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…

Cyber Trolls and the Ineluctability of Online Abuse

[published in Medium, 24 March, 2016] On 7 February, 2016 NYMag.com published Jesse Singal’s phenomenally researched and written piece, “How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired,” which details the mishandling of an investigation and the defamation of the target of this…