Lighting, Rigged

Lighting rig

Thirty-five years ago, I was sexually assaulted at a gig. I never told anyone. But over the last few years, some stuff has prompted me to finally address it – by writing this poem. Standing by the ticket table, flogging … Read more

From Martin to Ada

Ada Hegerberg

Referring to this. You’ve won the Women’s Ballon d’Or You dribble, tackle, shoot and score But do you twerk? You strike a hard and well-aimed ball Around a wide defensive wall But do you twerk? Top scorer in the Champions … Read more

No Hope for Chope


I fancied some titilating photos    so I went on an upskirting hunt I didn’t really care about consent,    that’s if I’m being blunt I came across Sir Christopher    and thought I’d have a punt I’d capture a … Read more

Harvey is a Sex Addict


Harvey Weinstein is an addict Harvey, he just has to have it Harvey’s checked into a clinic Not convinced? You heartless cynic Harvey can not help himself Please pray for Harvey’s failing health Poor Harvey, he is sex addicted Please … Read more

Report: ETF Women’s Conference 2017


RMT’s delegation to the European Transport workers’ Federation Women’s Conference comprised Mary Jane Herbison, Michelle Rodgers, Lorna Tooley and Janine Booth. The conference was, unfortunately, squeezed into a short time on a single day. It still managed to do its … Read more

Disaffected Middle-aged Women


A new sociological category to scare the establishment … Somewhat like the angry youth But rather longer in the tooth We’re gobby, feisty, loud, uncouth We’re Disaffected Middle-aged Women Kicking our heels against the wall Plotting in the shopping mall Go … Read more

Measuring Up to be Microwaved


Yesterday was my radiotherapy booking-in appointment. So, off I went to the basement of Bart’s hospital to be fitted and measured. Some more forms to fill in and consents to be signed – this time, consenting to have permanent marks … Read more

Rude Words


When Donald Trump said “Grab them by the pussy” The objectionable word was not “pussy” It was “grab” His words were not “lewd” They were violent

The Sexism Olympics


Roll up, roll up for the Sexism Olympics Medals to be won! It’s not about your skill or fitness But your husband or your son! And the first event is … Giving Men Credit For Women’s Achievements. Step on to … Read more

Railway Woman


I am a railway woman, love my job I take you there and back, I take your fare Sometimes behind the scenes, sometimes you’ll see me I fix the track or operate the signal I clean the station, guard or … Read more

The Meeting

He tells us what to think and do And shouts until the air turns blue And when he’s done enlightening folk He goes outside and has a smoke. She bites her lip and lifts her hand Says “I’m not sure … Read more

Socialism and Liberation

This is the speech that I gave in the opening plenary of Workers’ Liberty’s ‘Ideas for Freedom’ event in 2013 – originally published here. On 23rd June 2012, Steven Simpson, a gay autistic student, was verbally abused, stripped, and his … Read more

Do Drunk Girls Deserve It?

An article from 27 September 2005: Today, I am pretty annoyed by reading articles about the Portman group’s report about boozing and the trouble it allegedly gets you into. The report, “Anatomy of a big night out”, claims that almost four in … Read more

Women in the Future

The final section of the Workers’ Liberty pamphlet ‘Comrades and Sisters’ looks at what socialism can offer women, and what sort of movement we need to win liberation. Formal Equality and its Limits Britain has had the Sex Discrimination Act … Read more

Women in the Present

The second section of the Workers’ Liberty pamphlet ‘Comrades and Sisters’ looks at women’s situation today. Domestic work, (badly-)paid work, the vast gulf between working-class and ruling-class women. Women in communities, and women in the welfare state. Religious fundamentalism, the … Read more

The Housewife’s Trial


An oldie from the 1980s, a decade of Thatcher, Reagan, crap haircuts and appallingly sexist washing powder adverts. They are not exactly bastions of feminism now, but in the 1980s we were subjected to images of women descending into hysterical … Read more