Transcript from Yvonne Jonsson Memorial (27 November 2019, Colombo)

  (I was asked by the family and friends of Yvonne Jonsson to share some thoughts on the evening of a memorial for her, organized in Colombo. Below is the slightly edited transcript of that short address. Here is a statement by women’s rights activists for additional context.) [Name and intro] I am an activist and… Read More Transcript from Yvonne Jonsson Memorial (27 November 2019, Colombo)

Private Parts: Obscenity and Censorship in the Digital Age

Image description: Illustration of body and various objects. Artist: Umaimah Damakka From GenderIT.org (Excerpt) Earlier this year, the telecommunications minister of Bangladesh declared a ‘war on pornography’, blocking access to around 20,000 websites and banning TikTok, the Chinese-owned video production and sharing app. The move came after a petition citing ‘obscenity’ was filed by a… Read More Private Parts: Obscenity and Censorship in the Digital Age

The Men I Know: A ‘young feminist’ from the third world speaks from inside the #MeToo moment(s)

(Excerpt) Preface In October 2017, I said ‘#MeToo.’ I did it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These were my words: ‘Me too. As a child. As an adult. By men I know and men I don’t know. More than once. More than twice.’ This piece is not about the everyday sexual harassment we face; not… Read More The Men I Know: A ‘young feminist’ from the third world speaks from inside the #MeToo moment(s)

Where have all the queer women gone?: An Editorial for GenderIT

  (Commissioned and originally published by GenderIT.org in December 2017.) How the stories of movements for queer liberation are told is a historically complicated thing. What and who constitute the gay rights movement is a perennial question to which we know now clearly that there is no one answer. There is no homogeneous ‘LGBT’ community in… Read More Where have all the queer women gone?: An Editorial for GenderIT