And that women are so much more than what they look like.
"Tired of the censoring of a natural process, various feminist groups have organized a variety of activities to bring to light the taboo surrounding menstruation."
Cansadas la censura a sus procesos naturales, diversos colectivos de feministas se han organizado para realizar diversas actividades que sacan a la luz el tabú que rodea a la menstruación.
Whatever you think of Sheryl Sandberg, her book Lean In achieved one very important objective: it exposed the deep class divide within American feminism.
The New York Times refused to print this comic on “Men’s Rights Activists.”
Some of you may have noticed that David Rees and I have been producing a comic for the New York Times Week in Review section called “See Something, Say Something” every other Sunday… but we’re not in today’s paper. That’s because they objected to David’s script this week and refused to consider printing it… the subject matter (male rage, online bullying & the hashtag #yesallwomen) was “too sensitive.”
yeah, see, this is MUCH better than the odious “Real Men Don’t … ” meme favored by politicians and the Hollywood glitterati.
What we are experiencing is the violent but logical conclusion of the decades-long right-wing backlash that arose in the wake of the women’s liberation movement of the 60s and 70s. Especially once the feminist movement gave up on the street protests, mass activist organizations, and bold actions; ever since, the right-wing has been whipping up a misogynist frenzy, trying to blame everything from poverty to the national debt on feminism in particular and women in general.
I’ve been reading about the period immediately following the passage of the federal amendment granting women the right to vote in 1920. The following two decades saw a strikingly similar backlash arise in the growth of various intellectuals and “activists” fulminating over the evils of “feminism” and “female supremacy”, blaming the women’s suffragists and rights movement for everything from causing the Great Depression to the decline in American culture.
Capitalist inequality and oppression may run through various cycles, with a victory against a particular manifestation of oppression here and there; but the problem is, that victory can always be rolled back and invariably is no sooner won than it is immediately subject to seemingly indefatigable attack from forces of reaction and ignorance. What we need is not just temporary victories, temporary concessions, temporary amelioration of the worst excesses of the system’s oppressiveness; but the utter and definitive conquest and abolition of the prevailing socio-economic order, along with the attendant inequality, exploitation, and oppression which it relies upon and fosters.
You say not all men are monsters?
Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% of them are poisoned.
Go ahead. Eat a handful.
Not all M&Ms are poison.
When I set out to write the life of Eleanor Marx in 2006 some friends worried that yet again I’d been seduced by an unfashionable and overly abstruse biographical subject. Either that, or they just said: “Who?” A Marx? The mother of socialist feminism? It didn’t sound catchy in our new century.
Yet Eleanor Marx is one of British history’s great heroes. Born in 1855 in a Soho garret to hard up German immigrant exiles, her arrival was initially a disappointment to her father. He wanted a boy. By her first birthday Eleanor had become his favourite. She was nicknamed Tussy, to rhyme, her parents said, with “pussy” not “fussy”. Cats she adored; fussy she wasn’t. She loved Shakespeare, Ibsen, both the Shelleys, good poetry, bad puns and champagne. She would be delighted to know that we can claim her as the first self-avowed champagne socialist.
… Eleanor went out into the world to put into practice and to test what she’d learned from Marx and Engels. Her quest to go ahead; to live it, soon took her into new worlds: the cultural realms of radical modern theatre, the contemporary novel and the artistic circles of early bohemian Bloomsbury. She was a pioneer of Ibsenism in Britain. She translated Flaubert’s Madame Bovary into English for the first time. She took to the stage herself – with sometimes hilariously misdirected results. She was also her father’s first biographer.
Eleanor was born into a Britain that was not yet an electoral democracy. Working-class men, all women and the poor were prohibited from voting. But Eleanor’s life is one of the most significant and interesting events in the story of British socialism. Not since Mary Wollstonecraft had any individual made such a profound, revolutionary contribution to political thought – and action.
This is Harvard University’s idea of a “feminist” discussion. Having the most unrepresentative cross-section of elite American women speak about their experiences ruling over the world. Nevermind that the vast majority of women in the U.S. have most likely had their lives made miserable by precisely these “powerful women.” Goldman Sachs executives, Homeland Security operatives, New York Times editors — it’s a veritable menagerie of evil-doers!
Yes, it’s true, a tiny minority of women have made their way into the upper circle of power. And now they too have the privilege of administering the oppression, exploitation, and subjugation which afflicts the majority of this society’s population, male and female.
Real women’s liberation means overturning the class inequality and oppressive divisions which capitalist society depends upon; not merely putting the control of the status quo, capitalist society, in the hands of an infinitesimal number of ruling class women.
Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
President Drew Faust invites you to join her in Sanders Theatre on Monday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m. for a panel discussion entitled “When Women Lead: Insights and Experience from Women in Power.”
Four distinguished women leaders will consider the changing roles of women in business, education, and politics, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing women in positions of authority. Karen Gordon Mills, A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’77, former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate the discussion. Jill Abramson, A.B. ’76, Executive Editor of the New York Times; Edith Cooper, A.B. ’83, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs; and Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California and former Secretary of Homeland Security, will serve as panelists. Questions from the audience will be welcomed following their conversation.
Tickets will be provided at the door until capacity is reached. Please arrive early to secure your seat. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
Office of the President
The state of Israel is trying to use “pinkwashing”—trumpeting its supposedly liberal, feminist and gay-friendly social atmosphere—to wipe away the stain of its military occupation and apartheid treatment of Palestinians. In so doing, apologists for Israel aim to draw away potential liberal supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
One of the Israeli government’s frequent strategies is to tour Israel Defense Force soldiers—with the aim of humanizing its occupation forces and, in this case, promoting its military as a beacon of gender equality. In response, the issued this statement.Campaign for BDS at Ohio State
We also came to understand how overt repression is buttressed by deceptive representations of the state of Israel as the most developed social democracy in the region. As feminists, we deplore the Israeli practice of “pinkwashing,” the state’s use of ostensible support for gender and sexual equality to dress up its occupation.
—From a report by a delegation of indigenous and women-of-color feminists after their visit to Palestine
A tip of the hat (and a twirl of the tassle) to comedian Nadia Kamil for this piece of live comedic joy: a feminist burlesque act.
It all kicks off around 1 min 45 seconds - but make sure you watch Kamil’s introduction to the routine, too.
We’re not sure burlesque - or feminism - has ever been so much fun…
Drawing on substantial new research, Red Feminism traces the development of a distinctive Communist strain of American feminism from its troubled beginnings in the 1930s, through its rapid growth in the Congress of American Women during the early years of the Cold War, to its culmination in Communist Party circles of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The author argues persuasively that, despite the devastating effects of anti-Communism and Stalinism on the progressive Left of the 1950s, Communist feminists such as Susan B. Anthony II, Betty Millard, and Eleanor Flexner managed to sustain many important elements of their work into the 1960s, when a new generation took up their cause and built an effective movement for women’s liberation. Red Feminism provides a more complex view of the history of the modern women’s movement, showing how key Communist activists came to understand gender, sexism, and race as central components of culture, economics, and politics in American society.
… Historians have generally contended that the American Communist Party of the 1930s-1950s had little interest in women’s issues and that its party line stated that sex oppression was merely a by-product of bourgeois decadence. Weigand, an archivist at Smith College, overturns this conventional understanding by uncovering a history of feminist activity within the Communist Party and detailing its later influence on the women’s movement of the 1960s and ’70s. She argues that while such Communist women as Mary Inman, Betty Millard and Eleanor Flexner had to fight against party officials’ refusal to admit that working-class men might abuse their wives, they also had to battle more banal instances of everyday sexism. For example, there was quite a controversy surrounding the Daily Worker’s “cheesecake” photos of scantily clad women (with captions such as “Mrs. New YorkA and she can cook too!”) and the struggle to get such images removed from official party literature. Weigand argues that the writings of early Communist women helped shape the core values of second-wave feminism: a 1946 letter in the Worker, for instance, calling for “an end to the separation of ‘personal’ and ‘party’ life” profoundly anticipates the “personal is political” mantra of ’70s consciousness-raising groups. Equally interesting is Weigand’s discussion of the Party’s antiracist work and its sometimes naive attempts at promoting racial equality: in one effort to encourage desegregation, the party offered dancing lessons to white men so they wouldn’t be embarrassed to ask African-American women to dance at party functions. Although this richly detailed study is academic in focus, it will appeal to general readers interested in the history of U.S. progressive movements and women’s history.
Newest issue of the revamped International Socialist Review (Winter 2013-14) now live on the website!
Upcoming articles from this issue:
Explaining gender violence in the neoliberal era
by Tithi Bhattacharya
Is there anything to defend in Political Marxism?
by Neil Davidson
Race and class in the US foster care system
by Don Lash
Interview with Victor Toro
Building the revolutionary Left in Chile : The MIR, Popular Unity, and Chile’s prerevolutionary moment
Statement of the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA)
The deepening crisis and prospects for the Left in Greece
A new perspective on antiquity’s greatest slave rebel by Paul D’Amato
The backward-looking prophet? by Brooke Horvath
We are all Troy Davis by Lily Hughes
Exploring the high moments and small mountain roads of Marxism by Paul Le Blanc
Fighting Jim Crow by Marlene Martin
Socialists and the civil rights movement by Bill Roberts
War in the Shadows by Lee Wengraf
A “post-class” vision of resistance by Jason Netek