A collection of writing, from science fiction through politics to medieval history, with some bits and bobs thrown in for good measure.
Was Catharism an ‘ism’, or have inquisitors and then scholars created a organised dualist movement where no such thing really existed? My review of an entertainingly bad-tempered collection is here.
New story! The Night They Sacked New Rome is published in Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction 59, out now. It’s inspired by the 2011 riots and in particular by my young neighbours at the time. It’s about as cheering as my fiction ever is, so check it out.
A great review of Marxism and Women’s Liberation by Judy Cox on Counterfire.
‘This book is a timely and valuable contribution to the discussion about the causes and consequences of women’s oppression. The collection of four essays is very accessible and also very sophisticated. The authors provide a clear and coherent Marxist analysis of women’s oppression. By doing so, they explain why we are where we are and what we can do about it.’
I particularly like that she gets the importance of Cordelia Fine’s work on brain sex: ‘a fascinating debunking of these influential but fanciful theories’. Exactly!
Almost a year ago now, I was interviewed about feminism by Jose Maria Martinelli, and clips from that interview are now part of Jose’s brilliant critique of traditional masculinity, Men Cry. Check it out on Youtube here.
New book, with a chapter by me on where does sexism come from, on sale now at Counterfire.
The Second Wave of the fight for women’s liberation, which erupted in the late 1960s, put women’s equality on the political agenda.
Nearly 50 years later much has been achieved, but inequality survives and the lives of too many women and men are blighted by an economic regume that fails to provide basic necessities, let alone the hope of liberation.
This essential introduction to women’s liberation discusses the origins of sexism, the intersection of race and women’s oppression and the history of women’s struggles. It probes the movement’s strengths and weaknesses and tries to learn lessons from the past that can help in today’s struggle for real freedom.
A great recent review on Climate and Capitalism: http://climateandcapitalism.com/2016/06/13/a-diet-of-austerity-class-food-and-climate-change/
It reminded me that I never posted the link to the review on Counterfire – most remiss of me! http://www.counterfire.org/articles/book-reviews/17850-a-diet-of-austerity