The Left Hand of Darkness

[published in CounterPunch, 7 June, 2013] Since January of this year, the word ‘transphobia’ has been bantered about in mass media and social networking circles to such intensity that its definition has been expanded and in some instances grossly misrepresented.  ‘Transphobia’ has been used in recent months…

The Martyrdom of Angelina Jolie

[published in CounterPunch, 20 May, 2013] Catching a glimpse of a Facebook discussion this weekend, I noticed that Sharon Smith had written a piece entitled, “Why CounterPunch Owes Women an Apology” in the online weekly SocialistWorker.org regarding Ruth Fowler’s 14 May CounterPunch piece, “Angelina Jolie Under the…

On Rape and Neocolonialism

[Published in Counterpunch, 1 January, 2013] “Today I believe in the possibility of love; that is why I endeavor to trace its imperfections, its perversions.” ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks In the United Kingdom 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and 80,000 are raped…