feminism

The tyranny of silencing

If I asked everyone here who had been called "humourless" or "too angry" when they stood up for their beliefs in equality to raise their hands, I imagine we would see a forest of hands. It's such a familiar situation - stressful, distressing, frustrating, alienating, but so common. Call out a sexist joke? Humourless. Call out racist taunts? Oversensitive. Call out cissexism? Angry over nothing. ...

My body, my choice: dissonance and positivity

Body positivity is, to my mind, a key tenet of feminism and indeed any kind of anti-kyriarchism. The body does not dictate the worth of the person. Any person in any body, whatever its size, shape, needs or configuration, is worthy and no person deserves shame for their body. Our beauty standards are sizeist, ableist, misogynist, cissexist, binarist, ageist, racist, probably other -ists as well and thoroughly broken and everyone's body deserves celebrating for being the shell that holds a person/s, a person/s who is/are always of worth. ...

Those things that we are

There is sometimes an awful temptation, in this struggle against the kyriarchy, to attempt to police yourself or other members of your group to make them more palatable to the wider society. It can seem as though this is the best way to achieve rights, to achieve a semblance of equality, to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. ...
article placeholder

Journey

A relatively short time ago, I decided to stop bothering 'presenting' as any gender because it was too much hard work. It was soon after that that I learned about feminism and anti-kyriarchism and became socially aware, noticing the biases rampant in the world around me. Feminism felt like a sphere that felt right, especially since dialogues about intersectionality are taking place. After that, it wasn't long before I found out that being outside of the gender binary of man/woman was possible. ...

One Dimensional Woman

Feminism risks becoming a meaningless word, co-opted by capitalism and right-wing politicians such as Sarah Palin, according to Nina Power's latest book. Sian Norris has more ...

Is it feminist to…?

Any feminist who has done interviews with the media will tell you about the frequency with which journalists will ask "is it feminist to ?". Some interviewers,...