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Feminists need to talk about sex

Posted by on 6 Nov 12 in Culture, Social Justice | 0 comments

Feminists need to talk about sex

One of the beautiful aspects of Marge Piercy’s utopia in Woman on the edge of time is the natural process through which people explore sex. Unlike current society, sex is seen as exploration – children discover it through growing up, and it is seen as something that is human rather than political. Sex, in current western culture, is about power. Society structures itself around the desire for sex – if you’re not doing it then something must be wrong with you. Sex has become a commodity, an answer to misery and loneliness, and the ultimate form of social power. If TV...

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Belonging, Meaning and Society

Posted by on 31 Oct 12 in Culture, Personal | 0 comments

Belonging, Meaning and Society

As a “cultural” Jain, seeing the green social movement move away from vegetarianism is rather upsetting. I am vegetarian not for for fluffy reasons of “save the animals” or of environmental sustainability, but for the simple fact that I was brought up to see animals as akin to humans. Therefore destroying life unnecessarily is clearly unjust. So while making friends with other activists who were vegetarian meant I did not feel Othered for my food ‘choices’. I felt like I was part of something, and suddenly, not quite alone. This was a far cry from my...

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Book Review: Counterpower, by Tim Gee

Posted by on 9 Oct 11 in Books, Culture, Social Justice | 0 comments

We are a generation facing failed economic policies, high expenses without the means to pay for them, a lack of employment opportunities that mirrors the Great Depression, and a government that will do anything in its power to silence our complaints. None stand to support us; we are struggling together, but alone. Over the last year, we have been collecting, building movements of resistance, mounting huge campaigns that have brought thousands into forms of direct action. But keeping the momentum going is tiring, and we often need something to inspire us to keep going; stories, anecdotes,...

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