Children, sex, and the age of consent

A few days ago, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave a speech to the Sex and Law Conference in Sheffield, where he called – not for the first time – for the age of consent to be lowered to 14. This is a controversial issue, but also one where I am broadly on Tatchell’s side, … Continue reading

Exploring anarcha-feminism: liberty, morality, and economics in the sex industry

Part three in a series looking at anarchism as it relates to feminism, gender equality, and patriarchy. Integral to the feminist, particularly anarcha-feminist, outlook is the idea of sexual freedom. In the unpublished Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft made the point strongly that women “had strong sexual desires and that it was … Continue reading

Anarchism and the capital punishment debate

The subject of capital punishment evokes often ferocious debate. Each side, pro- and anti-, contends that the other lacks morality and/or reason because of their stance. Its existence and use has inspired a wide plethora of protests, songs, films, and writings, and it remains an emotive issue even where it is no longer carried out. … Continue reading