Culture

Bread, Roses and Big Bags of Cans

New Zealand has just announced that they will cease to pursue economic growth, and instead focus on ensuring the well-being of their citizens. Policies designed to tackle family violence and mental health issues abound, with half a billion for those with mild to moderate depression and anxiety and a further 320 million for domestic violence treatment also pledged. Many of the chattering…

Class and Being Trans

Most trans discourse online that’s written for a majority cis audience is (sorry) exceedingly cursed. I’m going to give it my best shot, however, because I want to explore something I feel is well-discussed in trans circles, but not outside of them: how class and being trans intersect. Most of the rubbish that gets written about us is devoid of any thinking…

Sonic Fox and Trans Allyship

Much of the transphobic (and specifically transmisogynistic) rhetoric which is currently so prevalent, both on Twitter and the wider media, centres around the idea that trans women are inherently violent. It is claimed that trans women, along with cis men – even more so than cis men, some imply –are perpetrators of male violence. It is these claims which are frequently used…

Greta Thunberg, Autism and the Media

Autistic people aren’t allowed agency. We just aren’t, especially not when we’re young. We are “pushed” by parents and other influential adults, we are “transed” (turned transgender, because that’s a thing anti-trans activists fear), we are a “patsy” for someone else’s agenda. We are only inspiring if we don’t inspire you to change anything or do something you didn’t already want to…

Climate Protests, Young People and Modern Conservatism

As students around the country took to the streets to protest against climate change, one of the biggest issues we face globally, politicians and commentators took to Twitter. Not to commend young people for getting involved in politics, but to disparage, mock and belittle their efforts. Andrea Leadsom labelled them truants, apparently not thinking climate change an important enough issue to miss…