Reviews

Understanding racism in ScotlandSJWWed, 18/07/2018 - 11:10

No Problem Here — Understanding Racism in Scotland challenges “the conventional ‘race-blind’ narratives that Scotland and its elites have crafted over many years,” according to which “Scotland does not have a serious racism problem.”

This “now powerful myth that there is ‘no problem here’” has put down even deeper roots in recent years as a result of “the new common sense of Scottish politics, the dominant story that has been forged by the SNP and others.”

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Diversifying sexuality
Queer Sex
SJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 11:36

This book that is simultaneously poignant, thought-provoking, ground-breaking and refreshingly honest.

Subtitled as ‘A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships,’ Queer Sex is really a first foray into the possibilities of trans sexuality, intimacy and desire. This foray dovetails with Roche’s own experiences as a trans woman seeking intimacy and fulfilling sexual relationships.

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120 bpm: a window into the AIDS crisis
120 bpm
SJWTue, 22/05/2018 - 20:29

Based on some of the direct experience of its director Robin Campillo, 120 bpm is an affecting drama about ACT UP Paris.

ACT UP was formed in 1987 in New York but chapters spread across the US and Europe based on a militant, direct action approach to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. At the centre of this film is the relationship between two members — Sean, a founder member, HIV+, angry and militant and the new recruit Nathan, quieter, HIV- and new to the activist world.

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The myth of the “Testosterone Rex”

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:25 Author: Ruth Willis
T-Rex

Even before I read Cordelia Fine’s 2010 book Delusions of Gender I believed gender to be a social construct. But as the parent of children of both sexes I thought I could see differences that meant something more than social contingencies.

But Fine’s book explained and demonstrated how pervasive, subtle and insidious gender conditioning is; and, vitally, how it can be challenged and undermined.

In her latest book, Testosterone Rex Fine turns her attention to the question of sex hormones with a focus on the titular beast testosterone.

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1868: a worker-socialist reviews Capital
Josef Dietzgen
SJWTue, 08/05/2018 - 15:01

Published in the ‘Demokratisches Wochenblatt’ 1st, 22nd, 29th August and 5th September 1868

If I remember rightly, it was Goethe, who, on his death bed, called for “Light, more light”. Whether a lack of earthly light moved him to this, or, as the pious would perhaps have it, the prospect of heavenly light in the hereafter, the light of knowledge, which the present work has in abundance, has the same effect on me.

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The lessons of Repeal the 8th

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 9:39 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth
Repeal 8th artwork

Elizabeth Butterworth reviews Repeal the 8th, edited by Una Mullally (2018, Unbound press)

Viewing the Repeal movement from my little shared one bed in north London, it’s easy to romanticise the struggle of my Irish sisters.

Many aspects of the Repeal movement deserve to be extolled and are genuinely moving. Whether Irish Repeal activists win or lose the referendum on 25 May – and it looks from the outside like they may win – the Repeal movement can provide useful lessons for activists around the world.

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Behind Wakanda’s utopian vision
Black Panther audience
SJWWed, 14/03/2018 - 13:15

Firstly, I like Black Panther as a character. My first introduction him was in the highly acclaimed (and short lived) ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ TV series from 2010.

The portrayal of this character was that of a stoic, no nonsense, quiet member of the team, who relied on his instincts and intellect to overcome more powerful enemies.

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A book that will make socialistsMatthewWed, 28/02/2018 - 11:04

They say that people — young people in particular — don’t read books any more. I hope that’s not true, because books have always been powerful weapons in the struggle for socialism, and many of us can look back to a particular pamphlet, novel or collection of essays and say, “that’s what convinced me”.

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Let’s call it a day on the “Cambridge Five”

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 12:55 Author: John Cunningham

Yet another book on the “Cambridge Five” rolls off the press (Enemies Within: Traitors, Spies and the Making of Modern Britain by Richard Davenport-Hines), and it’s time to stifle yet another yawn as this mini-industry and apparent national obsession with posh spies.

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The People of the BookMatthewWed, 14/02/2018 - 12:04

Books have been a great factor in human culture. The Qur’an says: “Do not argue with the People of the Book except only by the best manner, except the unjust among them. Tell them, ‘We believe in what is revealed to us and to you. Our Lord and your Lord is one. We have submitted ourselves to His will’.”

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