Libel laws and free speech

Just as I was busy with with the sex work debate posts, our hard working newshounds managed to sniff themselves out another sex scandal. Now, I’m opposed to media intrusion of private lives. I’m baffled by the idea of “sex scandals” or the concept that sex can be news. And I’m against the news mediaContinue reading “Libel laws and free speech”

Lavishness of Thatcher funeral was personal gift from David Cameron

We had a successful revolution against Thatcher’s rule – as we did against Tony Blair’s- and she was forced to step down. That’s what revolutions in democracies look like. But today 10 million [update: the BBC just reported that the amount spent is “a state secret”] was spent on glorifying her name. This must surelyContinue reading “Lavishness of Thatcher funeral was personal gift from David Cameron”

Media turns gang rape into a joke – because victim was a man

A few days ago a news story popped up in my Twitter feed. It was the shocking report of how a 19 year old was lured into a car by four much older women on the pretense of giving him a ride home. Instead, the gang drove him to a secluded spot where all fourContinue reading “Media turns gang rape into a joke – because victim was a man”

The Sunday World’s outing of a sex worker and how the Merseyside model can stop this

Today, an innocent woman was outed in the Sunday World – all because one of her three part-time jobs is as a sex worker. This comes a day after Kalika Gold announced her and Ruth Jacobs’ joint project to bring the Merseyside model of declaring all crimes against sex workers as hate crimes and collaborateContinue reading “The Sunday World’s outing of a sex worker and how the Merseyside model can stop this”

Padraig MacLochlainn’s bias and the Irish sex work hearing

Yesterday I recorded a video of myself talking about Padraig MacLochlainn’s recent public rudeness towards sex workers – the very people he’s claiming to protect. The Irish Justice Committee are currently holding a sex work hearing where they recieve submmissions from people to decide whether to subject the Irish to the dangerous Swedish Model (criminalisingContinue reading “Padraig MacLochlainn’s bias and the Irish sex work hearing”

Anonymous: can a non hierarchical structure work for hacktivists?

Disclaimer: This article expresses opinions about a hacktivist group that I have no inside knowledge of; these opnions should not be taken as facts about Anonymous. This is only a representation of my thoughts about Anonymous from a non-anarchist non-hacker outsider’s perspective. This post may contain incomplete or unintentionally untrue informaton. The hacktivist group AnonymousContinue reading “Anonymous: can a non hierarchical structure work for hacktivists?”

The ‘law of the jungle’ for a free internet: policing, trolls, and free speech

POLICING The internet, far from being the rebel space it once was, is now policed far more than real life. You now get three months in jail for joking about child abduction (Matthew Woods) and three weeks in jail for making racist comments about a footballer suffering an injury. (Though I would’ve thought that secondContinue reading “The ‘law of the jungle’ for a free internet: policing, trolls, and free speech”

Should we have an international law for the internet? Trolling, policing and injustice

Matthew Woods, a teen who joked about April Jones on Facebook, has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison. As a follow-up to the ‘Private and professional spheres’ post, I will now explain why this is ridiculous. OK, forget the too-obvious arguments that prison will only lead to unemployment or paying thousands of pounds ofContinue reading “Should we have an international law for the internet? Trolling, policing and injustice”

Paedomania vs Slut-shaming: There can be only one!

Paedomania is the moral panic over paedophiles. Moral panics were first indentified by Cohen (1971). They are a disproportionate societal reaction to a threat, usually to do with sex. Previous moral panics have included the 17th century witch-hunts, American reactions to 9/11 and the satanic ritual sexual abuse panic of the late ’80s and earlyContinue reading “Paedomania vs Slut-shaming: There can be only one!”

No more safe spaces: The Private and the Professional collide

The divide between our private life (who we really are) and the professional persona we don in the workplace is more blurry than ever before. Facebook and Twitter, once non-official, social spaces of trivia and rebellion, have become corporatized hunting grounds for PR, marketing and advertising. People have been arrested, prosecuted and fired or jailed for jokesContinue reading “No more safe spaces: The Private and the Professional collide”