A feminist, a squatter, an environmentalist and a human rights activist speak: how does taking action affect mental health? This is the fifth article in Transformation's politics of mental health series.
I have Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of fleeing a forced marriage a decade ago. Writing and feminist activism helped me find a space for survival. This is the second article in Transformation's series on the politics of mental health.
We don't understand mental health, allocating the label only to those who are struggling. So good mental health, and its political causes, become invisible. An introduction to Transformation's new series on the politics of mental health. Content warning: anxiety, suicidal thoughts.
When power and
privilege are acknowledged and addressed, decisions over funding can unite people instead of dividing them. This is the
ninth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of
You can now be imprisoned for life under Uganda's anti-homosexual law. It was pushed through by religious pastors, whose moralising arm-twisting has silenced moderate voices. If you disagree with them, you may face blackmail.
Cities globally are starting to criminalize homelessness: banning begging and making free food provision illegal. I work within LGBTQ communities, whose multiple oppressions lead to a high level of homelessness. When I see police disrupting rough sleepers, I remember their life stories.
If money is power, then control over money has to be democratized. What
if grants to social movements of sex workers were distributed by sex workers
themselves? This is the eighth article in our series on money and social
people connect to political issues through personal stories, they see them in a
different way. They don’t just see democracy in the abstract, they see ‘my
democracy.’ The transformative potential of storytelling is written into the fabric
of our lives.
I remember when I first discovered internet porn – I was 17 years old. Fascinated by this world of unleashed sexual expression and fantasy, I couldn’t get enough of it. I thought I'd outgrow my porn habit over time. But I never did.
Feminists today are occupied by seemingly endless Twitter debates. But this is a politics of representation: our attention needs to move towards a politics of change. What are we not doing while so many of our movement's resources are being used like this?
“Anytime you take the right away from me to vote”, says
85-year old Augustine Carter in Richmond, Virginia, “that takes away my
freedom. And if I don’t have no freedom, then that makes me a slave” (video, 6
Living on an isolated island with my dog, it was a departure to find myself with 4,000 other LGBTQ people at the Creating Change conference. From Laverne Cox's opening speech to my yoga workshop, I learned that love is central to queer liberation.
While Dylan Farrow's child abuse allegations against Woody Allen hold the headlines, it is time for journalists to realise that sexual violence is not about evil individuals, Asian grooming gangs, or 1970s BBC culture.
When the AIDS activist movement ACT UP was formed in New York in 1987, 50 per cent of Americans wanted people with AIDS quarantined, while 15 per cent favoured tattoos. An interview with Sarah Schulman on her film United In Anger: A History of ACT UP.