Second Council House of Virgo
The Second Council House of Virgo blog, formerly based in Glasgow, has relocated to Greece and comments across a variety of issues. The main pre-occupations are the struggle for Scottish Radical Independence, worldwide anti-colonial struggles, women's rights and feminist praxis.
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Lets go Beyond UK-OK : Guest Post from Kirsty McAlpine Reproduced with thanks from Women for Independence, via Bella Caledonia. The mission statement for Women for Independence states: "“We will ensure that there will be a space for women’s voices and interests in the campaign. Independence will create opportunities for women to engage in developing a fully democrati...
BD/SM and the reification of patriarchal sexuality (Part 1/2) : The shift in feminism from the second to the third wave has seen a number of challenges arise to what was thought to be established feminist thinking. One of those challenges is in the rise in acceptability of BD/SM (Bondage:Domination/Sadism:Masochism) and the numbers of women who identify as feminists engaging in the BD/SM subculture either as p...
Whats going on in the Internment Camps of Greece? : Up until October 19th, 2012, any migrant who had been detained in Greece as a result of not having legal papers to stay in the country, could be held for up to three months if they applied for asylum and six months if they did not, this was then extended to one year and 18 months respectively. The process of claiming asylum in Greece, both outwith...
Subjects, Objects and the Sex Industry : One of the areas which causes most consternation in feminist circles is the sex industry. Many, particularly women in the industry consider some of the narratives that surround abolitionist discourse insulting, demeaning and ultimately harmful. It is critical to appreciatie that within a situation of pre-existing power relations, the choice - how...
Blackwater: First Iraq, then Afghanistan …now Greece. : Blackwater is notorious. A private mercenary army, it first came to public attention in 2003 two years after it was founded after the US government contracted it to provide military support for the war in Iraq. Innumerable scandals followed. And now the Greek Government has enlisted its services for domestic duties. The first time Blackwater ...
More Popular Posts
- On the Bullying of Jolene Doherty January 17, 2013
- Blackwater: First Iraq, then Afghanistan ...now Greece. January 1, 2013
- Misogynists and the Left January 6, 2013
- Limmy: What the fuck happened? January 9, 2012
- Socialist Unity: Cesspit of the Left September 7, 2012
- Lets go Beyond UK-OK May 17, 2013
- Bangladeshi Workers: Dying to Survive May 14, 2013
- Is there Blood on your Strawberries? May 12, 2013
- Scottish Independence: A Step on the Road to Socialism May 10, 2013
- For A Balanced and Inclusive Independence Debate May 9, 2013
Books that I and other guest bloggers on the site have contributed to
Women on the Left
Foreword by Jenny Morrison
A diverse collection of biographies of significant radical women in history, contains articles on extraordinary women – from Nadezhda Krupskaya to Leila Khaled, from Constance Markievicz to Camila Vallejo, detailing their histories and their struggles in the political context of their time.
Scotland's Road to Socialism: A time to choose
Edited by Gregor Gall
Notwithstanding recent developments, like the split in the Scottish Socialist Party and the rise in opinion poll support for independence, there are longstanding debates about whether a 'Scottish' road to socialism is possible or desirable. This book is a collection of 22 essays by contributors were asked to consider the issues of what they mean by socialism; how and where can their socialism be achieved; and what role can Scottish developments play in the international movement for social justice and socialism.