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In imaginary games

Mar 16th, 2021 10:59 am | By

How original.

Elliot Page doesn’t remember exactly how long he had been asking.

In case you’ve forgotten, that’s the former Ellen Page, star of the anti-abortion movie Juno.

But he does remember the acute feeling of triumph when, around age 9, he was finally allowed to cut his hair short. “I felt like a boy,” Page says. “I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday.” Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Page visualized himself as a boy in imaginary games, freed from the discomfort of how other people saw him: as a girl. After the haircut, strangers finally started perceiving him the way he saw himself, and it felt both

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Our way of life

Mar 15th, 2021 5:01 pm | By

Jeez, Nebraska, take a chill pill. You can’t make us eat your damn beef.

Nebraska’s governor Pete Ricketts railed Monday against a proclamation by the governor of neighboring Colorado that encourages people to avoid meat for one day a week, calling it a “direct attack on our way of life” and signing a pro-meat declaration of his own.

Well the beef-producing “way of life” has some horrendous environmental fallout, so maybe that should be part of the picture. The fact that something is a “way of life” for some people doesn’t mean it’s harmless or beneficial for all people or for the environment that all animals (including us) depend on.

“If you were to get rid of beef in

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Lone star

Mar 15th, 2021 4:49 pm | By

Oooh police state, where are our freedoms, it’s the thin end of the wedge, soon we won’t even be able to spit in people’s faces any more.

“What are you going to do, arrest me?”

Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Terry Wright, 65, of Grants Pass, Oregon. The incident on Thursday at a Bank of America in Galveston was captured by the officer’s body camera, the Galveston County Daily News reported.

Police said they had obtained an arrest warrant on resisting arrest and criminal trespassing charges.

The jackass governor has lifted the state mask mandate, but businesses – like banks for instance – can have their own rules. We can’t go into the bank naked, and we … Read the rest


Mar 15th, 2021 4:33 pm | By

Ah yes, if you have to step down as governor because of accusations of sexual assault, it’s ok because you can just run for the Senate instead. Nobody cares what senators do to women.

The former Missouri governor Eric Greitens, a Republican who stepped down amid allegations of sexual assault, is reportedly considering a run for US Senate next year – prompting concern among Republicans that his candidacy could tip one of the state’s two seats to the Democrats.

But no concerns among Republicans that a guy who steps down amid allegations of sexual assault maybe shouldn’t just start over as a senator? Or that it makes Republicans look kind of sleazy?

Greitens, a former Navy Seal, resigned as

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Pass shmass

Mar 15th, 2021 3:45 pm | By

Yes see this is what you don’t understand – it’s nothing to do with “passing,” it’s just being.

Hurr hurr women don’t have books, women have pouty poofy lips the better to suck you with. Women don’t look like adult people who can think and talk, women look like Barbie dolls only stupider.

Hurr hurr, but that’s not the point at all – it’s the opposite of the point. Women don’t have to be hot, sexy, pointy, goldy, blondey, porney – women don’t have to be a menu item for men. That’s not what women … Read the rest

Guest post: If none of the female students did

Mar 15th, 2021 12:16 pm | By

Originally a comment by Bjarte Foshaug on Ad absurdum.

I wonder what Bristol SU would do if every single male student self-defined as women.

Or, perhaps more to the point, if none of the female students did. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, these are the points I think need to be hammered home at every opportunity and in every possible way:

• Redefining “woman” in terms of thoughts and feeling to make it tautologically true that “trans women are women” makes it no longer true that biological females who fail to think or feel in the proper “female”/”feminine” manner are women.

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We need to believe women…but…

Mar 15th, 2021 11:20 am | By

She had it and then she dropped it. Australian Senator Janet Rice:

The #March4Justice rally has just kicked off at Parliament House and more than 100,000 people are marching for gender equality across the country today too. We have had ENOUGH! Enough of the misogyny, enough of harassment, enough of sexual violence and assault, enough of this toxic environment, and ENOUGH of the patriarchy! We need to believe women, we need action and we need an end to gendered violence.

It’s disgusting that neither the PM nor the Minister for Women can be bothered to join us and meet the women who have come to their doorstep today.

Enough is enough.

EDIT: I want to acknowledge a number of

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It’s in the gyn

Mar 15th, 2021 11:12 am | By

An exchange:

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All there is to it

Mar 15th, 2021 10:49 am | By

Spiked gives us…the “contrarian” take on the murder of Sarah Everard. It’s written by a friend of hers, who decided not to go to the vigil on Clapham Common, because it had been “hijacked.”

It is not a tribute to her any more, it’s about something else – and I don’t like what it has become.

I can see not wanting to go to a big public thing like that when you’re a friend of the murdered woman. I can see that the gap between the feelings of people actually close to her and strangers is huge, and that it would feel uncomfortable or worse to ignore it. But.

Sarah was a victim of one of the most

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God cannot bless sin

Mar 15th, 2021 10:28 am | By

Rules are rules, and the Vatican can’t just go around breaking them whenever it feels like it.

The Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are, the Vatican said on Monday. The message, approved by Pope Francis, came in response to questions about whether the church should reflect the increasing social and legal acceptance of same-sex unions.

Tsss. Of course not. The Vatican isn’t about social and legal, the Vatican is about God Said So.

But how does the Vatican know God said so? God said God said so. But how do the rest of us know that’s true? God said so.

The message underlines the church’s insistence that marriage should

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Ad absurdum

Mar 14th, 2021 6:16 pm | By

I wonder what the future will be like for them. Maybe global warming will make it all irrelevant, but maybe it will make it even worse. The Telegraph’s summary to refresh our memory:

Women Talk Back hosted women-only meetings at Bristol University to discuss male violence against females, and argued the presence of men could make attendees fearful to speak out.

The students refused entry to male-born transgender people who self-identify as women, classed as men under equality laws unless they have changed their legal sex.

Now Bristol Students’ Union has ordered the society’s president, Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, to stand down and banned her from union leadership posts for two years.

And committee members must complete an “equality, diversity and inclusion”

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Trickle up

Mar 14th, 2021 3:36 pm | By

Robert Reich writes:

A quarter-century ago, I and other members of Bill Clinton’s cabinet urged him to reject the Republican proposal to end welfare. It was too punitive, we said, subjecting poor Americans to deep and abiding poverty. But Clinton’s political advisers warned that unless he went along, he would jeopardize his reelection.

And obviously his reelection was more important than keeping people out of deep and abiding poverty.

That was the end of welfare as we knew it. As Clinton boasted in his State of the Union address to Congress that year: “The era of big government is over.”

Until Thursday, that is. Joe Biden signed into law the biggest expansion of government assistance since the 1960s –

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Mar 14th, 2021 3:19 pm | By

Mind you, Jim Crow has always worn a suit and tie.

Stacey Abrams has described Republican efforts to restrict voting rights in Georgia as “racist” and “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie”.

It wasn’t just sheriffs and guys in pickup trucks, it was legislatures and judges and mayors.

The bill in Georgia, SB241, includes various measures including ending the right to vote by mail without having to provide an excuse, and other new identification requirements. Republicans have held up what they say is a risk of voter fraud as justification for the legislation despite the lack of evidence of wrongdoing.

And despite the fact that we all know the point of these laws is … Read the rest

Women talk back

Mar 14th, 2021 11:16 am | By

Bristol University’s Student Union is bullying a women’s group for being a women’s group. Mustn’t allow the witches to organize, you know.

The following is a copy of the letter that feminist student society Women Talk Back! has sent to the Minister of Education Gavin Williamson regarding sanctions imposed by the Bristol SU for being a single-sex feminist society. The Bristol SU also seeks to ban the president of our student society, PhD student Raquel Rosario Sanchez, from leadership roles for defending women’s right to privacy, dignity and safety during an incident that took place in March 2020. The students are seeking support in what they regard to be an attempt to erode their rights to free speech,

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No escape

Mar 13th, 2021 5:08 pm | By

But in Hackney…

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Clapham Common

Mar 13th, 2021 3:53 pm | By

London is not a happy city tonight.

You would think that, wouldn’t you.

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Billboard Chris

Mar 13th, 2021 10:44 am | By

Here he is with two working arms, stating the case.

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Not narrowing down

Mar 13th, 2021 10:25 am | By

All women.

There should be no limits of the types of women protected from hate crime says Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, as she begins her consideration of whether Scotland requires a standalone offence to tackle misogynist abuse.

Well duh. Of course there should be no such limits. Misogyny doesn’t limit itself so why would a law against misogynist abuse limit itself?

Ok I’ll stop playing dumb now. We know why.

Kennedy is immediately clear on how she would define the scope of specific protection she is charged with: “This is about hatred. Trans women, gay women, journalists, parliamentarians, all women get a whole lot of horrible stuff slung at them – disproportionately – and I’m not narrowing down those

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Their faces hanging inertly

Mar 13th, 2021 9:30 am | By

Best laugh in days.

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Mar 13th, 2021 8:59 am | By

This happened last night in Montreal.

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