The “real” issue


When people talk about “real” womanhood, all too often, what they really mean is “pure”. This is a deeply reactionary argument and not one that anyone on the progressive side of politics can be comfortable with.

Another day, another feminist lines up to take a pop at trans women – for some reason it’s always trans women who are singled out in this way – for not being “real” women.

First Jenni Murray in the Sunday Times: then, yesterday, perhaps, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Channel 4 (though in fact she was answering a leading question and the answer she gave was perhaps rather more nuanced than twitter has since decoded it as). Continue reading

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A bestiary of bathroom bigotry

bathroom signs
Here’s a little something wot i wrote last year on the subject of bigots and bathrooms. Originally for GayStarNews, but a combination of events and deadlines meant it never quite got out there.

But since i spent some time putting it together AND it contains a lot of material that is very relevant now, perhaps worth a little dusting off.

That said, this was written about a year ago, and i have probably missed out some recent stuff. So if anyone knows of more cases i should add, please drop me a line.

TW for transphobia, bigotry and threatened violence.
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Spanish justice: three and a half years for a song, two years 8 months for neo-nazi attack

In Spain the authorities are cracking down on dangerous singers

Mallorcan rapper Miguel Arenas Beltrán, better known as Valtonyc, has been handed down a sentence of 3 years and 6 months in prison by the National Court to for insulting the King and for promoting Basque separatist organisation ETA and militant left organisation EL Grapo (Grupos de Resistencia Antifascista Primero de Octubre) in his songs.

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News from abroad: Media exposé of state funds diverted to gay clubs could lead to trans deaths

If that headline sounds a bit convoluted, don’t worry: it’s not really. Rather, it’s just another everyday story of how a sensational media exposé of wrongdoing in the public sphere may yet backfire with the unintended and unfortunate consequence that some trans people get killed as a result.

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Love actually…

You win lose some

You win some…you lose some

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That Royal BREXIT conversation in full

Leaks reveal Queen's true view of BREXIT

Leaks reveal Queen’s true view of BREXIT (Original pic sourced from PA Wire)

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Philip Davies: Rogue One or Empire Strikes Back?

The only surprising thing about Friday’s parliamentary debate on ratifying the Istanbul Convention is the surprise expressed at the blatant attempt by Philip Davies MP to prevent Parliament from doing so. Perhaps that is the point: we should be so appalled by the ramblings of a reactionary buffoon that we miss the deeper skullduggery being worked by the Conservative Party against equality and diversity. Continue reading

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