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Women, Race and Class
A History of Black Feminism

Socialism 2014

June 26, 2014

The widely accepted narrative of the modern feminist movement is that it initially involved white women beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, who were later joined by women of color following in their footsteps. But decades before the rise of the modern women’s liberation movement, Black women were organizing against their systematic rape at the hands of white racist men. And in the 1960s, Black women and other women of color began organizing against their oppression as early as white women, forming a multitude of organizations. This session gives an overview of the history and politics of Black Feminism in the United States.


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The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves. If an individual is not successful in emotionally crippling himself, he can count on patriarchal men to enact rituals of power that will assault his self-esteem.
bell hooks

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Feminists for Palestinian Liberation 
Banner of Boston Feminists for Liberation

Feminists for Palestinian Liberation

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damn. this is an otherwise excellent movie that was all but completely ruined by the final 2-minutes comprising the ending scene … 

damn. this is an otherwise excellent movie that was all but completely ruined by the final 2-minutes comprising the ending scene … 


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Abbie Bakan -  Marxism and indigenous feminism
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Marxism and indigenous feminism
June 26, 2014

Indigenous feminism is a significant current of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist politics, one from which Marxists have much to learn. In fact, indigenous women have inspired Marxist ideas about women’s liberation for decades, but we often fail to recognize the contribution. Historically, these women and their families were the objects of study of Lewis Henry Morgan, the American colonialist who provoked Marx’s commentary, and who would in turn serve as the experiential basis for Frederick Engels’ Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State. Challenging extreme racism, sexism and violence, indigenous women of North America continue to lead movements from Idle No More to the justice for the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada.


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[Rough translation] 
"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."
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Las feministas que desafiaron el pudor de la menstruación
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.

oh snap!

[Rough translation]

"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."

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Las feministas que desafiaron el pudor de la menstruación

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.

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via Tumblr user kristine-claire.

via Tumblr user kristine-claire.


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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.” 
https://michael-kupperman.squarespace.com/kuppermanblahblahblah/2014/6/1/the-comic-not-fit-to-print

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.” 

https://michael-kupperman.squarespace.com/kuppermanblahblahblah/2014/6/1/the-comic-not-fit-to-print


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Boston Feminists for Liberation

Boston Feminists for Liberation


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yeah, see, this is MUCH better than the odious “Real Men Don’t … ” meme favored by politicians and the Hollywood glitterati.
yeah, see, this is MUCH better than the odious “Real Men Don’t … ” meme favored by politicians and the Hollywood glitterati.

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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.


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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.

- The Frogman nails it. (via wlcometothemyscira)

We know not all men are monsters. But the ones who are make it very difficult to trust the rest when the consequences for doing so can be so dire.

via thefrogman.me —> read more: http://u.pw/1nrWYmA


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