Weaponised Gender Politics

30 Nov

Random Public Journal

By Jason Michael

“I TELL YOU THIS EARLY MORNING,” said the Irish rebel Michael Collins shortly after concluding the Anglo-Irish Treaty, “I signed my own death warrant.” It has become a studied habit of mine never to discuss feminism and gender politics. It has always seemed to me that, as a man and as a man who belongs to not one but two exclusively male institutions, venturing into the world of gender politics is like seeing a sign that reads: DANGER! LANDMINES and still thinking clambering over the wire fence to pick the flowers on the other side is a good idea. So, this decision to comment on the political weaponisation of gender politics feels like the signing of my own death warrant. Let’s see how it goes.

First, a preamble of sorts: When I engage with women online to address statements they have made or articles they have…

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