Jess Glenny's comments

I want to read it! Fabulous!
Would love to see!
even less known in the US than over here, but my Latin American lesbian friends know all about her. I discovered her after being blown away by her singing 'Paloma Negra' in the film 'Frida. Most of the interesting stuff written about her hasn't been translated from Spanish - shame. She's amazing.
Really true??!
explodes all my feminist preconceptions about beauty contests. Much appreciation to trans people for their ongoing disruption of what we thought we knew was good and moral in the eighties. There's no solid ground to stand on now, and the fluidity feels healthier.
but in the UK queer ballroom dancing is really big. Maybe it is in Israel too. So I'm also baffled (though in a sad way not surprised) by the feminisation of a clearly, publicly butch woman. Give her a tux and a woman to dance with for god's sake.
a UK citizen, US gun laws are Wild West. As Tiff says of France, civilians cannot legally bear arms here without a hunting licence, and even then you can't tote your gun around the streets. Even the police aren't allowed to bear arms unless they're specially trained armed officers. While some...
Just awesome!
was so stupendously good in this film that for me she raised it out of the slush pit in which it otherwise belonged. Why isn't she up there with Vanessa Redgrave and all of those people. She's an actor of the first order. I'd love to see her in some Shakespeare. But of course Meryl Streep (also...
was just at Tate Modern in London - loved it.
profoundly female about a butch body': I know what you mean.
masculinity as a feature of your brain? I'm interested in the felt experience. (Most often these discussions take place in the head, where anything can be rationalised and nothing has the substance of feeling.) As one of my friends noticed the other week, there's a transgressive man in here - along...
allergic to that arch thing you refer to in the final paragraph. I hate it for exactly the reasons you say. I'm not butch, but me too, I just say it. I don't think this is only a butch voice; it's a clear voice that says what it means and means what it says. A large part of my process of becoming...
Thanks.
Artists should be paid for their work.
a 'like' button on here!
Tosha. But, sorry to disillusion you, this is not just an American issue, though I do agree that yoga is probably just a bit less commodified here in the UK. Still, we have been influenced by the US dumb-ass approach. My Spanish-French yoga teacher friend tells me that yoga culture in France is...
'Thatcher, Thatcher, milk snatcher'. Having lived through it, in some ways it all seems more real than now! This is what it's like to be middle-aged!
scene in which the young MT tries to convince the local Conservative Party that she should stand as MP. There's some sense of the gender and class politics here. And there are scenes that show Parliament as a kind of men's club - actually, they over-egg it a bit, as Thatcher was not the first woman...
I breast-fed my son (in London, UK) all over the place, on the underground, in supermarkets, in cafes, sitting on the pavement. One or two people looked away a bit embarrassed, most just carried on without paying much attention, and quite a few - men as well as women, and from all sorts of cultural...
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