Object AGM

12 January 2010


Coming up on January 23, the feminist event I least want to go to all year! Object’s annual conference will see Fiona MacTaggart MP as ‘special guest speaker’. Why not pay £7.50 to hear a women whose parliamentary record looks like:

  • Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards.
  • Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals.
  • Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees.
  • Voted very strongly for Labour’s anti-terrorism laws.
  • Voted very strongly for the Iraq war.
  • Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.
  • Voted for replacing Trident.
  • Voted moderately for the hunting ban.
  • Voted moderately against laws to stop climate change.
  • Obviously being Blairite to the core doesn’t matter if you help Object pass anti-sex worker laws. Over to some Eagleton I’m reading:

    Much feminist criticism to date has arisen from within what in Britain is termed a ‘radical-feminist’ problematic; this must be unswervingly opposed. Anti-theoretical, rampantly idealist and frequently sectarian, such ‘radicalism’ represents the presence within the women’s movement of a familiar brand of petty-bourgeois ideology. The facility with which a callous middle-class indifference to the political fate of the global masses may be tricked out as a jealous defence of feminist ‘autonomy’ – separatism in fact – is a scandal that any revolutionary, woman or man, must surely denounce. Terry Eagleton, “Walter Benjamin or Towards a Revolutionary Criticism”.

    If this isn’t an example of callous middle-class indifference, what is?