Sci-Phi

Yesterday I visited the Seattle Center, primarily to go up to the observation deck of the Space Needle. That visit was part of my on-going location research for my work-in-progress novel, Seattle in Shorts. I had been postponing this journey to the top, because the weather has been quite cloudy and that limits what can…

I Won NaNoWriMo

I won NaNoWriMo in 2013, and so did thousands of others. In mid October I thought of an idea for a novel that was based around short stories set in Seattle and chose to adopt it as my National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] existing project. Despite two years of rebellion that mainstream project, designed to…

Cis Stained Argument

There are few quicker ways to lose an argument than to treat the people whom you are trying to persuade with disdain and hypocrisy. Yet that is precisely what Jennifer Finney Boylan has done in her Huffington Post article The ‘T’ Word. She shares the unfortunate inability of so many trans activists to realise the…

Banning Bindel Baiting

On Friday 5th December 2008 I was upset to be going home early from my Manchester University lecture, not upset that I was getting an early weekend, but upset because I had declined to attend a public lecture because I had to be in a course lecture. The public lecture that I missed was a…

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Inside and Outside Feminism

The war of words between (some) trans activists and (some) feminists follows a general pattern for seemingly intractable debates. That pattern is that protagonists present arguments that will go down well with their side, rather than constructively engaging with the other side. Of course, there are those few who do seek constructive engagement, as otherwise…

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They Do Not Dig TERF

This article was originally inspired by Delilah Campbell’s “Who Owns Gender” and its wonderful wordplay on TERF and turf wars over gender. TERF is a recent trans activist acronym for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist and at first sight it appears to be an improvement on the previous tendency to attack all radical feminists, or sometimes…

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She Is Not a Cissie Girl

There are few things more likely to lose a political argument than blatant hypocrisy, and that is a trap into which the trans community has fallen. A community that is so keen to define what others are allowed to call its members should not hypocritically impose a name on others. As I sit down to…