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Genderqueer Feminism: transcript from a panel on trans*

I recently had the opportunity to speak at a panel on trans* organised by Gender & Sexuality Talks London, alongside Leng Montgomery, Paris Lees and Campbell X. We all had a great evening, and it was good to see ample opportunity for audience participation in the discussion. Here is a transcript of my speech:   … Continue reading

Diagnosis Dilemma: On Identifying as Ill

What is mental illness? This is the question that has been raised by the recent publication of the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), its first major update in twenty years. Often referred to as the psychiatrist’s Bible, this guidebook of the American Psychiatric Association lays out the classifications … Continue reading

‘Looking the Part’: 21st Century Gender Identity

Here is a panel discussion I recently took part in on gender identity and presentation, with Paris Lees, Campbell X and Naomi Wolf, chaired by Jane Czyzselska.

‘Masculist’ Myth Busting – A Primer in Patriarchy

This week men’s rights activists (MRAs) attempted to draw attention to their cause and promote ‘masculism’ (the antidote to feminism, they believe) by getting #INeedMasculismBecause, a play on the feminist viral campaign, trending on Twitter. In that, they succeeded, yet it rather spectacularly backfired as many feminists used this to parody and portray the contradictions … Continue reading

Dildo Dilemma – The Paradox of Female Masturbation

Once again, social researchers have been grappling with the The Debate That Refuses To Die, that is, ‘Do men really have higher sex drives than women?’ Whilst this recent contribution, to its credit, acknowledges the complexities and reliability of survey evidence when people’s understanding, experiences and means of expressing their sexual desires have been strongly … Continue reading

Who are you Calling Crazy? Illness, Identity and Intersectionality

We often hear that mental illness can affect anyone, that it knows no boundaries of race, age, gender or class. Whilst it is of course true that no group is immune, and that the suffering and limitations caused by the illness are equally distressing whoever you are, there are nevertheless discernible patterns in incidence and … Continue reading

Queries on Queer Femininity

There are many ways to be femme, but where do we draw the boundaries? In recent years there has been an increased prevalence of DFAB (designated female at birth) genderqueer and trans* people who identify as femme. Whether they had been femme women pre-transition, or later came to understand themselves as such alongside their realisation … Continue reading