I say this a lot, but we've got 97% of women saying they've experienced harassment and 100% of men saying "it wasn't me."

Something doesn't add up.
There are more legal protections for women against male violence now than there have been at any other point in history. But it keeps happening - both in the home, and on the streets. We've got to ask what we're doing as a society to pass the problem on down the generations.
There's a social consensus that violence against women is wrong - again, probably a stronger one than at any other point in our history. But that consensus is limited in its ability to change people's behaviour, to prevent violence by addressing the source of it.
I get that men want to distance themselves from perpetrators of violence by pointing out that it's the minority of men. But while that's true, it's the majority of women who are constantly adapting their own behaviour to keep themselves safe, and even then it's not guaranteed.
Men saying they condemn predatory individuals simply isn't enough. When we focus on individuals, we don't talk about the collective responsibilities to prevent and address male violence.
Thinking about how we as a culture reproduce violence, and create positions of structural vulnerability, is much harder to do. But we have to stop thinking of violence against women simply being women's issue to solve. It's a male problem.

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10 Sep
Yes, I do. Firstly (on an individual level) my race means that racists (often, incidentally, transphobic women) refuse to even acknowledge that I'm a woman. I get called he and it on literally a daily basis.

Then there's the ways race, gender, and class interact with each other.
It's not like for women of colour there's a neat box marked 'gender oppression'. It interacts with all the other stuff too. An indigenous woman in the US, for instance, doesn't go "here's violence against woman in my community, completely unrelated to centuries of dispossession".
Talking about the 'burden' of motherhood in a context where Black mothers in the United States are leading the fight against the police murder of their children again shows the danger of applying one experience of gendered oppression and applying it everywhere without nuance.
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9 Sep
There's a lot in liberal id pol that makes me nauseous, but one of the worst is how 'lived experience' (important, but not the only kind of knowledge) gets turned into a stamp of moral authority, in which no one can contest the facts of what's happening.
This isn't a subtweet, and nothing in particular has kicked this off, but it's just a growing sense that treating people as fonts of wisdom *solely* on the basis of their minority status is not only dehumanising, but also opens up the space for bad faith actors and grifters...
... who cynically wield the moral authority conferred by being a woman, or a person of colour, or whatever, in order to deny the existence of oppression or discrimination along identity lines.

You know, the people who make a living by being every racist's brown best friend.
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31 Aug
That Spectator piece by Lionel Shriver is one of the most intellectually dishonest pieces I've ever had the misfortune of reading.

The sleight-of-hand from talking about nationality to race, proposing that the nation is a container for racial homogeneity, is the logic of Nazism.
What are we talking about when we're talking about the parts of London where 80% of babies are born to foreign born mothers?

We're talking about people meeting, falling in love and having children together in a global society. It's not a threat, or a war. It's life happening.
But, of course, nationality - being 'foreign born' - isn't a racial status. But very quickly that's where Lionel Shriver goes, proposing that the UK (which is 81% white) is being swamped by black and brown people (who, she doesn't name as such, but then again doesn't have to).
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One of the things about incel culture that I find so weird is that it;s predicated on an idea of how women think which is just totally unrealistic and outlandish.

For instance, this idea that women rank men into some kind of imagined hierarchy of high status, or below average...
as if we've got an Excel spreadsheet in our heads and we're categorising every man we meet by comparing them with everyone else.

It just smacks of having learned everything you know about women from men who want you to feel shit about yourself.
The fact is that we all know women (and many of us have been women!) in relationships with guys who don't bring much to the table in terms of personality, kindness, looks, or money, and it's totally baffling to people on the outside why they're putting up with a load of crap.
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4 Aug
True, but neither are you. Nobody is every woman apart from Chaka Khan.
Personally, I don't think minority rights should be contingent on majority opinion. But it's the case that the majority of cisgender women *do* accept that transgender women are women, and transgender men are men.
The polling becomes more complicated when breaking it down by issues like self identification, gender confirmation surgery, and single sex spaces, and varies a lot by age. Like I said, I don't think minority rights should be contingent on majority opinion.
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Sure, I don’t think there as many people in Labour HQ who take us seriously as there were 2015-2019.

But Novara Media experienced our best growth period after Corbyn. Why? Because the pandemic made clear the need for quality analysis which was sceptical of the Tory line.
When establishment journos were claiming “the science has changed” and backing herd immunity, @michaeljswalker was going through the data and excoriating government complacency. I’m proud of the leadership he’s shown over the pandemic - both politically, and for the organisation.
I'm perfectly comfortable with the idea that Jess Phillips doesn't like what we do. She's not our target audience lol.

But what I think the sneering speaks to is a sense that many Labour politicians don't think young people are a legitimate political constituency.
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