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Apr 10 14 tweets 5 min read
White & Christian are considered norm and not dangerous in the U.S. 👇🏽

"GOP Sen Anthony Kern & his prayer team of anti-abortion extremists praying in tongues (that’s not an audio issue) that an 1864 law banning nearly all abortion becomes law again." It's easy to see the fascists and theocrats when they don't look like you. When they're white and Christian, their danger has not registered enough:

Arizona State Senator Leads Prayer In Tongues On Floor Before Abortion Ruling…
Mar 16 13 tweets 4 min read
So successful has white supremacist patriarchy been at convincing white women that they’re lucky to live in the U.S. and not Saudi Arabia:Iran, that so many white women didn’t pay enough attention to theocracy that white supremacy was building at home… It was being built by white men who look like their fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons, not the scary brown men with beards, right?

I wrote this in 2020 and I have more and more reason to say it in the U.S .today…
Jan 3 6 tweets 2 min read
Dec 9, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
Two months into its genocide in Gaza, the more Israel displays its savagery against Palestinians, the more obvious its moral and philosophical defeat.

Militarily, Israel is armed to the teeth and propped up by the U.S., the world’s most powerful country.

And Israel is losing The unconscionable vote against ceasefire at the UN yesterday by U.S. & abstention by the UK are reminders that while some western political powers might still be propping up Israel’s crimes,around the world more & more people vehemently oppose the genocide.

Israel is losing
Nov 25, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
When the NYT is reporting it like this, something is changing Headline: Gaza Civilians, Under Israeli Barrage, Are Being Killed at Historic Pace In less than two months, more than twice as many women and children have been reported killed in Gaza than in Ukraine after two years of war. "People are being killed in Gaza more quickly, they say, than in even the deadliest moments of U.S.-led attacks in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, which were themselves widely criticized by human rights groups." Text: People are being killed in Gaza more quickly, they say, than in even the deadliest moments of U.S.-led attacks in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, which were themselves widely criticized by human rights groups.  Precise comparisons of war dead are impossible, but conflict-casualty experts have been taken aback at just how many people have been reported killed in Gaza — most of them women and children — and how rapidly.
Nov 1, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
Some of you will remember that at in Sept. 2012, I was arrested in NYC for spray painting over an Islamophobic and racist pro-Israel ad.

Notice the language of the ad and how it continues to echo today. 📷 Kristy Leibowitz Image Anytime you see the words “civilized” and “savage” being used, understand that the purpose is dehumanization.

I refused to allow that dehumanization to exist without challenge on the walls of the subway that I and millions of New Yorkers use.
Oct 16, 2023 14 tweets 4 min read
The wife of the Illinois landlord who stabbed to death Wadea Al-Fayoume, a 6yo Muslim Palestinian-American boy, told investigators the man "listens to conservative talk radio on a regular basis" and became obsessed with the war between Hamas & Israel… The landlord also the boy's mother, Hanaan Shahin, a dozen times while she was trying to protect her son and call for help.

The man was screaming "you Muslims have to die" when he barged into the ground-floor apartment the mother and son shared in suburban Plainfield.
Sep 20, 2023 12 tweets 3 min read
Lauren Boebert is a fascist & racist fuck. Undoubtedly.

She is a hypocrite. Undoubtedly.

She is a footsoldier of the patriarchy & a bigot whose views have put many people's lives in danger. Undoubtedly.

I wrote this in 2021 about how dangerous she was… This is slut-shaming, misogynist, classist & ageist:

"It's gross watching a 36-year-old member of Congress act like a horny teenager, of course."

"...there's a risk that a 36-year-old grandmother publicly acts out that drunken prom date she didn't get in high school.
Sep 10, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
Luis Rubiales has resigned as head of the Spanish football federation h/t @mpardell #SeAcabó… I have written two books and countless essays about patriarchy and how it works to privilege male dominance. And still, too many deny patriarchy’s existence or power. Thank you, Luis Rubiales, for being Exhibit A. #SeAcabó
Aug 15, 2023 15 tweets 5 min read
I am 56 and can barely watch films or TV shows these days because they are about either high school students or 31 year olds.

I've written about a few that feature 50+ cis women, esp how their sex lives are portrayed. My latest is on #AndJustLikeThat… Those portrayals are esp important to me because I was not raised for desire. I snatched it from the jaws of shame.

In Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, 60-something Nancy Stokes is snatching desire from the jaws of ageism.…
Jul 12, 2023 12 tweets 4 min read
"I was too young and then overnight I was too old.”

There is no mythical “prime” working age or “sweet spot” for professional women, a Harvard Business Review research telling us what we've always known… We were never meant to thrive in this world, built by (able-bodied, wealthy, cisgender heterosexual, white) men for (able-bodied, wealthy, cisgender heterosexual, white) men.…
Mar 27, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
"What I’ve personally not heard mentioned as much, is the crippling anxiety you can get with the peri menopause...A kind of irrational anxiety that makes no sense whatsoever! You feel like you’ve lost your own damn mind!" Martine McCutcheon… Anxiety, out of the blue, was one of the hardest impacts of perimenoapuse for me.

I've had bouts of depression when I was younger, but never anxiety.

So I'm always grateful when celebrities and actors with platforms like Martine share their experience.…
Mar 25, 2023 11 tweets 4 min read
Ireland just had its first Menopause Summit… And I'm calling this the Oprah Menopause Summit…
Mar 21, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
"it is the language of people who very much believe that they are engaged in a holy war.”

The white Christian zealots whose danger for too long has been underplayed because they're white and Christian, which are considered the norm and default in the U.S. As I have said again and again: it is easy to see zealots and fascists when they don't look like you…
Mar 19, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read
It's #MothersDay in the UK today, so here's my essay Unmothering… My paternal grandmother had eight children. My maternal grandmother had 11 children (she was pregnant 14 times).

My mother is the eldest of those children and she has three children of her own.

I am the eldest of those children and I am glad to have none of my own.
Mar 5, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
Sydney, I am about to start my journey towards you! On Wednesday, I’m giving a talk at @UNSW for #InternationalWomensDay and then having a conversation with Senator @MehreenFaruqi about feminism around the world
Feb 28, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Labour Party says it will urge UK firms to publish menopause action plan

"Menopausal women could be offered paid time off and working environments with temperature-controlled areas under Labour plans to support the wellbeing of women in the workplace."… About one in 10 women aged 45-55 left their jobs last year due to their symptoms and ultimately the lack of workplace support, according to research supported by the Fawcett Society.…
Feb 21, 2023 15 tweets 9 min read
The magnificent Nina Simone would have been 90 years old today. My love for her is boundless. Throughout the day I will share some of my favourite things that #NinaSaid for my annual appreciation and respect 💜✊🏽❤️ (Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) A closeup black and white photograph of Nina Simone, showing “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear!” #NinaSaid

Feb 21, 2023 16 tweets 4 min read
According to the Menopause Foundation of Canada, one in 10 women will leave the workforce because of their menopause symptoms.… "For most of us, it will happen when we need to be firing on all cylinders at work.

'There’s a real overlap between when menopause tends to happen and the moment when a lot of women are poised for leadership positions that could take their careers to the next level...'
Feb 17, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
I launched my newsletter FEMINIST GIANT to highlight global feminist resistance to patriarchal fuckery. Such resistance includes the fight vs transphobia, which contributors Inaara Merani and Samiha Hossain highlight in their weekly Global Roundups. Love and solidarity to trans and gender expansive friends around the world.

Zero tolerance for transphobia.
Feb 16, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
I am 55yo and childfree by choice, happily so. And you know what has made that choice possible? My two abortions.… #Childfree In 1996, I had an “illegal” abortion in Egypt and in 2000, I had a “legal” abortion in the US.

I use inverted commas because the State can fuck off with its opinions about what I can and can’t do with my uterus.

That control belongs to me.… #Childfree