Category Archives: Gender

Friends like these: some thoughts on free speech, alliances, agreeing with people, and guilt by association

Another week, another round of disagreements over how to respond to transphobia. The latest news is that Peace News have weighed in with their take on the bookfair conflict, while over in Canada frat-boy “we’re definitely not fascist, we just … Continue reading

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“I had no idea we agreed on so much” – the Christian Right makes new friends

In light of recent controversies over trans exclusion, it might be useful to take a look at a conference that just happened in the US, as reported on by Right Wing Watch and the SPLC. The Values Voter Summit is … Continue reading

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Leaflets, letters, and the anti-anti-semitism of fools

I had initially intended to avoid writing anything directly about the dramas that have erupted around the London Anarchist Bookfair – partly because I think there are more important issues, but also because I wasn’t there on the day, I … Continue reading

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Mid-November round-up of workplace and social struggles

In workplace news, housing maintenance workers employed by Mears in Manchester have just voted for an extensive programme of strike action as part of their long-running dispute over pay and conditions, with a total of 49 days’ strike action planned … Continue reading

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Defending women’s spaces: Tower Hamlets and Doncaster

There are currently at least two campaigns ongoing to defend women’s spaces threatened with closure. In East London, Sisters Uncut have launched the “Don’t Lose Hope” campaign in defence of the Hopetown women’s hospital. They’re currently asking people to sign … Continue reading

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Good, thoughtful, non-reductionist writing on class and “identity”/intersectionality

Arguments about things that are described as identity politics, or intersectionality, seem to be more or less a constant on the contemporary left. These more-or-less constant debates are often characterised by unhelpful reductionism, messy use of terminology, arguments that assume … Continue reading

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Early September round-up of repression, workplace, housing and other news

A round-up of a few ongoing struggles and upcoming events: The Smash IPP campaign to free the prisoners condemned to endless sentences by a particularly cruel and ill-thought-out Blair government policy is keeping busy. They’re currently asking people to email … Continue reading

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