist’s – gets to report on, define and give edges to the supposedly amorphous and pluralistic movement.
There aren’t just two sides to this, “outside” and “inside”. The inside has differences and nuances, and the decision to play up some of these is political.