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Karen McVeigh: Occupy Wall Street’s women struggle to make their voices heard

Karen McVeigh: Occupy Wall Street’s women struggle to make their voices heard

By Karen McVeigh Activists take steps to reduce male dominance – but critics say more is needed to stop women being ‘patronised and policed’ At a gathering of Occupy Wall Street activists at a public space in New York on Monday, one young woman spoke of a bruising experience she had suffered the previous day. Angry and upset, she said she had been shouted down while attempting to facilitate a general assembly. There were nods of recognition and murmurs of sympathy … Read entire article »

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In America, the pro-life lobby gears up

In America, the pro-life lobby gears up

By Laurie Penny To gain political capital, elected representatives are exploiting the national hysteria over abortion. Work and pleasure having sent me to the US for a while, I spent last week stocking up on all the essentials of civilised life that are unaccountably hard to find in the land of the free: tea bags, antibiotics and a small arsenal of hormonal and emergency contraception. The latter is less a reflection of how lucky I expect to … Read entire article »

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Imad Mesdoua: North African Dispatches (Arab) Woman’s Hour?

Imad Mesdoua: North African Dispatches (Arab) Woman’s Hour?

By Imad Mesdoua The Arab Spring represents a remarkable opportunity for Arab women to take back their rightful place in their own societies as equals. Though in essence most of the uprisings have not had any particularly female-oriented agenda underlying them, women should use this opportunity to challenge the status-quo and bring forward the idea that their emancipation is an essential factor behind any society’s development and well-being. The MENA region’s economy, society and politics continue to … Read entire article »

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Laurie Penny: Handbags, Gowns and Girl Armour

Laurie Penny: Handbags, Gowns and Girl Armour

By Laurie Penny This week, the Guardian told me to turn up at their offices with my rucksack and talk to a lady. It’ll be great, they said, you can talk about feminism and fashion, and because I love the Guardian, I obeyed. The resultant jolly interview, in which I look and sound precisely as baffled and overwhelmed as I was by the whole affair whilst trying to jam in some points about Marxism, gender and consumerism, can be … Read entire article »

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Laurie Penny: This “Erotic” Book Is About As Seductive As A Balance Sheet

Laurie Penny: This “Erotic” Book Is About As Seductive As A Balance Sheet

By Laurie Penny An anti-feminist book so bad it’s good for the cause. Catherine Hakim, senior research fellow at the London School of Economics and staunch anti-feminist, is my new hero. With one book, she has done more to advance the cause of women’s liberation than months of worthy campaigning could achieve. It’s not that Honey Money: the Power of Erotic Capital - in which Hakim argues that women should be taught to use their sex appeal to exploit men … Read entire article »

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Teresa Thomas Bohannon: Emma Goldman – Anarchist and Feminist – A Biographical Sketch

Teresa Thomas Bohannon: Emma Goldman – Anarchist and Feminist – A Biographical Sketch

By Teresa Thomas Bohannon EMMA GOLDMAN June 27, 1869 – May 14, 1940 Propagandism is not, as some suppose, a “trade,” because nobody will follow a “trade” at which you may work with the industry of a slave and die with the reputation of a mendicant. The motives of any persons to pursue such a profession must be different from those of trade, deeper than pride, and stronger than interest. GEORGE JACOB HOLYOAKE. Among the men and women prominent … Read entire article »

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Euclides Montes: Colombia’s “Crossed Legs” Protest Is Redefining Women’s Activism

Euclides Montes: Colombia’s “Crossed Legs” Protest Is Redefining Women’s Activism

By Euclides Montes A sex strike by women demanding a paved road to the small town of Barbacoas has deservedly grabbed the media’s attention. Since 22 June, the women of the small town of Barbacoas in the Nariño province of Colombia have foregone all sexual activity. After years of fruitless pressure on the central government to pave a road linking their town with the rest of the province, they finally reached breaking point and organised what has come to … Read entire article »

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Atari Teenage Riot – Blood In My Eyes (Nic Endo’s Video Message)

Atari Teenage Riot – Blood In My Eyes (Nic Endo’s Video Message)

By The Quietus When Atari Teenage Riot released ‘Blood In My Eyes’, the stand-out track from new album Is This Hyperreal? onto Soundcloud, they insisted it was accompanied by a message drawing people’s attention to the horror of human trafficking. Now, the video for the same track is no-less poweful. It features Nic Endo, statistics about the number of women forced to cross borders into sexual slavery, and grainy, disturbing images. You can watch it below: … Read entire article »

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Vivian Gornick: Dissenter Rosa Luxemburg

Vivian Gornick: Dissenter Rosa Luxemburg

By Vivian Gornick Source: Long Story Short Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist activist in early 20th-century Berlin, murdered by her political enemies after World War I. She’s the topic of the debut edition of “Long Story Short,” a new podcast on people and ideas in Jewish life. Rosa Luxemburg was always an anomaly. One of the fiercest thinkers of the early 20th century, this Marxist philosopher and firebrand activist led masses of rebels during a time when politics … Read entire article »

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Sara Motta: Beautiful Transgressions For The Love Of Heretics

Sara Motta: Beautiful Transgressions For The Love Of Heretics

By Sara Motta Source: CeaseFire In an earlier column, I wrote about the need for a radical feminism for our times and how this would involve politicising the personal. Here I would like to continue the case for why politicising the personal is urgent and necessary. We can no longer ignore and silence this discussion if our objectives are to re-capture everyday life from neoliberal elites and create communities of resistance that do not mirror the power practices of … Read entire article »

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John Robb: Women In Punk – A New Online TV Series

John Robb: Women In Punk – A New Online TV Series

By John Robb Source: Louder Than War There is a great series of documentaries about women in punk. From Poly Styrene to Siouxsie Sioux and many other iconic figures it’s got all bases covered. The series is streaming from here. Live Music Show- The Women Of Punk Vol1 VIDEOS Network Awesome Salutes the Women Of Punk – July 18-22 check these following links… women in punk 1 women in punk 2 women in punk 3 Network Awesome has curated 30 shows containing almost 400 video clips to … Read entire article »

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Susan Slyomovics: “Hassiba Ben Bouali, If You Could See Our Algeria” – Women And Public Space In Algeria

Susan Slyomovics: “Hassiba Ben Bouali, If You Could See Our Algeria” – Women And Public Space In Algeria

By Susan Slyomovics: Secularist and Islamist groups are attempting to define and promote diametrically opposed positions by using similar strategies. In other words, the factions now struggling for power in Algeria show one fundamental ideological agreement: that women’s social freedom must be severely restricted.   On January 2, 1992, Algerian feminists demonstrated against the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) and their victory in the national elections of December 26, 1991. Their target was the Islamist assault on women’s rights … Read entire article »

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Christopher Turner: Wilhelm Reich – The Man Who Invented Free Love

Christopher Turner: Wilhelm Reich – The Man Who Invented Free Love

By: JD Salinger, Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer were all devotees of the orgone energy accumulator, nicknamed by Woody Allen the ‘Orgasmatron’. Its inventor, Wilhelm Reich, claimed that better orgasms could cure society’s ills.   When Wilhelm Reich, the most brilliant of the second generation of psychoanalysts who had been Freud’s pupils, arrived in New York in August 1939, only a few days before the outbreak of war, he was optimistic that his ideas fusing sex and politics would be … Read entire article »

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Amira Nowaira: A Short Story Of Academic Oppression In Egypt

Amira Nowaira: A Short Story Of Academic Oppression In Egypt

By Amira Nowaira: The real scandal at Cairo University is not the lesbian scene in a reading list text, but the cynical propaganda launched against it. Academic freedom comes once again under attack in Egypt. An article published in the state-owned al-Akhbar newspaper under the provocative title “Teaching homosexuality at Cairo University” launched a frenzied attack on the university’s English department for including a short story containing a lesbian scene on its curriculum. This is by no means … Read entire article »

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Dr. Laurie Naranch: The Contribution Of Cornelius Castoriadis To Contemporary Feminism

Dr. Laurie Naranch: The Contribution Of Cornelius Castoriadis To Contemporary Feminism

By Dr. Laurie Naranch: Dr. Laurie Naranch gave her speech on The Contribution Of Cornelius Castoriadis To Contemporary Feminism at UAM. Laurie Naranch is, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Siena College, New York. The short introduction is in Spanish, the rest is in English. Part 1 (video) Part 2 (video) Contribucion de la Dra. Laurie Naranch para el evento anual de la propuesta de Catedra Interinstitucional Cornelius Castoriadis a la que convocan la UAM X, CIESAS occ., PROIMMSE-UNAM, UNICH y … Read entire article »

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Newcastle Upon Tyne Slutwalk 2011

Newcastle Upon Tyne Slutwalk 2011

Short film documenting the Newcastle Slutwalk in June 2011. (video) … Read entire article »

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Michael McGehee: Review Of A Queer History Of The United States

Michael McGehee: Review Of A Queer History Of The United States

By Michael McGehee: Review of A Queer History Of The United States By Michael Bronski Beacon Press, 2011, 288 pp. Michael Bronski’s new book A Queer History of the United States (Beacon Press; 2011) is to the history of sexuality in this country as Howard Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States is to the history of class struggle. And while Bronski’s book is not officially a part of the A People’s History series it really should … Read entire article »

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