There’s a bunch of stuff pinging up on Facebook at the moment about informed consent and being a feminist man, which is kind of fantastic, but is also obviously a discourse trying to establish itself and its foundations and its limits and making some mistakes in the process. I should send you this thing, it’s really fascinating because it’s a list of things to do as a feminist man if you’re dating that is couched in the language of emotional literacy, but is structurally and stylistically problematic i.e. fucked. The author is obsessed with making micro contracts, speaks in binaries of good/bad, safe/unsafe, even man/woman although it claims to be more gender plural. It’s also written entirely in imperatives and makes incredibly bold claims about the capacity of language and speech to communicate pure content. So far, so many miles away from feminist theory. Most perversely, it’s educating men to sort of help women out, encourage them to express themselves and their wishes and limits, but the only women who would ever need that much help would have to be sexually immature (literally too young to be having sex, back away feminist man!!!) or have experienced some kind of trauma. The whole thing is basically written about woman, the subject supposed to be traumatised. I would be deeply affronted if I wasn’t so shocked by the possibility that this is the case. Obviously this is a very white, privileged, male thing to realise.
Think about your washing machine breaking down your boiler breaks and you have a flood. Now think how much you can live on, , look at what you will have to find before you think about food or are you going to live on the streets, walk to the houses of Parliament each day in the same clothes, Your shoes need to be replaced as you wear them out quicker having to walk miles to get cheap things. As it will cost £27 rates £20 minimum to pay for your Electric and Gas see if he can live on £7 for food and so on. Ask him can he feed himself on £1 a day and find some medication or get his child to the doctors. Also find money to pay for Insurance for his property and contents. A bus trip too get his food will add even more, licence for TV. Only some dumb thick ignorant wealthy idiot could possible think he could live on that. Then there is bank charges to find, new clothes you need to find. Your child is growing out of his clothes and need to find a new jumper to go to school with a shirt and Trousers there all different each school you go too.Walk in the freezing cold to sign on its only about 7 miles away. Now do it for 3 year and find out how much the second hand washing machine will cost to replace the broken one, the £500 to £700 to replace the heating system. Now how to you afford the toilet paper the washing up liquid the soap to wash your self and your clothes.Brian Tempest, https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/iain-duncan-smith-iain-duncan-smith-to-live-on-53-a-week
Is Tim Maughan’s “Limited Edition” the best short story of 2012? We think so, and we’re not alone: the story has been shortlisted for this year’s BSFA Award.
Judge for yourself: here’s Limited Edition in all its great handsomeness, complete with striking original artwork by Robert Carter. If you like it, vote for it!
(c) Tim Maughan, 2012
first appeared in Afterparty Overdrive (Arc 1.3), Autumn 2012.
Eugene Sureshot, one mile tall, strides through the wasteland. Where his limited edition trainers hit the ground deserts bloom, city blocks rise and mountains rip themselves from the ground. Vistas erupt from each footfall, spreading like bacteria, mingling, creating landscapes. New places from the dead ground. Civilisations rise, intricate detail evolves around the soles of giant feet.
[…] makes the central committee of the SWP seem yet more patently an institution that requires urgent overhaul and radical ventilation […] Cohen’s article is intended to obliterate this perspective together with all its nuances, and to stick the liberal boot in to the SWP with the maximum possible wild thuggish abandon at just the moment when it is calculated to be at its most vulnerable and defenceless.KS
Thorstein Veblen, “Why is Economics not an Evolutionary Science?” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 12:4 (1898)
I think the most interesting thing we’ve learnt in this whole debate so far is that Laurie Penny’s vagina hasn’t read any feminist theory. I’m not judging her vagina for not having done so - it’s not like my bits have their own personal library, either - but I think she makes an important case for judging humans on what their genitalia feel like they truly are rather than the books they’ve read (or not). If a vagina wants to wear a moustache, bowler hat and braces, that’s fine with me. If a vagina has always felt that they are a vagina despite appearances to the contrary of the heteronormative ideal, that’s fine with me. If there’s anything worse than a vagina throwing its PhD around and wetting the bed, it’s a vagina that aspires to faux-working class aspirations and promotes a reductive notion of what gender is, and thinks it’s okay to promote hate in a ‘liberal’ national newspaper. They’re the type of vagina I really hate.JM