How Game of Thrones Debunks Archetypes of Women

It wasn’t so long ago that Game of Thrones was widely criticised for its initial portrayal of female characters as powerless victims. In my view, the disconnect between the books and TV series was the main factor in these concerns: scenes such as Sansa’s (Jeyne Poole in the books) abuse was shot for TV inContinue reading “How Game of Thrones Debunks Archetypes of Women”

How the political correctness debate is being manufactured

Has political correctness gone mad? That was the title of Trevor Phillip’s latest Channel 4 documentary which aired a few days ago. The docco contends that Brexit and Trump happened as a result of the ‘hard left’ refusing to engage in debate and using political correctness to silence opponents. And you’d be forgiven for thinking thatContinue reading “How the political correctness debate is being manufactured”

Qatar to host World Cup despite appalling human rights record

First published on Mint Press News on 27/6/16   Recently, Qatar jailed a Dutch tourist for having sex after she reported her rape. The case revealed to the West how rape victims are treated in Qatar. As Qatar will be the host of the 2022 World Cup, this raises the question of the risks faced byContinue reading “Qatar to host World Cup despite appalling human rights record”

Vote remain: how EU human, women’s and labour rights protect us from the Tories

  While the Brexit vs Bremain debate has been- and will continue to be- argued and analysed to death, one very important issue has escaped mainstream attention: human rights. The EU’s European Court of Justice, its laws and its Charter of Fundamental Rights safeguards our human rights more than the European Court of Human Rights.Continue reading “Vote remain: how EU human, women’s and labour rights protect us from the Tories”

US Government lost woman’s citizenship records, condemning her to live as an illegal alien

First published on Mint Press News, 10/11/15.   Photo credit: Flickr / U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Felicito Rustique   Sally Anne is a US citizen. She came to the US as an 18-month-old when she was adopted from India by her American parents and became a naturalized US citizen. ButContinue reading “US Government lost woman’s citizenship records, condemning her to live as an illegal alien”

Underage Sex Workers- victims of trafficking or child protection policy?

Sex work law in the UK is complicated. Though it’s not fully criminalised as in most of the US, it is illegal for sex workers to share accommodation (“brothel-keeping”) even though this would improve sex workers’ safety. Soliciting and kerb-crawling are also illegal. One of the prostitution laws is that while the age of consentContinue reading “Underage Sex Workers- victims of trafficking or child protection policy?”

Why Women Shouldn’t Take Precautions Against Rape

  First published on The Fifth Column on 24/11/15. If you’re a female in the UK- and if you identified as or were labelled as female when you were growing up- you’ll have been told something like this: “Don’t go out at night, it’s dangerous.” “Don’t go for a walk alone, you never know whoContinue reading “Why Women Shouldn’t Take Precautions Against Rape”

No legal protection for employees fired for their lifestyle, appearance or family choices

    First published on The Fifth Column, July 2015   Could you be fired for your lifestyle, hair, or past job? It could be more likely than you think. We tend to think that we’re protected by antidiscrimination and labour laws. But people have been fired for being an unmarried mother, previously being aContinue reading “No legal protection for employees fired for their lifestyle, appearance or family choices”

Why Amnesty International Should Support Decriminalising Sex Work

First published on The Fifth Column, August 2015   Amnesty International’s proposal to recognise sex work as a human right and adopt a position in favour of decriminalising sex work has met with controversy from anti-sex work groups. A group of Hollywood celebrities have signed an open letter to Amnesty calling for sex work toContinue reading “Why Amnesty International Should Support Decriminalising Sex Work”

Nigel Farage’s UKIP15 Speech (parody)

Now I don’t know what Nigel Farage said at the UKIP conference, and I don’t care. In fact we all know the kind of thing he’s bound to say. I’ll bet it went something like this: “Britain needs to get itself back to being Britain again. Britain Britain Britain.  And I’m the guy to takeContinue reading “Nigel Farage’s UKIP15 Speech (parody)”