sex and sexuality

What is gender? - Mary Holmes

Sex, gender, orientation

A contemporary introduction to the various sociological, philosophical and political approaches to gender.

One dimensional woman - Nina Power

One dimensional woman - Nina Power

Exposes the dark heart of contemporary cultural life by examining pornography, consumer capitalism and the ideology of women's work.

The anatomy of a joke

Not funny

Polite Ire takes on 'banter' by analysing what makes a joke funny. Written in the wake of the website 'UniLad' openly advocating rape 'as a joke'.

Gender and protest

'Family values'

Polite Ire argues that patriarchy cannot be challenged without taking on capitalism and the state - and vice versa.

Gender and the state

A white knight

Polite Ire looks at the links between gender and the state, arguing that masculinity is constructed in the image of the state.

Rape culture

Rape culture

Polite Ire critiques rape culture, where the use of women as objects is normalised.

Gender inequality and gender differences

Polite Ire critiques gender essentialism and fashionable brain imaging studies.

Primitive communism, barbarism and the origins of class society - Lionel Sims

Mammoth hunting: big-game abundance

Lionel Sims on primitive communism, in particular examining the claims of Frederick Engels.

A slice of an assembly and some interventions by the Metropolitan Indians

A L'Europeo article, presumably around '77, containing coverage of an assembly and interviews with Metropolitan Indians.