The Bosenterfer

Rachel Bosenterfer
Stories from six decades of being female
Created 02 May 2021
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  • The Usual Suspects ...
    27 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 5 1
    Look how sweet he looked. I bet every single one of his cardigan pockets contained a hanky that smelled like parma violets. I wrote this in 2018, two years before his death at the age of 94 on 20 Nove...
  • This is for you, Allison
    14 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 1
    Any woman who dares to speak up for other women, or for children, will always be traduced by people whose motives are less than benevolent. The extraordinary feminist campaigner Josephine Butler (1828...
  • Don't mention the reign of terror
    24 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 7 2
    I have just listened to a fascinating seminar about Dee Graham’s Loving to Survive, published in 1994 by New York University Press which in that era was happy to publish books by radical feminists. Th...
  • Sexism is the original oppression
    23 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Sexism is everywhere, in the media, in our homes, in our workplaces, and in the places where we go for leisure. So is racism, of course. But sexism came first. There’s a strong argument that the tradi...
  • Colonialism invented the gender binary
    20 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    We all know it’s true. Before whitey arrived, all pre-colonial cultures were inclusive genderqueer paradises where undifferentiated folx blissed around in a rainbow haze. All chores were shared out eq...
  • History is written by the victors
    17 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 4 1
    A doctoral student at Oxford (let’s call her Flora) recently tweeted this, in response to Professor Kathleen Stock’s cri de coeur after her local branch of UCU (the trade union for academics) threw he...
  • Public schoolboys in general ...
    12 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Is the British electorate falling out of love with Boris Johnson, the man they seemed to think was such a laugh? There has been a little flurry of soul-searching articles and books about public school...
  • Surrogacy - no, just no
    06 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    If you are still on the fence about surrogacy, where a woman is made pregnant using assisted reproduction, and then gestates a baby for somebody else to remove and bring up as their own, try this mind...
  • The Usual Suspects ...
    13 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    And we’re being groomed via soap opera again. GC twitter went nuts on 5 July 2021 about a Hollyoaks storyline where trans character Sally St. Claire, having murdered a man, is beaten up by wicked TERF...
  • Is it true that the life expectancy of a black trans identified man is only 35?
    02 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    We’re in the midst of an epidemic of violence against trans people, shrieks Paris Lees. He goes on to say "I won’t bombard you with statistics from around the world but I can tell you that a 2014 repo...
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