Category Archives: Feminism

Not Sporting

For several years the University of Nottingham has hosted a Football v Homophobia soccer tournament. That’s certainly a good thing, as soccer is one of the major sports that still has a big problem with homophobia. However, this year a … Continue reading

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Want To Write A Letter To Tiptree?

The fine folks at Twelfth Planet Press are currently working on a non-fiction piece in which contributors share their thoughts about the life and work of James Tiptree Jr.. They have commissioned a number of pieces, but they are also … Continue reading

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The Motherhood Thing

In my Age of Ultron review I had a few things to say about Natasha Romanov, motherhood, and how society treats childless women. Today is Mother’s Day in the USA, and inevitably the Internet is full of posts about motherhood. … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima

Yesterday’s show seemed to go OK, despite the long layoff. I don’t think I have lost my touch, which is a relief. And I managed to cope OK with the new (temporary) studio. Thanks are due as ever to Valentin … Continue reading

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Back On Ujima

For a whole variety of reasons I have not been doing any radio for the past few months. However, I’ll be back on Women’s Outlook tomorrow. The original plan was for me to do a whole show once a month, … Continue reading

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Talking About Tampons

I have a new article up for my feminism column at Bristol 24/7. This one is all about menstruation, and the enormous cost of sanitary products. If you are saying “eeewwww” right now then you are part of the problem. … Continue reading

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Sex On Sunday

I spent part of Sunday morning catching up on the final episode of Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch’s three-part BBC2 documentary series, Sex and the Church. It is a history of the increasingly fraught relationship between Christianity and sex. Part I is … Continue reading

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Trans Kids Wrap-Up

The media onslaught on the trans kids issue continued for a few days after my last post on the subject. I had intended to say more about it at the time, but other things got in the way. I’m coming … Continue reading

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Puppygate – Winners and Losers

That image is from issue #70 of Doom Patrol, published by Vertigo in 1993 and written by Rachel Pollack. The woman in the frog mask is Kate Godwin, a.k.a. Coagula, a trans woman superhero. The words are, of course, mine. … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Words at Bath Uni

Last night I was an invited panelist at a meeting of the Bath University LGBT+ Group. It was an intersectional event, and the panel includes representatives from the university’s race and gender equality groups (though not a disability activist, which … Continue reading

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Last Day for GlitterShip Kickstarter

We are fast approaching the final day for Keffy Kehrli’s Kickstarter campaign for GlitterShip, the LGBT SF&F fiction podcast. Keffy has easily smashed his initial funding targets, and as a consequence episodes will be 4 per month rather than 2 … Continue reading

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Holdfast Anthology Launch

Tomorrow night in London the lovely people from Holdfast Magazine will be launching their first print anthology. The event will be at the College Arms in Store Street, not far from the British Museum. Details here. According to Facebook some … Continue reading

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New B247 Column: The Bristol Pledge

My latest column for Bristol 24/7 is now online. It is all about the zero tolerance for gender-based violence pledge that Bristol announced for International Women’s Day. You can find the article here.

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Suffragettes Forever!

That’s not just a rallying cry, it is the title of a three-part documentary series on BBC2 fronted by Amanda Vickery. It is a great piece of history, because it reminds us that while the nature of liberation struggles might … Continue reading

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Inspiring Women

Amelia Maltepe, Andreja Pejic, April Ashley, Bethany Black, Caitlín R Kiernan, Carmen Carrera, Caroline Cosset, Charlese Saballe, Charlie Jane Anders, Christine Jorgensen, Christine Burns, Claire Parker, Dana International, Fallon Fox, Geena Rocero, Isis King, Jackie Green, Jaime Clayton, Janet Mock, … Continue reading

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Justina on Women and SF

Justina Robson’s new novel, The Glorious Angels, is due out on the 19th (and if you live in the UK you can pre-order the Kindle edition for just £1.99). As part of the PR campaign, Justina has an article in … Continue reading

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Bristol Takes The Pledge

I spent much of today in Bristol at an International Women’s Day event in the M-Shed. It was organized by Bristol Women’s Voice and seemed to have been a great success. My congratulations to Sian Webb and her team. From … Continue reading

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Thoughts For International Woman’s Day

Technically IWD is not until tomorrow, but just about everyone is doing their thing today instead, if only because of the transport problems on Sundays. I’m grateful for that, because getting to Bristol on a Sunday is not easy. Of … Continue reading

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Brief UBU Follow-Up

There’s a point I made at the debate at UBU last night that I’d like to spread a bit wider. When I was talking about lack of inclusion of PoC in LGBT activism, I tried this little test on the … Continue reading

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On the Future of the LGBT+ Movement

Last night I was honored to be asked to be part of a panel at Bristol University Students’ Union (UBU) that was discussing the question: “What Next for the LGBT+ Movement Following the Passing of the Same Sex Marriage Act?”. … Continue reading

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