Julie Bindel

Julie Bindel, a renowned feminist and lesbian, has dedicated her life to advocating for women’s rights and social justice.

Julie was born in 1962 in Darlington. Growing up in a working-class family she experienced firsthand the challenges faced by women in a patriarchal society and her early experiences fuelled her passion for activism.

She came out as a lesbian in 1977 when she was 15 years old.

In the 1980s, Julie became actively involved in the feminist movement, working tirelessly to raise awareness about issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, and the objectification of women. She also co-founded the feminist group Justice for Women, which provided support to women who had been convicted of killing violent partners in self-defence.

Career

Throughout her career, Julie has been a prolific writer, journalist and commentator, using her platform to amplify the voices of marginalised women. Her work has been featured in prominent publications such as The Guardian, The New Statesman, and The Independent.

She is also known for her fearless critique of industries and institutions that perpetuate sexism and misogyny and is a vocal critic of the sex industry, arguing that prostitution and pornography exploit and commodify women’s bodies. She has written extensively on the topic, challenging societal norms and advocating for the abolition of the sex trade.

Julie is co-founder of The Lesbian Project along with academic, Prof Kathleen Stock. Launched in 2023, the project advocates for lesbians and seeks “an amicable divorce from our gay brothers” arguing that being lumped in with men is neither appropriate nor useful when it comes to lesbian priorities and rejects nearly every aspect of conventional LGBTQ+ dogma.

Julie has a busy substack, housing articles and podcasts, one of which was an interview with Jenny Watson about her experience running lesbian only speed dating.

Commitment

Never afraid to speak her mind, Julie has often faced criticism and backlash for her outspoken views, but she remains steadfast in her commitment to sex equality. Her unwavering dedication to feminism has inspired countless individuals around the world to join the fight for a more just and equal society. She also maintains a fantastic sense of humour, which is demonstrated in nearly every interview she has given.

Learn more about Julie below:

Further resources

Listen to The Lesbian Project podcast.

Follow the The Lesbian Project on X for updates.

Quotes

“Being a lesbian is to refuse to bow to convention. It is an act of resistance and resilience. And I for one am proud to use that label.”

“I don’t have a problem with men disposing of their genitals, but it does not make them women, in the same way that shoving a bit of vacuum hose down your 501s does not make you a man.”

“Call me old-fashioned, but I thought the one battle we feminists won fair and square was to convince at least those left of centre that gender roles are made up. They are not real. We play at them. We develop traditional masculine or feminine traits by being indoctrinated, not because we are biologically programmed to behave in those ways.”

“Banning me from speaking by claiming that my very presence would cause harm and even violence to students, when they regularly allow men who actually campaign against women’s rights to speak, is outrageous.”

Sources

https://www.reading.ac.uk/law/our-staff/julie-bindel

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/07/the-silencing-of-julie-bindel

https://www.thelesbianproject.co.uk/people

https://unherd.com/2023/03/the-lesbian-project-has-begun

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Bindel

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Julie_Bindel

Julie Bindel Podcasts

https://juliebindel.substack.com/p/do-lesbians-have-penises?utm_source=publication-search

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