Gender: A Fun Guide [with presentation/Powerpoint format below]

gender: a fun guide

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Intersectionality: a fun guide [now in PowerPoint / presentation formation]

It’s so good to see Bob the Triangle being shared across the Internet and even used in workshops and as course material around the world.

I’ve had a number of requests to upload a higher resolution version of the picture, or one in a format more suited to presentations. So without further ado, here is the story of Bob the Triangle in six standalong images that can be put together in a presentation, etc. (And I think the spelling mistakes have been solved now…) Just click on the images to view them full-size, and you can save them individually. As ever all I ask is that you link back here or to my Twitter. Happy intersectionality-promoting! Continue reading Intersectionality: a fun guide [now in PowerPoint / presentation formation]

There can be no claims to social good when arms dealers are involved

The University of Sheffield made a major announcement on June 6th: it has secured £43million in funding to build a new research facility for the aerospace manufacturing industry. Fantastic, you might think. New jobs at a time of seemingly never-ending economic depression? Exactly what we need. More publicity and a better international standing for the University? Great. Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the facility, has even described it as “the most advanced factory in the world”. That all sounds brilliant, right? Continue reading There can be no claims to social good when arms dealers are involved

Striking the balance: food sovereignty and the question of aid

After running the London Marathon last year, I have to admit I felt smug. 26.2 miles – not everybody can do that. However, I was abruptly removed from my high horse when I spent the next three months living in rural Madagascar. There I met fishermen who thought nothing of running the sixteen miles from town to the sea, and sixteen miles back – carrying their catch! – every morning before lunchtime.

The fish in the seas on the coast of the Anosy region in south-east Madagascar, where I was based, are more than just food. They are livelihoods, a way of life. In a region where 90% of people live below the poverty line, and where over 50% of children in some villages suffer from growth defects caused by malnutrition, the nutritional value of fish is near priceless. However, it is also completely out of the financial reach of most people.

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To Boston, to people.

I’ve never been to Boston. I don’t know anybody in Boston. But I know what it’s like to run a marathon, I know how it feels to come to the end of months of training and the feeling of finally crossing the finish line after 26.2 miles. 26.2 miles of pushing through pain, pushing through feeling sick, pushing past the wall and finally running over that finish line. 26.2 miles of being surrounded by cheering crowds, by countless other runners with countless different t-shirts showing charities they’re raising money for, friends they’re running in remembrance of.  26.2 miles of people handing out water and sweets and total strangers cheering you on – people you’ll never see again giving you that high-five that keeps you going, giving you their enthusiasm when all you want to do is stop and sit down for a while to recover. Marathon day is like no other. Marathon day is when people come together, when it doesn’t matter if you agree with somebody’s politics or taste in music – what matters is that you are all there, you’re there to do good and to set a personal achievement and to support each other. And when you finally reach the finish line, surrounded by others who share your feelings of elation and joy – well, it’s a feeling unlike any other. Marathon day has a party atmosphere, a celebration atmosphere. And I simply cannot imagine what yesterday must have been like. The bombs went off at around the equivalent time that I reached the final stretch and the finish line last year in London. My heart goes out to everyone there. Sport brings people together. Sport unites. And to have that destroyed – it’s unimaginable and makes me sick to my stomach. Continue reading To Boston, to people.

Distractions and divisions are exactly what Thatcher would have wanted

If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet, a television or even just another human being over the last three to four hours, you might have heard the news that Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister and unwavering crusader for neoconservative politics, has died. Don’t worry, though – she passed away doing what she did best: distracting and dividing the Left.

Blanket coverage of her death has already begun – as I write this, five of the ten top stories on the BBC News website concern Thatcher’s demise, and the Twitter servers seem close to breaking point with the 140-character emotional frenzy currently exploding from the fingers of keyboard warriors everywhere.

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