Being trashed: the gendered politics of academic play

  I’ve been thinking quite a lot about play recently, particularly whether play can help us reimagine and refashion what statehood could mean within progressive polities. Typically, left engagements with the state gravitate towards critique or reform – both carry an attitude of instrumental, goal-oriented, serious action. Play, from this perspective, seems a ludicrous way […]

Bringing the utopian into our gender politics

This piece was spurred by reading on-line comments from an anarchist feminist conference, in which an organiser was repeatedly attacked for being a TERF (a trans-exclusionary radical feminist). Conflict over the terms of gender politics has been mounting for decades. In the face of deepening disagreement, might there be some overlooked common ground worth building […]

Dawn of the planet of the …bonobos?

Despite glowing reviews, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes makes for disappointing viewing. Alpha male apes say things like: “apes don’t kill apes”; and the plot is a simplified Prisoners’ Dilemma. Cooperation would benefit both sides, but in the absence of trust, apes and humans attempt to destroy each other before being destroyed in turn. It […]