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Four years ago today, the #LongGazeBack was published by @NewIslandBooks. 30 short stories by brilliant Irish women. It started many conversations about omission, the Irish canon, the assumptions readers make about the subjects women write about. newisland.ie/fiction/long-g…
Stories were from dead and living writers: Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Lavin, Maeve Brennan, Anne Enright, Eimear McBride, Mary Costello, @junecaldwell. There were panels in Brazil, Brussels, London and New York. People came who had long left Ireland but wanted to hear these stories.
Some writers were established, many had won major prizes, others went on to publish debut story collections (@beingvarious, @junecaldwell, Roisín O’Donnell). Stories spoke to each other: Lucy’s to Maeve Brennan; Éilís Ní Dhuibhne to Mary Lavin. June’s pre-dated #Repealthe8th
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Your Friday #thread

So, as people who've been following the news over the past 18 months or so will know, there's been a severe uptick in violence in the UK against #LGBT+ people

And this hasn't come out of nowhere

This is the inevitable result of the...

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rhetoric used by #TERFs, and their allies in the far-right, including the religious far-right, who #TERFs are perfectly happy to work hand-in-hand with

Here's the thing. #TERFs are perfectly happy to work with the...

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pinknews.co.uk/2019/01/31/tra…
religious far-right, but refuse to accept that they are just being used

They are being used to block rights for #LGBT people in the US...

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jezebel.com/the-unholy-all…
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It's high time we did a thread introducing people to the deep ideological, financial, and practical links between TERFs and the American far right.

Essentially there is a wide array of evidence showing that anti trans rhetoric is being used to further the far right cause
Here's a classic case study: the bathroom access debate in the USA.

It's a known tactic of segregationists: deny the target group access to bathrooms and you deny them access to public life. That's why they used it against black people in the 60s

pinknews.co.uk/2017/02/08/rad…
The same thing also turns up in the UK, in relation to a pond in hampstead heath: a group of segregationists decided to target women who wanted to use the womens-only swimming pond. It then became a major news item.

Most of the articles in major publications were not pro trans
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This International Working Women’s Day, reject corporate, “lean-in” feminism that seeks to build power through social inequality, exclusion, and classist hierarchies designed to divide us. International Women's Day has its roots in American socialism.
The 1915 International Congress of Women
Organized by the U.S. Socialist Party, it brought together an audience of 1,500 women who demanded economic and political equality, on a day officially dedicated to “the female workers’ causes.”
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For #IWD2019, some wonderful women in academia to follow (and some of these are my pals, so yes, I am biased!). First up: @tajmakapic, who works on gender & post-conflict peace agreements #IWD
Interested in India, gender & politics? @arp_chak is your woman to follow! #IWD2019 #IWD
The wonderful @CarolineWest_IE works on sexuality, porn and feminism #IWD2019 #IWD19
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THREAD: It's 18 years ago today that @BrennanGaye and I lost our son Joshua to a fatal foetal anomaly. Many of you know our story.
Every year since then we have been in a lot of emotional pain leading up to this date.
But not this year!
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This year we have been able to remember Joshua and our loss with sadness. Sadness for the loss of what could have been but for cruelty of nature.
This year we have not however felt again the sense of abandonment and judgement we felt in 2001
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This year we have not felt the anxious knot of needing to do something to prevent what happened to us happening to others, the need to proclaim "We did nothing wrong". We do not feel the need to be understood.
Why?
Because we are understood. Because we have been supported.
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For the last couple of years, I have compiled a year-end thread of little things during the year that made me smile or served as a nice antidote to the hellscape we currently find ourselves in. Guess what? It’s that time of year again. Buckle up!
1. A child is asked to name the President of Ireland. They write, ‘Miggeldy Higens’. The President is henceforth referred to as Miggeldy by the people of Ireland. 💯
2. Blackpool Police ask the public for help in identifying a man suspected of stealing beers from a restaurant. The suspect happens to be the spitting image of David Schwimmer. Hilarity ensues.
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Invitation to established &well-informed Irish feminists to reach back, not jonly to raise up those excluded, but also to bring in those who need to learn. Share ur spaces, ur knowledge. Some of us need to unlearn, some have no access to learning, others don't know where to begin
'Do the work' is only helpful when there are signposted paths to knowledge. Off social media, there is very little written about Irish feminism, particularly the modern movement. Meetings don't help rural learners.
'Get out and meet people' doesn't help those with restricted mobility or those who live in villages & towns without like-minded types or transport out of there.
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So, as I've found this useful, decided to run the known candidates, in no particular order, for #aras18 through a search. Used dates May 20th - May 31st, the time when you'd most expect tweets about #repealthe8th.
Sean Gallagher, @seangallagher1

Nothing about #repealthe8th. Almost exclusively about his book. Moderately active tweeting.

twitter.com/search?l=&q=fr…
Gemma O'Doherty, @gemmaod1

Nothing about #repealthe8th. A lot about Disclosures Tribunal, corruption generally, uselessness of Irish media etc. Very active tweeting.

twitter.com/search?l=&q=fr…
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If you all would allow me, I’d like to talk a bit about the recent referendum we had back in Ireland. On May 25th we removed the constitutional ban that denied abortion to all women except in the case of certain death. #Repealed
I understand that this might be a difficult topic for a lot of people. And that’s ok. But what my country went through was extremely difficult and while it was an extremely tough task, I am so proud of the outcome and of what we managed to do with dignity and respect
A bit of a back story. Many of you may recall in 2015, Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage. I was living in Finland at the time and I flew #hometovote for that. I would never have missed that vote.
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Oh the number of times that got said to all of us, by people who didn't understand the importance of breaking the taboo around the work abortion.
I had people tell me so many times that the abortion rights campaign @freesafelegal needed to change its name or we would never #repealthe8th
That @freesafelegal needed to rebrand, or would not be taken seriously or be interviewed by media. While I was regularly on local, national & International media.
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Today marks nine months since @EchoChambersPod was born. Here are some of the key achievements

#HousingEmergency

An unparalleled field of experts, providers, activists and professionals who unanimously agree that @campaignforleo's government has failed, and is continuing to >
@campaignforleo fail not just 10,000 homeless people, but also the vast majority of citizens of this country. Thanks to
@ClareICHH, @Orla_Hegarty, @MaoiliosaRey, @MaryMcAuliffe4, @AnthonyICHH, @lorcansirr, @RoryHearne, @EricaHome1

In Politics we had in depth conversations with
@davidcullinane
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To UK ppl talking about Irish vote to #repealthe8th and #brexitshambles, why UK referendums either sink without trace or create massive, unintended geopolitical self-harm: Ireland preps for years, UK turns up at the marathon starting line in novelty costume with no training 1/n
Irish ppl voted on specific change to written constitution, based on a fair idea of what the enacting legislation would be.

Brexit: open-ended question, little discussion of how it would work, no enacting legislation, no clear way to interpret result vis a vis Parliament.
Irish political system worked rigorously through the EVIDENCE and testimony; experts, affected women, etc. in disciplined + public way with a well-reported parliamentary committee to deliberate, resulting in some politicians changing their minds.

British system: did not.
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Thread on #8thref #repealthe8th #irelandreferendum results.
1) Bottom line: On 25th May 2018, this little guy (12 week scan) & future generations of unborn boys & girls had their right to life in the womb removed from our constitution to introduce abortion
2) We would not have had the ref. yesterday had #SavitaHalappanavar not died of sepsis & medical negligence while suffering a miscarriage in October 2012 & had her death falsely blamed on the 8th Amendment, initially by @GalwayProChoice in cahoots with @KittyHollandIT @IrishTimes
3) For more on the real facts behind the #SavitaHalappanavar case, see here:

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Dedicated to @Terfy_Memes
Plus, a thread on how transwomen retain (at least some) male privilege 👇🏾
What is #maleprivilege? It is freedom, resources, rights, and respect granted instantly to any male person upon (or even before) birth, simply for being male. Having an advantage over another group of humans doesn’t just stop at laws.
When men don’t feel constantly threatened with violence and harassment for just existing. When medical conditions affecting males are given more funding and are more rigorously researched. When men get more pay and are promoted faster due to being seen as more competent in jobs.
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How gender identity politics is endangering #WomensRights masquerading under the guise of “progressivism”- or in other words, as I said to this @notokyriarchy fatherfucker, an #MRA’s dream come true
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I shouldn’t have to explain the realities of sex-based oppression in 2018! #Female is a biological sex. #Gender is the roles and norms that are imposed on those with female bodies to subjugate them to males for free sexual, domestic, and reproductive labor.
No matter how many genders a given culture had or recognized, somehow, the half of the group with a cock and balls (males) knew which other half of the group to forcibly impregnate (“#NonMen”, according to some). 🤔🤔🤔
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What swung the vote to yes (#repealthe8th) was the personal stories of women who had to go abroad, who were forced to carry to term. Meanwhile the UK establishment is bent on going ahead with Brexit in spite of all the heart-rending stories of @The3Million and @BritishInEurope 1/
Never during the Stronger In campaign were we actually talked about as people - with homes, families, friends, who contribute. Axel Scheffler said in his moving speech that the Leave vote hurts and makes him angry every day, it felt like a bitter rejection 2/
The way to dehumanize people is two ways.
1. Numbers game: talk about people in "liquid metaphors" (floods of people, streams of migrants)
2. Linking EU citizens and crime: talk about "EU killers we failed to deport" (@DailyMailUK) 3/
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1) So here's a little tale of #hometovote and #abroadforyes I had yesterday
2) was on the FB group Abroad for Yes which essentially is Irish (and some non Irish) people abroad who don;t have a vote sending funds to those who have to enable them to get home to #repealthe8th
3) It's a wonderful place. People y/day buying last minute flights home for hundreds and being fully funded in less than 30 mins. People chipping in what the can, we nearly broke paypal
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We really need to talk more about #abortion as an option for women.
It's hard to say this and hard to hear it for many, but just because you discover you are pregnant doesn't mean you must carry that pregnancy to term. Your decision will last the rest of your life--and the rest of the life of any child you decide to carry to term.
#abortion
And no, I am not advocating #abortion.
I'm advocating thinking about parenthood & all it entails.
Because once you have a child, you can't just walk away from that life.
And women/girls are talked into maintaining pregnancies every day.
More discussion would change that.
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Here’s a test for the antichoice campaigners that come knocking on your door. Ask em if they believe abortion is murder. They’ll mainly say yes. #together4yes #8thref #repealthe8th ➡️
Now ask if they believe a 14 years sentence is enough for a girl taking an abortion pill, or if the full mandatory life sentence for murder should be the maximum term. Now watch them scramble. ➡️
So far I’ve found it goes one of these ways: a) the old reliable side step that they also use for the rape question. ➡️
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1. Thread on cronyism, the abortion industry and the Government.

#savethe8th #loveboth
2. In the midst of the #cervicalcheckscandal other unsavoury details about the Govt. have emerged. These facts help to explain what exactly Tony O'Brien (Director General of the HSE) was doing as a non-executive Director of the Board of Evofem Devices & why Min. Harris approved.
3.This arrangement occurred in the middle of a flu season epidemic in Jan 2018. A peak number of people of 714 were left on trolleys in one day. Mr Varadker is quoted as having supported this unusual decision.
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Ok I’m going to share a story with you regarding a crisis pregnancy I had many years ago, I have previously shared this story on my own account but think it might be good to revisit it. I was 15 when I became pregnant, 15 when I gave birth too. My eldest is now 27 #togetherforyes
I concealed my pregnancy for 5.5 months, they were very frightening times indeed. I was in school in 5th year in an all girls school. I went back to school three weeks after delivering my baby. This photo is of my and my lovely little one when she was 4 weeks old #togetherforyes
#togetherforyes
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A quick thread on the use of mental health by antichoicers, and why it’s both harmful and wrong. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Sadly this is something that we’re ignored in this country for too long, and it’s still under resourced. #8thref #together4yes
Antis are claiming that abortion will basically be widespread and a free for all if it’s allowed on mental health grounds. This is insulting not only to women who need abortions, but also further stigmatizes mental health. ➡️
I see a “fact” being thrown around by antis is that “97% of all UK abortions are on mental health grounds”. Yes, 97% of UK abortions are on health grounds. Yes, the majority of these are mental rather than physical health. But it’s misleading to state that this will happen here.
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#repealthe8th #together4yes #nursesTFY
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I've started off very shy at work about my pro-choice views. Only close colleagues, who I would consider friends, I would disclose my disgust at the hyprocrisy of the whole thing & how it can effect a person's health.
Over the last 18months every single one of my FB posts has been pretty much about repeal & the same few hardcore repealers like myself would click like on them. None of my colleagues did but whatever...
But surprisingly over the last few weeks, one by one of my fellow nurses have stopped me and on the quite whispered in my ear that they agree with me. I can not tell you how heart warming this is.
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