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Link: “Judith Butler: ‘We need to rethink the category of woman’”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/07/judith-butler-interview-gender

I really liked this interview. Both the part about gender being a “negotiation” – the interplay between the expectations society places on you and your desires for yourself – and this part about identity making a poor basis for politics that I will just quote in full:

My own political view is that identity ought not to be the foundation for politics. Alliance, coalition and solidarity are the key terms for an expanding left. And we need to know what we are fighting against and for, and keep that focus.

It is imperative that we work across differences and that we build complex accounts of social power. Accounts that help us to build links among the poor, the precarious, the dispossessed, LGBTQI peoples, workers and all those subject to racism and colonial subjugation. These are not always separate groups or identities, but overlapping and interconnected forms of subjugation that oppose racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia but also capitalism and its destructions, including the destruction of the Earth and indigenous ways of life.

Link: “Michelle Telfer has been a lifesaving advocate for hundreds of trans children. But her work doesn't come without controversy”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-24/michelle-telfer-trans-children-health/100137192

Watched this item the other night on Australian Story and it was truly uplifting. There’s tragically a lot of fearmongering about trans kids accessing appropriate medical care but this story made it clear how essential it is – and, I think, was also very reassuring about how careful and stepped treatment is (e.g. puberty blockers are given early on, hormones started years later, surgery available only once kids have turned 18 – with informed consent needed every step of the way). Very glad trans kids in Victoria have access to this resource.

Link: “Phyllis Papps and Francesca Curtis came out on national TV in 1970. Their actions changed Australia forever”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-15/phyllis-papps-francesca-curtis-lesbian-activists-share-story/13234670

Viv and I watched the documentary that this article summarises last night. It’s truly flooring that not so long ago – 1970 is certainly within my parents' memories – lesbians had to ensure such vitriol and even psychiatric abuse. Such brave women. And as much as things have changed, of course, we know there’s yet more work to do.

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