Category Archives: Gender

A night at the opera, and then some: mid-March round-up of workplace struggles

A quick overview of some recent and ongoing workplace disputes: Independent cleaners’ union CAIWU report that Keir and ISS, two of the UK’s largest facilities management companies, have launched a co-ordinated offensive against militant cleaners, with six workers at the … Continue reading

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All out for seven days at Picturehouse cinemas, escalating action at unis, and more on Universal Credit and Women’s Aid

A few notes on ongoing struggles and upcoming events: After the postponement of their previous strike action, workers at Picturehouse Cinemas will now be walking out for a full seven days to demand a living wage, and in defiance of … Continue reading

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Threatened with the sack for speaking out against cuts: defend Louise Harrison and South Yorkshire Women’s Aid!

As changes to housing benefit and general austerity cuts threaten the future of domestic violence refuges all over the country, Doncaster has seen a particularly determined and long-lasting campaign in defence of the local Women’s Aid shelter. Now, Louise Harrison, … Continue reading

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Trans resources: some suggestions for understanding recent controversies

A very quick collection of a few resources that might be relevant to people who are new to trans issues, and who might be sympathetic to some trans-exclusionary arguments, especially those coming from left/feminist circles: This article by Roz Kaveney … Continue reading

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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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