Things I read

Welcome to the exceptionally-late round up. Here are some articles.

Black Lives Matter: Why we #Shutdown Heathrow Airport this morning (Wail Qasim)- A report on the action. Follow UK Black Lives Matter. Twitter FB Vital work.

My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise (Flavia Dzodan)- Flavia coined a very popular feminist slogan, but it’s been appropriated and profited from.

10 things about BDSM and 10 things about better kinky sex (Queer Anarchism)- An exceptionally good short critique of the problems of BDSM, and a move towards solutions.

For Poly Folks Who Desperately Need Autonomy (brute reason)- This meditation on relationship needs, contrary to the title, is probably a must-read for everyone, not just poly people.

Outing gay men on Grindr isn’t journalism. It’s homophobic and dangerous (Huw Lemmey)- A resplendently furious, comprehensive and sadly necessary response.

Hollywood Has Ruined Method Acting (Angelica Jade Bastien)- How the Hollywood style of method acting is absolutely awful.

Why I now stand with Caster Semenya (Madeleine Pape)- An athlete explains how she came round to supporting one of the greatest runners in the world.

A Peek Inside Berlin’s Queer Club Scene Before Hitler Destroyed It (Clayton J. Whisnant)- A little bit of forgotten history.

The Spoon Theory Gave People the Wrong Idea About My Illness (Jennie Smales)- The spoon theory helps some people explain their disabilities, but abled people still get the wrong end of the stick.

Getting Rid Of Clothes I Hated Helped Me Love My Body (Arianna Rebolini)- I did this myself, and for me it worked a hell of a lot better than losing weight.

No Human is Illegal: Immigration raids that treat migrants as criminals are a disgrace (Maya Goodfellow)- Examining the wider context to Byron’s egregious behaviour–hope you’re still boycotting those rip-off burgers though!

Does Marge have friends? (Raphael Bob-Waksberg)- A short twitter poem that made me cry.

A Closed Loop: Sex Work, Violence and Criminalisation (Molly Smith)- Looking at community violence against sex workers, and how it interacts with criminalising the job.

Detransition, Desistance, and Disinformation: A Guide for Understanding Transgender Children Debates (Julia Serano)- An exceptionally handy guide to what’s really going on.

And finally, have an accidental broadcast of Aziz Ansari subtitles over a nature show, it made me cackle.


3 responses to “Things I read

  • Matthew Smith

    I saw some of the TERF responses to Julia Serrano’s article so it was interesting to see the original. The amazing thing about those women is that they really think a doctor treating a teenager with gender dysphoria should consider their views — those of a third party motivated by a mixture of ideology and personal hang-ups and individual experiences that they generalise from, fuelled by ignorance (e.g. claiming ‘children’ cannot consent when in British law, they can if they have capacity). They also suppose that the rest of us will not grasp the real reason they are against puberty blockers for teenagers — they are afraid that they won’t be able to tell the difference between some trans women and any other women.

    I’ve been planning a blog post for weeks to expose the obvious personal motives and logical fallacies involved in TERF concern trolling about “transing kids” as they call it, but I rarely have the energy to write after work nowadays.

  • Jamie

    BDSM can be very troublesome, and definately has issues it needs to deal with. I am not sure cutting it off at the root is the right answer, but it may ultimately be the only one. I am no longer involved in those communities, mostly because of my bady infirmities, but I do miss the freedom to be deeply submissive for a contained time (I could never do so full time like some.), and honestly, floggings are one of the best things in the world. But I can, and am, living without both, to no real loss.

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