I’m probably making a rod for my own back but I’ve put everything I’ve written over the last couple of years about various aspects of identity politics in one section on this blog – Identity politics. It’s probably fair to say that all of these pieces are me thinking out loud while trying to get to grips with complex and contentious issues and unwittingly dropping a few clangers along the way. Rather than have these pieces scattered all over this blog, I’ve put these writings in one place to make them easier to access. If for some unfathomable reason, any of you want to quote from any of these pieces, please bear in mind they’re attempts to either reach an understanding or express an opinion and should not be considered as definitive, scholarly statements in any way!
Once you’ve read through these pieces, apart from some links to readings in the list, you’ll notice the absence of anything on the issue of gender identity. This is because a) I’m still struggling to get my head round what’s a complex, sensitive and controversial issue and b) as the issue has not touched my lived experience and is not in my remit as a community / housing / class struggle activist, to be honest, I don’t feel that I’m qualified in any way to write about it. However, I’m open to the idea of putting up reasoned guest posts from all sides in a bid to encourage a constructive debate.
As ever, constructive criticism and civilised debate on what has been written are more than welcome…
Dave (the editor)