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Category Archive: Stray thoughts

Jul 23 2014

What I hear when you ask “Can’t I say anything without offending you?”

If folk stop listening to you, it may not be that they can’t stand your superior thoughts; it may be that they can’t stand you.

Jul 16 2014

25 comments from this blogger’s school reports

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I recently dug out thirteen years’ worth of school reports. There are some gems in there, many of which make me think my teachers knew me better than I realised.

Jun 30 2014

Rolf Harris: the day it turned out nice men can be predators

Admitting Harris was a nice guy means admitting, too, that apparent nice guys do what he did.

Jun 17 2014

Grandmother, you’re a bully – and I’m disowning you.

One 23-year-old’s last letter to a relative who won’t leave him alone.

Jun 16 2014

The trouble with Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A well put-together, thoughtfully directed thriller’s script still fails fundamentally at what it sets out to do.

Jun 03 2014

I’m proud to be “ideological”

I. I’m tired of ‘ideological’ being a dirty word – tired of Westminster suits weaponising it, having it thrown at me when I say Isla Vista had a context and skeptics who rail against feminists ‘importing an “ideology” into the crystalline purity of their movement’. A coherent, connected set of principles that inform how you think is not a bad …

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Jun 01 2014

On the meaning of white terrorism

I’m not trying to commandeer paranoid fears of terror threats for progressives – I’m trying to destabilise them.

May 28 2014

No, entitled queeriatrics everywhere, this angry young queen won’t pipe down

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If we’ve so much to learn from you, why did things go to shit before my time? And who am I cleaning up after, if not you?