Jules Joanne Gleeson — Internet Writing

This is an updated page which collects all my published pieces which are available online.

Interfere Journal

Conflict, Recognition & Transition (December 2020) - On the clusterfuck consuming British feminism, and some philosophical escape hatches.

Invert Journal

Transsexual Solidarity (June 1, 2020)

Salvage Magazine

Gender Identity Communism (May 3, 2020) - 'A Gay Utopian Examination of Trans Healthcare in Britain' (Co-written with JN Hoad)

Jstor Daily

Robert Brandom on Parrots, Norms, and Floggings (9 January 2020) - Introduction to a leading figure in American Pragmatism.

Judith Butler: The Early Years (June 19, 2019) - An introduction to Butler's writings on gender and embodiment from the 1980s.

Tribune Magazine

Labour Party Bottom (7 February 2020) - A review of Huw Lemmey's Red Tory: My Corbyn Chemsex Hell, a fictional expose of the Labour Party's centrist twink underground.

'Marx Goes Out To Town' (July 8, 2019) - A review of George Comninel's book Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx. Includes an overview of the scholarly movement 'Political Marxism'.

New Socialist (UK)


This Infamous Proposal (14 March) - On abolishing the family.

What's To Debate? (27 February) - Exploration of of the sex/gender distinction as it exists (and does not exist) in English common law.


A Curse On Both Your Brexits (April 4) - Ultra-leftist critical examination on prevailing views on the hot button issue of the decade. Rejects both 'Lexit' and 'Another Europe Is Possible' type lines as inadequate responses to the global trend of insurgent nationalism.

Implicit Crisis (January 6) - A review of Asad Haider's first book, including examination of the 'paratext' provided by Viewpoint Magazine, and an introduction to Afro-Pessimism.


An Anatomy of the Soyboy (February 3) - An embedded exploration of the contradictory ways effeminacy gets treated by 4chan, featuring an examination of alt-right claims concerning soy products, and an introduction of the ambiguous 'femboy' gender category to Marxist theory.

Lesbians Going Their Own Way? A Critical View of the London Pride Hi-Jacking (July 19)

On the Guardian's Transphobic Centrism (October 21) - A response to The Guardian's notorious editorial on the Gender Recognition Act. Considers the two major transfeminist tendencies that are resisting the phobic tide sweeping the UK (NGOpportunism and revolutionary trans feminism).


Normietivity: A Review of Angela Nagle's Kill All Normies  (September 17) - A critical look at the first full-length book to analyse the alt-right, drawing from my own research into contemporary fascism, and experiences of internet culture.

Homintern Magazine

Three Lesser Known Contours (11 November, 2019) - A Triptych of Essays Examining Anatomical Indeterminacy and Erotic Skillsets.

Mute Magazine

Breakthroughs & Bait: On Xenofeminism & Alienation (19 October, 2019) - A response to the Xenofeminist Manifesto, and its critics. Tackles the history of rationalism, trans healthcare, and the pitfalls of eliminative logic.

Commune Mag

Intersex Liberation (July 26, 2019) - Introductory piece on the social condition of intersex people, and political action points for our liberation.

The Verso Books Blog

Full Surrogacy Now: A Mini Symposium (June 4, 2019) - An introduction to Sophie Lewis' Full Surrogacy Now (with Natasha Lennard and MacKenzie Wark).

The Future of Trans Politics (March 14, 2019) - Co-written piece with Nathaniel Dickson on the revolutionary horizon for trans people. Covers childhood transitions, dissociation (and how we can respond to it politically), gender and migration, and the limits of corrected language.

Depathologising, Repathologising: the WHO’s New Guidelines for Trans and Intersex Healthcare (November 26, 2018) - An examination of the term 'Disorders of Sex Development', from a queer historical perspective.

Trans Ethics, Not Gender Ideology: Against the Church and other 'Gender Critics'  (June 27, 2018) - An immanent consideration of Catholic and secular efforts to cast trans people as 'confused and deluded' by so-called gender ideology. I then offer an alternative view: trans communities bringing about workable lives (as best we can).

The Wound: Effeminacy Against Manhood, Mountain Against City (April 20, 2018) - An in-depth review of South African gay coming of age drama Inexba, including a detailed analysis of the controversy surrounding its local release, and other media fictionalising the manhood rite.

Hypocrite Reader

An Aviary of Social Reproduction (February 16, 2019) - An experimental essay on wombs, eggs, and other workplaces.


I'm Intersex and I Wish the Gender Recognition Act Was More Inclusive (October 21, 2018) - Reporting on the legal plight of intersex people in the UK, features interviews with a selection of British intersex people.

Pluto Press Blog

How Do Gender Transitions Happen? (Encounters and Communities) (September 22, 2018) - A philosophical investigation of two prevailing perspectives on how people shift from one gender to another.

Blind Field Journal

The Call for Gender Abolition: From Materialist Lesbianism to Gay Communism (July 31, 2017) - 1/2 of a two part essay, dealing with gender abolitionism as it surfaced in various parts of the New Left.

Abolitionism in the 21st Century: From Communization as the End of Sex, to Revolutionary Transfeminism (August 7, 2017) - Part II deals with gender abolitionist writing from the 2000s-10s, in particular recent transfeminist polemics.

Viewpoint Magazine

Transition & Abolition: Notes on Marxism & Trans Politics (July 19, 2017) - On the social reproduction that churns beneath the 'transgender tipping point'.

Novara Media

Let's Try Communism: 10 Responses to 'Queerness and Precarity' (September 9, 2016) - A response to a piece by Joni Pitt (Cohen) and Sophie Monk on queer housing, calling for a more strictly Marxist view.

What is Effeminacy and How Can We Celebrate It? (May 28, 2017) - A call for a pro-effeminate consciousness in contemporary queer politics.

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Kinderkommunismus (June 21, 2015) - 'A Feminist Analysis of the 21st-Century Family and a Communist Proposal for its Abolition'. (Co-written with Kate Doyle Griffiths) 

Eight Questions on the Slogan 'Abolish the Family' - Published on Hysteria magazine's website (July 28, 2017). 

Also available in a Subversion Press Printable PDF version (June 30, 2015).

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Intersex och frigörelse - Swedish translation of 'Intersex Liberation'.

El llamado a la abolición del género: desde el lesbianismo materialista al comunismo gay - Spanish translation of pt. 1 of my Blindfield Journal gender abolition essay.

Volijera kvir socijalne reprodukcije - Croatian translation of 'An Aviary of Social Reproduction' by MAMA, Zagreb.

Kinderkommuismus (French) - published in Pour Un Féminisme De La Totalé (March 14, 2017).

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Identities Journal

Jules Joanne Gleeson, Jose Rosales and Andrew Culp: 'Love, Sex, Communism: A Discussion' (Summer, 2018) - A freewheeling discussion between three thinkers on theory, ethics, and puppies. Click through for PDF version.

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Lectures (Recorded)

How Do Our Bodies Work? Why Do They Fail Us? (December 5, 2018) - Hegelian Marxism-Lesbianism view on embodiment, delivered at MAMA, Zagreb.

Sex Hormones & The Stress of Gender - The Endocrine Revolution - Queer history of science talk on hormonal discoveries of the earlier 20th century, and aftermath. Closed session at MAMA, Zagreb.

Transsexual Marxism  (20th-21st Century) (November, 2018) - Audio: Leftovers Live panel at Historical Materialism Conference, London. (With Sylvia McCheyne and Rosa Lee).

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