Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Owen Jones - and the right side of feminism. What's left?

Owen Jones didn't "give a toss" about who watches porn yesterday. He still thinks the right kind of porn is tickety boo and is all boohoo because women don't agree.

Many feminists aren't happy about his comments. Owen is currently struggling to find ways to justify his article and maintain a position where he is supportive of feminism.

His ways are mainly these...

1. It was tongue in cheek. - Well it wasn't Owen. It was in a national newspaper and the comments - the ones that are allowed of course - i.e the ones posted by men or porn-supportive women - very clearly show that it wasn't taken as a joke but an incitement to carry on wanking over women who are being harmed. 

2. Laurie Penny wrote an article and that article said porn was ok. - It's Laurie Penny Owen. Laurie Penny. Laurie needs the man's cookies and finances and she throws other women under a big man bus to get them. Also, appropriating the work of other women because you cannot defend your own views is insulting. Using them to silence other women is even worse.

3. I said porn was misogynistic! - yes you did - and then you said it was something all men did - which sort of put a big black line through the other paragraph and drew a big tick next to the "everyone is doing it so get your dick out and join them" bits. 

4. We can have better porn - but we haven't got it and are never likely to, since the industry is owned by misogynists and meanwhile my daughters will probably be expected to endure rough anal sex at some point and have a man ejaculate on their face. Come back to me when that isn't likely to happen and we might talk - if not I think I'll try to stop that happening to women I love. 

5. There is a huge problem in feminism - no , there are feminists who have debates and try to work together to achieve a better world for women anyway. We don't need men in the middle of that holding us apart and using our opposing views as tools to beat us with. 

6. Radical feminists are baddies who won't let me win an argument. - Yes. We are absolute bastards and don't give a shit about a man who colludes in our oppression. It's kind of the fucking point. Meanwhile you are happy to allow The Guardian to remove the comments of women who disagree with you.

I'll pop my comment here - on my blog - as I don't have easy access to a national newspaper like a privileged white male does. This 'not at all controversial' comment was removed from the Guardian - no acknowledgement that it had been removed either. A previous comment was at least given the acknowledgement that it had existed. 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sunday Cat

Cat knows Sunday
Cat takes Sunday and stretches
it out for a lifetime of weeks
Cat leans into Sunday
And makes it lie down
And ponder
Cat purrs into Sunday
That Monday is fable
Sunday lies back
To Cat
That "all there ever was
is Sunday
and that is that,

Saturday, 28 March 2015


(A poem written after finding a bundle of poems I wrote at age seventeen)


I was turbulent then,
Ripping sheets from beds
and notebooks
firing up my heels
To run at life
And make it burn.

I had nameless, shameless
songs and steps
to dance and hurl
and love to find and hide
and weep for, laughing.

I kicked dark to black
and back to life
I whitened and lightened
Watched dawn on a shore
hid dusk in my handbag.

I was bright with me
Alive with me
I pelted full tilt
at speed taking
my dreams by the scruff
of a broken neck.

And now,
A word can break me
A look can shake me
A malicious heel on a foot can make me

I'm going back to find her.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

You hate feminists yeah?

You hate feminists yeah?

You’re a woman yeah?
I am.
You like being punched by a man?
I do NOT!
You hate feminists yeah?
I do.
You like a man calling you a slag?
I do NOT!
You hate feminists yeah?
I do.
You like a strange man to grab your tit on the bus?
I do NOT!
You hate feminists yeah?
I do.
You like a man shoving his penis inside you when you’ve said no?
I do NOT!
You hate feminists yeah?
I do.
You like men who rape children?
I do NOT!
You hate feminists yeah?
I do.
You like men who scream inside your ear that you’re his thing to hurt?
I do NOT?
You hate feminists yeah?
I do. Stop asking. Why are you asking?

Sister, for you are my sister, I ask for this...

Listen when we walk by,
Watch when we march past,
We will listen when you cry.
Our hope might be your last.

Watch as the man throws stones at us,
We stand in front of them for you,
Watch as he puts his foot on our throat,
We fight that foot off your throat too.

Laugh at our clothes, our books, our hair,
Join men on twitter and laugh at their joke,
Don’t ever laugh at how we care,
We’ll care for you when you are broke.

Those sisters that you laugh at now.
Those sisters you deny are you?

They fight the rape, the grabs, the stares,
They fight the things that say you’re zero.
You may not like your sister’s hairs,
But sister - call her Shero.