Mittwoch, 9. März 2011

We Make No Pretence - An Anarcha-Feminist Critique

We have taken this space and projected this short film to show how we see sexism in 'the movement' and sexism in capitalist society. We have covered our faces in the same way we might do against the state and its agents - inspired by the tradition of our militant sisters who took back male-dominated stages, and political spaces.
We expect hostility, intimidation and greater surveillance after our action. Covering up makes it easier
to communicate. And we know that our message is much bigger than the messenger herself.
The following text is our response to the four thems of the conference.
MOVEMENT or why we aren't one

No matter how much we aspire to be 'self-critical' there is a clear lack of theorising and concrete action around sexism, homophobia and racism in the anarchist movement. We do not feel that the content and structure of the conference deal with gender and we're tired of asking for space - we're taking it ourselves.
You want to talk about history? Let's stop pretending that feminism is a short blip in the history of political struggles. The feminism you know may be the one that has been dominated by white middle-class liberal politics - NOT the struggles and pockets of revolutionary resistance missing from our political pamphlets and 'independent' media. The feminism of Comandanta Yolanda, of bell hooks, of Anzaldua, of Mbuya Nehanda, of Angela Davis, of Rote Zora, of Mujeres Libres...
CLASS or is anybody out there?

We are all oppressed by the class system, but there is nobody 'out there' who isn't also oppressed by white supremacy, imperialism, heterosexism, patriarchy, ableism, ageism...Pretending these systems don't exist or can be subsumed into ...

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