Culture

Parliament, Maternity Leave and the Dehumanisation of Female MPs

Parliament is an institution that attracts deep disdain. It is home to a political class hated by its people. It is also a workplace. It is an archaic workplace. Its workers are all points of derision. Protesters crowd outside everyday on Parliament Square to wave placards that read ‘Parliament versus the People’. These protesters will yell at any parliamentarians they identify, who…

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…