• My Thoughts on the World

    #YesAllWomen, Own Your Anger

    I wasn’t going to publish this post, but Imo (my imaginary monster friend) said I should. So here it is. My take on the “#YesAllWomen” phenomenon. As some of you know, I was a “Feminist Writer” for many, many years. Eventually, I gave up Feminism due to reasons. Too much neurosis, too much pain. And I decided to plunge into the world of yoga, mindfulness and general self-help, because that is what heals my neurosis and my pain. And, I hope, is what will help other people heal their neurosis and their pain. Feminism meets Self-Help Last week, or the week before, something in the Feminist World grew so big…

  • Stories of my life

    Letting Go of the Dream

    Caveats: This is probably the scariest and most vulnerable thing I’ve ever published. This post is about me saying goodbye to Feminism and a dream I had for years. And it’s about… “failing”. I go on a bit about me, my past, my story and what I dream of for the future. This piece is most like… a collection of thoughts, rather than a coherent article. It is also very long. You should read it if you have ever had to let go of a dream, or if you’re trying to let go of a dream and would like some company and insight on what the process is like.  …

  • Working with Stuff

    Primer on “Sovereignty”

    So. We were at our feminist book club meeting. And a couple of students got talking about lecturers. And how some were seriously wrong. And male. They were male and they were sexist and they were simply wrong because they were sexist and sexism is wrong. Got it? Wrong. Because sexism. Good. Now, the issue was that… not everyone at their University thought these male lecturers were wrong. Oh, *we* totes did; we are feminists after all. But, as you know, we live in a society where “sexism” isn’t necessarily recognised, and even then, not seen as a “bad thing”. Or a “bad enough thing”. So. What is a feminist…

  • Working with Stuff

    Online Workshop! Working with our Stuff – Objectification Edition

      Gather round, everyone! Widdershins presents… Its First Online Class on the subject of “Objectification, how it affects us personally and what we can do about it” Awesome! I’m really excited and I’m proud to say I’m not completely paralysed with fear. Which is sure proof that this stuff works! So. “What is this Online Class of which you speak?“ It’s like a Feminist workshop, but online. ‘Cuz it’s the future, yo! You sign up HERE and you’ll be sent an e-mail with a link. On Sunday at 7 you log in to the site by following the link and using your e-mail address. Then you’ll be taken to a…

  • Working with Stuff

    Giving Legitimacy to our Feelings

    One of the reasons why we end up in this fabulous world of Feminism is because… we need strength in our beliefs. We don’t like something “in the mainstream”. We “feel” it’s wrong, or at least “wrong for us”. And so we learn to reject it on sound political and rational grounds. What we are doing is “borrowing strength” from each other to be able to say “I do not want this”. Seeking permission from each other to “not be ok with this mainstream thing”. It’d be wonderful if it worked… But it kinda… doesn’t. Here’s the thing: if there’s something “in the mainstream” which you “feel” to be wrong……