Disenfranchisement Laws, Race and the U.S. Presidential Election

[published in CounterPunch, 21 June, 2016] 5.8 million Americans cannot vote because of felony conviction. One out of every thirteen African Americans has lost their voting rights due to felony disenfranchisement laws. Compare this with one in every forty-five non-black voters and it is clear that something…

Rape Culture and “Twenty Minutes of Action”

[published in CounterPunch, 17 June, 2016] Rape culture is a term coined by feminists in the 1970s which designates not only how females are vulnerable to sexual violence at the hands of males, but which speaks to the depth at which such violence is normalised. Quite…

Sex Inequality and the £330,000 Lottery

[published in CounterPunch, 3 June, 2016] Several weeks back a group of seventeen female French ministersbanded together to fight sexual harassment they had experienced throughout their careers. Their joint statement published in Journal du Dimanche states: “It’s not for women to adapt to these environments. It’s the behaviour of certain…