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05
Mar

Raising Children of Color in White Anarchist Circles

by Victoria Law
Sunday, 19 September 2004

Siu Loong means "Little Dragon" in Cantonese.

But Siu Loong herself isn't Cantonese. She isn't even one hundred percent Chinese. Through me, she can claim to be Hakka, Suzhonese and Shanghainese. From her father, she can claim to be Finnish, Hungarian and Jewish. But she is also an American living among American anarchists, where none of this supposedly matters.

Before motherhood became a consideration, I paid little attention to the lack of color in the New York City anarchist "scene." So what if no one looked like me? Weren't we all struggling for the same thing?

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05
Mar
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Why are women oppressed?

WE ARE NOW eight years from the year 2,000. Approximately 14,000 years ago the first agricultural communities, and with them human civilisation, were founded. Humanity is 600 generations old. We hold the position of 'most successful species' because unlike animals we have been able to modify our environment to suit our needs. To early humans nature was a powerful and frightening force, the bringer of plagues, storms and droughts. Nowadays we control our environment to such an extent that nature is no longer a demon spirit or an instrument of the wrath of god. In much of the world nature is way down on our list of worries, it is more likely to fear us. As the capability to control the world around us has increased from the first primitive farmers to the high-technology multinationals, the way we perceive the world around us has also changed. So has the way we perceive each other.

Tue
03
Mar

Sexism in the Anarchist Movement

This article is an attempt to add to the discourse that is (or should be) occurring around sexism within the very movements that purport to be fighting it. It was a hard process to distinguish between sexism within the anarchist movement and the general sexism within society because so many of the criticisms that can be leveled against the anarchist movement are criticisms of the greater society. There is a void where critical anarchist feminist/anti-sexist critiques should be which has lead to a lack of dialogue and concrete action around sexism. This critique will be based upon many of the weaknesses within the Anarchist movement, which are often compounded around issues of sexism (and other forms of oppression). There is a continuum of thought and concrete action which anarchists must address or take up in order to combat our own sexism and sexism in the greater society.

Challenging Ideas and Behaviors

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03
Mar

Sexual Abuse in Activist Communities

By Tamara K. Nopper

February 4, 2005

As a woman who has experienced physical and emotional abuse from men, some of whom I had long relationships with, it is always difficult to learn from other activist women that they are being abused by activist men. The interrelated issues of sexism, misogyny and homophobia in activist circles is rampant, so it is unsurprising that women are abused physically and emotionally by activist men with whom they work with on various projects.

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02
Mar

What We Want. An Anarcha-feminist Perspective on Feminism

by Jennifer Sauer

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01
Mar

The Revolt of Adam & Eve: A Green Anarcha-Feminist Perspective

by Witch Hazel

As a female anarchist I have for many years thought about and looked around for any interpretations or writings on "anarcha-feminism." I could find nothing. Besides a few reprints of writings from the 70s attempting to define the term, and many writings by anarchist women on various subjects of particular interest to women (especially women's' health); there just isn't a whole lot out there. Green Anarchy newspaper (and other GA endeavors) has recently made an effort to integrate what could be called an "anarcha-feminist" or anti-patriarchy critique into the overarching anti-civilization perspective.

Sun
01
Mar

Notes towards an (anarchist? feminist?) critique of (anarchism? feminism?)

by caitlin hewitt-white

Every feminist march I have ever attended has been corralled by cops. And the organizers of these marches cooperate with them. Mind you, I am young, don't get out much, and haven't been to a lot of feminist marches - but maybe that's because in Guelph, feminist marches are rare. Take Back the Night and December 6th memorials occur annually, of course constrained by cops, small numbers, the fatigue of frontline workers and the hesitation of women who have never been in such a space before. Few organizations take on International Women's Day programming and limit themselves to small and do-able events.

Sun
01
Mar

No Authority But Oneself: The Anarchist Feminist Philosophy of Autonomy and Freedom

by Sharon Presley

Anarchists Write

"Why am I the slave of Man? Why is my brain said not to be the equal of his brain? Why is my work not paid equally with his? Why must my body be controlled by my husband? Why may he take my children away from me? Will them away while yet unborn? Let every woman ask..."There are two reasons why," answered in her and these ultimately reducible to a single principle -- the authoritarian supreme power GOD-idea, and its two instruments -- the Church -- that is, the priests -- the State -- that is, the legislators... These two things, the mind domination of the Church and the body domination of the State, are the causes of Sex Slavery."

-- Voltairine de Cleyre in "Sex Slavery"

Sun
01
Mar

Mujeres Creando: An interview with Julieta Ojeda of Mujeres Creando (Women Creating)

By Sophie Styles

Julieta Ojeda is an active member of the anarcha-feminist collective Mujeres Creando based in La Paz, Bolivia. Their activities include publishing, direct action, and running a small cultural center. They are best known for their graffiti, always signed Mujeres Creando.

SOPHIE STYLES: How did you become active in Mujeres Creando?

Sun
01
Mar

Feminism and Anarchism: Towards a Politics of Engagement

Krysti Guest

Thinking through the possible relationships between feminisms and anarchisms involves a commitment to analysing the similarities and differences between these two emancipatory political frameworks and identifying what insights each movement could offer the other. That task is, of course, beyond the scope of any article or book. It involves a dynamic series of dialogues where issues are debated and reformed depending upon different contexts, a process which recognises that "theory" and "practice" are not separate activities but interdependent and evolving forms of knowledge.

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