Tuesday, 16 June 2020

TERF Wars: The Balance Of Power

My Little Pony Anime
Have you ever wondered why an innocuous statement such as "A woman is an adult human female" can get you labelled a bigot and Mumsnet is referred to as a hate group? Look up the word "TERF." Your search will no doubt bring up images like the one on the left. Let's talk about it and what is behind it. Warning: I'm GC. Govern yourselves accordingly.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

TERF Wars: The Quest For Peace

Danielle, a cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
I've been talking about trans issues for a while, first from the perspective of a bemused outsider, then from a more critical angle. After throwing my lot in with the gender critical side, I found myself in conversation with the mother of a trans child. This is what happened.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Have Local Authorities Lost Confidence In The Government?

Boris Johnson as a fool, a cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
I'm not usually shocked by tweets but this one floored me. While politicians often slug it out over ideology, there's usually a degree of trust and cooperation between local authorities and central government. This tweet indicates that it's breaking down. Why is that?

Monday, 18 May 2020

How The Left Lets Us Down: TERF Wars And Class War

TRA V Women, a cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
In my last post I talked about how the quest for validation in every area pits natal women against transwomen, particularly those who have not physically transitioned, and paints objectors as bigots. Today I'm going to talk about how the Left makes things worse for those of us who don't want to share female-only spaces with male-bodied people.

If you're easily offended, hit the back button now. I won't be pulling my punches.

Friday, 8 May 2020

TERF Wars: How The Battle For Validation Threatens Womens' Rights

Non-transitioned person
Woman, per TRAs
The TERF wars are upon us and sooner or later we will be obliged to pick a side. In the red corner are those who assert that a male-bodied person is a woman if they say so, and in the blue corner, those of us who believe in biological reality. WARNING: if you're easily offended, hit the back button. I will not be pulling punches here.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

US-UK Trade Agreement: Public Interest Groups Fear Corporate Influence Over Negotiations

Cartoon of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump FTA by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
Lest we forget, the US-UK Free Trade Agreement continues to simmer away in the background, as I was reminded today by the Citizens Trade Campaign. A range of public interest groups are concerned that the negotiators will allow industry lobbyists to have undue interest in the negotiations. Are they right to worry?

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Link Building - Effective, Authentic SEO

Cartoon version of me linking, by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is about lifting the website of your choice up the search engine rankings. Link building is one method of doing this authentically, thereby building trust as well as getting more hits.