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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!
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 👍🏽
“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.
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?
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
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
“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.”
I’m interested in exploring more how Leda Rafanelli synthesized her ideas on women’s liberation, Islam, and anarchism
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."
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.
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.”
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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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?