Panopticism and Pre-Emptive Discipline in the UK

[published in CounterPunch, 19 September, 2014] The Panopticon functions as a kind of laboratory of power.  Thanks to its mechanisms of observation, it gains in efficiency and in the ability to penetrate into men’s behaviour; knowledge follows the advances of power, discovering new object of knowledge over…

Dispelling Fictions and Disrupting Hashtags

[published in CounterPunch, 25 August, 2016] Last week there was a hashtag assault on gender critical women called #TERFweek enacted by a handful of transgender activists on the Internet which resulted in the usual series of straw man arguments and fictions crafted about anyone who writes critiques of gender. The usual…

Beyond the Gay Closet

[Published in Chicago Phoenix, January 13, 2014] I was politically active within the gay community in New York City from the late 1980s through the 1990s, working on issues of what was then known as “gay rights.” With groups such as Act Up I worked…