One of my closest friends is outspoken, beautiful, intelligent and political. Like a lot of women who engage in activism online, she receives a fair amount of sexist abuse, threats and harassment. So when she asked me how I deal
Today, I got up and opened my laptop. Immediately, I see a barrage of comments and inbox messages calling me a ‘feminazi’ a ‘slut’ and a ‘stupid c****’. My crime? I made a sarcastic post on modesty culture. Did I
I’m listening to Women’s Hour, half-ironically. The usual suspects are having a debate about something to do with legs and politicians, and it’s so ridiculous I actually have to pay attention. I pause, wondering if I’ve been taken in by
Usually, identity politics makes me roll my eyes. The idea that a certain amount of empathy or understanding on an issue is absolutely split due to melanin levels, economics, sexuality and religion is beyond daft. The person who empathised with
Headscarves and burqas are symbols of gender apartheid and of patriarchal-Islam’s intolerance towards female sexual agency and autonomy. Gender-based religious dress is grabbing headlines again. Last week an unnamed Birmingham girl was slut-shamed and flooded with hate mail and received
We have an opportunity here to change the landscape and make a stand for equality and ultimately the safety of women. It is not an opportunity to be missed and it certainly is not an occasion where the ‘locker room’ narrative can win.
Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. This essay is drawn from his book The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men, published in January 2017 by Spinifex Press. He