Man, I Don’t Really Feel Like A Woman

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Being treated like a girl when I was nine meant being the only one in the class who needed to wear a bra and hearing the boys make comments about it every day.

Being treated like a girl when I was ten meant having to carry a sanitary towel in my schoolbag in case my first period started at school and being terrified that anyone would see it and think I was dirty.

Being treated like a girl when I was eleven meant vowing never to run in public again after relentless comments from men, women, boys and girls about the way my breasts moved when I did.

Being treated like a girl when I was twelve meant going to the temple with my church and not being allowed to perform certain rituals because I was menstruating.

Being treated like a girl when I was thirteen meant getting fucked in…

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Julie Bindel Statement on Withdrawing from Feminism In London


Caroline Criado-Perez

Julie’s blog is down, so she’s asked me to host her statement here — I think it’s brilliant and am honoured to publish it.


I am very sorry that I feel I have no choice but to withdraw my contribution to the Feminism in London conference this year. It is particularly difficult for me to do so because FiL is one of the few feminist conferences that dare include me on their programme (in case of disruption from anti-feminists claiming I am transphobic, biphobic, Islamophobic and whorephobic). In fact, FiL had, in previous years, left me off the programme (but had me speak) in case the smooth-running of the conference suffered as a result.This year I told the organisers that I would only agree to speak at the event if my name were included in the programme, to which they agreed. It therefore feels particularly upsetting to find that…

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120 Questions for Amnesty

The Feministahood

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On 24 August 2015, I published What Amnesty Did Wrong in which I laid out many errors that Amnesty made in developing its proposal for the full decriminalisation of all aspects of “consensual sex work”. This proposal had been passed as a resolution at a meeting of the International Council in Dublin two weeks earlier (referred to as “the resolution” in this article).

In September, members of an internal Amnesty USA discussion forum requested that Amnesty USA respond to all of the points that I raised in that article. On 22 September 2015, Terry Rockefeller replied to the forum on “behalf of the Board and the Priorities Subcommittee” declining to respond to the article because it was “filled with errors and rumors”. She failed to explain who made the errors or what she consider to be rumours. I believe Amnesty needs to clarify…

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And Then There Were Three


This cartoon represents a thing that according to my reading a lot of lesbians and gay men wish would happen. Me too. Feel free to share it.


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By the Time I Got to Wombstock


Bonnie MorrisThis week’s post is by guest blogger Bonnie Morris. She’s the author of several books including the groundbreaking Eden Built by Eves, a women’s studies professor at George Washington, and an in-demand speaker at conferences.   This is an excerpt from her upcoming book The Disappearing L: erasure of lesbian spaces and culture, due out in 2016 from SUNY Press.


I rushed off, journal in hand, to camp out at my first women’s music festival just after I turned twenty. I’d read about Michigan in the copy of off our backs passed around at my young lesbian support group: since 1976, the rural Wombstock had been hosting thousands of women annually during its August week of concerts on private woodland. Rumor and stereotype abounded: supposedly, one would encounter naked Amazon separatists, political correctness at breakfast, sex in the ferns, holistic mystery food served out of barrels, mandatory recycling workshifts…

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Story of cat crew

Now, for a cat break.

Video: Eleven gender non-conforming women

Purple Sage

What a beautiful video by PeachYoghurt. Eleven women share their photos to show the possibilities for women who do not conform to society’s expectations. Women can dress any way we want. We can have any personalities we want. Having a personality that society understands as “masculine” does not mean we aren’t women. This is the way women are. And from a lesbian perspective, my are they ever sexy! Makes my heart flutter.

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How corporates use mindfulness to make us bear the unbearable

Laura Gene McNally

How corporates co-opted the art of mindfulness to make us bear the unbearable

Zoë Krupka, La Trobe University

“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” Hsin Hsin Ming

Almost every person who walks through my practice doorway is anxious in some way. And so they should be. While their anxiety might be blasting messages at an overly high volume, the messages themselves are worth paying attention to: abusive relationships, significant losses and workplaces that have squeezed their personal, physical and spiritual lives into a corner too small for a hamster to burrow in.

Most come in hoping that the volume of their anxiety will be turned down, but many also hope that the messages themselves will go away. Like all of us, they want to find a way around having to take difficult action to change…

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Project: The effect of watching porn on women

Purple Sage

I am starting an ongoing project where I interview women who have watched porn about its effects on them. I am primarily interested in women who viewed porn voluntarily for their own purposes, but if you were coerced into watching porn by a male partner or family member and have important things to say about the experience please feel free to participate. If you would like to submit an interview, just send an email to psage681 at gmail dot com. I am asking the following questions:

1) What effect did porn use have on your ideas about sexuality and your sexual behaviour?

2) Did you notice how misogynist it was and how did you react to the misogyny?

3) What made you stop watching it?

4) What observations have you made in your acquaintances who watch porn and how it affects them?

5) Anything else you want to add.


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Tenure, She Wrote

Today I’m hosting a guest blogger at Tenure She Wrote talking about Title IX office and the process by which complaints are handled.For reasons which will become clear, this is written by a contributor who will remain anonymous.


Gaslighting: How Universities Use Their Title IX Office to Crush Complaints.

by Anonymous

Sexual assaults, harassment, gender and racial biases occur with frightening regularity for women in academia. In spite of increasing awareness of these problems, there is very little about what the Title IX process looks like from a personal perspective.

Participating in a Title IX case is nothing short of soul crushing. Your university will not support you, you will be the subject of gossip and, perhaps most distressingly, you will be intimidated and retaliated against for your honesty. Retaliation is illegal under Title IX, but not only does it occur, it is cornerstone of the process by…

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