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feminist killjoy, affect alien, angry queer woman of colour

A Joyous Killjoy Debt: To Ama Ata Aidoo

I am writing this post to express my gratitude to Ama Ata Aidoo. Ama Ata Aidoo died on May 31, 2023. Gratitude can be grief. I am deeply indebted to Ama Ata Aidoo for how she repurposed the figure of … Continue reading

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Common Sense as a Legacy Project: Some Implicationsj

In my previous post Common Sense as a Legacy Project, I explored how common sense becomes a way of defending national culture, social traditions and social institutions from perceived threats. The book Common Sense Conservativism for a Post-Liberal Age repeatedly … Continue reading

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Common Sense as a Legacy Project

Common sense tends to be understood in a commonsensical way at least by those who appeal to it. We typically hear of common sense as what we have lost or what we need to resolve a conflict or dispute in … Continue reading

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#KilljoySolidarity

The Feminist Killjoy Handbook is out in the world! Bringing it out into the world has taken time – and my blog has been quiet during that time. I am glad to share its arrival here. Please do order the … Continue reading

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Feminism as Lifework: A dedication to bell hooks

A lifework: the entire or principal activity over a person’s lifetime or career. To be a feminist is to make feminism your lifework. I am deeply indebted to bell hooks for teaching me this – and so much else, besides. … Continue reading

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The Complainer as Carceral Feminist

I am often asked how my arguments about complaint activism relate to the projects of transformative and restorative justice as well as abolitionist feminism. In an answer to one such question, I spoke of my caution in using some of … Continue reading

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Feminist Ears

In today’s lecture,  I will reflect back on my project on complaint, and in particular, my method of listening to complaint, listening as learning about violence. I was inspired to do this research after taking part in a series of … Continue reading

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Complaint as a Queer Method

You might have a fight on your hands.* You might have to fight for room, room to be, room to do, room to do your work without being questioned or being put under surveillance.  You might have to fight to … Continue reading

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After Complaint

I have been listening to stories of complaint. I have been collecting complaints.  To collect can mean to go to a place and bring somebody back or to bring things together from different times or places. To bring somebody back, … Continue reading

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Gender Critical = Gender Conservative

Content Warning: The following post includes a discussion of transphobia and transmisogyny. How has gender become a map of a moment? Why do so many movements present themselves as against gender? In a recent article, Judith Butler shows how the … Continue reading

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