Death and the high cost of still living

My dad died last spring. He was 91 and had been suffering with Dementia and a shopping list of life-threatening and life-hampering conditions for many years before that. I was sad to see him go, but relieved he was no longer suffering. His sister, the last of my family's elder generation, died a few weeks … Continue reading Death and the high cost of still living

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Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence

Makes me want to grab the rest of my gender by the lapels and scream in their collective faces.

The Belle Jar

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I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.

I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.

The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.

One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…

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harassment is not a virtual issue

Being shitty to people is bad, regardless of what’s nestling between their legs. Read this. Don’t do it. Behave.

rockstar dinosaur pirate princess

I was going to write something about drinking this week, because it’s been a while, and last week’s post was kinda feministy and I like to usually mix things up a bit in between the being Really Angry About Things but something, well, two somethings but really the same something, happened this week which made me, well, Really Angry about Things.

Thing 1 – Sue Perkins – cake botherer, national treasure and all round amazing person – was hounded off Twitter due to some baseless rumours that she could be in the running to present Top Gear. For non UK people, Top Gear is ostensibly a program about cars, but for many years has basically been a vehicle (oh, lol) for the champion of the sort of people that say things like  “I’m not a bigot but I should be allowed to say these things it’s political correctness gone mad MAD I…

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Sexism in Videogames and Digital Bums

For one reason and another I've been looking into videogame sexism lately and it will come as no surprise that I didn't like what I found. I've been waggling joysticks since the 1970s and games were treating women like crap back in that misogynistic decade (when they referenced them at all) and they still do today. Sometimes it's as simple … Continue reading Sexism in Videogames and Digital Bums

Her… indoors

I watched Spike Jonze's latest last night and rather glad I did. If you don't know the premise, in the near future, a lonely dreamer Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his new AI operating system, Sam (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and hilarity ensues. Well, maybe not 'hilarity', but certainly some gentle events happen and the … Continue reading Her… indoors