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Mar 25 2 tweets 1 min read
As I’ve explained numerous times, the reason the American right likes Putin is because they are in ideological alignment. They see Putin the way he sees himself: as a defender of conservative, white Christian values. They are on the same team. news.sky.com/story/jk-rowli…
To the people who think Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump are crazy but that trans people are made up, that “cancel culture” has gone too far, that “men should be men and women should women” — congratulations, you agree with Putin. You are his ideological ally.

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I’ve gotten men writing me unsolicited letters telling me that they couldn’t concentrate on what I was saying because my hair was in my face, because I mispronounced one word (I didn’t).

Question to my male colleagues, this happens to you all the time, too, right? Right?
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Here she is getting ready for the protest on March 5, 2012. She brought a book in case she got arrested.
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