Back writing this morning. It’s strange, or maybe not, how being able to devote myself to it again, after years of caring for my parents, makes me miss them both so very much. “Your time is your own again,” friends have told me, meaning well. Yes. It seems a long time since my mum died. … Read moreWriting again
I wonder what goes on in the mind of any woman who prints transphobic – specifically M2F transphobic stickers – to post publicly around a city. How aggressive. How hateful. What a masterclass in taking the worst of the patriarchy – cruelty, oppression, violence, mockery, contempt – and making it your own, after centuries of … Read moreTERFs: you can’t have a dialogue with people who despise what you are
People get confused by the wealth of gender identities people identify as today, from trans to genderqueer to non-binary, bigender, trigender and pangender, or having no gender at all. For some, the response is to scoff at the very idea there might be more than just male and female; they might use dehumanising language and … Read moreGenderqueer, an introduction
In Hadley Freeman’s column for The Guardian today, which is International Trans Visibility Day, she presents men (‘woke bros’, apparently, when we support trans rights) as showing their male privilege when they condemn TERFs – trans-exclusionary radical feminists – as bigots. The opinion piece is an incendiary provocation given not only its content but the … Read moreGuardian hack enrages trans people and their allies on International Trans Visibility Day
Reading this article on intersex children in The Guardian, it struck me that operating on intersex children too young to give informed consent, to make their bodies outwardly conform to male or female, is no different to female genital mutilation. It should be a crime; instead it is standard medical practice, with surgeons removing organs … Read moreTime to stop putting intersex kids to the knife?
Blood bans, mockery, ostracisation, bullying, stabbings, murders, alienation, dehumanisation. A boy turned scarecrow, strung up on a barbed wire fence, his funeral picketed: GOD HATES FAGS. Jesus, Jesus, hallelujah! Declarations of war in bathrooms: “Trans! Trans! Lock up your kids!” Christians refusing to do their jobs when they’re asked to certificate same-sex marriages. God destroyed … Read moreAfter Orlando: time for zero tolerance of hate