this ain’t erotica, it’s a goddamn rape culture race

This isn’t about my vegetarianism, but it’s a useful analogy. I abhor the neglect, abuse and factory-style rearing, husbandry and slaughter of animals, but I am (in name only) a member of PETA and I make myself read stories about animal suffering, mainly from farming conditions, lab tests and abuse, because I’m passionate about how…

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why is banning violence against women so outrageous?

I think Derek Mead at Motherboard is onto something – we should all be wobbling in our wellies this week under the baleful sky of censorship about Iceland’s proposal to ban online porn. It’s more important to have an emancipatory web than to make certain our children never come into contact with images of brutal…

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Casual sexism and gang rape: accepting the link.

The problem with writing about and endeavouring to explain sexism, is that there really are no ‘varying degrees’ of sexism. Sexism is sexism, and it can be dressed up as humour or brutally savage. There is no separating line of acceptability with sexism; so called mild sexism permits extreme sexism, and the most extreme example…

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PETA, rape culture, and why I worry.

In my formative years, having recognisable beautiful people like Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, anyone?!) and Pamela Anderson (like Barbie, but…REAL!) as the spokesfaces for Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was – now, embarrassingly – inspiring in my path to vegetarianism. Being the most-recognisable vegetarian/vegan animal-rights organisation in the world, PETA does well in…

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