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My letter to my MP about Universal Credit

Since there has been some discussion of this, and my recent change in circumstances, I finally found the impetus to write to my MP regarding the many problems with Universal Credit and its implementation. I see in my Twitter feed … Continue reading

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Work and other depressing truths

[CONTENT NOTE: Depression; Brief discussion of suicidal ideation.] Things change apace for Yours Truly. I have been forced into a seasonal contract to work in the Food Hall at a well-known department store. I say “forced” because some 25 years … Continue reading

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Grown-up things like taxes

I’ve now been in full-time paid employment for four weeks, which is the first time in nearly a decade since this has been true. While I am not suited to normal office hours, and therefore struggle with things like getting … Continue reading

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What does “hard-working” mean anyway?

We heard a lot about “hard-working families” during the general election campaign, and again now that two of the main parties (although how “main” the Liberal Democrats can be said to be now is open to debate) are involved in … Continue reading

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Nonconsensual CBT is a Hard Limit (Why forcing therapy on JSA is wrong)

So today I’m hearing via twitter that the Tories, and the Lib Dems, both have ideas about forcing people on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and other out-of-work benefits to submit to mental health treatment. The Tories are blatant about it: they … Continue reading

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Clarkson is not Top Gear’s Compo

By now, I doubt many of my readers will be unaware of the news that Jeremy Clarkson, part of the presenting team for BBC show Top Gear, has been suspended for throwing a punch at a producer on the show, … Continue reading

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SHORT STORY: “Not Paid To Like You”

The prompt for this story was the title. It conjured a couple of vignettes that I then stitched into this story. One or two points aren’t realistic, including the part with the main prompt! Specifically, in that a good sex … Continue reading

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Editing is a political act: changes to reply to Observer transphobe free speech letter

So, last week’s letter defending the right of transphobes and whorephobes to impose themselves on audiences at will received a response. It turned out that the transphobes’ letter had been edited, and the same is true of the response. I … Continue reading

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4 months and a few quid later

In amongst the furore this week over the ATVOD regulations being changed to match the BBFC guidelines (and thereby potentially putting excellent feminist fetish porn producers out of business), something significant has occurred for me in a related area. Those … Continue reading

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On valuing the domestic

Friday was an unusual day, but one that makes a lot of sense in terms of who I think I might be. You see, in the family home, I have taken over vacuuming and dusting duties in large parts of … Continue reading

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