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I write FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter. Books: 7 Necessary Sins for Women & Girls; Headscarves & Hymens. She/Her. Patreon: https://t.co/Gx8kcpRerv
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19 Sep
I am aware of the Supreme Court’s not always wonderful record.

But know this: the conservatives have worked since the early 1970s - for almost FIFTY YEARS - to get a majority on the Supreme Court.

They will seize this moment with power-hungry relish.

#RBG #SCOTUS
Everyone who is not a white, able-bodied, heterosexual, cisgender, Christian, wealthy man is FUCKED!

#RBG #SCOTUS
Fight in all the ways you can.

I am an anarchist feminist and my approach to the state, the law, etc might not be yours.

But understand this: we all have to fight in all the ways we can. At every level that we can.

No one will save us. We must save ourselves. #RBG #SCOTUS
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18 Sep
My second book just came out in paperback. I am working on three books right now and sharing drafts of my progress here 👇🏽 Want to read my books as I write them? For as little as $2/month you can 👉🏽👉🏽 patreon.com/monaeltahawy
One of the books I’m working on is about anarchist feminists around the world and this anarchist feminist 💪🏽 is a real challenge for me!
The 💪🏽 was supposed to be a 👇🏽 haha! The way she wrote about Muslims and women is driving me over the edge.
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18 Sep
When female journalists have interviewed me about my book, the chapter on Violence often leads them to say “But Mona! I’m a mother of sons! How can you ask me to imagine that?”

I reply “What I ask you to imagine, is the *reality* for mothers of daughters” feministgiant.substack.com/p/how-many-rap…
I knew this chapter would be the hardest for many to read.

My questions are especially pertinent now as rates of violence against women during the pandemic lockdown have spiked around the world. #COVID__19

🎥 @rerutled
Intimate partner terrorism and domestic abuse kills and hurts millions. Where is the vaccine against THAT global epidemic?

That is the reality. Yet my questions about violence against men - hypothetical violence - disturb and offend more.

🎥 @rerutled

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18 Sep
My insistence on profanity and on asking “How many rapists must we kill before men stop raping women?” were among reasons a TV episode was banned. 200 people complained. Now -10 months later- a govt media regulator has said I did not incite violence & that my saying “Fuck” is 👍🏽
It remains stunning to me that there is more “offense” at:

- my saying “Fuck” than at what I’m saying “Fuck” about.

- my asking a question about hypothetical violence against men than at ACTUAL REAL AND DAILY VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN FOR FUCK’s SAKE

It is why I wrote The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls.

I understand the power of profanity and I understand the power of violence and I understand who is and who isn’t allowed to use them.

Fuck the patriarchy. Image
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18 Sep
Highlight of my evening:

@rerutled: Hey honey, I’m reading the Australian government media regulator’s report on that Q&A episode and your name is in it 45 times.

Me: Ha!
This is my favourite part:

“The program contained multiple uses of “fuck” by panelist Mona Eltahawy. Some examples include:” Image
My use of profanity is deliberate and intentional

I refuse to allow those who don't recognize my full humanity to expect politeness of me.” google.com/amp/s/www.vice…
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18 Sep
“How long must we wait for men and boys to stop murdering us, to stop beating us and to stop raping us? How many rapists must we kill?" 10 months ago I said that on an Australian TV show. A bunch of white men complained and the episode was banned.
The Minister for Communications at the time issues a condemnation.

And now - 10 months later - the Australian Communications and Media Authority has been cleared of any breach. And STILL the ABC won’t put the episode back on iView because they’re COWARDS. Image
It’s a reminder that hypothetical violence against men is more disturbing than actual daily violence against women.

I will continue to ask: how many rapists must we kill before men stop raping us?
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17 Sep
My second book The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls is now out in paperback!

Sign up for FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter - it’s free - and on Friday read an exclusive excerpt from the chapter on the “sin” of Violence.

feministgiant.substack.com/p/coming-soon?…
The chapter on Violence is one of the reasons this episode of an #Australian TV show was banned. In 2019. Banned.

“How long must we wait for men and boys to stop murdering us, to stop beating us and to stop raping us? How many rapists must we kill?"
How many rapists must we kill before men stop raping women?

And why is the first half of that question more disturbing than the second half? Why is hypothetical violence against men more disturbing than actual daily violence against women?
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17 Sep
I am a feminist. I am an anarchist. To me, any discussion of power is essentially one about freedom, and talk of freedom is impossible without a reckoning with power. google.com/amp/s/www.nyti…
I explain more here: google.com/amp/s/www.nyti…
Men are not my yardstick. If men themselves are not free of the ravages of racism, capitalism and other forms of oppression, it is not enough to say I want to be equal to them.

I do not want what men have. I want much more. I want to be free. Image
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17 Sep
From FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter: Governments around the world who push children back to schools so that parents can be pushed back to work during the worst global health crisis of our lifetimes.
feministgiant.substack.com/p/surviving-an…
“We Didn’t Have A Choice”: Essential Workers Are Struggling With Childcare During The Pandemic Parents who continue in-person work through the pandemic have a bleak choice: risk exposing your family to the coronavirus, or face financial devastation. buzzfeednews.com/article/veness…
CDC: Almost all of the US kids and teens who’ve died from COVID-19 were Hispanic or Black news.yahoo.com/cdc-almost-us-…
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17 Sep
Afghan women at the peace talks & the opposition leader in Belarus who jumped out of a car and ripped up her passport to resist deportation; the abortion bill in Malawi and the feminist argument for Universal Basic Income.

Catch up on feminist resistance feministgiant.substack.com/p/surviving-an…
FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter is free and I’m keeping it that way. Here’s how you can join my mailing list - it’s 2000+ and increasing! feministgiant.substack.com/p/coming-soon
On Friday, to celebrate the paperback publication of The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls, FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter will run an excerpt from the chapter on the “sin” of violence.

“How many rapists must we kill before men stop raping us?” feministgiant.substack.com/p/coming-soon Image
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17 Sep
In addition to doing my best to survive a pandemic, I’m engaged in a massive exercise in reinvention - not just my hair; how I write too.

This - about Umm Kalthoum, powerful femininity, and tender masculinity - is more personal than I usually am.

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Listen to the song as you read.

I have long wanted to write an essay “Do My Lovers Have to Understand Umm Kalthoum?”

So this is a start.

Or perhaps: Fuck the Patriarchy and Other Lovers.

The names (and the years) have been changed to protect the innocent. Image
I started writing about the evocative power of songs because ironically, since the pandemic began, I haven’t been able to listen to lyrics, only instrumentals. And that gave these songs from my past a greater resonance.

This one is my childhood in London patreon.com/posts/40353489
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16 Sep
I am not arguing for inclusion of more people of colour in a list of big moneymakers.But it is instructive to see who is 1st allowed into the hallowed club of white male moneymakers and to channel our energy into dismantling unjust systems, not demand they let in a handful of us. ImageImage
As I argue in The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls, my ambition is neither to be rich nor to see more women billionaires. I want to see the end of billionaires. feministgiant.substack.com/p/surviving-an… Image
It is imperative to channel our energy into dismantling unjust systems, not demanding they let in a handful of us - esp in a country like UK where Black people & people of colour are disproportionately impacted by poverty and where pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities.
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16 Sep
New FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter coming on Wednesday.

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The March for Justice from Patriarchal Fuckery is Global by @monaeltahawy feministgiant.substack.com/p/the-march-fo…
The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls is now out in paperback. On Friday, FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter will post an excerpt from the chapter on Violence. feministgiant.substack.com/p/coming-soon?… Image
The chapter on the “sin” of Violence les to this
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16 Sep
cw: rape

A spate of brutal rapes and murders of young girls in a single district of #India over the past month has provoked outrage and exposed the ongoing use of sexual violence as a tool of oppression and revenge against lower caste communities.
theguardian.com/world/2020/sep…
Over the past month, the Lakhimpur Kheri district of the #Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has witnessed four incidents of girls being raped and brutally murdered. At least two of the girls were Dalits, the lowest caste in the Hindu system of social hierarchy.
“These cases of extreme sexual violence are more examples of the dominant caste wielding power over Dalit women who are perceived as weak and vulnerable and available,” said Manjula Pradeep, director of campaigns at the Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network. #India Image
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16 Sep
Via this book, I am intellectually living and wrestling with Leda Rafanelli - an Italian anarchist and Muslim who coined the term “feminility.” It is for a new book I’m working on about anarchist feminists patreon.com/posts/40846842 Image
“Leda walked how she talked, and her life was a testimony to how people can live anarchically free, even within the oppressive society and overbearing institutions of fascism. She flagrantly overturned every externally imposed constraint that came her way.” Image
I’m interested in exploring more how Leda Rafanelli synthesized her ideas on women’s liberation, Islam, and anarchism Image
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15 Sep
In an interview with NBC News, Nurse Wooten said, “I had a detainee that asked me, she said, 'What is he doing Ms. Wooten, collecting all of our uteruses?' And I just looked at her puzzled because I didn’t have an answer."

For those saying this is “fake”: nbcnews.com/news/latino/nu…
Now that this is in more media outlets: which are reporting the forced hysterectomies and which aren’t?

And those reporting this whistleblower case as one just about #Covid_19 - which is bad enough - why aren’t you reporting the hysterectomies?
And this isn’t about “How come it was hysterectomies and not vasectomies?!”

I am not interested in an egalitarian genocide.

I am interested in exposing and fighting fascist patriarchal fuckery.
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15 Sep
The chapter on Violence is one of the reasons this episode of an #Australian TV show was banned. In 2019. Banned.

“How long must we wait for men and boys to stop murdering us, to stop beating us and to stop raping us? How many rapists must we kill?"
How many rapists must we kill before men stop raping women?

And why is the first half of that question more disturbing than the second half? Why is hypothetical violence against men more disturbing than actual daily violence against women?
So! Sign up and this Friday read from the chapter that so upset Australians that one of their TV networks pulled an episode of a show. In fucking 2019, for fucks sake

feministgiant.substack.com/p/coming-soon?…
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15 Sep
What would a feminist revolution look like in #Egypt? I explain in my latest essay.
When I became a journalist in #Egypt 30 years ago, I learned that victims of rape would not go to the police to report what had happened to them because the police would either shoo them away or rape them because the women were considered “damaged goods anyway.”

What about now?
Back in 1990, I was told that rape victims, if they were affluent, went to a psychiatrist in search of ways to not fall apart, to keep stitched tightly those seams of silence which are now bursting open in #Egypt.
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15 Sep
"Neither God nor master! Bring on the social revolution!" patreon.com/posts/37602073
In Paris, Louise Michel was demanding "Neither God nor master! Bring on the social revolution!"

And about two decades later, a supporter of La Voz de la Mujer in Argentina signed herself “No God, No Boss, No Husband.” Image
As Maxine Molyneux points out in her study of Argentinian anarchist feminists, "It is not difficult to see why feminists were attracted to Anarchism and why they were so rightly opposed to male anarchist hypocrisy.”
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14 Sep
This is my first weekly essay for FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter.
And this is my second essay for FEMINIST GIANT Newsletter which is 2 weeks old today! All my writing will appear here and only here from now on. I am no longer writing anywhere else. Sign up!
FEMINIST Giant Newsletter will always be free because I want it to be accessible to all. Let’s share our resources and our knowledge. If you have funds and can pay, I appreciate your support. 👉🏽👉🏽 feministgiant.substack.com/p/coming-soon?…
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14 Sep
Krugman is still arguing that it wasn’t so bad for Muslims in the US after 9/11?

What the actual fuck?
American Muslims spent the entire fucking day on Friday essentially spilling pain and guts refuting his nonsense - from stories of physical attacks to arson of mosques to workplace fuckery and he doubles down?
What is in it for a Nobel laureate economist and NYT columnist who has not been hurt by any pf what we’ve been talking about?

A hurt ego? Can’t admit he was wrong?

Where are his editors? Wasn’t Brett Stephens enough of an embarrassment?
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