Interview: How Feminism Exploits Sex Workers

This is the full text of the interview with feminist genderqueer sex worker @MxLaudanum, which was quoted in this article on the rescue industry I wrote for Cliterati (published 1/02/14). The interview itself makes a very powerful post in its own right. Written in just a couple of hours, it’s a stunning critique of contemporary feminismContinue reading “Interview: How Feminism Exploits Sex Workers”

The Marriage Tax Allowance is expensive discrimination: Don’t Judge My Family!

The Marriage Tax Allowance will give around £3 per week to married couples while discriminating against cohabiting couples and single parents. But the poorest families such as unemployed parents won’t benefit – and neither will families where both the parents work. Only couples who adhere to the breadwinner and home maker model will receive theContinue reading “The Marriage Tax Allowance is expensive discrimination: Don’t Judge My Family!”

Non nuclear families: support, don’t shame

The universe is infinitely mysterious – even an equation like E=MC squared is beyond the understanding of most of us. 99% of the ocean depths remain unexplored. And the issues and injustice faced by people and animals around the world are too numerous to begin to count. Yet for some people the issue of who,Continue reading “Non nuclear families: support, don’t shame”

Families, minority communities and social workers: how antidiscrimination and labour rights for social workers can help families

In current UK practice, families are often matched with social workers and case workers who can best understand them. This means that, ideally, queer social services clients are matched with queer social workers, and minority clients with minority social workers, and so on. But there isn’t really a “so on” because that’s where it stops.Continue reading “Families, minority communities and social workers: how antidiscrimination and labour rights for social workers can help families”

The sexual double standard and gender repression

A double standard about sex exists in our society; the rules are different for men and women, with men being praised and envied for their successes. The same is of course true to a certain degree for women, but too much sexual success can result in condemnation of the woman as a ‘slut’ ‘whore’ etc;Continue reading “The sexual double standard and gender repression”

Stigma against single mums: How it all began

How did lone motherhood and young motherhood come to be demonised? Well, I got curious about two years ago and headed to my university library to find out. After months of research, I knew more than I wanted to know. I decided to summarise everything into a blog post, and here is my expose onContinue reading “Stigma against single mums: How it all began”

Freedom – but only if it’s hushed up: Swingers’ orgy cancelled by Edinburgh hotel

According to the Daily Record, the Carlton Hotel on Northbridge, central Edinburgh, cancelled a swingers’ orgy when management realised it wasn’t just a masked ball. Now, I am doubtful if indeed it was an orgy and not any other type of social event, but whether or not it was true or not is irrelevant. The fact is,Continue reading “Freedom – but only if it’s hushed up: Swingers’ orgy cancelled by Edinburgh hotel”

Stigmatisation of lone mothers and what the EU can do about it – an essay

Introduction In order to address this question, I will provide a brief overview of the issue of stigmatisation of lone mothers then discuss how EU law and EU policy provide bases for EU action on the issue, before exploring what the EU has done regarding lone mothers. Then I will address action which the EUContinue reading “Stigmatisation of lone mothers and what the EU can do about it – an essay”