Tag Archives: Sexism

Plymouth shootings: Capitalism, misogyny and incels

By Sarah Wrack and Becci Heagney, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) People in Plymouth and across Britain are shocked at the devastating and tragic mass shooting which took place on 12 August. 22-year-old Jake Davidson shot and killed five people – his mother Maxine Davidson, followed by seemingly randomly selected victims Lee Martyn and his ...

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5 reasons why capitalism can’t be patched up, and has to go

By Eddie McCabe If the world today seems chaotic and the future looks bleak, try to remember one thing: it’s not you, it’s capitalism.  The accelerating decay of this system is increasing the rate of all kinds of disasters, as well as their intensity. This reality means more hardship for billions of people daily, and devastation for millions. Naturally, it’s ...

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Free Britney & fight for the freedom of all women

By Keishia Taylor Britney Spears has cruelly been denied her request to end her legal conservatorship after courageously giving explosive testimony about her years of abuse and coercion under this nightmarish regime. At the hands of her father and other vultures, Britney has been drugged, threatened, forced to work, deprived of money and freedom and, despite wanting another baby, she ...

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Review: Framing Britney Spears

By Aislinn O’Keeffe In 1992, a ten-year-old Britney Spears performed a powerful version of The Judds ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’. The host, Ed McMahon, interviewing her afterwards remarks on her ‘pretty eyes’ and asks her whether or not she has a boyfriend. A clearly uncomfortable Britney continues to smile and be polite, choosing her words carefully as she attempts ...

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Gender violence in the spotlight

By Keishia Taylor In one June week in the south of Ireland, the stories of three victims of male violence appeared in the headlines. Jean Eagers was stabbed to death by a man long known to here in Dublin 15. Sonya Lee, who was left with permanent brain damage after an attack in 2018, saw her attacker and former partner ...

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Covid-19 & gender-based violence

Speech by Mick Barry TD in Dáil debate on ‘Covid-19 (Measures to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence)’ “I’m the oldest sister, and I was abused from the age of four upwards, so I would say to all women, never mind Traveller women, all women out there, that was abused, or anything happened to them, come forward, [do not be afraid].” ...

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Review: Feminism for the 99%

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto By Cinzia Arruzza, Nancy Fraser, and Tithi Bhattacharya Published by Verso, 2019 Reviewed by Laura Fitzgerald Less than 100 pages long, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto will be an attractive read for a new generation politicised by their experiences of oppression and exploitation under capitalism today, and of engaging in struggle. The text ...

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Spanish State: 1.5 million school students strike against sexism

The general student strike called by the Sindicato de Estudiantes (SE – students union) and Libres y Combativas (free and combative, socialist feminist platform of SE and Izquierda Revolucionaria – sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the Spanish state) has been a powerful success. More than 1.5 million students emptied the classroom with 90% support for the strike in ...

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Review: Mistaken Identity – Race and Class in the Age of Trump

Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump  By Asad Haider Published by Verso Books, 2018 Reviewed by Laura Fitzgerald …. when the liberal language of rights is used to defend a concrete identity group from injury, physical or verbal, that group ends up defined by its victimhood and individuals end up reduced to their victimized belonging. Asad ...

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Bring #MeToo into the workplace

By Harper Cleves The #MeToo movement has gained traction globally since October 2017 following the allegations made by prominent Hollywood actors against media mogul Harvey Weinstein. In the wake of these accusations, actor Alyssa Milano posted a tweet calling on fellow survivors to post ‘me too’ in solidarity. Within 12 hours she had half a million replies. Furthermore, by the ...

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