What’s Current: Goldsmiths University LGBTQ+ Society defends gulags; is suspended by Student Union

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“Here’s a mini thread to clarify what a ‘gulag’ is, for those who only have heard it being used as a buzzword and why sending a bigot to one is actually a compassionate, non-violent course of action...”
The first tweet in a thread where the LGBTQ+ Society at Goldsmiths defended Soviet gulags.
  • The Twitter account of the LGBTQ+ society at Goldsmiths University in London suggested sending an intersex rights advocate to a gulag, then praised gulags as “compassionate” places of rehabilitation and education. They were criticized by historian Anne Applebaum, and the group was suspended by the Goldsmiths Student Union.
  • A report undertaken earlier this year indicates that as many as 65 inappropriate sexual incidents per week occur in England’s NHS mental health facilities, 95 percent of which are committed by patients.
  • Many women experience painful sex, and put up with it because they’re conditioned to normalize their discomfort, but this can be related to trauma, or to health conditions that should be treated by a doctor.
  • Angelos Sofocleous, the assistant editor of the Durham Philosophy Society journal, Critique, was fired on accusations of “transphobia,” after retweeting a comment that said, “RT if women don’t have penises.”
  • In Lesotho, Senate Masupha is fighting to change chieftainship inheritance laws that don’t recognize daughters.
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • M. Zoidberg

    I had vulvodynia for years until a female doctor suggested applying 5% lidocaine to my vulva (I don’t know about elsewhere, but you can get it over the counter in Canada.)

    What a freakin’ lifesaver!

  • acommentator

    “She seems leftist and has a graduate degree but holds these really deranged views around the Holocaust.”

    Leftist, rightist, liberal, conservative, none of it means that somebody won’t have nutty ideas or believe things that should easily be seen as untrue. Human nature is the same, race, religion, national origin, ideology. May make for some variation on which nutty ideas a person holds, but that is about it.

  • Morag999

    And that’s also why they chose to murder the babies and children first. So that their devastated mothers would utterly disintegrate and take the poison willingly.

  • Midori

    Haha…my bad. I’m SOOOO used to just seeing women being fired and targeted with rape and death threats over this gender shit, that I didn’t care checking. I apologise! But maybe, MAYBE now that a man got fired, people will start speaking up against this madness!

  • Elanore

    Brilliant definition.

  • Alawon.B

    Women DON’T have penises.

  • M. Zoidberg

    The pain actually continued in the absence of a sex life. It hurt to even sit down. I think it was stress that set it off in the first place; the lidocaine just helped me get back to some form of normal life.