Brings back many wonderful memories: ⛺️ 🔥 💃🏼😤❤️💪🏼- and so much more. I first went to #GreenhamCommon when I was 15 and couldn’t keep away! I moved there ‘full time’ (as we said) when I was 18 and for a year and a half woke up excited every morning.
Alright, the day-or days-long meetings were a bit much sometimes!
#GreenhamCommon was absolutely pivotal to all that I am now. Living politics as everyday practice, encountering ideas and people outside of your own experience, centring difference, building politics around ethics of care. Foregrounding fun in political action. It was magic.
AND we stank! 🔥😎

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Nov 6, 2021
This week the 'silencing' of Kathleen Stock reached extraordinary levels as Stock told her 'story' in a @BBCWomansHour 'exclusive', in a full length article in the @Telegraph and to @bindelj in a 50 minute video interview for @unherd This was the week of Kathleen getting revenge
There is, as @graceelavery has noted, a shift of emphasis in the latest narrative of events leading to Stock's *decision* to resign from her post at Sussex. Student protests become 'high jinks' and it is the academic 'enablers' who are blamed for Stock *choosing* to leave her job
While students still get a hard ride for the crimes of putting up posters and handing out flyers on campus, wearing masks on a demo during a pandemic, and lighting a flare (in 'trans colours' no less), Stock moved this week to hold the 'academic enablers' to account
Read 15 tweets
Feb 28, 2021
Very soon the current movement against the rights of trans people will be viewed in exactly the same way as most people see the movements against minoritized people of the past.
That the advancement of rights for a disadvantaged group was catastrophised as an impending cut back on the rights of a privileged group will be seen with the distaste that most people view these same arguments of the past re race, class and sexuality.
The binary model of gender will be taught alongside its sexological and colonial counterparts, those of essentialist models of race and sexuality. Sex as existing on a spectrum will be a given within the mainstream scientific community.
Read 5 tweets
Feb 28, 2021
One of the aspects of GC politicking that is particularly disgraceful is their collaboration with men who have no history with feminist movements and no interest in, or engagement with, feminist political thought.
Indeed, these are largely men who, in the best case scenario, have no wider involvement at all with social justice movements or, in the worst-though frequent- case scenario, stand against the rights of minoritized groups. Men on the far right.
Moreover, GC ‘feminists’ do not only join forces with these men, they actively utilise them as bully boys to attack one of the most vulnerable groups of women in society. Apparently this is done in the name of feminism.
Read 5 tweets
Dec 11, 2020
On Wednesday 3 cis women gave evidence to the @Commonswomequ select committee on #GRA reform. These panellists spent the majority of their allocated time arguing that proposed reform has the potential to harm cis women due to the presence of trans women in ‘women’s’ spaces
Yet anyone who has knowledge about the issues at stake knows that changes proposed to the GRA would have absolutely no impact here. There is no connection as the Equality Act, by recognising trans women as women, ensures their right to women’s spaces such as toilets
The arguments presented at @Commonswomequ by these panellists were thus completely irrelevant- they might as well have been arguing that changes to the GRA would lead to a rise in the price of bread - and should have been told so by the committee Chair.
Read 11 tweets
Sep 25, 2020
#JudithButler The anti-intellectualism and defensiveness at the heart of the Gender Critical movement has been ever more apparent this week following Butler’s interview in @NewStatesman
Rather than taking the time to engage with her arguments, writers for some of the UKs most prominent media outlets have collectively stomped their feet and cried that they don’t understand Butler.
It is beyond parody that a significant section of the UK’s prestigious feminist commentariat have turned into homework refusing children in reaction to a piece that discusses anti-intellectualism.
Read 12 tweets
Sep 23, 2020
As well as providing a stellar example of how to sassily navigate and transform agenda-led interview questions, Judith Butler articulates a number of crucial points about the relationship between trans and feminism. My Top 10 takes...
1)There is no tension between feminism and trans. Trans rights are an intrinsic feminist issue
2)Trans exclusive radical feminism is a minority position on the fringes of feminism that does not reflect mainstream feminist thought
3)’TERF’ is just a perfectly self-explanatory term
4)Please, can TERFs just *stop* fantasising about the penis
5)There is a long history of, and a very rich future for, a trans affirmative social justice driven feminist politics
6) The definitions of ‘man’ and ‘woman’ remain works in progress
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